getting some fresh perspective on NS2
Flayra, and ALL you other rascals in SF, for some inspiration and hopefully new/fresh view on NS2, I suggest you didicate a weekend (or more if needed) to play nothing less than the masterpiece that is NS1 !!!
I mean really get a feel for it, or get back the feel for it (if it has been too long ago).
Don't just think you know all that just because you heard a description about it, or played 1y ago, or tried for a few hours - NO EXCUSES - play it NOW!
Go through every aspect of it, several times, cos every time will be different, which is the magic about ns1 =)
Play with some pro players, play on pub, play office LAN (if it's not too few ppl).
I really truly think this cannot bring anything less than a positive contribution! Even though it takes time out of developing!
If you watch Extra Credits
then you know their philosophy would agree 100% with this suggestion :)
If you don't, then watch them ASAP, they have SO MUCH good/relevant stuff to say about game development!
They are themselves experienced game developers in different positions, speaking to both gamers and developers.