Ive been playing ES games since Morrowind, but thats about the extent of my gaming. I've never played an MMO, and had what might be called philosophical apprehensions about ESO when I first heard it announced, so I didn't get it, and simply went back to Oblivion and Skyrim. When they announced Morrowind, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to revisit my favorite world, so I got it. The way I have always played is by doing location discovery and provincial quests first, and then do the more macro lines. Naturally, I did the same here. I quested until I died regularly, then switched lands (Note: I am f'ing blown away by the enormity of this game. I've always fantasized about a more open Tamriel from a playing perspective and this really doesn't disappoint). I more or less avoided all kind of dungeons because I didn't understand them. Obviously, I understand the concepts, but I didn't understand how they fit into the game except for maybe something to do if you're bored, or have friends on the game.
So what's happened is I've almost cleared the quests on Vvardenfell, decided to do the Thieves Guild and almost cleared Abah's Landing, was curious about Shadowfen, almost cleared that, and then ended up in Deshaan and Stonefalls (my fear of the proverbial "end" stops me from totally clearing areas lol) I'm now level 34 and am only just now starting the main quest. As I've gone along, it now feels like I'm missing out on something by not fully doing the things ~other~ than questing, so I have a few questions:
-The game seems to set up that the main faction quests (Main Story, Fighters, Mages) are all location based to get you familiar with each area, does this mean you should do all of the other things in an area during that time? For instance, while I'm doing the main quest in Stonefalls, I should also travel across Stonefalls doing its dungeons, groups bosses, etc, before moving to Deshaan. Are these leveled? I had no problems doing the public dungeon in Stonefalls solo, but got massacred in the Vvardenfall public dungeon. In the beginning of the game, I tried a group boss and got slaughtered, but that was in Vvardenfell, are the Stonefalls GBs easier? If they are leveled, will it matter that I'm beyond a beginning level, even though this is a beginning zone.
-How am I supposed to do Group Dungeons? Do I just use the Dungeon Finder whenever I feel like it, or is there some sort of paradigm for it?
-I don't understand Guilds. On the surface, it seemed to me just a place for friends, but people are always in the text chat talking about having thousands of members? I spend very little in game money, and have a constant surplus of items that I could sell, so it doesn't seem logical do it only for the store; is just for a built in group of people to quest with? That can't be the only reason, so I think I'm missing something.
-I have never been to Cyrodil, everything I've read about it makes it seem like if you are sub lvl 50, you're just going to get mauled - is that the case?
-Crafting - is it even worth it before you a surplus of traits researched?
Despite my apprehensions about playing my favorite insular, lore based RPG as an MMO, I am having a lot of fun with this game. Lore has always played an outsized role for me so It's really nice to experience the entire world. Vvardenfell did not disappoint - once I saw the scaled of Sadrith Mora and Vivec City I was enamored. Reminds me fondly of my travels as the Nerevarine incarnate....