I am aware that the PvP aspect of this game is disappointing and rewards people with several accounts and those that sink inordinate time into it.
Being not a PvPer I have been interested in a few things I can do in this game that I am absolutely enjoying and the hours have flown by. Firstly I spend close to 20 hours watching videos, reading forums and visiting sites about the systems in this game and I have not even scratched the surface of this incredible game.
I decided to play on the Nuian faction because I liked the racials better. Then I played very slowly reading everything and took a few days to level to 34 and this in between the holiday break for X'mas. I was careful because I read that people made mistakes upgrading their gear and then spent a sleepless night thinking I had sold the lute only to realise the lute I had was not the explorer lute which came later in another quest.
Anyway the combat is definitely surprisingly fun. It involves using skills in combos and I have this skewer skill that if I place carefully can take a huge chunk of life and occasionally outright kill the monster but it has to be placed just right and if the mob moves it may miss altogether. I am a Edgewalker which is a mix of Vitalism, Auramancy and Occultism. It is not as effective at killing as the the other dual wielders I see playing around. I am however not interested in PvP and I figured if I do join any faction war I can heal people which is why I took Vitalism.
Anyway let me come to the part I love. The commercial and farming parts. I got an 8 by 8 farm and spent half a day trying to decide where to put it. You see as I wanted to avoid PvP I can only sell in one zone compared to the three available on your continent. So I also figured out you cannot sell the specialty packs which is the packs you craft and do trade runs with in the region they are made. This limited my choices and because I joined the game so late most of the choice real estate is gone. I'll be damned if I am now going to buy them from unscrupulous people who just land grabbed and are now trying to sell them at ridiculous prices. So I rode everywhere on my trusty steed looking for a plot. I finally found one close to an arid area but I manged to place my scarecrow garden itself in a temperate area. Mind you plants have climate requirements too and they will take far longer to grow to maturity depending on where you plant them.
There are also animals you can raise and all over these housing areas there are fantastic animal sounds of all types of creatures. It is wonderful to see and there are these Cashemere Yata that bounce around so adorably. There are close to 12 different animals and they all play and make their respective sounds and look different as they grow. The trees and plants you can grow are numerous not to mention the huge cornucopia of recipes you can make. The sheer volume of items one can make is daunting to say the least. You can also just run around and collect things in the world but every action requires labour points and there's the rub as it is limited to 5000 and regenerates rather slowly. You have to play less if you don't want to run out but some people have several accounts.
Anyway I have planted my plot with 2 trees and few grains and other plants I got around the world and also purchased from the seeds vendor. I intend to craft my first trade pack and deliver with my donkey which I got. Trying to carry the pack on your back is too slow. You can actually use the sea route but you need a good boat which you can also craft but there will be others waiting to kill you and destroy your boat and take your packs. There is a pirate faction that steals from both factions. There are prison terms given out for crimes. If you brave the PvP areas you can sell to the other continent and some island too but you will need people to protect your cargo. Yesterday some guys from our own faction killed members of their faction and stole packs that were quite valuable. They were laughing it up in the chat while the person that even lost their car was angry more people did not help defend them.
I must say this game is engrossing for someone like me who enjoys crafting, farming and running trade packs. I haven't even got to the part where I can make better vehicles and improve my scarecrow farm and also get my 16 by 16 farm. There are also aqua farms where you can raise coral and other underwater things. It's amazing how much work went into the nitty gritty of this type of farming. There are so many small things you come across that shows you that the people who created this game had such an eye for detail. I just wanted to share my experience and this thread is in no way trying to gloss over the obvious PvP problems it has.
Martens: "With all due respect, madam, where are you going with this?"
Avasarala: "Wherever I goddamn like."