Glad to merge with you guys. Here is the "lowdown" on Bronzebeard (at least from my eyes and I have played/have main(s) on the server since 2007):
We are one of the original WoW servers, launched in Nov. 2004 (as was the game).
Alliance has always been the higher pop/more active side. I have leveled toons to endgame on both sides, but consider myself a hordie.
Both sides are very helpful and about as friendly as WoW can get (there are always a few bad apples!).
Many of our bigger/more active guilds packed up and moved to various (more active) servers as the WoW/game general population waned. Servers like Area 52 (pve) and Illidan (pvp) were popular choices for horde transfers. I am not sure where the alliance transferees migrated to.
There are a few guilds on each side that still run progression, though a few more on the alliance side than horde.
Some of the larger (or more active) guilds are:
Alliance: Daughters of the Alliance, Serenity Knights, Running with the Devil, Sleepless Knights, Maidens of the Dawn, Over Nine Thousand
Horde: Daughters of the Horde, The Imperium, Invasion, Adventure Fun Pals Team, Evil Dead, Straw Hat Pirates, CLUB DEAD
That is not an all-inclusive list, just the names of some of the more active guilds. I am the temporary/acting GM of Invasion (horde, our official GM is in the USAF and deployed so I am helping while he is gone) and we have been around Bronzebeard forever. There are other guilds probably worth mentioning, but I know the ones I listed are fairly stable.
Lots of the old guilds have become "perk guilds", as I am sure is true on Shandris. Nothing wrong with that, but I am hoping we help breathe a little life into each other. Our auction houses are moderately busy, though nothing like they used to be or like the bigger servers still are. Of course due to sheer numbers, the alliance AH is busier and better stocked. Like everywhere, the Booty Bay AH is pretty much dead and mostly used to transfer things from one side to the other.
Personally, I was hoping we'd get joined with a horde heavy guild to balance things out but que sera, sera. I am glad to have you guys either way and hope we help each other get back to better days and times gone-by.
Good hunting and I look forward to seeing you guys in-game!
Acting GM of Invasion
ps- Whisper me and mention this post if you are looking for a new horde lvl 25 guild home on Bronzebeard before the merger. I made a few toons on Shandris (horde), so I am open to guild invites from your realm! PST Larnot (Shandris) in-game if so.