I will disagree here with you. I started having fun from the moment I loged in. And that was before the starting mission you have now. May be even had more fun first months before depositing and then deposoting just 20$. If you compare that to EVE online where everyone will tell you that you can't have fun until you spent months skilling and joining big corporations. In Entropia fun starts from day one. It may stop when you finish the starting missions and don't want to deposit, but if you don't deposit in EVE or other good MMO's fun will stop too. And if your mentor is playing from 5 years 1500$ is just 25 $ a month and he probably have gear and skills to sell.