I played Final Fantasy XIV since 2010’s alpha. I recruited a large group of friends into playing around 1.23, Realm Reborn, and Heavensward’s launches. I’ve enjoyed its many successes, minus one thing: housing.
When the playerbase exploded around Realm Reborn’s hype and launch, I was surprised to see Balmung turn from a relatively tiny community into the very same server some players on Mateus are complaining about being too large right now.
The housing areas were bought out so quickly I never had a chance to get a small plot. When apartments were released, I managed to get one – on the sub-ward – after staying up until 2 am on a work night, waiting in a long queue, then panicking after being glitched behind the new building. A few of my friends snagged an apartment as well. Most of my friends didn’t.
Some of my friends had to buy the game/its expansion, set up their subscription, make their character on another server, then pay about $15 for a transfer to Balmung to get around its closed-but-not-entirely-closed-gates-of-entry. We wanted to play together. We found a way to. Then were were stuck because changing servers would cost a crap ton of money.
Then Square Enix released their New World and World Population Balancing Incentives. This meant a new start on a new server – Mateus – and the possibility to finally own a damned house. When I transferred I had about 1.5m, so I started working toward hitting the 2m mark, and so on. Balancing that and work has been really hard lately, but things were looking up.
Then news spread that wards were quickly filling. My new Mateus friend, who owns a lot of land, said he’ll loan me the rest of the money if I could find an small open plot.
I checked Lavendar Beds. Nothing. Traveled to Mist. Nada. Close to tears from frustration, I teleported to The Goblet. Nich.
As my blood pressure rose, I noticed something different about Goblet, Ward 12. The entire ward was owned by two people. I logged out and haven’t logged in since. Queue rant: