I've been playing for 2 weeks now, it became apparent right away that at least at low levels, there's no way to break even hunting, or mining or whatever. I've gotten pretty good at exploring without getting dead very often, and I go collect sweat for a while each day. That's really the only way to play for free.

I"ve found that the best thing to do is collect some sweat and make deals with other players. My car was low on fuel, so I found somebody and traded 1k sweat for 150 oil, which is equal to 3PED, really good deal, apparently for both of us.

That being said, I don't picture myself ever getting a big payout from this, but it's a cheaper free to play than a couple of the others that I've dropped a pile of money on.

I read a study done by some university that said that MA pays back 95%, about the same as casinos in Vegas, and the game is more entertaining than pushing buttons, at least to me.