Phinigel - You're closing in on lvl 20 if you did Crushbone, I assume, doing the shoulderpad and other associated turn-ins. Being on Phinigel the zones to level on "these days" don't apply (yet?). The zones to level on over a decade ago when you played last do. The Caiman quest on the beach of South Ro is great if it's available at this point. The Ro desert area (including the Oasis) in general can be diverse and lucrative if you have a speed buff and some friends. You never have to leave the Ro deserts to go from lvl 12 to lvl 30 if you know what to hunt and where to hunt it. Befallen - Connected to the Commonlands - is a good choice for a lot of classes, especially paladins and necros. When you get in the 20-30 range there are the orcs and gnolls in Highpass and Goblins in Highkeep. Estate of Unrest is great. There's Mistmoore of course. I don't recommend the Karanas unless you just want to work on faction (bandit sashes and such). About the only thing there that will take you from under 20 to mid 20s would be the scarecrows. Everything is so stretched out and then there's the chance of running into a random cyclops or something... Stick to East Antonica or Faydwer. Lesser Faydwer can take you from mid to late teens to mid to high 20s fairly quick, but it can also end up killing you over and over if you struggle to avoid the roaming red-cons. Give feedback on your progress here if you're willing. I'm curious (and I'm sure others are) as to where you pick and how things go. Good hunting!