I'll tell you where some of this compete with the vets mentality comes from: Darkfall is ONLY PvP. There is ZERO fun to be had pveing in Darkfall. ALL fun content comes from PvP. Cities, guilds, sieges, raids, houses, village caps etc.
This isn't WoW where you can have a blast leveling up with friends in newbie zones or your level zones and have fun not running into level 80s. This isn't some other game where there is actual low level content to be had, fun quests, dungeons, instances, low level raids or just even decent monsters.
ALL of Darkfall's community interaction comes from PvP, other than that you're mindlessly grinding to get to that point. This is a fundamental game flaw that has existed since launch. I was critical of it then, and I remain critical of it now. This is why people want to hit PvP ready status soon, so they can actually play.
Couple this with the fact that this is a full loot game, and many people find it fun to grief new/low players even though they gain nothing from it, and many people get discouraged right away. Why would you loot a guys bone set? I understand its the nature of the game, but this is a GAME, it's supposed to be FUN. There's a reason its dying/dead. Nobody can do anything fun without being a maxed character.
Oh go grind the newbie dungeon for hours? Sit in the same room and kill shit for hours on end? Fun. Go grind the Crog to get magic up? Fun. Hope nobody comes and kills you and takes 2k regs off you? Fun.