I had a wonderfull weekend in Istaria:Chronicles of the Gifted. Especially when witnessed their new content.
New quest line: a family living in the forest and their needs: bring some candies to them, clear the wood of evil trees or locate a hoard and finally avenge killed brother of one boy. Candies quest was interesting: visit NPC in one town, he redirects to NPC in another town and then back to family. I greatly enjoyed this line of quests.
Tried new crafting and it does go 10 times better than before. Before updates you could get "side" materials if getting minerals/metals. Example: you harvest Bronze - and you get Iron as a "side product". Now it is gone, so no need to instantly check and delete. Also, when dual metal bar system (Steel equals Iron + Nickel; now - Steel equals Steel) was abolished, I am growing up faster than before. The only problem is - mithrill is very far away from storage silos and Blacksmith structures.
I am still on one quest: have to find some amulets from Sand Crabs and these crabs are sometimes very greedy. Another quest behaved strangely (I got one item and the quest did not count it. Weird).
Reached level 99 - so it is only one level before I reach the top in the Warrior school! I think today I will finish it and will prepare to grow up my lvl.71 Cleric
Was helped few times when I really did need it. First time it was lvl.89 Wolf with some 6700 health and each hit was some 400 hp, so that I may be killed within 6 hits. After few tries I have up and called for help. Immediately our leader and one powerfull Dragon came, covered me up, helped me to kill Wolf and finish the quest. Second time I was escorted to one evil island...and had to kill some evil Machine with 670.000 hp. I hit her at some 200-300 hp before one Dragon joined and Machine was done quickly.
Helped one player to advance a bit: I killed wolves, he healed me/supported me with fire. I hope he got at least some xp to grow up.
Weekend in Istaria was very good. I really enjoyed everything: new names, new quests.If everything goes ok, I would be lvl.100 Warrior and lvl.100 Cleric before New Year.