It seems to be based on time. It was the same time at prime time yesterday but I was able to create this morning. It wasn't officially lifted, but Nef, Pic and myself were all able to do it on the off-hours today.
Great to hear from you Shautru! I've never played FF before either, but like Grok said, $30 is a decent gamble for a month of new game play. I've only been in it a day and I'm completely lost in an adorable world. I'm not sure how long I'll be playing, but I'm there now.
That's so awesome that you popped in! Feel free anytime. We're not always in the same game but we're always here.