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I'm an old fart who is looking to get back into MMORPGs after an absence. I played Everquest for about 5 years, and after that AO for several more. My preference was for EQ based solely on the fantasy setting in a world of Gnomes, elves etc. My play style: I tend to level slowly just based on love of soloing and enjoying all the aspects of a game environment rather than constant grinding. I enjoy being a member of laid back guilds who occasionally do fun raids as I have no stomach for an end-game raiding guild. I have always disdained PVP. I'm generally a PvE guy.
I've narrowed my thinking down to three possibilities (though if you think there's another that best fits me, feel free to chime in) with good and bad associated with each.
WoW - Right setting, however it seems to me that this has become all about end-game raiding. Is there still a happy, low level community, and is it still the case that it's populated mostly by uber wanna-be kids?
Warhammer - Setting and game play seem to suit me to a T, however it seems that PvP cannot be escaped. That said, from reading up on it, it seems that PvP is a more fun type adventure thing here rather than the gank/smack talk of traditional PvP. Disliking that traditional PvP, would this suit me still?
FFXI - Gameplay seems to be perfect, but that sword and sorcery feel seems to be the lowest of my three choices. Does gameplay make up for the wrong type of setting?
Let me know what you think would be best for me based on my bio and thoughts. It need not be one of these three, but I am keen on P2P as I've found that most freebies don't do much for me. Thanks in advance.