I was lucky- no delay getting in, no lag, only one disconnect. My daughter was not so lucky- older computer- lots of lag and freezing.
Even though in the same party, we were sent to different overflow servers, which is frustrating to say the least.
We deliberately chose an "unpopular" world and I would have hated to play in one of the really crowded ones.
I chose Norn because it is my least favorite and I am trying to avoid too much spoilage for release and I was disappointed in the lack of face choices. I just felt that either you got a good-looking younger face or very wrinkled/scarred older face. Nothing nicely weathered. I don't want a pretty boy - at least not to be my only direction to go in.
As an older gamer, I knew it would take me a lot longer to get the hang of the keys, etc than my daughter, and I was right. I also knew it would be much different than GW1 but, wow, am I slow. I feel the option of having gameplay hints displayed (as in GW1) would be helpful- I had no idea of how I could upgrade armor and what does 'soulbound' mean? Customized to me? (that just occurred to me as I typed this)
Part of the slow feeling is because I know I can play for only 2 more days right now, and I will be much more relaxed at release. Still enjoying this so much, and plan to try out different professions, now that I know how to get around the starting area and can focus more on gameplay.
About skill spamming- It does feel a bit that way at first since you start off with one skill and have to spam it to learn the next. I tried the elementalist and like it, except that the range is shorter than I like. Since I react slowly, I like to be a leetle bit further away from my targets.
The cities are amazing and confusing- I look forward to learning my way around them. And to exploring the whole new world we'll have to play in. And to finally be able to try pvp without the burden of people wanting to know what skills I have or counting on me to do a specific job- too much pressure for me!
Off to breakfast and then hoping I can get back to the beta with no problem!