http://www.burningsea.com/page/home This game went free to play last month. I picked it up last week after the DCUO beta ended, since that got me to make a station account. I had played the pirates beta a couple years ago and thought it was too grindy and unpolished. Now, several closed and merged servers later, it's... only slightly better. I have not run out of easy quests to do, though it has trouble directing you to the appropriate town sometimes. Ship combat is still unique for an MMO, but it tends to make fights long and boring half the time. Swashbuckling hasn't changed much, it's still unoriginal but functional. Free play restrictions are actually kind of harsh, but isn't going to hamper your ability to reach cap. It will stop you from having more than two ships at a time, which hampers your flexibility in port battles. You won't be able to participate in the larger aspects of the economy, as you're limited to two economy slots total. The good news is, you can pay for one month and cancel, which will give you everything for a month and let you keep everything afterwards except premium mission access (which isn't a problem). So far, I've gotten a spanish navy officer to 23 with some poopsocking. It's been an adequite distraction, but I don't intend to keep playing it for long. I'm kind of curious if anyone else has given this a shot?