I'm at work as well - won't likely be on until tomorrow afternoon or evening, unless it gets very quiet in the night here and I can sneak away for a little game time.
I like having mostly static spawns for both creatures and mining nodes, as it helps immensely with choosing a site for your base and access to materials afterwards. The creatures do seem to wander a pretty large area, with pathing that changes from day to day. I often run into crocodiles and rockcreatures that spwan near my base, but they've wandered just outside my base. Keeps me listening for footsteps when I'm mining.
I'm on a blitz server, so things move a lot faster than usual. I haven't play ed on a non-blitz server, so I'm not sure just how much faster it is, but things move, and you can see significant progress in a session.