I'm so sick of fucking Minecraft. I've been playing this shit for years, it's never once been satisfying, but I can't get away from it because I don't know any other game that allows for simple roleplaying on large online servers along with being able to create your own buildings and cities from scratch.
Are there any decent alternatives yet, short of simply making my own game? Anything that involves architecture, agriculture/resource management, the possibility of nation-building, and preferably some D&D elements?
Dwarf Fortress doesn't have multiplayer (outside of some unreliable mods); Mount & Blade doesn't have persistent online worlds or an in-game building creator. I heard Terraria is everything Minecraft promised to be, but playing a 2D platformer with a mouse is just too awkward.
Terraria is not what you want, it's a metroidvania focused on exploration and boss fights first, and a creative block game second.
Try Wurm if it still has players, maybe look at Rust too, but I haven't played that one.
A friend of mine played Rust and quite enjoyed it, but a few weeks later he was back on our Minecraft server, so that can't be it either.
From all I've seen it's restricted to an industrial/post-apocalyptic style too. I like how the shittiness of Minecraft graphics allows you to build all kinds of things, from Antiquity over Gothic and Baroque to Modernism. In any case it's only ever a simplified approximation of IRL buildings, made up of shitty cubes, but this allows for a lot of variety.
Other games of this kind tend to dictate a certain style because of their textures and art style.
>putting photorealistic high-res textures on 1x1x1m cubes
Gmod, to be honest. I've never been able to grasp building anything in that game, especially after playing the Battlefield 2 Sandbox mod for years, but it sounds right up your alley.
If you like vanilla, I'd suggest the Krautchan server.
It's a *chan-friendly environment.
Griefing is forbidden (and any damage can be undone by the mods with a few commands), PVP is opt-in. If you want action, you can join a nation and join the occasional war, but you can also build peacefully with others, or retreat into some corner of the map as a hermit.
Second life. While it's not quite as newbie friendly as most games, it's a virtual world pretty much with no set goals or objectives. There's tons of RP communities, everything from vampire to gor to high school to anything you can probably think of, however perverted it might seem.
>Are there any decent alternatives yet, short of simply making my own game? Anything that involves architecture, agriculture/resource management, the possibility of nation-building, and preferably some D&D elements?
I wish I could play Minecraft IRL but there's no wilderness in Germany; no small islands to buy and to build huts on, no innawoods to go.
>giving up my wizardhood when I'm only 5 1/2 years away from it