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So, apparently like many people, I'm taking the dive and getting back into what has been in my experience the pinnacle of my online gaming career.
Trouble is, it's been a few years. Last time I played Chains had only been out for a few months, so ... yeah. I'd like to get some idea of what's changed since then, if anyone can point me to something resembling a faq or just give me an overview.
I've also seen people in other threads asking about the old-fashioned camping parties, and while I share that nostalgia, I'm willing to be flexible (and powerleveled). That said, one of the things I regret most about my time in the game before was that I didn't take the time to level up BST. At the time, that was essentially the only way to solo past level 10 or so, and I've long-applauded that design choice. Is that still true/possible? Or does it matter? Can other (presumably new or significantly altered) jobs solo now? Can everyone?
And finally, where is the population? I know this game isn't as crowded as it used to be, but I'd prefer to be playing in the company of other like-minded English-speaking players who I can expect to still be around in a month. Is there a server of choice these days? I managed a couple of linkshells during my previous tenure, but I can't see trying to do that again, so I'd be interested in joining one if anybody has any recommendations on that front too.
In the meantime, I'm downloading, patching, and remembering the good old days. If anybody can shed any light on my questions or anything else that strikes you as a "returning players need to know this" piece of information, I'd be grateful. Thanks.
Peace and safety.