I got suckered in by an existing player to be a slave on the deed...Or rather, I did all the physical labor in exchange for a place to stay. It worked, since I didn't want to create my own deed and I had no idea what I was getting in to. I like Wurm because I could just do crafting and explore various skills, and it wasn't like so many other games where you kinda HAVE to fight and struggle to survive on a minute by minute basis. I wanted to focus on the crafting aspect and I just hadn't been drawn to anything until Wurm.
It helped having someone already here to explain things, and while it took me a good 5 years to be comfortable enough to travel on my own, I'm now having a good time exploring the various servers and finding the old deeds. With the addition of Archaeology, I think that really kicked it up a notch for me and what I enjoy. There are so many skills I do enjoy working on and while grinding can be very tedious, there is still a sense of satisfaction to get to that next level and people are more than supportive of that insanity.
The Impalongs and such have also been a wonderful piece of the experience, and I have enjoyed participating and giving back to the community. Yes, I know plenty of people sell skills or materials for in game money (I have upon occasion). I don't mind doing things for the sheer fact of doing them though, and helping others out is a great way to connect and get to know other people in game.
I honestly don't have any desire to play other games, as this one does take a chunk of commitment to build skills or explore the vast areas that are available. I know there are plenty of ways in Wurm could be improved, but for now, I roll with the punches and just have fun with doing what I enjoy.