A friend and I joined XIV for its release, snatching up the collector's edition and playing happily until around mid-November of 2010 when we finally decided to take a break and let the game grow more, since it was lacking at the time. Having checked in here and there to see how the game was coming along we have now decided to rejoin the game with a fair bit of excitement for the coming changes, but returning now has made me wonder what I have missed since we departed last November.
What in the way of events and updates have we missed out on and were there any limited availability items released, such as those often accompanying seasonal events like in FFXI? How far behind the curve can we expect to be? I've read that some items and recipes are going to be phased out? Are there any me and my friend should try and acquire before then?