I can help facilitate the whole need for running your own server by moving the saved character data from one guild card number to another on Sylverant, so there's no reason to go through that whole song and dance.
That said, you will lose portions of your data, regardless of how you do it (offline progress, battle rankings, challenge ranking, all banked items).
That's good news! I don't care if I lose offline progress, battle rankings, and challenge ranking. I'm going to try and use a PC Client to move my banked items. I have 2 characters I'm needing to do this with. When I'm ready, I'll let you know. Thanks!!!!!!
When you're ready, send me a PM on the forum here with the following information:
1. Guild card number that your old character has
2. Guild card number the server gives you when you register your real serial number/access key pair
3. The username you've used on the Sylverant website to register your serial number/access key under
4. What slot number you've saved your character(s) in (when you do /save on Sylverant, you have to give it a slot number -- you can have up to 4 characters saved per guild card number this way -- to save in slot 1, you'd type "/save 1" on the server, for instance, without the quotes, of course -- "/save 2" for slot 2, "/save 3" for slot 3, and "/save 4" for slot 4)
If you're going to do two different characters, please save both of them and tell me both the slot numbers (everything else will be the same for both).
Once you do that, wait for further instructions to come by PM. I'll transfer the data on the backend and tell you what to do from there.
As an aside, I've been wanting to make a part of the website to do this without me manually having to do the transfer, so this might actually give me the impetus to do so.