So, some of the rowdies have touched down, with more coming.....in a few minutes, actually.
Started a new guild, Maxim, to hold my crew until I decide what I'm going to do. The name thing wasn't as big a deal as I thought it would be. A couple of characters had to go with modified names ('Ophelia' became 'Ophelie', 'Hillary' became 'Hilary', 'Venetia' became 'Venezia', etc) but it wasn't that bad. I even got to do a name change that was an upgrade ('Canzrawue' became 'Canace' or "child of the wind". Fitting for a monk, no?
Just from listening to General over the last few days, I see what people (like NewbishTroll) mean when they warn "hardcore raiders" from the server. Besides Fire & Fury, there don't seem to be any guilds wholly focused on progressing through current content. Doesn't bother me none (8 years as a raider/raid leader/cat herder is enough!) but it seems there are folks who wish "someone" would start a guild that competes with FnF. Of course, it's always "someone" and not "I'm going to....", isn't it? The server's population seems a little better than Cazic but people don't congregate in the same areas, it seems. More traders in bazaar on FV (duh?) but a lot less folks AFK in the lobby.
I'm also finding that none of my characters come to FV "broke". All that no drop gear that was clogging their banks and being threatened by the delete key, is now turning into plat (which is awesome!). The mage I just moved, which is still a silver account (thus, she didn't have any money to speak of, really), has to keep handing plat off to one of my gold characters to avoid hitting the silver plat cap (35.5k for her at 71). I like the fact that old gear isn't an albatross financially (just sell it when you upgrade it) and with so many characters with raid gear (outdated, needing to be replaced, but raid gear nonetheless), the transition hasn't been nearly as costly as I thought it would be.
This server is gold! Wish I had come sooner!