New thing they added while I was away is a "level" tab in the vendors window. Very useful when trying to buy spells after getting a level. They also fixed the default total to buy for some things (spells for sure) so you have 1 instead of accidently getting an entire stack.
Long lost returning players should also spend some time touring Plane of Knowledge as they have semi-tutorialed it by placing all sorts of labelled NPC such as "auras" (by the north/nexus bank). These NPC explain in brief key features or additions to the game. Editing this in after saying it on the main forum to a person coming back (that hadn't played since Luclin) that wanted plat, gear, haste item and advice:
The Crescent Reach levelling chain is compact and great xp compared to older content. If your a complete fresh start on a new server, it is also (in my experience) the best way to level and make money at the same time without having to stop and farm a lot. There is a lot of high-value vendor trash in the Serpent's Spine (the expansion this zone & levelling chain is from). Most low mobs have 1 drop that is worth significant plat rather than the usual copper from the low levels. Mobs in this chain of zones also have the /con of "weaker than..." so you can kill higher cons (especially with a tank merc) and get faster xp. Example: spiders in Goru'kar Mesa which a beastlord can likely handle somewhere in the 40s, certainly by 51 where my ranger was eating them up.
By level 20, if you want variety, go to Plane of Knowledge and visit Franklin Teek
as he will tell you the "hotzone" (area with xp bonus modded put on it) and offer you a task. The rewards from the task are better at level 20 than what my Ldon era level 65 chanter had managed to earn... and the belt has haste on it (just make sure you pick the appropriate melee or caster version). The tasks can be redone daily (iirc).
If the hotzone is too hard you can usually get amazing xp killing light blues in the previous level bracket hotzone.
If your account is old then visit Alerynal
kind of south of the Nexus stone in PoK. The bag of platinum is about 14000 plat so if you need a $ leg up... I just claimed 2 for my "broke and alone on Luclin server" ranger.
If you have a decent baz then skinspikes
of various levels will be reasonably priced... using them can make levelling 1-60 very fast depending on class.
The various Defiant armor bits
are world drops. Sometimes they are cheap in baz. Some pieces get really overpriced. Honestly, unless you purposely level slow you will end up somewhere around level 55-60 with a mismatched set in different slots and amazing stats compared to old gear. Under /claim the one 999 count claim Gift of Legacies Lost
can be used once per character. Note: I usually save this until higher levels when the baz defiant gets expensive and the difference in focus effects can be important as what you get depends upon the level you open the box at
Also, if the account is older... you will have the yellow text message on login "you have veteran rewards available for this character..." the first reward "lesson of the devoted" is a 30 minute xp gain buff that persists through death, refreshes every day. Veteran rewards are limited (you can't claim it on 30 alts) based on the age of your account. My account was old enough that I had earned another set of rewards so my ranger got to be a veteran. You can look at these abilities in the AA interface (press V is default to view iirc). Edited, Aug 5th 2013 2:47pm by snailish