Albion Online: A Great SandBox Game
It's very good if you like a sandbox game that won't hold your hand and in which you will have to set up your own goals.
While playing this game you have to remember that it's not a race to the "endgame", and you should approach any level/gear advancements calmly and patiently.
Especially in Albion, advancement is a GRIND, you will spend hours to get to another tier of items, and if you're a harvester it's even more ridiculous because resources are scattered all over the huge world, they're very limited, there's a lot of other players looking for it, and you get overweight easily, so you'll have to run back to bank a lot. If you're a crafter then after hitting T3 you'll see that you have to choose what you want to craft, because exp gained from crafting will count only towards this item - as in I can only craft T4 leather hoods, and thats' it, can't craft the chest (seperate exp bar) or boots
Nonetheless, I believe that Albion is a GREAT game for old school sandbox MMORPG fans, however it is not a story-driven themepark MMO that we've been getting for the past ~13 years.
To be honest, Albion Online Gold is important in the game, if you want to be strong and powerful, then you may need a huge amount of golds.
Also playing in a guild (and a party at 90% of the time) is HIGHLY recommended.
but also I have to agree with /u/a99980 that founder packs are never worth it, if you're patient wait for release, if you just want to play something now, and you're fine with your characters being wiped and with what I mentioned above - go for it.