I went the way of the soldier too, and pretty much let the computer set all of the attribute initially--I just wanted to play.
I just became a Padawan, and have done a pretty good job of sticking to the light-side. Next time through, though, I will definitely go dark. It looks like it could be so much more fun! I also will spend a lot more time setting up my character.
I've spent every free minute this weekend playing.
Is this game sucking out anybody else's soul?