I returned back in March but was unable to play due to my computer. It kept crashing/blue screening/overheating/etc. I tried again as soon as FTP was released and just frustrated myself more.
I fixed up a laptop of mine that can run it better and played FTP for a week with no problems. I ended up falling in love with the game again.
I even renewed my subscription and can see myself sticking with it for a while.
I've not run into many people while on solo adventures but the /ooc chats are populated. There seem to be very few near my level; I think they're mostly low-level FTP members.
I'm really hoping that the official VG forums or Silky Venom's pick up again. I have to work during the days, but I still like to browse information and chat up about the game when I have free time (like now). They're all dead.