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Decided to download UWO over the weekend, and it really harks back to the original NES cartridges (which I still have) of Uncharted Waters. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many features from the original actually exist in the online game in some fashion.
Would like some advice from those who are playing it, though. Is there any real way to seriously handicap a new player with regards to selected a job or a skill (in other words, is there some way I can screw up badly enough to where it makes more sense to just start over)?
Reason I ask is that there seems to be so many behind-the-scenes details with regards to stats and skills, it's somewhat difficult to get an initial bearing. On school chat, several (alleged) veterans asserted that the Escape skill is a waste of a skill slot, especially considering the amount of skills I can learn is limited. However, I use Escape during every single ambush or encounter I'm in, because I'm a trade trainee and have no battle skills. Therefore... for me, Escape seems pretty valuable.
The tutorial is a bit disjointed and not always easy to follow, but I did finish all 3 of the beginner schools in Venice. I then decided to wander a bit just to see things, and I can see the game could be a major time investment. There is quite a bit of content, and I haven't even left the upper Mediterranean. But while the gameplay and the community seem friendly enough to newbies, the learning curve is pretty steep just to figure out any sort of efficient gameplay planning. Using trade as an example, I started as a trade job noob in Venice, which sells glassware as its specialty... and every town that's not a mind-numbing distance away from Venice (Ragusa, Ancona, Syracuse, etc) always has hugely inflated prices for glassware, so making an actual profit from trading early on is challenging, unless I spend an entire 3-hour play session sailing across the Med and back. I'm not complaining about the travel time - more I feel like I'm "doin it rong". I'm now generally doing merchant guild "quests" instead for cash, and maybe that's what I'm supposed to do.
Curious if I'm just on the wrong track with my thinking of how this game generally operates. Change jobs to Adventure to at least get off the ground (no pun)? I'm happy to grind out trade, but concerned I'm wasting a lot of time doing it pointlessly.