Tracker (Join the dumb clan if you want?): http://www.gametracker.com/server_info/18.104.22.168:30000/
Reserved Slots: We're going to test out reserved slots over the coming week without force-kicks. Right now if you enter a server queue on a full server you're placed in line. People with BF4 Premium move ahead of those without, but otherwise you enter the server in the order to which you joined. What these type-1 reserved slots will do is move any Giant Bomb person on the list to the front of that line so you'll be the first one in when a slot opens. This will allow us to get GB'ers in more quickly without kicking people and ruining the community we've established.
I've assembled a list of names almost entirely from my own Origin friends list. It should cover a lot of our core players, but certainly not all. Please take a look to see if your Battlefield name is on this list, and if not let me know so I can add you. Please note it may take a day or two for your name to then be added to the reserved slots on the server.
*Note* As of now the reserved slots do seem to be working, though when you join the queue it will not necessarily reflect that you're reserved. Note that once a slot opens though, even if you're 12th in the queue, you should zip right into the first opening. It's a bit odd, but hey. DICE.
Name list as of Nov 3:
Q: What kind of server are we getting?
A: We’re renting a 70 slot server out of New York / New Jersey. Battlefield 4 uses two extra slots for commanders and four extra slots for spectators (64 + 2 + 4). We rent east coast servers so that people on the west coast of the United States and those in Western Europe or the United Kingdom can get decent pings. There is no geographically ideal location so we do what we can. If you’re Australian, I’m sorry.
Q: Who the hell is running this thing?
A: Hi, I’m Nick. You might know me. I tend to be the person who rents/runs a lot of Giant Bomb’s PC servers. I rely on the kind folks of the PC Gaming Hub to help me administrate said servers. They did a lot of the work for Battlefield 3 and you can trust them again here.
Q: We did three Thursday Night Throwdowns on the BF3 server. Will the BF4 server be used in GB content?
A: I’m not sure! I talked to Jeff about it and he said they might consider doing a multiplayer show again at some point. I’d like to do it again, but I’ll have to talk to Jeff, Drew, and Rorie about it. If you want to see the stupidity our servers breed go watch any of the three BF3 TNTs, our TF2 MvM TNT, or our (best) Chivalry TNT.