Looks like Albion is P&W's pick. IMO it's right in the sweet spot of MMOs.
It's not free to play which means you don't have the P&W effect which relies on a few people paying big money to support all the people who aren't paying anything. It lowers the incidence where some people join but quit almost immediately after. Very little microtransaction reliance and the cash currency and in game currency are interchangeable like P&W credits. Basically you just have to pay an entrance fee.
The premium months don't give special parts of the game. They just lower the grind by giving bonus XP/resources and free points every day regardless of whether you log on. Stuff that is bought with real world cash can all be looted. So you can experience the full game without monthly payments.
The scale is nice. Hundreds of thousands of players, with mid sized guilds having hundreds of players.
Guilds can build cities and conquer territory. The more dangerous the territory, the higher the rewards. If you want to play casual, you can do so in no PvP areas, but the deadly PvP areas are the best for gathering and looting. So technically people can make raider guilds as well as strongholds.
Classes/skill are all item based, so if you want to be a mage, just pick up a mage staff and blow things up. Items determine your skills.
The crafting aspect is really detailed. Everything major is built by players. Good gatherers will find enchanted resources, good crafters will forge higher quality, even legendary artifacts. The crafting can be really specialized too. So someone can be the best at sewing mage boots whereas someone else could be a legendary pick axe crafter.
The game is still in beta, but will be reset for the final time next month. Everything bought with real money in the beta will be given back after reset, so it's a great time to just spend gold and points experimenting with things.
https://albiononline.com/?ref=74L6ANWUBS is my referral code in case anyone wants to play. The referral codes are a bit weird. You'll have to register an account after clicking, doesn't matter if you're going to buy the game or not. They're linked to the account.