I really hate this game. Which is to say, I am having a very visceral experience - half the time I am paranoid, half the time I am pissed. But after each session (even ones that last into the wee hours of the morning) I realize I did have fun. I can say that looking back. Just like a crack head. Anyway, part of my frustration lies in not being leveled up, struggling to get gold and essences. I always play a Mage, and want to here. But I am going to step back and do more melee since reagents are EXPENSIVE. I primarily used a Robe/Hood. My Robe barely gets scratched when I encounter mobs. I use a 2H Greatclub for melee. Because I am going to temporarily focus more on melee, I decided to use vendor bought studded armor with other pieces that are not found with studded. BUT, man I go out and hunt mobs and my gear gets wrecked quickly. So no my problem is instead of sinking gold into reagents, I am now sinking gold into armor. I was told I should get some Bone armor. And I have the materials for someone in my clan to make them. Is it a good idea to use a Hood, since any other helm seems to give a penalty to magic usage? And what about my feels for the Mage? I just want to wear a robe! Is there a possibility that cosmetically I will be able to wear a Robe at some point in the future over my Bone armor? Thanks. Sorry for the rambling. Trying to kill some mobs for essences.