As promised, here I show a step-by-step of how to datamine in FFXI for any who are interested to know.
It's actually really simple work.
I download the files from the new update. It doesn't have to be from POL itself. Even those that people provide on 3rd party hosts work. You'll see why in a sec.
I run a program called ListXIUpdates. I believe it was written by Mr_Mcgregor who used to post on KillingIfrit. What it does is it searches for all new or modified files in the FFXI directory and compiles it into a .csv file, which is readable by AltanaView.
The list will look something like this.
For music files, I just go into sound/win/music/data folder and sort by Date Modified to see if any changes were made.
I add the .csv file to the lists in AV, and then start searching manually for new dats.
I start with images, then I do a runthrough under NPCs, which will also pick up weapons and equipment (altho equipment will look weird). If I have the time, I'll record the dat numbers for those that show as equipment and then plug it into one equipment list in hopes that it'll show up properly.
I screenshot whatever I find and post it accordingly.
Images include maps and those pictures they use in SoA storyline
Occasionally when I encounter battle models I play around with the motions to see if they have stances or auras visually as they will show up as well.
This is what most equipment look like in the NPC folder. They do not display properly.
For music files, I'll rename the dat as one of those from the POL music folder (usually Dolphin) and swap it with that one to hear it in POL and record at the same time.
And thats it really. It's fairly easy to do but the process of manually scanning the dats can be tedious especially if the update is big or if they update a lot of files (which was the case during ToTM days). Equipment lists are the biggest hassle to deal with, whereas furniture afaik cannot be viewed on AV but only MV, which i don't use anymore.. so I'm not able to sniff that out.
The biggest problems I face are that of human error.. in that when there are a lot of files its always possible to miss one or two out, such as with this thing I just found in the latest dat files.
I don't think it's wearable by players at the moment, because only one of such model exists in the dats. (wearable equipment will have at least 7 copies to account for each race and gender; tarus usually share the same dat between genders)
Which is why I will typically make 2-3 passes of the dats in order to spot anything I missed out.
Moving forward I think I might upload the unsorted .csv file so that people can just download that and search the dats themselves if they prefer to, but I will still do my usual stuff of course.
I trust we are well. Christmas is around the corner and tis the season for giving, so I wanted to do some good this year.
But I also have one wish, which is to get a mythic in FFXI.
For those who don't know, I no longer play FFXI regularly - my playtime has been limited to just-before to just-after version updates. However, even if I were to quit the game, I still keep my account active for two reasons - one, because I can't bear to leave this game completely, and two, because I datamine.
In any case, I would truly wish to have accomplished the feat of obtaining a mythic in this game. In particular, the Nirvana, because I love Summoner.
Anyway, here's where you come in.
EDIT: Post-Campaign summary.
From 11th Nov 2014, I ran a crowdfunding campaign to raise gil / alexandrite for a mythic (I had everything else needed to obtain a 75 mythic save for the alexandrite) Based on my progress and market rate, I estimated that I'd needed around 200m gil in order to buy the rest.
To do this, I created characters on every single server with the same name (except Ragnarok), so that donors could dbox gil to me. For those who wished to make bigger donations to me, they could do so by arranging a meet up on their server.
In addition, I pledged to donate USD$10 for every 10mil donated to any entity (*charitable or otherwise) of the donor's choice or general consensus.
Less than a month in, on 8th Dec 2014, I was pleased to announce that the goal had been met, and so I would close donations in order to facilitate server transfers.
This is what we've achieved.
Gil raised: 200,000,000 / 200,000,000 gil (100% of the goal)
spread across 22 donations, inclusive of 10901 Alexandrites, from 19 separate donors.
(Some people donated more than once.)
My Donation Pledge: USD 100
($30 to BlueGartr)
($70 to an undetermined beneficiary of my choice)
($100 requested me to keep the money)
I decided on the following donations. I love animals (I usually play pet classes lol) so I thought I'd pass it on to help them
$40 The Order of the BlueGartr
$70 Humane Society of the United States
When I first started this campaign, I honestly had no idea how far I would go with this. I was inspired by crowdfunding stories and thought that perhaps something of this sort could happen in FFXI as well. It really was a matter of putting your faith in the community, and at the very least I had hoped this would help kickstart some of the gil I would need to raise to buy the rest of the Alexandrite that I needed.
Quite interestingly, this drive has led me to start playing FFXI a lot more now than in the past few months and I suspect I will be spending much more time on it now as I work my way towards a iLevel 119 Nirvana. I've also had the joy of being able to meet players on their servers for the first time, after having known them on the forums for years.
What this endeavor does tell me though, is that our community is alive and well. The number of people who have reached out through donations and moral support is frankly overwhelming, and I think this serves as a testament to the strength of Final Fantasy XI's online community, which I've been told is stronger than most MMOs. In fact I think this is the first ever crowdfunding campaign of this sort in FFXI (and possibly in MMOs?) and it's a resounding success. We made gaming history :)
Thank you to everyone who made this possible - everyone who gave their support, everyone who generously donated, and even everyone who sold alexandrite to me (especially the people in Carbuncle server). Respect.
Happy holidays! Thanks for making this one wish come true.
update1 (11/11): clarified charity lol
update2 (12/11): opening up to more servers
update3 (13/11): now available on all servers. included note on alexandrite donations.
update4 (8/12): donations closed
update5 (11/12): post-campaign summary. donation pics.