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My friend, Windmaster Manwe, and I are both currently unable to connect to a normal game. I mention this because he's in Wisconsin and I'm in Iowa, and we're talking on Skype and using your forum, so it's probably not our router/ISP/whatever.
EDIT: Update, after about 8 minutes, we were able to join the game, and did so at around the 30 second mark. It apparently hadn't started.