archeage caters to the 'hardcore' players, who enjoy sandbox games focused on pvp and cooperation.
yes, the questing is extremely generic, but that's because that's not the focus of the game - the game really opens up once you're 20+
mana shouldn't be a problem unless you have a horrible build honestly. a few classes even have a mana regen skill etc.
gliders aren't supposed to be used as 'flying mounts', they're supposed to be just that, gliders. which you can also use to escape from battle, lol. hilarious tbh.
but yeah, it seems like trion's version is really shitty compared to the russian, i have no idea what they were thinking tbh. identifying gear for lp? so stupid.
the coin/harvesting etc. is normal though, because they want you to subscribe (it's very cheap on other version though) which i recommend anyone to do if you're serious about the game anyway.
i don't know exactly how trion is doing things, but regardless you don't need anything other than patron status. everything else obtained via the cash shop is useless pretty much.