If you clicked this forum post, let me start off by saying thank you! I write this now to advertise for an alternative Warhammer Online server, Warhammer Apocalypse. This server aims to bring players a close representation of the Live retail game.
As I believe in full transparency, let me give you all the details and let you decide if the server/game is for you.
Currently, the following things are fully working:
Tier 4 - Open RvR lakes
Public Quests (Mostly working, I haven't tested them all to comfortably state they all work)
Story Quests (Mostly working, same as above I haven't done every quest to know if they all are working)
Renown Abilities (I believe futile strikes, resolute defense, cleansing wind, and fatal strikes are disabled)
Tier 4 Epic Weapon Quests
PvE Dungeon - Lost Vale
The following are some quality of life changes until population picks up:
Instant Rank 40 scroll upon character creation
7 Day Renown Gain Potion
Free Annihilator set
Rank 39 Green Armor/Accessory/Cloak/Weapon costs 1 copper
All medallions/Emblems for T1-T4 changed to Warcrests which drop from open RvR kills/assists/zone locks/keep/fort takes
Zone locks grant loot bags based on contribution to zone attack/defense (Same for Keep/Fort attack/defense)
Max Renown Rank is 80
Highest set gear is Warlord/Invader
Conqueror Gear drops from Scenarios
Dark Promise drops from the PvE Dungeon, Lost Vale
Now to my own personal opinion of the server:
Let me start off by stating that I have played Warhammer Online when it was Live and I have played Return of Reckoning. Neither of those makes me an expert at all things Warhammer Online, but I will say, if given a choice of which server I would choose to play between Warhammer Online - Apocalypse, Return of Reckoning, and Warhammer Online Live clearly my answer would be Live, but given that option is not possible I would much rather play Warhammer Online - Apocalypse over Return of Reckoning.
The only negatives that Warhammer Online - Apocalypse has are the low population. During EU prime time this is not an issue as you'll see two warbands on both Order and Destruction duke it out across the active zone. However, I live in Alaska and usually when I get on to play at 7 PM my time, I log in to an empty server.
The second negative would be the power creep for new players versus veterans. Yes, you get instant 40 but you start renown rank 1. And my first experience fighting against renown rank 50+ veterans with Conq or greater gear ended with me getting stomped into the ground. This is disconcerting as no one likes to lose repeatedly, but after having joined a warband, participating in some keeps/forts, it didnt take me more than a couple hours to hit renown rank 40+ and have my own set of Conq gear to be competitive.
In closing, if you enjoy open world RvR and if you enjoy playing with a team to overcome the odds in some cases, conquer, and capture, I recommend you give Warhammer Online - Apocalypse a shot. Their website is: https://www.warapoc.com
Edited for link to website.