I thought it might be helpful to put a guide of this nature up for those enthusiastic PvE players that are considering buying Aion but aren't so thrilled about the idea of being thrown into a PvPvE environment. At the very least, I hope this guide will explain to you the nature of PvP that you will encounter in Aion, when you should expect to encounter it, and how to "manage" your gaming to suit your own playstyle.
That said, this guide is not just directed at PvE players. In Aion there are times when we all need to concentrate on quests, or we are going solo, or we are just not in the mood for competitive game play. Rather than "not play Aion" to satisfy these moments, there are certainly other options available but they require some further thinking on your part. Being a PvPvE game, Aion is a colourful mixture of playstyles so I believe it is important to form a strategy early to allow greater flexibility and ultimately make the most of your game subscription.