A while back Dave put forward an entire episode of his podcast all about leveling in the game. It's full of helpful tips about appropriate gear, the mentoring system, and making the most of your time on the way up. If you have some time to listen to it, it's well worth a listen if only to hear Dave's broadcast presence. If you don't have some time, he's still on your side. The EQ2-Guides site offers up a massive PDF guide to leveling in the game, making note of every zone option you have from 1-80. Check it out to see yourself through the EQII leveling experience in record time.