I do not mean to be pushy on this, but is there per chance an update for this Lilitha? As a long-time forum-goer, I am extremely curious to hear your impressions of the changes now that your have started playing again. I think it will be a great metric for what to expect as people start to return for 2.0.
It's okay. I don't think you are being pushy. I will say I am not very far in at all because I just don't have the time to play since I'm so busy with the little one. Just so everyone knows, the only time I get to play is in the evenings when my husband is occupied with other things and when my kiddo is asleep. So the amount of time I play goes from 1-2 hours max per session, which could be once every other night.
I am still grinding away at CON. I was level 11 this evening, but did all my leaves and solo'd one behest to make it a fourth of a way through level 13. I have no continued past the opening story line as of yet. I want to wait until I hit 20 before I do so. Also, once I hit 20, I will be working on getting my other jobs to 20 as well so I can have a plethera of jobs to chose from to level in parties.
The battle pace to me seems to be fine for solo. I would not dare change the solo battle pace to make it slower or faster. I am not sure how it will work in groups though, a little hesitant it will be very very fast in groups, but for me time will tell. The challenge solo is fine, but it also maybe the job I am playing and I don't have other skills to cross from other jobs.
When doing my leves this evening I stayed at camp drybone and stuck to 1 star leves until I hit 12 then I bumped it up to 2 so I could get the bonus of battling. I was able to complete the leves in 5 minutes or less at 2 stars during all of level 12 and to me it was fun because it wasn't super easy, but at the same time it wasn't super hard and the battle pace for me was good. It was a slow battle pace like it is in XI when one is soloing, but it doesn't seem reminiscent at all of the old battle pace during beta and sometime after beta. I am having to be cautious of my MP since the mobs are grouped together during leves and mindful of which spells work best against which mobs i.e. Wind doesn't have much affect on bees.
I did solo behest and that was a bit more challenging but fun. It doesn't remind me of the zergfests that used to take place that I hated and my husband hated. Again I have to be mindful of MP and allowing myself to rest in order to gain enough MP to deal with the next grouping of mobs. The mobs were I believe 2-3 levels above me so I was able to get the battle bonus for killing them quickly, aka chaining.
All my gear and weapons were the starter set that you get, minus the shirt and hat, those were updated from random chests found during battle. So far so good I am having fun, however this is only I think the 3 or 4th evening of me playing. I did collect my battle leves for when I am ready to start leveling my PUG so I can grab some more when I log on next to hopefully whiz through the levels to work on getting my next job up.
I will say I am not too taken by the goobue mounts...they look like crazy hefty blue naked dood running around with a person on their head...not a very flattering visual, but hey, I guess it's a freebe for P2P at this stage. I'll get mine, I just don't like how they look aethetically...personally I would have preferred something else like IDK a dragon or something, but not a goobue.
My LS does seem rather quiet, however it maybe just the times I am logging in, but they are super nice and right up my alley sort of people. It is just a social LS however, so maybe the nights I have been on they are busy doing endgame stuff in other LS's. I am not in any position to do end game things right now and IDK if I will be by the time I deliver my kiddo #2.
It did however take me a few nights to find an LS, and I think the only reason why I found one was due to one of the forum-goers here saw that I signed up to play again. The social atmosphere does seem a bit closed off still. Again, that just maybe the culture of this game. Not entirely sure. I'm thinking it may take a while for that to open up, especially since most players have a few level 50 characters. This may all change at v. 2.o since theorhetically it should lure more players in.
That is basically all I have observed and to report at this time. Again, I will be posting as time goes on my impressions, gripes, concerns, likes etc as I get futher in, but please be very patient with me on this.