I have never played AoC but what XM-S describes is pretty bad. At least newbie areas should be safe from pvp. I suppose there is some kind of pve server you could go to instead maybe XM-S?
Gotta be fair about this, as I was unclear. This was a return. I was level 55. Yes, there are PvE servers (um, I think, been a while), but its a PvP focused game, and much of its content in neutered in a PvE environment.
My stance is, you can PvP, which is fun, without ganking players that have absolutely no chance of fighting back, which is not, and this concept is utterly lost on AoC players and its dev team. The overall design of the game accepts this behavior, and the culture of its players encourages ganking of the worst sort.
It just isn't fun. Its like trying to play a game while your kid keeps unplugging the console.