SOOOO not trying to argue with you friend, nothing but respect here. I do not think leveling your toon is that hard, nor finding the gear. Put that in my original post~ agnostics or a PL will fix that bit right quick. Then you hit 100 and its forced quests all the way from there for XP. To be honest, I am not a fan of that, I think (maybe up to 110 or more) there should be XP for killing mobs. Its the other things listed (mount/ mercenary/ familiar ect.). I would almost consider 1-100 a new/ returning players acclimation period. If they know how to do it, they can level quickly if they chose to do so. Gear can be found along the way.