I bought into the Closed Beta on January 21. I bought a Mercenary pack because of being older with no gaming reflexes, I opted for any advantage I could get. This w, a, s, d, Shift and Space for movement is still unnatural for me.
On my first day I got locked out of my account (didn't notice the CapsLock on) and eventually got back in. The next morning I found out that an unrequested refund had been initiated on my Mercenary pack. That left me with 3 ships instead of 10. A very long discussion with support eventually netted me a "free" Mercenary Pack after about 12 days without the ships and such that I have paid for. 15 days later I still have not seen the "refund", but support has been very gracious in their efforts to make things right. I can honestly commend them on their efforts to date.
I'm trying gaming to find something cheaper, but engrossing, than golf when I retire in a few years. I have friend my age who are gamers so I don't feel too out of place. I find most games have no interest for me. COD, WOW, LoL GTA5 etc. don't interest me in the least. WoT and WoW are intriguing, but haven't been sufficient to get me to jump in.
When I saw Dreadnought I was very intrigued. I talked to my sons (one in his last year in electrical engineering and the other a front end developer), expressing interest. They've been trying to get me to play video games with them since they were kids. One bought the Hunters pack and started playing. After a day or so, He told me that he was enjoying it and showed me some play.
I bit the bullet and bought the aforementioned Mercenary Pack. After some play with one son the other, who was watching, indicated an interest, so I sent him one of my invites. We had fun playing together, them doing relatively well, and me bringing up the bottom of the charts. Then we started getting pulled into Veterans matches. Very disheartening, especially for them. I continued to bring up the bottom of the score sheet, but got killed more frequently. Harder to progress when it's going by so fast, and your fingers still don't work.
My sons still get on occasionally, sometimes with me. I've continued with the grind. With my ships gone I had to work with the 3 tier ones everyone starts with. Luckily my GB points/gold did not go away, nor did my elite status. After a quick conversion of 2500 GB into 300,000 in silver, I had the means to open every ship required by the tree but one, to date, as soon as I could muster the experience points. I've been through the grind, in level 2, with only one 20,000 xp point ship still to get.
I've discovered that the Dreadnoughts move slow enough that I can almost keep pace with the movements with my struggling left hand. The Destroyer is almost as easy and the Tactical Cruiser play style I can almost get. Some styles of the Artillery Cruiser are OK, in fact I have most of my hours in one or the other. I'm somewhat hopeless with the Corvette, which both sons are quite proficient with.
I've come to terms with being pulled into Veterans matches. I'm marginally effective in a Tactical Cruiser. Less so in a Dreadnought or Destroyer. Mostly I try to help my team by not dying, or at least dying less. While I get better with the controls, it's not a bad strategy, even in recruit matches.
I'm not looking forward to Veterans matches until maintenance is worked out, even with about 15 tier 3 or tier 4 ships available. I intentionally keep my Veterans fleet unpopulated, to try to bias towards recruit matches.
Advice to noobs:
Buy Elite status if you don't have it. 30 days will get you through tier 2.
Buy GB points/gold and convert to about 200,000 in silver. Keep some gold for converting XP to FreeXP from leveled out ships/hero ships.
Play all of the ships in tier 2. Try to level them out with their own XP. I was principally interested in Artillery Cruisers, but I have found the others interesting and in some cases preferable. After watching my one son in a corvette, I want to master that ship also.
By then, we may have a reasonable maintenance and payouts for Veterans ships and above. If not, you can play tier 2 until it is no longer enjoyable. You will have spent about what a game costs to own and it should keep you entertained at least as long.