TL;DR Weird controls, non-existent hot bar ability explanation, and many crashes lead to unsatisfying new player experience. To start, I played UO as a younger man so I have had exposure to many of the ideas/mechanics in SotA. Hence 99% blind and not 100%. Making my pledge: Easy enough, worked as expected and got my usual confirmation e-mails quickly. The system also changed the info on my account immediately so i could go ahead and start playing. A+ Downloading the client: The download link was not on the top bar of the site as most are. Not even in a members only tab. Ended up looking for the link for about 10 min before i found it in the current release notes. Actually i found a link to the instructions which had the link proper. Downloaded quickly and installed to the directory of my choice without issue. C+ First start of the game: Hit the launch button and nothing happens. I notice a new icon on my windows bar so i wait. Minutes go by so i click on the new icon. My second screen goes full white and then the window crashes. I fiddle with the settings in the launcher and try again. Client starts this time, albeit on the wrong screen. I fiddle with the options in the client and get it moved to the correct screen fairly painlessly. (adjusting for w.i.p.) B Intro movie: Holy cow, much hype A++ Logging in and Char creation: Log in was smooth as silk. Popped into the game to be surprised by a control scheme with no mouse courser. Got used to that after about 90 sec of 'dancing' around the grove. I approach an NPC woman. Text flies over her head, or seems to. I take it as that being her dialogue. It then fades before i can read it all. Logically, i expect that text to be displayed in the chat window. It is, but i also come across what the woman actually said, it is only then i realize the flying text was just instruction. I'm told to go to a mirror, so i do. I double click on the mirror. Game crashes dead. Reload, relog, retry, crash. I remember a note somewhere about cloth simulation being broken so i disable it and try again. Works this time. I check out the hair selection, limited as it is, and change a few basic things about my model and spawn back in front of the mirror. (adjusted) B Side note: If you know the cloth simulation is broken, why do you have it enabled by default? Side note 2: Double clicking to interact with objects is fiddly and slow. A single button press would be much better in my opinion. Possibly the "r" key or "`" I don't have the default controls memorized to know key conflicts but i'm sure there is a button somewhere. Adventures on a bridge: I'm told to go back to the woman, so i do. We enter into conversation which at first glance i thought was awkward but after the exchange i understood the reasoning. She gives me a personality quiz, recommends i be a mage and sends me on my way. So i walk by the mirror again, then a building that the 'narrator' tells me ill return to some day (because... reasons??) then i walk into a portal. Then the game crashes again. I reload and relog. Luckily i appear at my destination. I take in my surroundings and happen upon a girl that i agree to save. I never see her again after leaving the building. i move to the gate and loot corpses (because that's how adventures roll) Narrator tells me to look for a gate key that i already have in my inventory. I look around for a lock to use the key on and instead find a lever in the wall. I talk with a round NPC and he tells me to pick up a bow and help him clear a path through a skeleton horde. I find that i have a variety of abilities on my hotbar while i go about the fight, none of which are explained. I pew pew my way though the horde behind the fat man. I occasionally try to loot bodies as i go but end up shooting arrows instead, because button scheme. We get across the bridge without dying. He lends me his boat and sends me on my way. So naturally i go exploring. Find an odd elf dude that i don't think mattered at all, get set on fire because i'm a dumb, and basically get lost. I finally decide the leave the area when i accidentally open my map (that i'v had in my hotbar the whole time but didn't know about) make my way to the boat, try to board and game crash again. B- Adventures on a bridge 2: I reload, relog and find myself at the start of the bridge sequence. I think maybe my progress was lost, but no. The girl is gone. I open the gate to find the horde re-spawned and the fat man unhelpful. I suppose he thought there was no need to help me this time? I make my way across the bridge again in a much more hard fought battle this time. And this time being more generous with my hot bar abilities. Make it to the boat, try to set sail, and crash... B (because taking the bridge solo was more fun) Adventures on a bridge 3: See above... try to set sail and crash. I close the client and send in bug reports. F That has been my experience so far, all 2 hours of it. I currently plan to check back in the coming days to see if the crashes can be reduced or eliminated.