Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn

Last Update: 29 May 2023

I rejoined FF14 in late SEP 2017. I am Marcus Livius the Paladin on the EU Server "Odin".

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn is, hands-down, the loveliest MMO I've ever seen. I took breaks from it only because of time -- so many games ... so little time.

I spent six months in the original  FF14, before the "ARR" part, which we called "FF14 1.0". I was there at the SEP 2010 launch. That game was clunky as hell, with a horrid UI, bugs out the wazoo and countless other issues that others have well-documented.

Still ... even back then, its lovely potential was obvious and it was with deep regret that I stopped. I rejoined in 2013, after the relaunch under the "ARR" label, then took another long break before returning in SEP 2017.

The most important reason for my positive opinion of FF14 is the admin. Square Enix (SE) did something with FF14 that is unprecedented in the MMO industry:  they admitted that their first attempt at FF14 was a mistake. They apologized to the user community for a product that was "unworthy of SE" and especially "unworthy of a numbered FF game". Then they took the game offline -- to fix it. Doing so cost them about $105 million in lost revenue.

Stop reading for a moment and think about that.

Now imagine a USA-based MMO company facing the same issues ... do you think -- for even a moment -- that they would go the admit-apologize-go-offline-and-fix route?  You're not that naive, are you?

Two years after their failure with FF14 1.0, SE relaunched it under the "ARR" label. The result was nothing short of sensational.

Here's a good documentary about it.

So I'm back. Since I've been gone, there have been two expansions and a 3rd one is coming soon. I think this time I'm here to stay.

Update 03.07.2020

And I'm back. The break was long enough. SE didn't give in, but I found a workaround that allows me to continue my work with less disruption than I anticipated.

Update 23.08.2019

I'm taking a long break from FF XIV. Square Enix and I had a disagreement on a trouble ticket I raised for an issue that goes to the core of why I play the game. Despite this, I have nothing but the highest respect for the company and their MMORPG. I don't rule out returning in the future, but I'll need a long break to regain my motivation.

A true paladin bends his knee to a higher cause and offers his sword and shield without promise of reward. Fancy swordplay and well-polished armor do not make you a paladin. You must be just in your heart and strive always to be an exemplar of true virtue.

-- Jenlyns

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The Historical Livius

Amid this period of great change, an adventurer arrives in Eorzea,
one whose tale is yet unwritten.

May he ever walk in the Light of the Crystal.