Dark Mode (BETA):

Not in all mmo games is the aim to level up and actually that’s not the aim at all in mmo’s. The aim is to become stronger, getting better and in mmorpg’s the aim sometimes is then to get ready for pvp. Black Desert online doesn’t have a goal. It’s a game where you can decide how to play it. It’s a MMORPG with dozens of options, such as fishing. It is different from mmorpg’s such as TERA, Aion, Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, League of Legends and the like. I’ve played myself TERA and Aion and also The Secret World (mmo adventure) and Devilian and Blade and Soul. In Aion for example the aim there is clearly getting stronger and take part in pvp. Aion is mostly pvp oriented. Black Desert is more PvE oriented. There is pvp, but currently that doesn’t live that much and people already leave. I’m talking about the EU/NA release then.
In Black Desert you can fish all the day and do nothing more. There are those who do that. Not my cup of tea, but as said Black Desert doesn’t really have a clear aim.

As for levelling; you will gain levels very quick in the beginning. Probably you will be level 10 when heading to Western Guard Camp for the first time. But indeed, gain some CP and knowledge first when you start for the first time and be sure to increase your inventory space as well, cause your pockets will soon be full.
Next to that new players should just follow the questline first and don’t go just to somewhere, especially not towards thermian cliffs and try to get to calpheon on low levels.