Goals: End-game PvE
Timezones: North American (EST, CST, MST, PST)
Server: Hyperion [Legacy]
Neutral Impact firmly believes the game is not a job. We all have busy personal lives to attend to and that will always take priority over the game. While our Free Company is not strictly a social group, our social pearl is. We believe the group and the individual are equal. By extension, we believe members should get the respect they deserve and so transparency is important to us for all things; banks, policies, and planning. Our group believes in always moving forward and as such, all our actions will be focused on reaching the end game and participating in it as best we can, as fast as we can. Lastly, we also believe that the most fair gaming environment is created using custom-tailored rules with a firm foundation of time-tested leadership. Our leadership is experienced and highly structured. This isn't your run-of-the-mill guild. We play seriously and also know when to joke around and have a great time.
Our goals will always include defeating all instanced and open world raid content in a quick and productive manner. We may not be the first, but we will always be in the running. To accomplish these goals we seek the finest semi-hardcore players available within the Final Fantasy XIV community to bring their talent here and play their hearts out.
At our recent community meeting new goals for Neutral Impact were announced. I have decided to look at the linkshell in chunks of three months. This helps members track our goal progress within a realistic timeframe, and also gives SquareEnix a chance to play catch-up with today's MMOG environment. In the future, we may accelerate our schedule, but for the time being, the leadership feels this is the best way to compartmentalize our progress and see what is happening within the linkshell as a whole.
Going forward, the following goals have been set forth by the GM of Neutral Impact:
All members are expected to have at least one Rank 50 class by March 30, 2011. The class can be within any category, and Disciples of War, Magic, and Hand are preferable. Members that are not at least Rank 30 currently should seriously consider their position within our linkshell.
Neutral Impact will increase aggressive on the Recruitment front. We are looking to bring in Disciples of Hand and Land now more than ever. We have the numbers to fill out our battle classes (although Gladiators are high priority right now), and so we feel we can begin to focus a bit more on non-battle-related classes.
That said, we are increasing our soft cap to 40 members. This is currently set at 35 so this is not a big change, however we are open to accepting up to 50 members to cover future raiding times. The goal right in front of us is to bring our 33 member roster up to 40 within the next 2-3 months.
Recruitment is now only accepting applicants level 30 or above. The primary reason for this is to gauge interest in players achieving that rank for end game. There are linkshells popping up all the time, even end game ones, and we feel that now is the time to be a cut above the rest. This rank requirement will increase as the average level of the linkshell also increases (possibly at a rate of +5 ranks every 30 days from now until March).
Development of a DKP system prior to March 1, 2011. This will mark the re-opening of our DKP discussion, but a great system is also already in the works by our GM.
End Game related: As soon as Neutral Impact has 10 members Rank 46+, we will begin to utilize our DKP system and participate in end game. This means all current NM fights in the game at this time. We are actually very close to that number and should be starting all that in a short time (way earlier than March).
There are several other minor goals as well, but these are the important ones we feel everyone should be aware of (even you, the reader who is considering applying!). Members also have a great many personal goals to fulfill as well, such as finishing their first or second class to Rank 50, completing their crafting class, and transitioning to true end game content in the next few weeks. There is still so much happening at NI, even if FFXIV is exactly busting at the seams with activity. Well, we are, and that's all that matters right now. If you are interested in joining a truly focused end game linkshell with a deep history of leadership and experience, then why haven't you sent in an application yet exactly? Here's your chance! => Click me; you'll regret it if you don't!
Over the past few weeks we've brought some heavy-hitters into the linkshell. Having expanded our concept of recruitment a bit, giving players more freedom to choose their comrades, the leadership has been quite pleased overall with how things have worked out.
While our roster is still stands around 30 members, we feel the quality of each member has truly increase since launch date. That's certainly a good sign for a growing linkshell, and is a trend we hope to continue. Recruitment is still going strong across the community sites, with particular emphasis on higher-ranked end-game-ready players. That campaign thus far has netted us half a dozen new players, with many more on the way in right now.
With new changes on the horizon, the outlook for the linkshell remains positive and spirits are higher than ever before (or perhaps about the same as just before launch)! That said, Neutral Impact will also be bringing some changes in the near future, based on the new content we receive this month. With potential end game activities just around the corner, the linkshell has to prepare itself to finalize important topics such as DKP system, loot distribution rules, and event scheduling. New leadership positions may open up soon too! All in good time, as they say.
Stay tuned for more big news, right here at your one-stop station for all Impact Gaming news!
Neutral Impact is at it again! After coming very close to reaching its 35 member softcap prior to launch, the linkshell has only pined for more players in the past few weeks. We've been at it a month now and we have a great idea now of our job spread and what we're looking to bring into the shell.
That being said, players interested in joining should keep current on our recruitment box over at the Neutral Impact frontpage (http://www.5thedition.net/ffxiv/viewnews.php). If you are looking for additional information on the linkshell, don't be shy and head to our forums and make a post. There's a lot to read there as well.
For those players that are looking for our kind of shell, there's never been a better time to apply! With the December update, and open world Notorious Monsters just around the corner, we're gearing up to take 'em down! Neutral Impact's current goals are to have a minimum of 15 members ready to rock 45+ by that time to shoot for some server firsts, maybe even world firsts!
Seriously though, check us out! What have you got to lose?