First, I actually DO like PvP. In fact, I loved it in both EVE and pvp servers on WoW. A PVE only focused game without pvp servers gets very boring for me. I never engage, unless it looks like an enemy. But I do love PvP, and dying is a lot of fun than just going around pwning everything and falling asleep.
With that said, in EVE you could go to a quiet system (by studying the map) and get left alone (mostly) even in nullsec. I built up quite a nice network of personal systems in nullsec and had little outposts around and even (solo) had my own single system under my control. Since it was just me myself and I the space hermit, it took a lot of grinding and a full year of getting that goal accomplished (maybe could have done it sooner, dunno, did a lot of other stuff too and it was just me the space hermit) but I finally had my own place in nullsec. This was the most fun I ever had and felt the most accomplishing thing I've ever actually done in any game.
So I know Darkfall is a PvP MMO (like EVE), but EVE offers TONS of PVE content (missions, some story stuff, crafting, trading, industry, planet base building etc). And even lets a PVE player, with enough work, time, investment accomplish something as far as PVE goes. It would of course probably been easier with friends, but I did it, and no game, singleplayer or otherwise felt so satisfying and felt so much fun.
As for WoW. I played on Emerald Dream, originally I was on a pure PVE RP server. But it was so boring, kept falling asleep as I went around grinding quests without any worry of dying at all. Even later on at endgame zones (broken isles) it was just too boring. So I moved to ED, and it was far more exciting and fun.
I didn't really play too long though, cause I'm tired of WoW after over 10 years of playing (same with EVE Online, which I've spent quite a lot of time in). Plus I want more of a game that is either sci-fi or fantasy on a planet. I don't feel like playing space games right now, kinda tired of them. I like land beneath my legs lol.
I was originally thinking of going back to trying out ESO or GW2 or FFXIV...but I played all those and didn't really like them. GW2 felt meh, GW1 was far better (to me anyway). FFXIV the world is super linear, tiny and loading screens...loading screens everywhere. And ESO just makes me want to play Skyrim, so I play ESO and 30 minutes later I'm playing Skyrim instead lol.
Then I realized, Darkfall...the single only MMO I actually have never tried. Mostly because my friend said there is very little PVE content to do and its 100% PVP. However, a thread on here over in the LFG forum on MMORPG.com seems to suggest, like EVE, I can go off from crowded areas and just focus on PVE stuff...but still have to be careful of players and experience PvP content. It seemed to suggest there is a lot of PVE stuff to do, like PvP content.
From what I've written, does it sound like Darkfall fits what I am looking for? Honestly don't want to keep re-trying the same MMOs over and over with the same result. Like a rat in a maze going around and around the same path lol.