it depends on the game you are looking for and no it is far from dying. in eq1, the focus is on group, not solo. in the lower levels you can solo but you get to have a merc from day 1 - gotten in the tutorial. no need to buy anything- just hire him. hiring is free at low levels. from the tutorial most people go to crescent reach. however, there are other options. you can start in your home town. provided you look carefully at the choices and are not f2p. you should be sure you choose the right home town and the right deity. there is a lot of information on each choice in the creation screen. i would suggest starting in the tutorial if you want a merc. then at level 5 you can go to the aas and choose to activate "origin". this sends you to your home town. from there you can pursue the quests and learn about your own race. or if you get your merc and camp, after a few hours you will see an option to "return to home" on your log in screen- something i wish we had in eq2. Each race has racial quest lines to follow. so does each class. there are of course generic quests as you go. if you make a drakken, for instance, you start in CR and you follow Veeshan. you will choose a color when you make your drakken and each color represents a different ancestor. your ancestor will have a breath quest for you- different for each color. this gives you the dragon breath. you need to know that drakken are born as sleepers. they don't awaken to their abilities until the begin the breat quest line. the drakken are by far my favorite race in eq1. i have one of every color. there are no limitations on class on the race, but there is on the color. there are also other races in eq1, each with their own starting areas, their own racial line, their own innate abilities. like the frogloks start in gukta. if you want an indepth game with so very much to learn, i would highly suggest that game. not only that, but other than 3 tradeskills that depend on racial or class restrictions, your toon can learn every craft there is to know. all races eventually go to CR to do that line and all races end up in POK for access to the world that was once only achieved through the Nexus.. So i suggest you check it out but read up on your factions. you don't want to be told in surefall that your druid can't buy there because she killed the wrong mob.