I'm level 5, and I've played each level available to me quite a few times at this point, but I've gained absolutely no money at all. I've found a few weapons, but no armor, and not having much in the way of upgraded equipment makes me feel weak. Will future episodes yield money and armor, or have I already experienced par for the course?
If I die midway through an episode, do I lose all exp and items I earned during it?
What server/schools are you guys on? It'd be a shame if I didn't choose the one you guys did.
Hiya EvaXephon! Welcome to our YG forum! Hope to see you online!
...which leads me to answer your last question first: If you hadn't read some of the other threads/topics in this YG section first BEFORE you joined up, then you most likely have picked a different server &/or school; and not the Harmonica server, Yoitsuki school. Now, because one of the addictive elements of YG is to go doing episodes and doing pvp (Player vs Player games) with others, ESPECIALLY in order to level up faster and get better weapons/more items to upgrade your weapons/more rare clothing, I would highly recommend restarting your game (since you're only lvl 5), and join our server (yes, you'll start from lvl 0 again). Believe me though, it is soooo much more fun to play with others that you know, they can answer soooo many questions ON THE SPOT for you, to get the most out of this game.
Also, joining higher level friends like amfest or smithy in a VERY difficult episode will not only give you EXTREMELY high EXP points, but will speed up the time in completing the episode. I found myself Lvling up from 7 to 18 in just a couple of days just by doing the Boss episode several times (and when they are not around, join any of the other random strangers, using the Japanese phrases that I pointed out on this thread: viewtopic.php?t=148
Read the last post).
It does get repetitive if you're out there in the YG world alone EVERY time you logon. Cuz I'm still a lower level than the others, I always look forward to seeing my YG friends when I logon.
Now, about obtaining money, sell weapons/armor that you already have (unless you get a high level weapon, which YOU already have and use, then you should auction that item). Also, all the items that accumulate more and more, such as the bones, tentacles, etc (you probably have some that have accumulated to 100 or 400), Did you know that these are used to fuse into crayons by visiting the NPC Penguin inside the school, then after you purchase a Year 1 Upgrade book for 500taff, you can upgrade your weapon? You'll need 100 OF THE SAME ELEMENT (not necesarily of the same item) in order to make one crayon. One catch about upgrading, your success rate in upgrading to +3 (ie. 3 times) is 100%, to +4 is 80%, but upgrading to +5 is 50%, to +6 is 25%. And if you try upgrading and you fail, you will break your weapon, and LOSE it as well as the crayon and book that you had used (there is a special Star book that is sold with Star Points - need c/card, which will increase your chances of succeeding but it rare that it will randomly be picked up for free in a pvp game - or was that just a temporary promotion only, amfest?). However, I have played fine with a +4 weapon.
Finally, about dying in an episode. If you play alone and die, you will lose everything. HOWEVER, if you play with at least one other (and this is why playing with your friends is so great), and you continue the episode (by clicking the middle tab under the big "CONTINUE?" countdown), you will NOT lose EXP or items. As I have mentioned in a previous thread (the post link is the above), you should try your best to do episodes that are beyond your capability/level by playing with higher level players, in which you will die and respawn 5 to 10 times, thus, 'leeching' the EXP and items from completing the episode. I felt bad/guilty that I was just there to tag along to get EXP, but then again, everyone does the same.
Hope this is helpful... AND read all the other threads in this YG section for more helpful tips/advice. A few of your questions were already answered in another thread...