I am really looking forward to the Open Beta phase for a few reasons, the one that is the biggest for me is that I get to restart and play with other people on a level-playing field. The game has also changed quite dramatically since I started playing, so when playing the game again it will be fun to see how the game has changed and whether it is a more enjoyable experience or not. I have been in the end-game stage for quite a while (defending my areas), so it will be fun to conquer all of the regions again. The one way I will play differently is that I will be thinning down my friends list, as I feel I added too many friends when I started last time and I wouldn't mind having a few battles against my friends. Does anyone know whether our friends list will be reset?