You don't have to invest a lot of time at all infact if you build up all your city and get your army with out a wall no one can attack you.
You can choose the same region and traits and have a very similar looking castle.
Multiplayer is server based you won't see your friends till you attack. We plan on adding this feature tho.
PVP protection is cheap, heres my thread on best way's to farm gold.http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=7285
You honestly don't need to spend a dollar to enjoy the game, hope this information helps, don't hesitate to contact any of us in-game or firstname.lastname@example.org
we would be happy to help you.