Is anybody else in the beta for this? I was very hesitant about it, given Square's penchant for messing up MMO's... but gosh it's very very good. The NDA is over, so if anybody is curious I'd love to answer any questions. If you only know of FF14 from the original launch it's worth noting that this is an entirely new game. The end of the world happened at the closure of 14 and this takes place five years later with an entirely rebuilt experience. It's much more accessible to WoW and Rift players than it was, at least.
One of the really fun things is that your character can be any class (and job, but there's a difference). You equip a spear? You become a level 1 Lancer. Equip a bow? Level 1 Archer. Saw? Level 1 Carpenter. You level everything independently, but every 5 levels you gain a "socket" that lets you bring over abilities from other classes. So my level 15 Lancer has Cure from the Conjurer, Straight Shot from the Archer and also the ability from the Botanist that marks fertile trees on the map. It's really very cool, and switching between classes is simple. It really gives you a lot of power over your class customization and you can make some really neat builds...
Anyway, does anybody play? Or have any questions...?