My name is Dennis (on these forums I use the nickname "Paprika2215") and I am really new to DDO -- I have never even played the original D&D game. But I recently heard about it, and decided to give this a try, and so far, I really, really like it. But there are several aspects of this game that intimidates me, while at the same time, I think it's super awesome: the main thing here is the incredble amount of different options I find! It's just, all of that can be a bit intimidating to somebody completely new to this online RPG genre, you know?
So, as a beginner, I have several questions, and I hope very much that there are many helpful warriors, sorcerers, barbarians, cleriks, etc. out there who don't mind sharing their knowledge and experience!
Question 1: Is there a certain order in which to do the quests? My character's name is Paprikadude von Chilisauce and I'm at level 2 now, and rank 8 I think... Also, what's the difference between "levels" and "ranks"? I have played several RPGs before, but they only had "levels", so it makes me confused about what is what.
Question 2: What exactly is a "path"? When I went to my trainer in Korthos Village, she said I was on a "path", and that I could choose to stay on that path or choose to alter it by choosing the abilities to upgrade myself. How do I know which ones to upgrade? Or should I stay on my path? So far, i have leveled up only once, and I chose to pick my own abilities to upgrade. Does that mean my character has left his previous "path"?
Question 3: I found out that I somehow got some of those "turbine points" before even spending any money. How did I get that? And yes, I do know what they're for, and I already know how the in-game DDO store works, too.
Question 4: How do I know what the best gear is for my paladin? I only have two good weapons right now -- no, make that three weapons: an Ember Longsword, an Acid-Touch Longsword, and a Fire-Touch Longbow (plus about 300 arrows from the DDO store!). I've also noticed that there are sometimes numbers beside the weapon/gear/item name, like this for example: +1. What does that mean?
Question 5: Is there someone out there who can, umm, maybe help me out with some good gear? Remember, my paladin is still at level 2.
Question 6: This last question is perhaps the most important. I'd like to ask if there's anybody who wants to be my friend in-game, so we could team up and quest together? So far, I've done all but a single quest (Heyton's family crypt) by myself. For reference, my paladin's name is Paprikadude von Chilisauce, I don't have a specific server, and I live in Europe, so my time zone is CET (Central European Time).
Alright then, thank you all for listening to my plea for help! I do hope some noble heroes would stand up and raise their sword by my side, so that we may slay many ferocious creatures together! ...*Ahem*, I might have taken the whole "roleplaying" thing a bit too seriously...