I will be the first to admit that I have been sucked into the universe of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. This is my third MMORPG experience, and this is by far the most complex, interwoven game I've seen, and I've yet to delve into the lore of Telon (the world in which this game is set). The gameplay itself is still extremely rough in spots and some significant elements are missing (Rangers' tracking ability, for example); but still, it's just stinking gorgeous.
I know that one of my screen shots is very dark, but click to enlarge. The first two are from the area I was hunting last night - Maji's Hold - which is between the half elf and the wood elf starting cities. Tigers! Bamboo! Weird oriental-inspired music! More orcs than you can shake a stick at! The last one is just outside Wailing Winds Asylum (the inmates are loose - go whack a dozen of them for a quest reward!), also between those two cities. There's a phenomenal amount of area between the two, and these are just the lower level areas (Levels 1-12).
Laiane Wolfsong is almost to 13th level. The level progression has slowed down quite a bit from when I started, which is good, in my opinion. The level cap is 50, but I'm in no big hurry to get there. Well, that's not entirely true.
This place is NEW and HUGE and part of me wants to run out right away and discover places and learn to craft and do diplomacy and uncover all the quests and and and and, and part of me says, "Stop and smell the roses, Laiane."