I currently can make lava helmets, but I haven't, yet, because I have no lava ore. I have like 135k exp to go before I can mine it. :P I'm happy. Many other people who can't make lava items have them, too.
I notice that people who can mine lava are still making steel helmets to train. I don't see lava as a strong reason to keep the volcano open. I thought the burning trees were a stronger reason, until they were changed to give the same exp as fire pits.
Many people want a P2P area, and this is a way to give them one. Otherwise, a new area would have to be constructed, which could take a while. Hopefully, updates to both areas can be more frequent after this. We're getting a nice forum update, already. ;)
-QuaCzar : SysOp | Anarchy Leader | #1 Magic