It is hard to describe how much I enjoy Island Sanctuary these days. I tip my hat to the developers at FFXIV. They seem to have combined the things I enjoyed about garrisons with the thing that made the farm in Halfhill so relaxing and fun, mixed it all together into a beautiful and relaxing zone, and then added a fair degree of silliness and fun. I'm spending a reasonable amount of time in my Island Sanctuary, not just because it provides a great place to hang out and be productive while you're waiting in queue for your daily roulettes.
I keep forgetting that I should be farming materials for the top-level crafting and gathering gear I never bothered making for myself and my retainers. But at the moment, the Island Sanctuary is too much fun to be bothering with that.
I'm currently sitting at level 7 with my Island Sanctuary. I've upgraded my Cozy Cabin, Workshops, Granaries, Pasture, and Cropland. I've got one of every type of animal up to medium hanging out in my pasture. I'm coming off two rest days for the workshops, so I'm waiting until I accumulate enough cowries to unlock the next plots of land in the upper area.
A handful of exciting things that I've discovered along the way:
- Always make sure that you've crafted all the equipment that shows up in your log. Almost all of it is used to unlock something new, and that something new will almost always provide you with a decent chunk of experience.
- For farming materials, Google is your friend. The spot that shows up on your map to gather certain materials is often not the best spot for those materials. If you're short on a particular material, do a little research before heading out.
- It appears, the way it is laid out now, that the pasture is not large enough to hold one of each animal available, including all of the rares. So be selective about what you're snagging.
- If you haven't discovered this already, your mount is insanely fast on the Island, and there is no fall damage. So go crazy getting from place to place.