Hi. I just started the game about two weeks ago and I'm new to Mabinogi. I've been hearing about this game for years, but after watching some video reviews on YouTube, I finally decided to try it. Before this, I was playing Wildstar a lot. However, even though that game has an awesome combat system, cool lore, and gives me all kinds of Firefly nostalgia, it doesn't have good dungeon crawling, strong quest bosses, or a decent crafting system for gear. Mabi, I've found, has all of those things that Widstar lacks, plus it's not so hung up on that themepark MMO design philosophy of "Endgame is the Real Game" that causes devs to toss the players a half-baked early game with pre-max level "dungeons" (boss rush corridors, really) that you absolutely need a party for but no one ever runs because they're too busy speed-leveling. I can't tell you how happy I am that at every step of this game so far, there's never a lack of things to do and explore either solo or with a team.
And the combat, while not as frenetic as Wildstar's, is pretty satisfying as well. For me, I actually have an extra layer of challenge tacked on since my laptop's keyboard was designed in a way that I have to hold down an "FN" key all the way at the bottom of the keyboard to get to my F1-F12 keys (the primary functions of those keys have been assigned to things like volume, video/music playback controls, screen brightness for some foolish reason...) and the game won't let me remap the top row's keybindings, so I can only use my number keys for combat abilities. This makes putting together each ability set much more strategic, since I can only have 12 attack moves at a time per bar, and have to have both ranged and melee attacks to work with. I picked Fighter for my starting talent, so I got to start off the game (after getting to a certain point in the "Rush of Love" Fighter quest, anyway) with access to that sweet shoryuken uppercut move...I LOVE that move! XD And pulling off a combo one-shotting one enemy after another is just so dynamic and cool! And Fighter skills really seem to work well with either Magic or Alchemy for ranged attacks. Just lure enemies out of a big pack with a ranged attack, then switch to your knuckles and bammalam them good...I think I get too much joy out of that. But, the gamefeel for every branch of combat I've tried (martial arts, magic, alchemy, dual-wielding swords) is just off the hook.
The community of this game also seems better than on Wildstar. For instance, one time a few days ago, I was out practicing my magic against red bears out by the bard camp. I was pretty beaten up after a particularly tough brawl (one too many mistakes), and I was healing up by my campfire when another player passing by came over and helped me recover. That, along with people actually approaching and talking to each other practically never happens in Wildstar but it's happened to me quite a few times here, makes Mabi seem to be a whole lot friendlier. See, I'm usually quite shy starting any online game for the first time. But, when people actually approach me and chat with me, it helps me feel more comfortable bit by bit. I guess when people are friendly to me first, it's kind of like my brain goes, "Oh, so we're doing this now? O.K., they made a move, we can safely respond." Plus, they actually have a place to see a guild list here, while I still haven't found one on Wildstar. I've gotten guild invites over there...from people who haven't even said two words to me and probably only saw me in passing, like, once ever...but I can't just join a guild I know nothing about either socially or thematically.
Story-wise, so far I've gotten all the way to the G1 quest where I have to get the Back Orb. However, I failed my first time through because I couldn't handle that room full of gargoyles on my own (I only had my melee skills at the time, and me getting pwned like a scrub at that point was my cue to rebirth and start working on ranged skills). I've been soloing everything in that storyline up until that point, and the only content I know for a fact that I just can't beat alone (at this point, anyway) is Shadow Missions. Each one I've tried seems to have some mechanic or enemy that makes it impossible to complete all by myself. After I feel I've gotten far enough with my Battle Alchemy training, though, I'm definitely going back to finish that quest. With two good ranged skill sets and my Fighter abilities (and a few more cumulative levels under my belt), I think I should be able to handle the rest of G1 by myself...I think...
But, I am actually looking for a suitable guild to join too. Preferably, one that's newbie-friendly and full of players who are focused on exploring, dungeon crawling, and treasure hunting, because those are my favorite things to do in any RPG. I'm Akxsel (pronounced "Axel", but spelled weird for availability purposes) in-game, and I'm usually on after 3 p.m. Eastern time. I haven't had a regular channel I log onto, however, I'm thinking of just being on 7 every time since I found out it's apparently the server's main hotspot.
Thanks for enduring my rambling, and see you around. ^_^