The game is MUCH less buggy and doesn't crash very much anymore (something like 1 thousand bugs fixed since november). There are both single player and online modes you can do, as a new player you will be safe from strong players due to the rating system employed in combat. This keeps the stronger players away from the new players. However it is reasonably easy to get up and running and have a decent pvp army within 24-48 hours of starting in the online world.
When I'm not in my right mind my left gets kind of crowded.