Was zoning into the Neutral Zone, got stuck with "SERVER NOT RESPONDING" on the load screen for 5 min. Closed program, restarted, now I'm stuck on "Retrieving List of Characters."
Yea, this place can't handle any sort of peak load. Best to play at 4AM.
I started at 7AM, got a good 3 hours in. I could tell more people were logging in, load times started to go higher be instances, more "SERVER NOT RESPONDING" internals, etc. It's sad when you "feel it" coming.
This just happened again at 12:15 pm today. I'm going through the same exact scenario - server not responding, game crashes, I restart - the server states (on the client) that it is up, then it gets hung on 'retreiving character names' screen.
Oh well - one must learn patience if one is to captain a starship.