Ok everyone. Didn't get much feedback so we're gonna go with Jade Quarry. Milkwagon and I have had several discussions and done some reading. Some thoughts on the decision:
1. The big WvW alliances aren't declaring early. They are keeping things a secret for now, so we can't follow them.
2. Jade Quarry has won almost all WvW matches in beta. They have a group of ex DAoCers that are familiar with WvW and seem to be organized.
3. It is expected to be high pop, which should mean good economy, but may also mean queue times for WvW.
4. Free server transfers are open for at least the first couple weeks it looks like, so if we don't like it, we can all move for free.
I recommend you guys get on Jade Quarry as soon as you can. Don't wanna see most of the guild make it on there and a few get left off cause it fills up.
At launch, players will be able to transfer between worlds freely. However, once server populations have largely settled and stabilized, world transfers will be restricted to once a week and cost a variable amount of gems based on the population of the world being transferred to.
In time, we’ll also introduce free “guesting,” which will allow players to visit other worlds as guests as long as they have friends on those worlds. This feature will be free, but guest players will not be able to enter World vs. World, and the Power of the Mists bonuses from their home world will continue to apply to their characters.
So this means that they will NOT have server guesting at launch. So let's make sure we are all on the same server initially.
Hi guys and gals, some of you may remember me from WoW some time ago. Oedipial got me to preorder GW2, so I'll be there with them, wherever they wind up. I was Kilaen with some of you ages ago. Hope to see you in game!
Aye, I've been watching both. Most seem to have switched over to using the website, so some of the older entries on the forum thread haven't been modified to reflect changes. And with the website being updated to allow guilds to list their focus, casual/hardcore preference, etc, I suspect that trend will continue.
As far as tracking ex-DAoC/WAR players, this site seems to have a fair amount of representation, although obviously not anything that could be called official. The poll concluded with Jade Quarry as the top choice:
Admittedly, my hunch to follow these guys is not without a few potential pitfalls. It may end up being a bunch of fruity RPers, or worse, sticks in the mud that are entirely too serious. But I know they were very well represented in WvW in BWE2 and BWE3, which indicates to me they will at least offer a fighting chance for the server. And even then, it may all mean nothing once the server matching kicks in and for whatever reason our eventual home server ends up getting it's ass beaten regularly by whoever...
One other thought is to look at the spread of guilds that have signed up on the website. It seems a safe bet to pick a server where a healthy variety of guilds live. JQ seems to have a nice mix of both casual and semi/hardcore, with focus on PVE, WvW, or both.