J. Allen wrote:
By the way, I try not to, but I think I really hate Qyzen Fess. It never fails when I'm trying to sneak through a high level mob area, he'll just flail right on over to them and start attacking, and it's at that point I know I'm fucked, and will have to go back to the nearest med center.
Are you sneaking all the time? If so, that could be why you've been having trouble getting XP. My first toon was a smuggler and I used stealth to get around as many mobs as possible. This made the game much less frustrating, but it forced me to PVP my face off to stay high enough level to defeat bosses.