Hi there! I'm not sure how much exposure this is going to get, but I just feel like this would be a good place to put my thoughts down on paper.
My name is Clackling. I'm currently the site manager of http://kol.coldfront.net, a fansite for The Kingdom of Loathing. Also on Coldfront is our PotBS fansite, which works very closely with Flying Lab. So that's how I got into Pirates of the Burning Sea. Also, I remembered a former staff member of Coldfront, Rhaegar, had gotten hired by FLS, and so I knew it had to be good.
Between a combination of IRC and PotBS's forums, I've become very involved in the community. I've made friends with many people in FLS, since they're so good at communicating with their fans, and I love being involved. I've always had this part of me that refuses to pay monthly fees for MMO's. I completely understand the necessity to charge a monthly fee, but I just can't commit to spending that sort of money. However, PotBS may be the first game that will convince me otherwise. Not because of the gameplay, which DOES look really original and fun, but because of the community that has risen around it. I like the people here, and I think that's what I've been looking for in a game. WoW is HUGE, and I feel completely lost any time I try out a free trial. EVE is awesome, but again, I feel completely lost.
Maybe it's the fact that I joined FLS's community before they launched the game, I don't know. The point is, I've found a niche that I like, and I hope to stick to it for a long time.
Next time, I'll post about the pros and cons about FLS as a company. As in, what I think they do right, and what I think they could improve upon.