Originally Posted by Palle
I commend your dedication. I've never been able to get anywhere in FFXIV, despite this stubborn feeling that I should be able to enjoy the game. I just can't progress and stick with it.
How goes those changes (version 2.0 or something) I read about a while back?
Version 2.0 isn't supposed to be out until near the end of this year or early next year, as far as I know. Rumor is we'll hear more about it when E3 rolls around. The game has gotten a lot better in recent months, although some things like poor servers and coding remain, and continue to pose some problems that can't really be addressed until 2.0 actually comes out.
Recently though, the Legacy and Welcome Back Campaigns
have just been introduced. If you have an inactive account, you should be able to play the game for free from now until the 20th. There's a list of several patch notes and changes here.
Other than that, it really helps if you're in a good linkshell. Luckily, one of my good irl friends is one of the officers in mine, and we have all sorts of cool people in it, including one guy who's around my dad's age, lol. Also, we have a "mid-core" mentality - we like to try to do well in all of the game's content, but at the same time, we try to keep it fun and easy-going.
If you have any other questions about the state of the game or anything, feel free to send me a PM, and I'll try to reply back when I can.