Any update of sorts, since I now have one character at level 26, two at 16, and two at 11. I can claim to be experienced at the low level game at this point.
Things have not been going badly. Those gold spammers became very prominent after the first couple days, although they seem isolated to the low level zones, so once I got out of those, the only real exposure I have to gold spamming was in emails (nine in one night is the record so far).
I am running into broken quests of late, and my efforts to petition were met with a very dismissing response. The fellow who responded to my email said he has characters stuck on the same quests, and he lives in hope that someday the quests will be fixed. Not a solution of any time, and his hope for a solution was that someday I could progress again. I cheated though by looking up the quest line in EUSP and found neither of the quests are considered 'major' by the game, so I am losing out on a few quests that these are blocking, but nothing else.
The questing is largely enjoyable, although a few quests seem to be of the 'run in and fight, then res and run in and fight again until the enemy is dead' line, as you have little indication that you are going to meet a level 25 mob that is markedly tougher than any other in the quest until you meet it (typically in ESO you can fight a mob two levels higher than your own level with minimal danger, or three mobs in a group at your own level).
Crafting is interesting, and I have four of my characters dedicated to the five tradeskills, with my Mage handling both Enchanting and Clothworking (and nobody really dedicated to cooking, as that seems to just happen). My progress is not marked, with Blacksmithing being my highest skill at 15 or so, but it is enough to make the weapons and armour for that character, and I am coming up on the halfway point on researching traits, with a bank full of weapons and armour waiting to use up for research. At six hours per item, it will take awhile yet.
My only sizeable criticism though is how static the world feels. Due to the issues with levels (as I had said, you can walk up to three enemies at your level and expect to survive, but a named three levels lower can instantly kill you unless your reaction time is fast enough to hit the right button at the right time) it makes some sense that you would be able to walk away from a quest until you had levelled up a bit, but it is damaging to my suspension of disbelief to be repeatedly told how time sensitive a quest is, only to find I can simply walk away and ignore it for a week, then come back and find the quest exactly as I left it.
My great example is a quest one of my lower levels finished this week. I went into the quest at level 6, as finishing the previous quest in the over-arc sent me there, and I was asked to assist the elf queen by getting rid of hostile spectres who were disrupting her attempts to talk to her ancestors. The hostile spectres were level 8, and the later ability to handle mobs even higher level than me does not really cut in until after level 10, so I simply could not do the quest. I left the queen frantically trying to do her piece while her priestesses cleansed shrines and the corrupted stones prevented the procedure, and when I returned four days later, they were still at it. I was level 9 by then, so the spectres were not a marked challenge, I got all the shrines cleansed, all was well, but I was asked to accompany the queen into an ayleid ruin to find the source of the disturbance, and since that turned out to be a level 8 named, I did not have a hope of defeating it, so I wandered off again, and in the week it took before I played that alt enough to get to level 11, the queen waited for me in the ruin, twiddling her thumbs and enjoying the tomb air, until I got around to her again, at which point we dispatched the named without issue.
It is a bit amusing, but it breaks the immersion, even though I cannot really think of a good alternative to that, other than the older MMO style where if you could not do a quest within a certain time after starting it, you simply failed.
Littera scripta manet - The Written Word Endures