So I played around launch time and had an awesome time. Unlike a lot of MMO players I enjoy the journey to the end game and don't just rush it. I took my time and enjoyed it. That's probably also because I'm not really a hardcore MMO player either so I'm a bit of a casual when it comes to the genre, in some respects. Anyways I got to the point where my characters (a Lancer/Dragoon) reached max level and made some headway into my Relic weapon quest. If I recall I believe the last thing I was doing was trying to defeat Ifrit (I guess a harder version?) to get a new weapon or something. I didn't make much of a dent, if at all, into the end game. Partly because it sort of intimidates me and also because there's just so much to it.
So patches 2.1 and 2.2 have come and been implemented now. I've gotten the hankering to jump back into things. Thing is jumping back into a game like this, after such a long break, is a bit of a daunting prospect. It also doesn't help that I'm obviously going to be waaaaay behind the curve at this point and really have no idea what I should be doing.
So I ask of you, what are the important changes and whatnot that I should be aware of if I jump back in? Are things different now? Should I be taking a different path for the end game? I feel like if I jump in, without asking a bit first, I'm just going to be completely lost. I'm also worried about how many people will be doing older content, that I have to be caught up on.
I've skimmed some of it and saw things like "Echos" and "Glamours" and whatnot as well. Basically the TL:DR version is: What do I need to know/do to get caught up to where people are at now and what are the important changes I should be aware of?
Also forgot. Is there no way to get a full years subscription? I notice you can only get up to 180 days.