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I will recreate this same thread in the BBO forum as well, since it's the same game run by 2 diffrent companies.
BBO is at : http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/295
Well i have played and i am still playing BBO, on the F2p Server, all i can say that it is a diffrent change from VCO, with the community being wonderfull and helpfull . Not so many "spoiled" kids here compared to other MMO's population.
If you are at least 18+ and act mature, you will find a new home for your online gaming needs
As many of you know BBO is the same game as VCO (Voyage Century Online) but ran by a diffrent company ( with it's headquarters in Germany VCO is run by an US company but with it's HQ in Asia).
Bounty Bay Online - Run by Yusho, have decent staff members who actually know what they are doing and how they are doing it, so far i haven't seen them doing anything to the game in order to ruin it. I like it how a managing company doesn't interfeer in the game with all sorts of activities and does not make radical changes all of the sudden without making sure everything works perfectly and it is bug free. Even if there is a Bug of some sorts they can quickly fix it. The support team actually knows how to speak english and understands it perfectly and they provide real sollutions to problems you may encounter.
As for VCO,
VCO gives new players some "pimped" out Ship and Gear, to attract new players, but what this actually accomplished was to destroy 25-30% of the game's content, disolving any attempt to craft your own gear and leveling the inferior levels of your ship. (Practicly you are missing out since the lower levels are the most fun to play on, since they are not so grindy ) . I got a level 6 raider ship quite fast on BBO without the need help of "Newbie" items, and i enjoyed it. Besides the "Newbie" Gear you receive in VCO there are some really lame events with really dumb rewards, who put some players who have worked really hard for their gear in a disadvantage, making them question why they are still playing there.
VCO is ran by a really money hungry company as well, taking content out of the Free game, and making you Pay for it in order to gain access etc. (Yes not to mention the faulty support, in which if you are in trouble you could wait at least 1 week to explain and re-explain the same case over and over again untill you reach the end of your nerves)
BBO/VCO offers a lot of content with plenty trading skills (Mining/Logging/Fishing/Tailoring/ShipBuilding/Foundry/Alchemy etc. ) to intense Ship battles and Land Battle.
The newly F2p server on BBO was launched aprox ~1 Month ago so you will find a lot of new players just starting out like yourself.
All in all if you are looking for some time to relax you can enjoy this game and at the same time find out how the world looked a few hundred years ago, then you should give this game a try.