I wanted to mention that this server has been great so far. Very good pings, even from the US to Japan. The admin just set up a Dynamap... And it's new! For example, our spawn village is still basically a grassy field with a cow pen and garden there.
For everyone who enjoys those early stone-pick, hard scramble days as I do, I encourage you to get in on the ground floor. There's plenty of good work and fun to be had. I expect I'll be around a lot during the holidays too. So come on down and say 'Hi!'