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So I found about this game a month or two ago and was telling my roommate about it and he said he has played for a while and was going to start up again and he was kind enough to purchase an Elite membership for me.
I will start by saying I am traditionally a casual gamer. I started on consoles and dabbled in some graphical computer games. I love RPGs and TBS games and really enjoy LoL. The first thing that attracted me to this game was the website and the forums. I spent a while on my lunch breaks at work reading through the combat logs and though I didn't understand the mechanics it all seemed very deep and fun so I decided to try this game out.
Upon logging in I check the wiki to see what sort of character I want to play. Come to find out the wiki isn't really complete and while it kind of sort of tells you what the class does it doesn't just say this skill does this. Neither does the help files in game. So I deciee to go with a class that seems fun and hope for the best. I pick a monk. It asks what house and city to join so I pick the Ashura and Ashtan because Ashtan is a city of freedom so I figured it would let me explore the whole world before I decide if comitting to one of the more polarized factions. Plus the Ashura place a lot of emphasis on combat so I am hoping that translates to being able to teach me.
After the trial the first message I receice is a tell from someone in my house that says please read help names. I do of course and it doesn't appear to apply to me so then I start with help newcomer and the Ashuran help files listed for us to read and to my surprise there is a lot to read. Each file is good information though each one has things that lead to a new help file. This sums up most of my experience so far. A lot of reading. At one point a Renshi said to start by finding the House hall and a manuscript so manage that and have since returned to reading more.
This is my general opinion about the game so far... please keep in mind it is all opinion and I don't mean any offense by any of it:
My description: Starting off my description is the generic sentence stating my race. Unfortunately unlike the nondescript human I chose to play a Siren and thus my lead into begins This is a beautiful Siren or something close to that. This may be a minor thing to most and yes I understand as a race Siren are supposed to be attractive but when someone looks at my character I don't mind them knowing I am a siren.. but I would rather leave whether she is beautiful to the player looking at her. I don't like the thought of telling someone else what they think of my character's looks but I have no choice in this matter.
Next I don't get much time to log in. Maybe an hour a night between work and school. The amount of help scrolls I have to read has made it so literally the only lessons I have used have been the 15 in survival from the trial. It feels a little like an encyclopedia of knowledge is required to even start to play. This doesn't itself bother me but I hope people don't get impatient with me for not asking for my introduction yet because I am supposed to read all these files and then to fully understand a file I feel I must read this other file and then this other file etc. Not sure if this is bad or good yet.
This has been the bulk of my experience so far. Figuring things out slowly and so far no mean or rude players... just a minor irk with the desc system and a bit overwhelmed with the amount of reading required before I even feel I can start playing. This is also not meant to be a bash on my house or city because everyone so far has been really nice. And my chars name for those wondering is Jiaeraejunji. It sounds pretty to me so not sure why I was pointed at help names.