So I recently streamed through the PSII Improvement with the addenda patches applied to the Steam version. It was great--in previous playthroughs of the game, I typically used either the strategy guide, or at least maps of the dungeons. This was my first time going through the game "blind", so to speak (Though being aware of some of the nastier tricks it pulls definitely helped). The double walking speed and 2X exp/meseta gains in the addendum patch made the game a whole lot less tedious, while still being challenging! More musing than a request for this, but I feel like you (general you) could halve the encounter rate while doubling the gains a second time and still maintain that challenge. The extra equipment also helps for making other characters (Especially Kain, the Wave Shot is great) more viable. This would definitely be the way I'd recommend playing through the game for anyone thinking about it!
I did want to report something as well. I'll admit it's been a while since I played "Vanilla PSII", so this *could* be a vanilla bug, but I don't think it is. It may not even be a big deal; the Dark Force battle can be frustrating and random no matter your level, so I'll take any advantage I can get. But in that battle, if a character using a 2-handed weapon gets affected by the "fights less furiously" curse, it seems they....actually fight more
furiously, gaining the ability to attack twice beginning on the second round after the curse, and lasting until the Neisword procs. You can see an example of this here
; it happens in the first couple minutes of the battle to both "Jamz" equipped with the Neishot and "PJ" with the Wave Gun.
Either way, though, great job on the Improvement!