I mean, you could play on the outer CW bands, like God's Reach, where you choose a faction, but doesn't necessarily force you into a guild. That said, I think you should reevaluate your expectations when it comes to gear. Gear in this game will be pretty transient. It's important to have yes, but you will lose it eventually. So you are going to have to make friends with a crafter either way considering the sheer amount of different types of gear that will exist, or become a crafter yourself. If you want to be at the top of your game, you have to interact with people.
Also, gear might help in certain battles, but it won't necessarily win the war on its own. That will come down to strategy, tactics, and logistics.
Sup all. I just picked up a Backer Package so I could jump into some play testing and be easy pickings for you all. I was a huge fan of SWG back in the day (when it was good) and from what I heard on a Podcast and read on a Blog, Crowfall seemed to have many of the aspects of SWG that I loved and have missed ever since. Looking forward to some great times w/ you all.
Since this weekend my launcher is no longer working. I uninstalled and reinstalled with the latest files but I keep getting an invalid file message. I have tried to repair the file but with no resolution. Any suggestions? I used to be able to log in and assign skill point training, even when game servers were offline. Now I can't even log in because of the invalid file.