Runescape and Albion Online actually have similar leveling systems
I called Archeage a WoW clone because of the dreaded level/class system I hate so much. I liked Runescape because there was no going from zone to zone to level-up, and as you hit level 30 a 20-29 zone is a place you'll never visit again. In Runescape I found most of the world to be useful in some way at all levels. There is no artificial separation in the world between low level and high level players. Even a level 100 player still likely visits Lumbridge from to time, if only to access the bank.
I enjoy MMOs without class separation more as well, though these are very are. I like having a single character rather than a bunch.
Runescape felt like a world, WoW doesn't. No other MMO did, maybe except Tibia, which my friends were obsessed with and I only played a little bit of (full-loot pvp-everywhere, but no crafting ruined it for me).
I don't mind wasting time, I think, I started in Runescape from scratch once just to play with a friend of mine who lost his account (downgrade from combat level 85). Plus I will learn the game and meet people to play with (hopefully) which means I'll be much more competitive during release. Guild wars is something I am really looking forward to. Only MMO I played which had this feature was Lineage 2 with its castle sieges.
Only concerns? That there are not enough active players in the beta. Some people claim the game is dead now.
Runescape and Albion Online actually have similar leveling systems. Albion Online is similar to Runescape in the ways you seem to like Runescape. You can do whatever you want in Albion Online. I actually am a former Runescape player myself and i moved over to Albion Online because of how much it was alike, but better than, Runescape.
As for pop, we are still in a beta and the servers are indeed slowing down. But its by no means dead. My advice is to get in now and learn the game before next wipe.
I agree that 30 $ is a fair price tag, my friends do not, but I always thought they have a weird idea of game pricing. They cling to F2P games and spend money on microtransactions. I think that's foolish, I'd much rather just pay once and enjoy the game. I know there's a premium account option, but it doesn't look P2W or pay-to-enjoy-the-game to me.
Are there enough players active for guild vs guild to happen?
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Just a wild albion idea
They'll be just another tool to perpetuate huge alliances dominance over the black zone, as they won't ever lose it
Now the hard part would be where would Kings vs Queens fights take place
If people in guilds could join also, or guilds as a whole could join (if all their members have good standing at least) then that could be another box of content for pvp.
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I think that albion online is a great game
If you wanna try it out i'd wait until it comes out of beta so you dont work hard for nothing.
In the albion current beta Learning Points was made too strong
As to Learning Points there is a drastic nerf that is going to be comming to it that will hopefully make the economy better.