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I think that now, after the removal of attributes, this game is complete sandbox in terms of skills. I used to hate that when creating a toon, you basically gave it a direct guide where it will steer - either industry, trade or military.
Now, after the removal of attributes, every skill costs the same to train time wise and you can literally create a toon that mines, does pvp and trades without any major drawback.
If you havent alreay, Id suggest everyone hesitating to give this game a try.