I have three things to offer, two of them potentially helpful, the third just something I want to share 'cause funny.
I'm not doing this to make fun of anyone or single anyone out, but just to highfive someone for their wit. This was VERY funny: [quoting OOC-Chat] Someone says, "I will say some of the code, from what I've seen is pretty fucking cool." [quoting OOC-Chat] Someone Else says, "Yeah? You're gonna be blown away when you see the RP." Well done, Someone Else. Good wit. Good sport.
The answer to the question about 'how does money get into the economy' was alsoon OOC-Chat today: [quoting OOC-Chat]: mechanically speaking, there are too many sources of chyen entering player hands to describe them all. Jobs. Sales. Loans. Theft. Et cetera. The sources could be a player's character, an admin NPC, or a coded system. Money enters the economy, it just does, that's pretty much all you need to know.
I wrote something a while back on another website, and I shared it here when another new plauer a while back asked "how do you progress in the game"
It's a long post, and potentially all of it might or might not be helpful, but I'll quote the part which I'm thinking of in particular:
"Persuade other characters. Cajole, trick, pay, bribe, entice, force them to work to your character's advantage and advance your character's agenda. Or, allow others to do this to you: Your character's goals can be reached by riding the coattails of someone else who's going that way - and when they've gotten you where you want to get off, assert your own agenda again and get off their train."
They don't necessarily have to be going the same place as you, but they've gone someplace, they want to keep going, and they need your help. Do what they need you to do. Ally with them. They'll reward you for doing things for them, and even if you don't give any fucks about the things they want you to do for them, their authority, mentorship, experience, knowledge, and resources, and the rewards they give you, will help you go YOUR way.
Anyway, Jago, I believe you when you say you're quote "an awesome roleplayer, one of the best out there, when there is...shit to do" unquote, so, I do hope you stick around and keep at it, figuring things out, getting involved with stuff, getting your characters into position to do some cool things, because if you are that person you say you are, you're going to be a fantastic member to have in this community and in the game. All of us here appreciate bitchin' RP and the ones who are both awesome as well as clued (about how the RP game works, not about how the coded game works) really do find that people flock to them. There's so much shit to do that you'll find that you can't log off till your fingers blister.