Wurm Online is a sandbox. With that said anyone is free too manipulate the environment, including the would be no good griefers who get a kick out of destruction and others misfortunes. Paying extra for a deed to prevent unwanted modifications makes sense because it stops someone from grabbing the land and taking it from those who would use it. Sure you get people who deed huge areas and do nothing with it, but that is their choice because that is their money to waste and sooner or later it will disband or be sold to a player who would use it. As far as free to play, World of Warcraft is free to play up to level 20 just like wurm, but once you hit 20 there's nothing to do so in both games you are forced to subscribed. So many games now are marked as "free to play" and are really all just micro transactions. I've played so many of theses and right on day one if I wanted to get anywhere I've been forced to spend up to $30 or just to be able to have a mount or buy coins for a new dungeon unlock or any of the things that would make the game fun. In my opinion an far more expensive game to play would be Eve Online with all the cash you need just to get a decent ship to do anything, or Runescape that limits free player to a few skills and less then 1/4 of the map along with their new "buy coins to gamble" system.