I've been away for a very long time and return to find a completely different MMORPG. Most of the changes are good ones. Some of the old issues, (i.e. gold spammers, players that think they are above the rules, ks'ers, etc. . . ), are still around and probably always will be, but overall, then changes seem good so far from what I've seen.
One thing I've noticed that does hit home personally is the apparent lack of in game presence for the staff. The only GS I've seen with any type of regularity is my old team mate GS GrisGris. I've spent equal time on both sides since my return and in all fairness, I have not left the Lailah server, but it seems that there is no longer a GS team in game or a GM staff available for the community other than through tickets.
As messed up as the old game had become, I always took pride in the professionalism and commitment of those that chose to serve the community. I often used the phrase, both as a GS and as a non-tagged player, that the Shaiya GS Team was "Number One in Keeping it Fun!".
The GS Team is critical to the promotion and enjoyment of the game. If there is no visible presence then the trolls and "privileged" ones ruin the experience for others. For instance, after being ks'd outside of Cornwell and commenting to the person that his actions were rather rude, I was told that he was "royalty" and there was nothing I could do about it. This kind of ignorant player along with his obnoxious attitude is NOT good for the game, the community or the future of either. People like that make new people leave. While the GS Team is not meant to be a police force, their visible presence in game can often serve as a deterrent to such behavior.
This is not meant to bash the GS Team, or the Admin Staff. It's a simple reminder that those of us that came before you tried to leave you with a history of honor and outstanding community service, with the hopes that you continued to carry it forward.
If you pursue the tags and are fortunate enough to obtain them, then please use them as they are meant to be used and be the Shaiya Ambassadors that you are meant to be.
Be good to each other and enjoy the game and I'd like to see the GS Team return to being "Second to None In Keeping It Fun!"
p.s. It's good to be back. . . . I think.