The server is definitely active and pretty balanced alliance:horde. The latest numbers from wow.realmpop.com show 54,975 Alliance and 57,574 Horde. I've been on ER since September of 2005 and I have to say that I really like the server. Although we don't really excel at any one area. We're mid-low on the totem pole when it comes to raiding, and there are other realms that have a better rep for RP. I guess it all depends on what kind of gaming experience you're looking for.