Hey there Duders,
A friend and I decided about a week or two ago that we wanted to host a forum website for a dedicated community. We searched and searched and found that the market was a tad bit saturated for mostly everything. However, after a couple of conversations between the two of us, we finally decided on a game that had a strong IP, but still enough of a niche to make us stand out a little more prominent in the long run. That game, obvious from the title, is the "rebirth" of Final Fantasy XIV.
When Final Fantasy XIV first released, I ran out and bought the Collector's Edition. It was one of those times, that I'm not so proud of, to increase my "maturity" by playing something from a franchise I never liked before. I was hooked right into the game from the start, but also noticed the fatal flaws the game had. It was then that Square Enix announced it's move to allow the game to be played for free while they fixed it up for it's 2.0 release. It's been several years from that, but it's nearly here.
The site will be a community portal of sorts. We do not plan to host our own Free-Company or Linkshell within the site, but a more personal and dedicated meeting area for those that will. We launched not but a couple of days ago, and we so far have quite a few people who are obviously showing a lot of interest in what we are doing. Yeah, we may not be the first to do this, but I think we're on to something when we have a great bunch of people who are still interacting after the first day of "new romance."
My reason for this blog post was to invite my fellow duders over to the site to give us a try. There is obviously no form of obligation to sign up or stick around, but if you have any out-lying interest in the game, or plan on playing it, we may have been able to create a great environment to form relationships with others or simply a place to visit from time to time for news, chit-chat, and other stuff. The man behind the entire thing, Vamped, has put a good amount of money into this with the purchase of a fantastic, and modern, forum system that has everything and more that people would expect. Give it a try before shoving it off as the typical fan site! We really do think we may have something here.
Here is the link to the website itself: Click Me!
Here are a couple of forum posts I've picked out that show a little but more personality in our forums. A "spotlight" if you will.
- A thread about our Role-players. Seeing as it is Final Fantasy, expect lots of Role-players!
- The introduction board. As you can see, a lot of friendly faces around.
- A fairly nice thread about everyone's Anime recommendations. I know some here love Anime, so maybe they can share their experience?
- A simple "What are you playing?" thread to help break the ice with some new forum-goers.
So, hopefully by checking out a couple of those threads, you'll find that we have built a great foundation for gathering all sorts of people to play FFXIV. I hope to see some of you there!