I bought this game the other day and jumped in without much thought. Before and after work yesterday I put about 4 hours into it, and I was feeling the pain. I didn't have a PC back when Neverwinter and such were big, but I had friends who were way into it so I was excited for a modern game along those lines.
This thread has helped a lot. I've taken some notes, I'm going to rob the town blind (I was being a goody-goody about that before and couldn't afford anything anywhere), I'm going to heavily annotation my map, and I've downloaded the game manual to my phone to read at work.
Tonight I'm going to approach the game with renewed vigour.
One of my problems was I was spoiling for a fight, I wanted to get some combat experience and XP. But I see now that doing all the walk-n-talk quests around the town are important. Shades of the Citadel in ME1.
My lead characters RPS'd and told the fabulous five to get stuffed, is shutting down those questlines going to hurt me?