Aw, right when my nostalgia fort hit its first hematite vein...
*throws cats into pit for a last tantrum spiral hurrah*
Well my hat is off to you. After a half hour or so of digging, oggling the nifty new descriptions and watching a fisherdwarf positively explode in gore against a reptile spearwoman, I feel like I'm playing a whole new game. Everything is fresh and new, the command remapping seems more intuitive (although I'm relearning it all) and the underground is far more lively with these dozens of veins and features. I claim to have encountered the first Giant Cave Spider, having breached an exploration shaft literally right into a web. The new combat is lively and fun to read, with skulls being impacted into brains by my warhammer and more than a few arena beasties slain... well, more accurately a pile of dead dwarves from elven pikemen and dragons.
I took a shot of vodka to your health, Toady. Ice cold, blue label Black Eye, straight down. Kicked like an elf-maiden under the sheets; that is, it warmed up to me. Go take a nap in the sunshine out there, its a beautiful day to feel like an accomplished man, and you've earned it.