I just downloaded the game this week and come to find there is a bonus weekend. I have known of DF for a while now but never really gave it a shot. I was wrong.
After playing many other Vanilla MMO's the idea of this game takes me back to my days in Shadowbane.
I have to commend the developers for this. It has helped to get me in to the game and up to speed faster. I realize that I have a large grind ahead of me, but I look forward to the challenge it brings.