So I left many years ago, before Affliction was wiped - played on a pvp server, and came back to try the pve servers.
So it appears a few years ago Rolf the original creator left and hired people to do the programming/updates and these guys are 10x better than rolf ever was! The cooking update is absolutely fantastic, and the amount of content they've implemented since I've been gone is amazing (they implemented bridges finally!).
It is clear that Rolf was stagnating the game and I recommend everyone give the game a shot! I play on Exodus, under the name jonsnow. Otherwise, you can also try Wurm Unlimited.
Totally willing to give people tips/help just msg me.