Hatred of free trade servers because I suggest that you can catch up on a non free trade server? You seem to have a hatred of anything that isn't a free trade server. Sure you need gear to be useful in a group but it isn't like you are not going to get gear as you level up or that you have the means to buy all your gear as soon as you create a character on a free trade server. No matter what server type you start on you are going to need to do something to get your initial gear. Either you are grouping on both servers and picking up drops, buying krono to purchase your gear or getting lucky and having someone hand you your gear. This isn't anything bad about free trade servers just that you don't need them in order to catch up to others. It happens more then you make it out has happening and the lack of gear isn't what makes catching up hard.