I read some good things about Runes of Magic. Apparently it is quite good for a free-to-play game, and you can play it from start to level cap without spending a single dollar on it. Of course there is a way to spend real world dollars for game stuff, and of course that game stuff is nice, like mounts, bags, or furniture for your house. But none of it is strictly mandatory, and there will be a way to buy the "diamonds" required for that stuff from other players with ingame currency.
But the strangest endorsement for Runes of Magic I read came from The Common Sense Gamer. Darren says he isn't playing Runes of Magic because it is exactly like World of Warcraft. Hmmmm. Exactly like World of Warcraft and free? Sounds like a winning combination to me!
Anyway, you can check out Runes of Magic in the current open beta version, or do like me and wait for the official release date of March 19. As the release version is as free as the open beta, there is no need to play the unfinished version now and get your character deleted in 6 weeks.