I'm having the same problem. It was proceeded by a massive crash of my laptop. I was on an away mish and actually got BSOD on Vista. I've had this laptop for a year now and never seen that on any MMO I've played. Hope it's fixed soon.
my roomate is in the game but im not in. could be they are at full capacity. which is sweet that so many people like the game but im not in. so it sucks too
No. That could not be the issue. The issue is that the patch server is down. How many times do I have to type it? It is "possible" that they are getting the new patch ready. It's also possible that the patch server just went down unexpectedly.
For those who aren't aware, the launcher must first connect to the patch server. Obviously, you can't run a version different to what the server is running so if the launcher can not connect to the patch server to verify your version and see if there is a new patch available, then there is no point in letting you log in.
The only issue is that when the patch server crashes, people who are in game are fine, but anyone who is outside the system trying to get in, is... well.. screwed.