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I have been trying to get into a good MMORPG for a couple years. I have tried EverQuest, Dark Age of Camelot and Earth Above and Beyond. I get bored with these games very quickly however. I like the traditional pen and paper role-playing, where there is adventure and quests and fighting. These games, generally, are all about fighting to raise stats to kill bigger and badder things. This gets boring very quickly for me.
Earth Above and Beyond was closer to what I wanted: exploration, what appeared to be an expansive story (but not really), and alternatives to JUST fighting. But, once again I found myself going through the typical motions to raise stats.
EVE looks promising but I don't want to spend $20 to try it (call me cheap). Does EVE offer more than the typical fighting to raise stats formula? Is the game world constantly changing? How hard is it to learn gameplay? I'm not a person that can afford to play every day for hours... maybe a few hours a week at most: can I still keep up with people that can spend more time playing?
Thanks for your opinions and advice.