So it's been almost a years since I posted this, and now look... our death sentence has been announced, and we are waiting for the execution date.
The past years brought a lot of changes. More than the level cap increase, Abyssea was a game changer. Free flowing XP and a reward structure that's actually rewarding and not seemingly punitive.
I missed about 4 months of 2010 due to RL stuff, but picking back up in 2011, I've nearly brought myself up to spec (and I'm a casual player.)
And now we have the impending death of our server to look forward to. This is frustrating beyond belief.