Yup, and I've already logged out. I really think at this point I'll just have to wait until 2.0, the battle feels the same, no one's using the seek function, and shouts in Ul'Dah are nothing but level 50 activities. If you actually have a linkshell with lower level players, it might be enjoyable, but otherwise, it feels the same as it did in December. Add all the events you want, if no one's doing the basic of basics in leveling and what not, hard to enjoy an MMO or get anywhere solo.
The other thing, try getting into a linkshell for 10 days of gameplay, an established one that actually does a ton of stuff.
Yeah, I'm noticing some shouts, but no one actually talking, and personal preference, I like to see people ACTUALLY talking in an MMO. I do see some modest tweaks and most things do seem marginally peppier, which is nice, but I know no one's gonna bring us interlopers back into shells for 10 days so it'll be 10 days of grinding leves.
Chatting occurs, just not in shout and public channels. Linkshells are as chatty as ever from my observations. Shout-chats, not so much, but honestly I don't mind that all that much. As far as chatterboxing in XP parties - you should not have enough time to do that if your party is going well. Partying is pretty frantic/fast paced.
Things you might want to get your fingers around in the 10 days you are here.
Job system: Unlock a job, get your first ability, understand the differences between playing a job and playing a class.
Combo System: They revamped TP and you'll get a good first taste at combos at 30 no problem. And it shouldn't take you 10 days to reach level 30 just with Leves.
Crafting Revamps: They're not completely done yet, but they've been some changes there as well. Changing the system to turn based will keep you from busting if you have to afk quick, so keep that in mind.
Market Wards: The revamps to allow each person to browse each city from any city is nice take a look and see if it helps make the day to day pass better for ya.
Leveling Pacing: Doing Leves with Rested Exp makes leveling fairly easy to do solo no matter what the job/class now.
Sad that you're on Gungnir, I'd play with ya if you were on Excalibur.
Anyways, those are just some things to take a look at while you're in. I think the Welcome Back Campaign should have come with a specific event for the people returning, but awell. Honestly this probably would have been better timed at the releace of 2.0. Edited, May 11th 2012 9:52am by Hyrist