You sound like me 3 years ago.
I started out with a half elf Pally and made all the same mistakes and was as lost as you are. I attacked my guildmaster when I hailed him. Ooops! During my 30 day trial I somehow managed to get myself to 14. I knew nothing of PoK and made my way around by zoning blindly and jumping on boats. My gear was what I looted from mobs or bought from NPC merchants after killing many rats and snakes. ... I had to travel to Qeynos ... . To this day, I have no idea how I got to Qeynos from Freeport. To this day, I hate Qeynos and still get lost there.
In one day I died all the way from 14 to 10 trying to find my corpse. I had no idea even what zone I was in when I died. I quit. My trial ran out and I said good riddance.
Fizzling spells and running out of mana while a mob is beating on you is beyond annoying. I learned to cast low level spells of all types over and over while I was waiting for a boat to increase my skills. I learned to spam sense heading to stop the compass from spinning. I learned to fish for food and cash. I learned that a lot of the stuff I was looting could be made into something to eat, drink, wear, or fight with. YAY! I learned to swim. I learned to fight while swimming. I learned that sitting down quietly every now and then is a good thing and it was a joy to watch my blue mana bar fill up faster each time.
Good luck to you and say hi when you see me.
Yep. That sounds just like me. I can imagine loosing 4 levels dying when I am able to loose exp for dying.
I would not say that I hate the game. I think it is very difficult compared to DDO where you KNOW which NPCs have quests and you can click on the words to advance the dialog.
"What about quest." no that did not work
"What about I will help collect the tax" hmmm
"What about I will assist you with tax" nope
"What about I will assist you with collecting the tax" WHOOT ...
And one guy at he pool in PoK did not even give you a clue ... you had to know what to say ahead of time.
I did see Aerili in Qeynos last night. Too bad I was just going to bed [5 am] it would have been great to see how it goes with another person. I'm working 4pm to 2 am Chicago time so probably only Aussie are on. She did give me a few buffs so maybe I'll go to Qeynos Hills and get Giant snakes and the Queen Kliknik in N. Qeynos.
One problem is the mobs don't have what they're supposed to have way too many times. That kinda sux.
Having a Pet is a LOT better. I made a command to have it /pet attack a gopher snake and /pet attack a grass snake and off it goes to kill those things and I can pick up the stuff from the bodies.. I don't get the exp but it makes it faster.
I am still not able to kill mobs that give exp efficiently without buffs. Mainly, I suppose, because where I am only the bettle/klickniks give exp now and they mob you. I still need to help my pet out in fights against bugs because if I don't, more bugs come and it dies then I die running to the guards.
I'll be on tonight .. in about 2 hours ... and I'm buffed so I'll probably be in Qeynos Hills hunting Giant snakes and rabid wolves (Faction for guards and priest of Light).
I may try a fighter class to get equipment for the necromancer. if you drop something on the ground will it stay there ... so I can make a Magician ... get items and drop them on the ground and pick them up with my necromancer?
One good thing, aside from the snide comments when I was hopelessly lost in the Library (I know how to get out now ... Look for the Mystics and it is in a semi hidden passage) most of the people are friendly.
gotta go do some work
Edit: I will start practicing my low mana spells to get better at the magic skills. I read where you pick a low manacost spell from each school and make a macro to use them. I'll do that whilst fishing. I actually enjoy that sort of thing. I bought a spit to make sandwiches and fish rolls and I know where to buy supplies for baking.