Hi All, I have chossen to go back to NA from playing on Asia since it launched. I have done this for a variety of reasons and as I am getting PM's from members of the community about it, I thought I would explain it here. I think most of you know I love Darkfall and have been a member of this community for many years. I have tried to support it as best I can. I have supported Asia and really thought many of the changes were for the best. I dont want RoA to fail or we lose Darkfall forever. (I went destro on Asia FYI). 1). The Skill Leveling Grind. The grind on Asia is massive. Not just 2x or 3x NA but many times that. I have been using greatclub for days and its only 27. Holding down left click for months to get 100 Gretclub and 100 Mastery is not fun for me. 2). Crafting grind. I calculated that enchanting would be 2500 enchants to get from 1 to 25. Thats just to use Q2. I know the devs are looking into the crafting stuff but it feels like they just mutiplied the difficulty without doing trial runs or calculated hours spent. Also slowing down the crafting itself and watching a blue bar slowly crawl across the screen is not fun. 3). Research system - While I liked the idea of destroying items to level off them to avoid flooding the market. Having to get 50 Papyrus and 1 ink every day to create blank schematics to destroy and level off 10 items really take time. You also cannot queue up more than 1 day at a time so you have to log in every day to refresh your leveling queue. 4). Loot - Killing 1 mob and getting only 1 or 2 enchanting mats means you need to kill hundreads of mobs if not thousands to get all the mats you need to level enchanting. I thought I was a good idea but having to just stay in one spot killing the same mob type over and over for hours with low level spells or abilies is not fun. 5). Unlocking Abilites/Spells - Due to the grind it takes ages to unlock abilites and spells. This has taken the fun away for me. I liked swapping between weapons, using different magic, transmuted weapons etc. Now if I swap weapons my skill level is starting from 1 and I do low damage. Its not fun. 6). Billboards - Removing them made sence, until you try and ride accross a empty world on a slow mount looking for people to fight, that you dont find. I dont know if the grind is as bad as the orginal DFO or worse but its too much for me. Its too much cause I am a adult now with limited time to play. I dont live in my parents house rent free and I have a wife, family and friends to spend time with. I really thought the grind would be fine and I had nostaliga about DFO but thats all it was rose coloured nostaliga about the past. I have grown up. I expect more from my gaming time now. MMO's have moved on. Getting various abilties and spells in your first few hours is the norm and it makes the game fun. Removing tedium and helping you get into the action faster is normal and gets you to the fun parts faster. I know some people will say "your not the target audiance". They are right I am a westerner playing a Asia level grind MMO with most systems from 2009. So back to NA I have gone. I just hope if the devs do bring some of the changes they have made to NA or even launch a new NA server with some of the Asia changes they really look into what the NA and Euro players actually want. We are quite a different market after all. If living in a online world for days of real time where everything counts, is a challange and it take serious effort to advance is what you want then do give Asia a try. However if you want to play a game just for fun for a few hours a week you may want to keep more of the NA than you think.