But yeah, while you do have to work hard at stuff, it doesn't feel like the mindless grinding that themepark MMOs make you do. Mostly because Wurm doesn't MAKE you do it. It's a choice. You could play it casually as can be and still have a blast. You could do nothing but fishing, with your own little shack on an ocean/lake. Or you can do it hardcore and spam improve items for experience in your craft.