20 GB patch will be deployed tomorrow at 10 AM CST. Yeah, that's not a typo. We're downloading the majority of the client again... perhaps this is the release candidate. I can only assume the next test will take place over the Thanksgiving weekend, based on the fact that every other beta test weekend has happened on a holiday weekend. Just a heads up to snag it in advance. Also, numerous MMO news websites are handing out keys. If you haven't received a beta invite yet, I recommend snagging one.
Existing characters in the beta are not being wiped for the upcoming test. With that in mind, I think I'm going to dabble in crafting and get to know the mechanics of it a little better than I currently do. I think I'm going to go with artifice for my crafting skill, supplementing it with archeology as my gathering skill. I have no idea what mission skill I should take though.