I would like to start off by saying thank you to @kyn for putting together basically all of this proposal as I lack the forum posting skills to put together something that looks this nice and well put together. With that said a lot has changed since and I'm currently editing it to better reflect some of those changes. Keep an eye out for when I do eventually resubmit the proposal everyone
Proposal To Create A New Division In Remanants Of Hope For
Final Fantasy XIV A MMORPG Created By Square Enix
Final Fantasy Website - https://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/
Game Released August of 2013 and currently has 2 expansions. Guild has already been created in game on the Mateus server.
There is a third expansion just announced called Shadowbringers and coming
Early Summer 2019
I. Final Fantasy XIV History
Final Fantasy XIV is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by Square Enix. Directed and produced by Naoki Yoshida, it was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3 in August 2013, with clients for PlayStation 4 and macOS following later. The game, known as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, is a replacement for the 2010 version of Final Fantasy XIV, which was shut down after negative reception at its launch. Final Fantasy XIV takes place in the fictional land of Eorzea, five years after the events of the original release. At the conclusion of the original game, the primal dragon Bahamut escapes from its lunar prison to initiate the Seventh Umbral Calamity, an apocalyptic event which destroys much of Eorzea. Through the gods' blessing, the player character escapes the devastation by time traveling five years into the future. As Eorzea recovers and rebuilds, the player must deal with the impending threat of invasion by the Garlean Empire from the north.
The game released to largely positive reception; critics praised the game for its solid mechanics and progression, and they commended Yoshida for turning the project around. The first major content patch—"A Realm Awoken"—was deployed in December 2013, and introduced player housing, player versus player arena battles, new quests, and the first 24-player raid, Crystal Tower. Subsequent content patches have been released every three months. After a poor 2013 fiscal year, Square Enix executives attributed the company's 2014 return to profitability in part to the game's strong sales and subscriber base.
As of 2018, the game has reached a cumulative total of over 14 million registered players and recently enjoyed its 5th Anniversary! The first expansion pack, titled Heavensward, was released in June 2015. The second expansion, titled Stormblood, debuted in June 2017; which also marked the end of service for the PlayStation 3 client. Final Fantasy XIV continues to grow and there are talks of its third expansion coming soon. This new expansion is speculated to have a new class with it as well. In the end, the game had a very dark beginning and was reborn into the success that it is today; a future that we would like to see come to fruition for the Remnants of Hope Final Fantasy XIV Division.
II. Remnants of Hope Final Fantasy XIV Division History
RoH has had a Final Fantasy XIV Division in the past. In August 2013, a group of members proposed Final Fantasy XIV become a Division within the community, and it was successful! The Division started on the Balmung server. This server is a Legacy server, which means it was two of the original 1.0 servers...Fabul and Besaid...merged together. Balmung quickly became known as the “Unofficial” role play server, which would end up causing some issues in the future for the Division. The leadership of this new Division had no experience, quickly burned out, and left leaving a scramble to find new leadership. More newer, inexperienced players came and went into officer positions, until the division commander also stepped down; leaving behind a single officer. The activity of the guild started to thin and there were not many players left to see the Division a success, so in the end the Division had to close.
Players were still around after the division was retired, and a Final Fantasy XIV thread popped up in the casual games section. Other RoH members came to test the game, and ultimately left because of the Balmung server issues: Square Enix has a system in place to handle server loads where new character creation is halted on heavily populated servers. Balmung, being the result of two servers being merged and the unofficial RP server, experienced the highest strain out of all the servers, so RoH members wanting to come to Balmung and play were not able to make characters. They were told that the guild was on Balmung and not being moved. The only way in was to spend an additional $18.00 US to transfer over. Eventually, Square Enix shut incoming transfers down for the Balmung server and stagnated both the server's community and ROH interest in FFXIV.
