Since our Guildhouse is still inacessible (and hardly will be accessible) - there was a big crafting weekend.
Reached Gatherer lvl.100 so now I am finished with this very grindy school. On the other hand, it is usefull and provides an excellent background to other schools like Blacksmith, Fletcher, Carpenter. At the moment, I am levelling Carpenter. Doing this is easier, since I already have all the needed skills and by now am some lvl.72.
Being Carpenter gives me some advantages: 1) all the production circle (make boards from logs, make tools from boards, deconstruct tools to make logs...and start over) gives xp to this one school only; 2) i can add items to the buildings of other people and gain xp this way.
I also aided other players: killed some monsters to get their skin (needed 12, got 14), harvested iron ore for use by their alts.
Problems began, when I decided to help one player with her plot. There are 14 silos (all tier 4) that needed Oak and Maple timbers and bracers. Excellent place to gain xp and help other player! I hurried to Heather, where they had a big Oak forest and two Massive Oak trees. To my dismay, there were far less trees than used to be and no massives. I ran throughout forest, avoiding fighting with Oak treants (if they want to be killed, they have to wait; not now, please)...with no results. Asked other players and the answer was "it is possibly a bug".
Istaria now has at least 3 official known bugs...and it looks nothing is done to correct them. And now (possible) the oaks. One could hope tomorrow maintenance could correct anything, but for me it is unlikely. They have these 3 bugs + one quest bugged and for months they do nothing about the quest (although developers were informed in the forum).
Overall, the weekend was good. Maybe tomorrow they will correct anything...