I've played this game for years now (way, way before it was on steam which I honestly just moved to) and it has been a great game. It's a really great game honestly and I love it. The creators are still supporting in and releasing updates and it's pretty awesome. However it's player base has started to dwindle and that is hurting it a lot. It was never what you could call high profile but it did have a crap ton of players on it. But now it can be hard to find others. It's possible to get around this if you know what to look for though. First of all, play during the day, esp. on weekends and there will be a good number of people around. Second of all, be careful what server you pick as characters can't move between them. To get around this I suggest using Argonnessen (you might have to scroll to find it). It has a really active player community still and there are a lot of guilds looking for players. Third, JOIN A GUILD PLEASE, just do it, if you are having a hard time finding people that's probably because you aren't in one. It helps, a lot, it really does. As far as finding one goes, hang around the harbor or korthos island (after you kill the dragon, you can't join one before that) and someone will probably try and recruit you to their guild. I know a guild (not mine, I founded my own a while ago and try and keep it kind of small) called Tycoons of Tommorow has been really active lately as well as really into recruiting, so they would be a good choice. Fourth, if a guild isn't helping or your fellow members aren't logged in, use the social pannel. It's there for a reason. It's made to show you all parties looking for members to do a quest. If you want to do a quest that isn't on that list, create your own looking for members party (the tool to do so is also in the social pannel). On the issue of FTP, that lasts for about 7 to 8 levels (that's a lot more than you think, you have to rank up 5 times per level and ranking up is a lot like what leveling is in another game) so you can still get some play time in before you run in to that really badly. HOWEVER, remember this is a bussiness, the company has to make money otherwise they can't have a game so eventually they need you to buy something. Don't get upset about this if you don't want to pay, go play flash games or something online it doesn't really matter. If you are willing to get over that, be willing to pay a little, you can get a subscription or buy individual content. I suggest buying the individual content which you do through the in game store, it's not too expensive and it never expires so it's a lot like buying DLC content for another game. Next DON'T expect this to be the pen and pencil game. It's different, HOWEVER, it really did inherit the heart and soul of D&D. Character building is almost strait out of D&D 3.5 edition and is very (almost deceptively) complex. It's easy to mess up so read a couple tutorials or pick a default build. Whatever you do, don't play the wizard, pick sorcerer, they do everything better and both are free. Wizards just really suck on non-reencarated builds. For beginners I suggest picking the Barbarian or Paladin classes. Both are really good and easy to play (Paladins just got an update and are stupidly powerful right now, I would go with a Human or Dwarf Paladin). Player abilities take a little ispiration from 4.0 (good things not all the terribleness) so that you don't have to make a lot of basic attacks and it's really intuitive. Quests are also really nice as long as you aren't too concerned with your exp. per minute (which honestly just takes the fun out of the game). Take your time and read and listen to the stories, they are pretty great. And lastly just have fun with it. It's free at first so it doesn't hurt at all to try. So come on and play, If you are on Agronnessen and you see a character with the surname Requiem, say hi, I'll see if I can't help you get started.