I generally don't really care about the real life stuff and prefer that they jump straight into the game. Not that interested in character design either, but I guess it's a hard part to skip. Especially if you want the character to be something other than a human. Would you mind reading a book that started straight with the game? Like the character wakes up in the gameworld and boom! they are in a fight? Sort of like how you start off in Skyrim? Maybe it would be good for a story that doesn't involve RL or something like a portal fantasy? Or would you feel like you missed out on something? I just started reading Hack by @Paul Bellow and love how they are in the game world in a few pages. Well done! Curious to hear what other people like!