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As you move through a mission the DM will narrate for you. At first this took some getting used to. However, I quickly began to enjoy the thematic element added by having a DM. In addition to the narration is the presence of the ubiquitous dice. All combat is the result of a roll and you can watch this take place on the right hand side of the screen. The developers have gone to great lengths to remind you that you are playing Dungeons and Dragons and not some other clone.
And a snip from Yahoo! Games' article:
This might come as a bit of a shock to MMO veterans, but D&D Online's level cap is just 10. This is actually pretty consistent with the pen-and-paper ruleset, where level 20 is considered "epic" status. You get far more experience from completing quests than killing monsters, so compared to games like World of Warcraft there isn't likely to be too much "grinding" (tedious repetitive killing), although completing quests multiple times on harder difficulty levels does lead to more experience.