I started playing again last month and I really enjoy it.
But I'm on the Al'Kabor MAC server (AKA: PoP server) which is 100% free since last month after SOE first said they were going to shut down the server
for good in MArch and then the whole eq community went mad and you could even find news about it all over the net
and SOE finally decided to cancel the shutdown
and made it free for all.
The community there is really great