You chose wisely my friend, PW is one of the best MMORPG games around, but yeh the official game now is just about making money for the owners.
I turned to private servers of the game and now play the Vendetta server.
You can get all your equipment, gold and other stuff for free.
Just download Vendettas client, install it then download all the patches from the patch page.
We are looking for new members for our guild so would more than welcome you into our guild,
We can get you the best stuff and help you to level.
Im Mishisan in game so PM me in game or give me a shout on the forum, if im not around then my Vice guild master Puppy should be around.