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Greetings, I would like to tell you about Wurm Online. A few months back I was referred to this game and I would like to do the same to many other people, since I myself was dissapointed that I had not find this game before now.
You can try it out for free, but to be able to raise skills ingame you have to pay 5 euro per month.
This game it is not level based, instead there is over a hundred skills to skill up in instead, for example I could be a woodcutter which cuts down trees which I then give to my friend and he will make usefull wooden items from the wood I give him, or I could be a smith and create my own cave and then create weapons, armours and other metal items. Of course, you do not have to be dependant on other people but it will be harder without them.
The great thing about this game though, is that it is almost totally player based. You can form the ground, dig in one place then drop the dirt in another to raise your own island if you got the time to do so. You could dig a big field around your player made castle and then dig holes in the ground and use them as traps if enemy towns come to raid your settlement. Join a village, or live with some friends out in the woods, perhaps you like to keep to yourself? Make your own little house on a mountaintop or at great hunting plains.
The crafting system is good, not perfect but good. There is two types of servers, one called "Home" and one "Wild". On the home server you may not steal, kill or loot other players and their settlement but swim over (yes, it's like two worlds together, with diffirent landscapes, all modifyable by players) to the Wild server and join in great sieges on enemy towns, loot their treasures, destroy their houses, ruin their crops, kill their animals, and kill the citizens and take everything for you (or your village) to claim! But be carefull, don't forget to check their political stance, as they might be well connected with other players. Be too ruthless and you might get pillaged and looted yourself by your victims and their friends!
So if you are tired of the same static games, where whatever you do never changes your surroundings like I was, then give this a try! Of course there is much more to the game than what I mentioned here.