Ryzom really does seem difficult at first but over time you learn to stop treating it like other MMOs and learn to work with Atys instead of against her.
It was only about 12 months ago on the old Feedback Forums that Iala was saying how KP had to be removed as it was too hard, and that the Kitin Lair was only good for maxing your DP because it was too hard ot gather Occupation mats. Pretty sure I was the one telling Iala back then that he just needs to learn how to play, now here's Iala telling others the game isn't hard enough. Ahh, how quickly they grow up :D
Stick with it Sinsemilla and anyone else struggling with the difficulty, it feels like an honest achievment when you work it all out.