III. The Rebirth of Final Fantasy XIV in Remnants of Hope
I have started a “rebirth project” and players started to come together again and organize for the game. The first thing that was taken care of was the server issues. We decided that the server would not be a good choice if rebuilding the Final Fantasy XIV guild. So, the guild was remade on the Mateus server. This server was dubbed the “Alternative RP Server” due to the issues Balmung was having. It is a populated server but less than the size of its counterpart. Several RoH members joined the existing Final Fantasy XIV Interest Group and started to organize everything. Working together they founded the FC and started to get the word out. We started at roughly 4 members and quickly began to grow. Currently we have grown to near 67 players in our interest group and 15+ active members in game. We continue to add more members that are becoming interested in joining the cause and these are all RoH members ONLY! We have not recruited outside of the community.
One of the biggest issues with the last Divisions failure were players experience and also players willing to stick it out and not bail. We have been building our group off existing RoH members ONLY and have a lot of experience coming into the fray with us. Below you will find the players that will be stepping up to fill the officer roles. There are also already several members that are wanting to be assistants for the RO and RP officer. Building the group from existing, experienced members of RoH, although was a little difficult, has proven to be a blessing. Not only have we got amazing, experienced members, these members have made Final Fantasy XIV their home already and this only leads to a successful, and long life of the Division.
Continued History of Final Fantasy XIV in Remnants of Hope....
Final Fantasy XIV has been, since the Division was closed, been kept alive by members of the community for years. You can find that casual game post here.
You can see from the first post how quickly the original division fell apart. The game released Aug 2013 and first post here was July 2014. Everyone tried to band together and still enjoy the game together. Once I saw what could be of the community, I decided to start this project and you can read it's posts here.
We joined together and organized further into the Interest Group which is here.
IV. Final Fantasy Division Structure and Leadership
If passed the structure for a Final Fantasy Division will be mostly the same as every other Division. There currently are players willing to and already function as Division Commander and Recruitment Officer. We are looking into RP Officer, PvE Officer and Crafting Officers as well and as we grow, We feel that these spots will fill themselves.
Here is a current link to our guild in Final Fantasy XIV
The Leadership of Final Fantasy XIV Guild
We have had members step up in our community, all with the same goals in mind. To establish a great guild in Final Fantasy XIV and to grow and enjoy the company of our fellow RoH Members. All of us know of the past Division and since the start been working together to make this potential Division shine! All the leadership, if made into a Division, ask the EC to allow the following members into the positions listed below. All members have varied experience in RoH and I feel will help us make another solid Division for Remnants of Hope!
The Members of Final Fantasy XIV
One of the core things we tried to accomplish for FFXIV is building the membership base solely from Remnant of Hope players. We have NOT needed to recruit from outside of the community. We have players that have been with RoH a long time and members that are still Trials (as of this writting). We have a lot of members that held previous leadership positions across all Divisions and still more members joining. Below I will list some members and the experience they have in RoH and in FFXIV.
* Click to See Member Info
Recruitment in a Final Fantasy Division
Final Fantasy XIV has been out for five years now and has a thriving community. Being on a fairly large server as well as an "unofficial RP server", we forsee no issues once we start openly recruiting. The players stepping up into the RP Department are already at work crafting a running story for the guild. Having this established department functioning was a priority so we have something to offer to potential applicants that wish to join for RP. We have an amazing player stepping up into the Recruitment Officer position and everyone should know who SilentTheGray is on our community. He is very passionate about the game as well as our community and has been a RO assistant in Guild Wars 2. We also have several members waiting to become assistants to the Recruitment Department when the time comes. As of right now, we have not seen a need to recruit from outside the community.
Recruitment will operate exactly as the other Divisions and is written in the Charter. There needs to be no ademenments or changes of policy for a Final Fantasy XIV Division. Our community ads posted on the various websites will be enough to attract new potential applicants to our family. There are many of the same avenues to traverse for recuitment advertisements. We can use the FFIX Recruitment Reddit, the official Final Fantasy Server Community Forums, and also the fan made RP site Hydaelyn Role-Players Coalition We can also use word of mouth in game as well as in game chat channel messages and the Mentor system, which is an organized custom chat channel with features to help to New Players to the game learn about the game and their classes (jobs) and roles in dungeons. More can information can be found here at the Mentor System and Novice Network Wiki page.
