Welcome to the game Kyten44.
I've had the game for years, but I can't claim to have the experience or skill to match. I've been on and off the whole time. It really is a great game. It has more than enough players, people who say it's dead or dying are blowing things way out of proportion.
The game can get a bit grindy, but it's free to play so it has to have something to compensate. That's not to say you can't be competitive without taking your wallet out of course. It's immensely fun, and very joyous when you pull something off that was pre-planned and executed. The satisfaction is there, if you can earn it!