This is a good read from a returning player to DarkFall, with the most important point coming in the comments: just like in any good sandbox game, you have to go out and find the fun rather than wait for it to find you. Once you find it its great gaming, but just sitting around wondering why you are not having fun is not the way to play a sandbox. I don’t think any amount of design changes will ever overcome this simple fact: either you are someone who goes out and gets it, or you are not.
Aventurine is opening up EU to NA transfers soon in DarkFall, which should create some massive chaos on NA shortly. I know many players have been sitting on the sideline waiting for this event to get back into DarkFall, and it will be interesting to watch just how many new/returning players will be wandering around in Agon. Pure speculation here, but I think the plan is to see how transfers play out, release the expansion and stabilize it, and THEN release some kind of trial/buddy program. The next few months will be crazy enough in DarkFall without a trial, and when you do launch one you want your game in at least decent shape. At least, most studios do.
Finally, Dragon Age comes out tomorrow and Direct2Drive allows you to download the game now to avoid the launch day rush and start playing right away at 10am Tuesday. Nice move on D2D’s part, and just one more reason to go digital over a box copy. Very cautiously optimistic about this game, hopefully it blows me away.