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For those comming back to VG after years away or those just new to the hole older style of gameplay that VG offers in this post i wil give you some information to try and help you maxamize your fun for your romp in telon.
First and foremost when you start your game unless you are on the trial you will get a choice to start your character either on the Isle of Dawn ( a tutorial ) or the characters racial starter area. My suggestion is if your just returning or new, pick what race/class you want make your character start him up in the racial starting area and open your map. Mark this location what continent / area you are on the map ( remember there are 2 very large and 1 large continent) so you could write down thechunk name which is on the minimap or when you move the mouse over where you are on the map itll tell you what the chunk is called. Now that you know where you are log back out.
Next thing is delete this character and remake it, except this time start on the IOD tutorial area and learn the ropes of the game. Once you reach your desired lvl in what ever it is or all 3 of the spheres to lvl 10 exit the isle and go back to the location you marked in step 1 and start the racial starter area chains.
There are group dungeons to do as low as lvls 5-10 that are challenging and HUGE. VG is not and never was ment to be an end game raiding type game. Yes there are some end game raids i think thers 2 , ive never done either so im not sure, but the great thing about vg is that there are over 300 different GROUP dungons spread througout lvl 1-50 and you can group with ANYONE you want of any lvl with the mentour system.
My next suggestion is get into 1 of the well established guilds or make your own, Twilight song is a great starter guild with lots of lvl ranges / alts and new people to play with. This guild is good for finding groups for dungeons and later lvls hooking up as a tag along with 1 of the uberleet raiding guilds. You know the guys you will see scattered around with all the shiney stuff like burning shields and the like.
The next big shock to most of you if youve grown up with WoW and the like is the fact that yes you will loose XP when you die up to the point that you can gain a debt equil to the amount of xp it takes you to get to the next lvl ( ie your xp bar turns red and fills up ) You can summon your tomb at an alter to get all your items that stay on the tomb back , BUT if you go back to where you died and get it you get i think its something like 80% of the xp you lost BACK so its not so bad.
Next thing you have to realize is that not all but a majority of the content is either DUO or GROUP unless you are a few lvls above the content. Lots of classes also are group oriented meaning that they do not solo well at all. ( ie rogue, warrior) are the two prime examples of group classes. They can solo a bit but if your expecting to take on big bad mobs you had better have a healer handy.
Next is the way VG does difficulty in mobs. Mobs are not only marked by level but if you look at the target reticle where ever you have it placed on your screen( default is upper right corner) you will knotice a few little "DOTS" on the target that range from 1-6, now 1 dot is the easiest with 6 being toughest. 1 dots die like cattle to the slaughter for just about any class while 2 is solo range for the pre mentioned rogue/warrior, just about all other classes have little trouble with 2 dots some slaughter them aswell ( ie disc/ranger) now 3 dots are supposed to be DUO difficulty, meaning have a buddy with you. Now anything over 3 you get into 4 5 6, these are all group mobs. some of the OP classes can take out 4 and 5 dot mobs at same lvl but i have only ever seen 1 solo necro take out a 6 dot mob at lvl without dieing and this guy was decked out in raid gear so.
Now travel is next you can pretty much go anywhere at any level on telon. You will probably die if you hit the wrong spot but you can still get a flying mount for 25c and fly to anywhere but that island on the SW side of thestra and thats because well im not sure really you have to take a rift to that island for some reason they block boats and flying mounts, but anywhere else is free game and if your not paying attention you just might get blown out of the sky by a flying dragon so keep your eyes moving around not just on the scenery which is awsome from that altitude.
The next thing is HAVE FUN , if you go into VG rushing thinking to MAX lvl asap then your probably not gona enjoy it at all.