I came back after being AFK sense 2007. At first it was very overwhelming, just the amount of little thing to get done ( sub job quest, kazam keys, missions lots of missions, all the limit breaks and fame) again. LB really slowed down my way to 99 not very long but it did. One big change is jobs under 99, don't seem to matter much, if its not 99 or on its way to 99 there is no point to it. Also the lack of lower level gear, AH is like a ghost town,very little under 75. So lots of people show up naked or in level 1 gear to low lvl party's. Its kinda funny and sad at the same time. FFXI was always about gearing yourself well no matter what level you were. Now you level so fast no one cares what gear you have, well until 99. Any way the game is still fun , i'm loving it. If you choose Sylph look me up i would be happy to help you get into the swing of things.