1st off let me say im sure some of you are playing smoothly and if so good for you. So here goes my experiences so far today.
Started playing on a low pop server early in the morning just picked one randomly because i didn't know which server my friends would be on yet. Anyway went smoothly leveled to 11 then found out my friends were on Stormrage. Tried to login and i waited over 30min in the que only to be reset so i logged for a while in frustration. Came back on a bit later waited in que for over 40 min and finally got in to find the newbie areas to be just insane. Not that i didn't expect them to be overcrowded but it took me a good 4 hours just to get out of the newbie area at Northshire Abbey which normally took me an hour or less.
Not to mention the loot lag. So i finally get out of noob area only to find Goldshire to be even worse. I attempted the quests around goldshire but after spending over 2 hours at lev 5 just trying to do one quest i said you know what this isn't worth it and logged. I tried to go back onto the low pop server i had tried earlier only to be met with que position 385 est wait 86 min. So i logged off and now i'm posting here.
Anyone with any common sense knew the flood Blizzard was gonna get hit with on launch day. Look at the frenzy over CB keys, ST Keys, even mass frenzy over any OB information. What did blizz do to prepare for this? Well apparently not much. There responses on the boards are nothing but cut and paste. The fact is i believe that blizzard is not willing to pay out the bandwith or there is a serious issue with the server architecture that thier servers just cannot handle the amount of people in them. There solution and apparently for a few weeks even according to their posts is the que.
I find the Que to be a slap in the face to any paying customer and i just can't believe they would use it in retail. I have spent the last 10 hours or so in utter frustration because of blizzard's incompetence to learn the lesson taught by every other mmorpg launch disaster (of which there has been many). The fact remains is that Blizzard was not ready for this launch and even a cursory glance at the boards proves how many frustrated paying customers there are out there right now. I'm disgusted and i say f*ck this and i'm going to bed.