Realms has now moved servers, so if you experienced any oddities, that's why.
Thanks to all those folks who came and played at Essen, and to the great Projekt Odyssee and Pro Indie folks who helped me out. Some 35 copies were sold at, or because of, Essen. So I count it as a great success.
Also, Leisure Games in London have Covenant on preorder. So if you're a capital-based story gamer, you can get it without postage for a princely £9.99.