Era Zero would exist before classic. Era Zero would allow character creation but no zones* would exist. Classic zones would be the next era so when you tried to zone into a starter city it would automatically put you into an in-era zone. *The only in-era zone for Era Zero would be Shadowrest. Maybe you have to disable /duel, skilling up, chat functions and guild invites for Era Zero --the key is you can't do anything except roll the character and be in Shadowrest. You don't want people sitting around with something to do (i.e., foraging) before the server launches for real. The point of Era Zero is it means any new server could be put up a week early to allow people to get names, set UI and be ready. This removes the rush of people that don't really care if they play the first day of the server, but want names. The new server could be taken down and locked for the 12 hours (or day, whatever) needed prior to the true launch in classic or whatever era was the true start. This example of concept is using as much already in-game things as possible. Maybe it is easier to create an out-of-game character creation or marketplace name-saver. Not sure. But I think something like this is worth doing now so next time at least this one issue is less.