It turns out as I was typing that TR Future Preview up, the patch was being put up on the live servers. The game's still down (okay with me, I'm stuck at work), but with it comes the long-awaited Auction House system, portable wormholes (think Town Portals in Diablo) weapon rarity re-workings, a host of class changes, and even some Holiday Cheer.
Check out the full patch notes if you care at RGTR.com. Now's the perfect time to try the game, now that an economy will be present. So get out there and look for a trial key, or head to Amazon to get the game for 20 bucks! You can even get the CE for 30! Or at least you could last week... meh, go check. Work won't allow me.
More thoughts on this patch tomorrow after I've had a chance to check out the changes.