I don't understand why so many recipes weren't updated. They still make Dated versions of things using those horribly complex old recipes.
It's really bothering me that I have only a few pieces of gear to choose from between 1-20 (and compared to pre-recipe overhaul, it's 1-50). Where are the cowls, the shirts, robes, half-robes, pants, gloves!?
When I first started playing FFXIV last year, something I really admired was the diversity of clothing available for the same level range. Coming from World of Warcraft, where you wear whatever has the best stats (it's usually an ugly yellow thing, too), this was an amazing and new kind of equipment system! I could wear a robe, or a shirt, or even a doublet. The melee classes had access to heavier gear like bone scale armor (one of my favorites) and armored gauntlets.
Why is this gone now? Instead of updating Dated recipes, 70% of my options are simply gone. Yes, I can always wear Dated gear, but since no one makes it any more and vendors don't sell it, I'd have to level the necessary professions just to craft each piece.
I, personally, like to see my items all become spiritbound. And when they're done, I swap them out for new gear to bind. But it's really bland to just keep swapping one hempen acton out for a fresh one every few levels.
My latest piece of gear is a Shepherd's Tunic. However, like most of the upgrades for my clothing, it boosts stats for DoL and DoH. Seriously, the only decent attire I have is that damned Hempen Acton that I am so sick of looking at. I can't even have a SHIRT until after level 20.
Am I the only one that gets bored when my character looks the same for ten levels at a time?