Yes, this is just a springboard into the future. Imagine if I changed it all in one shot, the shell shock you'd all have. Just relax, and enjoy it, that way the upcoming changes won't feel so overwhelming.
 My priorities are what Nate stated. Today I am going to focus on rewriting some segments of the server to isolate areas that can get laggy, so that they do not lag the server for everyone else (only that user). Once I get this done, I will resume work on new stuff (rapid development ++!!)
I'll probably have player grouping testable on our beta server before the end of the weekend.
[edit2] Oh, and THANKS NATE!