Re: Age of Conan Feedback thread
Nope. Tortage is the only 1-20 zone and is compulsory, like chicken pox, and the only way to vary it is by playing the different classes and following their related plot lines. One of the threads on the AoC forum says you get offered the chance to be smuggled out from your trainer around level 12, but I can't say I've noticed that option.
I'll add that right now I'm very annoyed with a bug which starts the DX10 client windowed every time. I wish Funcom had the competence to go with their confidence.