I dont see how GW2 or AION are F2P disasters
I wasn't trying to imply that in and of themselves, ANY of them are bad games. I rather like TSW personally - they literally had the most awesome mmo concept I have seen in years and gosh, I really
wanted to love that one - but in the end there just wasn't enough to keep interest and they had to go f2p. GW2 is an awesome game and you'll hear me singing its praises to Thayos all day long - but as a "home"... It just doesn't have what Vana'diel had. Aion I never got beyond the first month or so, but as I recall, that was a sub game before f2p as well and it ultimately couldn't sustain the model
So of the games I mentioned, only one didn't even try
to be a subscription game, and ironically, that was probably the one with the highest chance of succeeding at that model.
I disagree on the GW2 subject, if you want a "Vanadiel" Feel, XI is up and running, you will never get that feeling you got while playing FFXI for the first time, assuming it was your first big MMO, just like i will never get that feeling of exploring Norrath for the first time, first time i played WOW, i disliked it, because it was not NORRATH it was AZEROTH! And i wanted to play EQ in WOW, which kinda messed my first experience in wow, later on i played WOW for what it was, an entierly different MMO, and i enjoyed it for what it was, and i was able to see the things that WOW did better than EQ or FFXI (while still holding EQ dear to my heart.)
I am not by any means picking on you or suggesting you are wrong on how you go about playing your MMOS, but i have often found that people just want to replay and old MMO in a new MMO and when their expectations are not met(And how can they ? is a en entierly different MMO) they all get ***** and moody XD!