What are some other things that confuse/confused you as a new player
I got the "pending character deletion" email today so I figured I'd log on to the forum and have a look around, and I saw this thread.
Two big issues contributed to my leaving the game back when I did: not having anything to do (due in no small part to my inexperience with the game), and other people stepping on what little RP I actually was involved in. I got really sick a day or two after my last login and by the time I recovered I could not care any less about wasting any more time in the game.
The tutorial concerning finding employment actually was posted here right after I quit, which is funny because that might have helped me out and convinced me to stay a little longer. My character hit the pavement pretty much every time to look for a job, but I couldn't get anywhere other than by doing package runs. Often my character's job-getting "contacts" were not around or busy and didn't seem willing/able to help anyway.
I was annoyed mostly by how often my RP was stepped on, though. There were quite a few times when I'd go out of my way to be with people my character knew, only for something to interrupt the proceedings and I'd find myself left alone because "danger." Or, I'd meet new people in a bar, but someone more interesting than my newbie character would show up and then my character would be left out of whatever was going on. One time my character's bartender friend was abruptly killed while they were talking--the RP hardly lasted five minutes before someone announced over global IC chat that they had decided to kill the bartender because... "reasons." Obviously the attacker wasn't going to RP with a newbie, and the friend warned my character to run away before the attacker arrived anyway. I spent the rest of that evening walking around and trying to find something else to do before giving up and going to bed. My immersion was broken when I realized that my character was such a nobody that that person wasn't going to bother trying to kill me too if they ran into me.
Despite all the frustration I had with RP, my character did have two friends, and we did RP sometimes, but it wasn't ever really RP that advanced my character somehow or got my character situated in the game with a job and things to do. It was mostly chit-chat.
I did try talking to NPCs a few times but that didn't do anything. My practice was to stick with one NPC and say something open-ended to them, wait 15-20 minutes, and repeat. I read somewhere that this was the procedure for communicating with an NPC but it never worked for me.
Maybe I wasn't playing the game right, but to me it felt less like an actual game and more like a job. I spend a lot of time at work in real life already, and I get paid for that.