So I was hesitant to even try Shroud of the Avatar... I just assumed it wasn't for me. Holy crap! This game is so addicting! I can't stop playing it. Out of all the sandbox games I have played, this one is the best hands down. Once you enter the world map for the first time, you will be shell shocked. The first MMORPG that actual innovates and tries new things.
For those of you on the fence about Shroud of the Avatar, I suggest trying the free trial. The only issues right now I would say are performance issues WHICH ARE BEING WORKED ON in the near future (Like May/June) it will be ironed out.
You can do whatever you want in this game. It doesn't hold your hand and it doesn't force you to do anything. Build your own character and trade with others. (100% player driven economy) In the future, they are adding player-crafted items to part of the loot tables. How awesome is that!?
Shroud of the Avatar is the #1
sandbox MMORPG ever made.™