Nice update so far. Definitely good to see that Campfire and the Bubbles one WORK now. And I think the mood item change was very, very needed..... I'd basically stopped playing about a week and a half ago, because I was at the point of having to grind for mood items (which actually meant grinding for shards), and...... yeah, I get tired of that fast. I figured an update that changed the drop rates of those was probably going to be the next one, so, waited, glad I did.
The one major imbalance I still see with the game is...... absolutely every concievable thing about the Evergreen forests. Seriously, they could not BE more tedious (eagles). The entire strategy seems to be, enter zone, place 6 explosive bear traps in a row, stand there like a moron and wait for birds to crash into them, then shoot them with something or other. Rinse and repeat over and over again in each chunk . I only enter this type of forest if I absolutely have to (aka, overlord castle or a tower), and I've now started just turning the difficulty OFF, so I can just plow through to the boss areas without taking 40 minutes to pop the stupid eagles that are everywhere. I wont enter that region type for any other reason. I've yet to find anything else that works on those stupid birds. I tried campfire on them, but since it doesnt actually STOP them from moving, it cant handle more than one bird at a time, and they tend to appear in annoying groups.
Though, part of it is that area's level-generation style. There's no room to avoid the birds at all. When the birds appear in any other region type (like the Highlands), normal tactics and dodging actually work on them. But not in that forest.
Also the mossy barrels (the ones that the player can get) still do next to nothing.
Other than that.... the game seems very well balanced right now, and these new changes sound like they're gonna make that even better. Definitely a far cry from what the original release version of the game was! Espers everywhere, and spell balance totally all over the place, haha.
I'll post more feedback after I've experimented with the new stuff a bit.
EDIT: Whoa, secret missions are really profitable now. Liking the "Lazy Bum" scroll.