I just put my 40th hour into this game.....Leveling. I played a bit (up to where Fran and Balthier leave) and then re-started. The only thing I've done in my new game is the "hunt" to get access outside of Rabanastre. I'm at lv 38 and have just a few black magic licences to get. Once I have that board complete I will actually start the game. I want to be super tough so I can play with only one or two characters if I wish to.