After running out of options with Archeage, I installed Steam and bought an Archeage starter pack, so I now have 30 days of Patron which is more than enough to research the moneymaking options and earn enough money to buy APEX. Archeage posts will come. We'll see how this game testing ends.
Honestly: I have trouble giving proper chance to Archeage. Maybe because it's old (2013), so I believe that if it would be great, it would have bigger impact already. Or because I got so many disappointments recently. Or because what I've seen is very much "another MMO". But I bought the Patron after all, so I'm not chickening out of the task, that's something.