''It all began with a stone, Or so the legend says.
In ages past, a sentient jewel, enormous and beautiful banished the darkness. Its many-colored light filled the world with life and brought forth mighty Gods.
Bathed in that light, the world entered an age of bliss. Until, after a time, the Gods fell into slumber. That world was called: Vana'diel."
Yet now, it is time to return to the crystal and depart from the world which has been my home for over eight, long years.
Much like the last time I left, it is due to my real life changing. My contract in Japan is nearing its end, and I will have to look for another job either here, or back home. I need to improve my Japanese, and build up a portfolio of work if that is going to happen.
My weekly webcomic series also eats up a lot of my free time, leaving me with barely any time to play the game I love the most; Final Fantasy XI.
The main problem with FFXI is the amount of time it takes to do anything. At endgame, even things like Salvage II, Delve, and Skirmish get incredibly monotonous after a while. With the direction the game is heading in terms of "equipment levels", I don't think I can actually be bothered putting time and effort into getting items that will be replaced every month by something better.
"But isn't that the point of an MMO?" is what you are probably asking yourself. Yeah, pretty much, but there is no denying that FFXI takes the crown when it comes to time and effort outweighing reward, especially when it comes to things such as Mythic weapons, which I had started to take seriously near the end.
Maybe I've just grown jaded over these eight years, or turned into a much more casual type of player as I suddenly became an adult, and all the free time I had after school vanished.
However, I do believe there is another world out there.
A world built upon Vana'diel, one that welcomes players with no time as much as players with no life. A world with many new and exciting mechanics, possibilities, challenges, friends, and a sense of adventure that I have missed for the longest time.
That world, is Eorzea.
I will be moving to Final Fantasy XIV as a casual player in August, and unless a miracle happens and I win a Rank 1 prize in this year's FFXI Mog Bonanza, I won't be returning to Vana'diel.
I want to thank everyone who made the memories I still hold dear to my heart possible, whether they were in the same Linkshell, server, forum or not, you all played a very special role in keeping me hooked to the game this long. Without all of your support, I would have left years ago.
You can follow my new adventures with both old and new friends here on my brand new FFXIV blog. It's similar to A Puppet's Slumber, so I hope you can transition easily!
And that's all there is to it!
If you like, you can read the very first FFXI blog entry from 2007 here, and view my weekly webcomic series here.
Thanks for reading, and goodbye!