Taking from the POL official update post, let's get a look at some of the stuff I'm downloading right now (with a middle finger to wireless interference which kept me completely off the Net til about 10 minutes ago!! -- not that it made any difference, it's 10 PM PDT and we're still at least 2 hours from restart!)...
Brief comments of mine are in italics:
New areas in Past Vanadiel: Castle Zvahl. Probably Throne Room as well.
New WotG missions.
I got to the last BC on Bastok before these missions -- now if I can find enough past Bastokans to get this one done so I can be caught up!
Trial of the Magians. Few details up top, just the Moogle where everyone saw it in the VanaFest clip.
Will be very interested to see how this works out.
Several new quests, including those for the TWO large avatarS (Alexander and Odin) added.
Moblin Maze Mongers fishing maze rewards adjusted.
New hunts for the Hunt Registries...
How about some which you can pop using items???
New fish for "Inside the Belly", and a change in scenery for a reviewing of the cutscenes for a particular ToAU quest.
Monster redistribution in Xarcabard [S].
LET'S HOPE THEY TOOK THE HINT!!!
Castle Zvahl battles, new decorations, Campaign Ops (hopefully not just the Zvahl[S] ones) and Allied Note items, Shadowsoul adjustment (first allow us to fight the Xarcabard battles without getting ripped), and evaluation progress for a Campaign Op completion is adjusted.
New NM's, and a new required NPC you have to speak to in Ru'Lude for that new set of NMs.
Hmmm... Interesting. Let's hope it has something good in store -- perhaps some Magians NM's as well?
Some depop timers and repop timers (the latter, at least, in Sky) adjusted.
SMN: Astral Flow now available without having an avatar out.
Meaning, as I might've suggested, that Odin and Alexander might not be summonable at all without already being under Astral Flow?? "Big risk, big reward, in the Twilight Zone..."
PUP: HTH skill, at least this update, is only going to B+, not to A as previously announced at VanaFest.
Perhaps the PUP HTH would be a bit too strong at A??
The PUP's level will be taken into account as to how maneuvers enhance the stats of the automaton.
Would that not be obvious?
Effects of some attachments and performance of some frames has been adjusted.
Ranged automaton accuracy not affected anymore by distance to the target.
Treasure Caskets "overhauled".
That's the word they used!! Synergy stuff now included, and other revisions -- probably lots of them...
Renaming of some Allied Note items (the once-a-week dispensing stuff)...
New EQ, new synthesis...
Cap is now level 60, and more recipes.
Recipes include BST jug pets, earrings for all three nations and most remote towns (!!!) (the Warp Items they were talking about!!), and a whole host of other stuff.
Synthesis bonuses from equipment and furnishings DO now count.
Again, should this not always have been true?
New elemental traits have been added with some limitation.
New evolith as well.
No more Lower Jeuno furnaces.
Some selling prices have been changed, for a lot of the BST jug stuff.
Mining in the Troll areas now has a revised table.
And a couple other things like holiday stuff...
Gardening: Another (probably RMT-induced) nerf: Harvesting now takes a week, crystal feeding for some, two days...
Anything to fuck over RMT is good in my book. And, for the legit gardeners, you pretty much have to know that you should be making money some place else, after all RMT has done to gardening recently.
Add-ons: Certain items can be purchased from Squintrox for the 2009 add-ons, but ONLY if you are FINISHED with said add-on.
Augments: Adjustments in the favor of the players have been made to maximum augments, their chances, and the chances of augmented items.
Maximum allowed movement speed has been reinforced -- there apparently had been a way to break it without illegal conduct.
A certain Synergy fuel consumption situation has been corrected. Also, effects of zoning when having a claim of a Synergy Furnace has been corrected as well.
A couple of furniture corrections completes the update.
As for me: Update is complete and installed. About 45 minutes for the whole process. Still at least 40 minutes (yep, they actually moved it FORWARD an hour to 11 PM PDT as I typed this...) to go til restart.