My first run through Satasha was on Saturday, and I ended up with a great group. The group consisted of a tank who actually tagged all the enemies in each mob we encountered, which made things super easy and smooth; an Archer who constantly moved around to help keep the enemies confined to an area; me, another archer who stood his ground, concentrating mainly on doing as much DPS as I could manage without pulling hate; and last, the best healer I've ever played with. No one came close to dying, health remained above 85% all the time, and we won without a hitch. Very happy about my first experience. :)
It sounds like you had a pretty good first experience, too. Like you, I'm a bit of a slow progression kind of player. In addition to real life constraints, I just like to take my time, enjoy the scenery, the story, and the game, and I like to read every bit of text that I can. This experience, though, was positive.
Edit: I had one embarrassing revelation shortly afterwards, though...I was wondering why no one chatted in party during the entire run...and it was because I forgot to turn on party chat.
A very rookie overlook! Edited, Sep 9th 2013 10:51am by Vaaniks
Primary World: Hyperion
Free Company: Jormungandr
Main Character: Fialas Dawnren: Level 60 BRD/AST/MNK/DoL, Level 16-50 On Everything Else