I had just created a toon and was logging in the first time when I got the ominous Server not responding message and then was sent back to the "Retrieving Character List" screen where patience goes to die.
If they can't handle the prestart load, how bad is it going to be when it goes live? This is what happens with poor planning. Making a crappy game and trying to ride out their faults on name recognition.
First It wasn't moving any inventory around between my crew when I moved it. So, I was going to log back in. I got stuck on the same thing. Now even the forums are taking forever to load. It took me 2 minutes just to load this topic