As you can tell by my rant earlier, I've decided to give Final Fantasy 14 a try. I'll be playing on a friend's server and if others are interested I'll probably end up starting a free company (guild) there.
It's a popular world and they control character populations. Sometimes the world is locked and you won't be able to make characters. Just try at off hours and you'll be able to get on. Once it's made you can always log right in as far as I know with no queue. I made my char at around 3am. You can design your appearance and save it to have it ready for when the world is open.
Let me know if you want to play!