So I've been playing some Star Wars Galaxies again recently. I originally played in late Beta (Which could be quite painful at times but hey - that's what Beta is for!) and I bought the game at Launch. The launch wasn't as bad as it COULD have been but then it wasn't the best either. I enjoyed the game a lot back then - it was good to be away from a traditional level treadmill for a change! I went there with a bunch of folks from one of my old guilds and for a while we all had a grand time - but fairly soon most of us (Excluding me and a couple others) got sucked into the 'Crafting Vortex' that SWG has - which sucked royally for those of us who want to be out adventuring! It was almost impossible to drag them away from their Crafting Stations! So, I quit - soloing had taken its toll on me (I hate soloing!!!) - and went on to other things for a few months.
Fast-forward to last week - got chatting with an old buddy of mine from back in my MUDding days - I knew he had been playing SWG since almost launch also so I asked him how it was going - I'd heard a mixture of good and bad things from the Waterthread crowd but then that lot are rather jaded at times. I was pleasantly surprised to hear it was going pretty well on there. I'd been looking for something else to tide me over until the next big thing (TM) comes along and this seemed to hit the spot rather nicely!
I re-subscribed and found that indeed, rather a lot had changed - though not so much I couldn't remember how to play! I've explored more with my buddy in the space of a week than I did in two months of play before - its a LOT easier to organize trips when its just two of you as opposed to a whole guild! I'm currently playing a Creature Handler and its been interesting so far - not too grindy (But then when you have a Master Creature Handler to help you get all that Scouting Exp then that's a definite bonus!).
Bottom line - sure, SWG isn't everyone's cup of tea - but they've done a lot of work on it and its only getting better - worth a second try!