While I may not be able to do much with the mentor system as it is – I rarely get into the Novice Network chat and I can’t do Mentor Roulette – the one nice thing I can do for new folks is provide a mentor experience boost while running content with them. This has come in handy as I assist my sister (Vix) and brother-in-law (Xaa) in their first week in game.
For the most party, they’ve been roaming around, trying different classes, and learning the game on their own. However, last night was their introduction to dungeons – Sastasha – so I was able to do something more than bum around annoying them from time to time. We needed a tank and healer, so I dusted off Zuri’s Marauder, and did a rather rusty low-level tanking job. The mentor experience bonus actually extended to Zuri as well, so happily, my Marauder was almost level 20 before the night was done.
I also introduced them to the Aesthetician, the Hall of the Novice (where they got new gear) and the Gold Saucer. Vix, being old hat to Final Fantasy games, knew exactly what she was getting into when she started the Gold Saucer. Still didn’t stop her from picking up Triple Triad cards, though. 🙂
Aside from that, I don’t know that I’m going to be as successful in my goals this month as I was last month. I haven’t really worked on any of my crafting classes, and leveling is going slowly, but steadily with my other jobs. I have three jobs that are still below level 20, but I’m nudging them up through random things.
Monk is still coming along as well. I was halfway through level 36 last night, so I hopped on a FATE train (which still exists in Coerthas) and snagged level 37. Since Vix and Xaa seem to be playing DPS (I’d expected Vix to heal), and Syn is working up her tank on Zeb, I’m considering dusting off my Scholar on Zuri, which is only level 40 at this point, and practicing healing. I’ll have to reassign my points as I think I have her set up for Summoner, and do some catch-up class quests, but I might as well get experience and practice wherever I can!
Oh, and I saw a retainer out in the wild for the first time last night!
I heard that from time to time, you could see them out there working, and have seen other people’s screens of them, but have never seen one myself until last night!