As a completely new player to Darkfall - just started on the 2nd of July. I thought that I'd better give my perspective on the PvP vs PVE aspect of the game.
I don't really mind getting ganked, what I do mind is the open loot system. Allow me to elaborate.
I've just been ganked by two fellow Alfar while I was busy fighting for my life vs Skeletons (yes I am new - dont really have much time for MMOs). subsequently I watched both of them gloat over my twitching corpse. They were both obviously way more powerful than I. By the time I ran back to the site of my recent demise there was of course nothing left, they'd even looted the headstone.
Honestly I can say that this has made me question whether I really want to stay in the game. It's not so much getting ganked its the fact that these two lowlives were able to walk off with the fruits of my endevours for the last 2 hours. Soley because they were way more powerful than I am. Running away wouldnt have saved me as they both had mounts. When I asked one of them why they did it, I got the answer "for the lolz".
This really is annoying in the extreme, I've just wasted two hours of my time so that 2 lowlives could make a quick buck. You may well be commenting "its a sandbox"... but in the medieval period if you did this sort of thing on a regular basis you were made outlaw, you could always argue that there is already a similiar system in place to punish player murderers, however in the Medieval period there was no such thing as respawning
IMO the open loot system is grossly unfair and needs to be altered. Either get rid of it completely or make it consensual, ie if you will agree that you can be looted then you can loot others and to put that setting on a long cooldown to prevent abuse.
I havent given up on this game just yet, its still pretty much unique and theres more to like than to not like, but openloot is a serious drawback as far as Im concerned, I'd really like to try DF 2.0 when it comes out, but if openloot is not addressed then Ill probably be giving it a miss.