Aloha everyone! I've been keeping informed about the game since I first heard about it but didn't pledge til recently (waiting for student loans ya know).
I go by Enlil in most games and what drew me to Crowfall is the similarity to the underlying design concepts of Shadowbane. Being able to build towns/cities/nations like in Civilization, PvP in small groups or go rune hunting at any hour, have large-scale war involving various parties with dynamic and consequential outcomes that modified the map, as well as the politics that bled over into the forums--these things all together have not been duplicated in any game since SB that I have played.
SB was my first MMO and I played mostly on Entropy/Vindication. I was guild leader of Obsidian Overlords, but soon merged with Ministry of Chaos and fought under that banner on Entropy. I love Shadowbane's rich lore and was the class advocate for Channelers. I really loved how the dev's solicited direct feedback from the community and took actions that incorporated that feedback in subsequent balancing updates and implementation of the lore-based-charters ruleset.
Since then, I've played short stints in other MMO's like Age of Conan, Aion, FF IV, and Elder Scrolls Online. I used to envision that an Elder Scrolls MMO could be a spiritual successor to Shadowbane, considering how readily the RPG games and lore could be adapted to a sand-box mmo. Unfortunately with ESO, the rich environment for potential open-world PvP and player-built cities was forsaken in favor of a theme-park experience with artificial zones/alliances created to fit the pre-conceived design model and appeal to the broadest player base possible ($$$). Crowfall's kickstarter model gives me hope that the designers will be able to make an awesome game that can capture all that was good about SB and other sandbox MMOs, while not having to cave in to, or change plans to appease corporate overlords.
Professional school keeps me very busy lately and I haven't had a chance to look over much of the forums yet, nor read the first 40 something pages of this thread but I'm super stoked about this game and just seeing familiar names from "Forumbane" is sweet as f*k.