So I was hoping for an MMO home but ended up completely frustrated with the game.
The game was quite confusing on log in even after reading several free guides. I equiped a sword and wandered around. 15 minutes before I found a beetle and it ran away from me. By chance I found a goblin camp but had no way to get to it as it was in a valley. 15 minutes more and I found a way to the camp. I'm fighting a goblin with my crappy sword. Okay I die. No worries. But I'm sitting there trying to figure out how to get back to the rez stone (later I find you can hit space bar at some point to get the death animatoin to clear). I lost the stuff because I didn't know I had an hour to get back to my body so I just logged and took a break. Not a big deal; real life comes first.
Log back in. AI is interesting. Goblins are jumbing around and strafing. This isn't wow AI. Cool stuff. At first I was put off by the fact I was just fighting goblins but actually they have quite different behaviors. I also seem to suck at it, so I decide I'm going to get better. I learn the area. I lean how to run. I learn the importance of stamina. Cool. Getting some complexity to the game even though killing Goblin Scouts and Warriors over and over. I make some money buy my mage staff. Learn how to self heal and shoot bolts. Cool stuff. Learn how to aim at feet. More practice on learning how to run. Log out real life.
Log in again. Kind of excited. Going to get lesser magic up. In a few hours I got it to 35. Died once more but figured out grave stone is blue. Got all my stuff. Did a few quests. Got some help from some helpful players to find quest givers. Getting better at knowing when to run. Getting used to switching weapons. Broke up the day by doing some gathering (logging and mining). Wow, that is boring. Bought some new spells, some passive, some active. All the new ones require reagents. That kind of sucks.
Then I start thinking about the terrible UI. No auto loot. No way to see if you have looted something. No loot all. No sell all. No double click to sell. No undo on sell. No auto run. Bugs in weapon switch (the buttons don't always work). Every time you loot you don't return back to combat mode. Every time you go back into combat mode it doesn't remember your last skill selection. No multiple skill bars with something nice like alt for different selection. This is your typical European crap UI that I've seen on so many games. I played Eve for more than a year, so I'll suffer through, hoping for something redeeming.
Now the highlight of the game on my next log in. I actually start getting good with my spells. I learn how to use a bow along with my 2h ax. I figure out how to use a combination of food and heals and alternate between spells and weapons to chain kill goblins. In a mater of few minutes I I've leveled lesser magic to 56 and filled up my bag completely with goblin loot. Fun times, chain killing with no down time. I'm liking this game.
Time to get greater magic. I go to the trainer in Bel Melek. No greater magic. Er....I re-read some guides. Nothing. I ask in game. I have to go to a city. WTF? What city? Well it so happens I picked a starter city an hour away from a trainer. Fine, that was really dumb. I decide to head to Khosgar. Litterally it is 30-40 minutes of real time to walk there. I swim most of the way because I hear it is good for training. Along the way I see a npc. I visit and pick up some quest. I keep swimming. Make some breakfast and come back.
I see another NPC merchant. I go to visit them and boom I start getting attacked. A tower kills me. Wait wasn't I flagged as a newbie for 24 hours? Why is my own tower killing me? WTF. It takes me out. I loose 800 gold, sends me back to my starter city 30 minutes away. (yeah I carried the gold because I didn't know if the banks were the same between the cities--still probably dumb on my part). I want to talk to a GM. Search help. No info on gms. I ask in Race what happened and they said players trick you to get rid of your newbie protection and turn you gray. I don't even remember seeing another player.
So no gms. Bugged game. 20-30% of my game time is spent wandering around. No real useful help in game. Nothing interesting between places. Too bad, seems like a raw UO with some interesting player skills.
Anyway still deciding. If I can get a gm to return my gold and get my noob flag back I may continue. Don't even know how to contact one though. Otherwise I think I'm out.