Thanks for the helpful and constructive responses.
I was expecting more flaming, and it's encouraging that I didn't get that.
As I mentioned... I'm just now learning about the PFO project. However, I think hearing about various 'first impressions' can be really helpful.
At the moment, I think the average person has to really dig for solid information on the proposed game via forums, blogs, etc.... which I don't think is the best way to lead the Kickstarter pledge drive.
But a lot of the explanations I've read were helpful and it's good to know I misunderstood some key things.
I'll keep a keen eye on PFO, and when I get some time I'll read the backlog of blog posts to become more familiar with everything.
However, the actual Pathfinder campaign setting isn't my favourite... so if I eventually pledge, it will be to support the sandbox format and the vision of the developers.
I'm still not sure I agree with everything, but we'll see how it goes once I learn more.
Another thing which concerns me is the amount is how the developers will actually police the 'degenerates' that this type of game attracts like flies to a fresh corpse.
I've already read that they intend to fight griefers, but I can't imagine it's something easily done with a small team. It'll depend a lot more on the design, and from what I've already read... it seems to be open enough so that almost anything goes.
It also depends a lot of the definition of 'griefing'.
For me, a lot of my early release UO experience was ruined because of Player Killers who would camp the town borders and essentially make the game unplayable for people like me.
Some consider that fair game... and to suck it up and/or hire some other players to "protect" me while venturing out of town... but that's easier said than done.