Same. Illness in the family set me back post Sag A* so I ended up doing the entire remainder of the trip solo. I very much missed the cameraderie of DW1 because of that. And I totally agree that the Abyss is trivial these days, where before it was a scary game of jumping on fumes where any mis-step could leave you stranded. RNGineers damaged the game in so many ways.Mixed feelings about this. I was so excited about DW2 after the fantastic DW1, but due to real-life and different timezone, it felt a lot lonelier. Especially after a serious bout of RL put me behind the fleet by nearly 2 months, so Explorer's Anchorage to Beagle Point was a completely solo venture for me.
On top of that, it almost felt like cheating - the Abyss is not scary at all with a 50LY jumprange ship. It's possible to plot pretty much anywhere, there's no navigation required.