SE has claimed that this game is "friendly to casual and solo players"
However that stops at aroun Rank 20.
For some time i have now been in the 40s. However now that i am back to work (after a week off) i cant get off my current Rank. Literally the only people on my server that are 40+ are japanese players who play in my morning (i am from UK) so by the time i get home from work they are offline and sleeping or what not. Which leaves about 3-4 people within my rank range that maybe online, now you can expect these to be on all the time, infact if just one isnt on it can cause a problem, due to lack of tank or healer etc.
Now the SP needed to get from 40-50 is VERY roughly around 500,000 maybe? (as i say very rough, i know its 200,000 from 48 to 50)
So, why dont i solo? Well in solo i get on average 0-70 SP a kill, plus the time it takes to kill these monsters is quiet some duration (normally 1-2 minutes maybe)
Maths lesson -
Average the SP at 35
and the fighting time to 90 seconds
500,000 / 35 = 14286 is the number of monsters i need to kill!
14286 x 90 = 1285715 is the number of seconds i need to kill these!
1285715 / 60 = 21429 is the number of minutes
21429 / 60 = 357.14 hours THAT IS OVER TWO WEEKS!
Now remember that isnt two weeks inc sleep work etc thats two weeks of play time!
If you play 3 hours everyday then your looking at 119 days!
Now even if you double that SP gain your still looking at just under 60 days!
Now maybe you dont play one day! or you go away for a few days etc that is still insane!
I have seen people do 40-50 in DAYS in a party, being a part of parties inc the japanese ones i went from 37-42 in like 2-3 days.
Now i enjoy PT play but sometimes i want to solo now OK this isnt stopping me but i dont want solo play to be me banging my head against a wall for 60 days!
---------------------- This is all rough maths since im not making a paper for a prof and all based on my server.