I last played Aetolia seriously sometime around 2015, and I decided to give retirement a whirl and roll something new. So far, I've had some fun with the Archivists. It's good roleplay.
Generally, I'm enjoying the changes and having to re-learn some of the mechanics helps the game feel fresh.
That said, the lack of gold drops from bashing are becoming a problem. Bashing used to be a fantastic social activity, and you could always get some kind of group together for Tiyen or Xanhaal, or Tcanna. Now? I've largely been stuck bashing in the 1-2 on level areas for my character level that I can solo as an Archivist. In talking to people who used to bash quite often, the inability to make enough gold to replace the curatives used has been a major issue.
Now, it seems like the alternatives are forcing everyone to repeat the same handfuls of quests for gold, resorting to vermin hunting, or sitting around at the Inner Gate doing nothing. It may be good for the game's economy, but the social aspects of the game have definitely taken a nose-dive over the last couple of years.