V. What A New Division Could Bring
Our proposal is two fold. We have to prove that we have overcome those issues that caused the first division to close, while also showing what the game is and has to offer. These are pretty big hurdles to cross and our team has stepped up and I think knocked it out of the park. If we are established as an Division again, we will be bringing an established officer group with experience already in assistants and leadership roles. We will be using members that have already been behind the scenes of the Recruitment Departments in the Divisions you already know and love. We would be bringing in the same quality members that RoH is known for!!
A Final Fantasy XIV Division will bring a new, fresh breath of air to the community. A new game to explore and play in together as well as make new friends with recruitment. A new world to build a character and explore in role play. A new community to grow and enjoy PvE and PvP together. And my personal favorite part is the raiding! Brand new fights for members to enjoy, from 8 to 24 man groups. Single boss fights to multiple boss encounters. Final Fantasy XIV also has many features to personalize your characters looks as well. Many items can be crafted by players and just one of the many things we can do together as a guild. There are so many PvE events that can be done daily in groups which can be found in the About Final Fantasy XIV section of this proposal. Another big attraction is the housing in Final Fantasy XIV. You can have your own personal house, an apartment, a room inside the guild house, and of course guild housing! Of course, we could go on for hours about the masterful storytelling, the beautiful world, fashion, questing, the unique armory system, and in general about how awesome FFXIV is. But don't take our word for it: we would love for you to experience Eorzea for yourself.
VI. Game Cost and Subscriptions
Final Fantasy XIV also offers a Free Trial that players can try the game up to level 35, which gives you a great feel for the game for free. Without any sales, the game itself is $59.99, which will get you every expansion up to Stormblood plus a subscription for 30 days. Alternatively, you can purchase just the base game for $19.99, which also comes with 30 day sub: If after the free trial period, you are still unsure if you want to join us in Eorzea, this is a fantastic purchase, as the game to level 50 is huge and will not leave you with a want for content. The game is available on PC, Mac and PS4.
There are 2 different subscription models for Final Fantasy XIV: an Entry Sub for $12.99 a month which gives you 1 character per server, max 8 characters, and the Standard sub at $14.99 a month that will allow 8 characters per server and max of 40 characters. Remember, you only need one character to play all classes. We have a LinkShell in game which allows us to communicate with the members on the Free Trial, because the are not allowed to join guilds in game. Silentthegray is hosting a repeating event to where we reach out to those that are wanting to try the game for free, and also allow them to play with RoH members as well!
VII. In Conclusion
If you are a Remnants of Hope Community member who is interested in a Final Fantasy XIV division, please let your interest be known to myself and to the Elder Council. Your support can help get this off the ground. On behalf of the entire Interest Group for Final Fantasy XIV, I thank you for reading our proposal and look forward to the coming days with the decision from the Elder Council. We all know that we have given it our best effort and enjoy playing the game together, regardless of the future decisions to make this a Division or not.
If there are any concerns or questions from the community or the Elder Council, myself and the Final Fantasy XIV community will be happy to try to address them. Thank you for taking the time to consider this proposal.
Support for the Project
Here are some quotes from players that have been backing us. I thank you all so much for your help on this project! This comes from everyone that is in a leadership position or amember in RoH. Names are omitted and those players will have a chance to speak up during the community phase of this proposal.
Special and Ongoing Events
We have already been running events and have had several guild meetings in game. Everyone has been working together to see what events work and which events would not work. We have seen what was popular and are repeating those events. We are starting up a Member of the Month which should have our first member announced in December. Below I will link several events and follow up as well as a "bulletin" or news letter I would also like to start having monthly.
Events, Announcements and Meetings
These posts can be found in our Casual Game thread
A Little Final Fantasy XIV Proposal Announcement Teaser Video
This was something I made to advertise and hype up our FFXIV players.
Information on Final Fantasy XIV
All the information about the game is found below, which is a massive amount of info
and this is the reason to place it behind spoiler tags for easier viewing.
Here is some information about the game and includes all the current playable races, all the current playable jobs (classes) as well as things like Role Play, Crafting, and the things that can be done solo or in groups. At the start of this spoiler tag, there is information about the base game as well as all, soon to be three, expansions.