I love the Red Mage, the class' concept alone is one of my favorites in the FF lore. When I consider how to create my character, I try really hard to make him feel like a red mage.
With the way the armory system works, I need to mix and match classes to get myself to the goal of being a Red Mage. Here is my problem:
I can choose
1. Gladiator / THM
2. Gladiator /CNJ
There are other options like LNC, but regardless I will always have to be a DoW class. Otherwise I cannot use a sword. This gimps my ability to be a magic user in the party, because other "full time" mages will be at an extreme advantage. On top of that, to act as a caster would ignore the potential of whatever DoW class I had chosen.
If I choose to go pure THM/CNJ or CNJ/THM then the idea of being a Red Mage basically goes out the window. I feel this way because Ideally I would want to level up both cnj and thm, and even if I pick one "main" and leave the other at some arbitrary level, I still feel like a generic "mage"
The spells I have don't make me think of a red mage, or any white/black/blue mage for that matter. They are just spells, and the class becomes a generic "mage" which does everything. At that point I get very bored of my character development.
I don't know of an obvious solution or answer to this problem. Because all the people who are saying "just mix and match skills bro!" really seem to misunderstand the way I feel. I don't feel like a red mage.
IMO please change the class names and skills available to each. The roles that are currently going on right now seem rather boring and are too easily interchanged. I want to know that I am a Red Mage for a reason, I want to know that I chose to level up a certain class/way that fits what I was intending on doing. Not to be given the generic "everything" mold and just use my imagination to pretend that I am a Red Mage!
Please feel free to comment on the dev 1033 and 1032, or classes and their abilities in general. this thread is somewhat me just venting... But I would love to see other people's opinions on the matter.