I've been playing for over a year now and let me start by saying I'm having lots of fun and hope to stay here for a long time to come. I love gathering and crafting, but I also like to make some progress in hunting mobs. And that's where I'm more or less running into a brick wall at the moment. Partly that's my own fault: I play 3 characters (archer/tamer, melee/swords and a stealthy character I'm at the moment equipping with death magic) so I spread my activities probably too much. But all 3 characters are pretty much stuck in lvl5 zones. My tamer can do the easier parts of Ulfheim and can do Crags Foothills; and my melee/swords character can do reapers/trolls, but that's it. Moving forward is mostly hindered because I can't find ways to generate enough XP to develop skills. Hardened skellies or elves in more than duos are still a problem my characters, except for my archer/tamer. But my archer/tamer needs way more XP to advance than my other characters. Yes, I locked at lot of skills by now. Yes, I'm using foods/devotional buffs/some 3-days buffs/potions. Yes, I have decent gear (but not good). Yes, I learned some tricks by now to manage mobs. What I'm really missing is some nice level 6-8 zones to hunt in and to progress in naturally. And there aren't any at the moment, really. There are 4 level 6 zones. The mobs there are either too easy, or too hard AND too many of them. There are 2 level 7 zones and 4 level 8 zones. All have the same problem again: either mobs that are too easy and too few or mobs that are too hard AND too many of them. I mean, I might be able to tackle one elite skeleton or 2-3 hardened ones, but why put them in groups of 8? So, any of these zones aren't really suitable to generate XP. I find myself doing more and more gathering to generate adventuring XP by way of meticulous collection - but I can't imagine this is what you intended as the obvious way to progress. There are 60+ level 5 zones, and a lot of really amazing and lovely zones amongst them! And 10 level 6-8 zones. Perhaps it's telling that I don't meet many other people who are where I am: level 90-100. Most people I meet are either far ahead or far below. I really crave some good midlevel content. I figure you're concentrating on new high-level content. Of course, the most loyal players are the ones that are at home in high level content. But for a game that is viable in the long term, I think it's important too to make it possible for newer players to keep progressing and make the transition to join that happy bunch. That will only help to create a larger steady player base. Having fun anyway, but getting slightly frustrated. Ysold.