Just to be clear, I am not stating that any of these are easy changes. I see this on the forums all the time, someone posting something like
“Well, I am a professional developer, and I can tell you without doubt that this idea of mine will be very simple to add”
I am not saying that or even anything like that, although I am, in fact, a professional developer. For all I know every one of these ideas is in the middle of some seriously gnarly code.
So … not easy. But small, in the way that they are simple to describe, and very limited in scope. I have dozens of other suggestions, new classes, halfling dinosaur mounts, new weapons and new races and new monsters and quests and entire content packs and (stops to take a breath) … other stuff; but all of those would be grand scale: not small.
Nor am I claiming that any of these are the most important, or highest priority, or any of that. They are just simple; low-hanging fruit that would help make the game feel more polished.
Today I am keeping it simple. And limiting myself to only five, because otherwise this is going to turn into one of those thousand-word marathon posts, and no one wants that.
The Twelve Favor Reward
Currently, when one earns top-level Twelve favor, one is given a title, “Honorary Member of the Twelve”, except there are no titles in the game, and this supposed rank is not recognized or even mentioned in any other game dialog anywhere.
It is a non-reward.
Let’s clean that up and provide an actual reward. Keeping things in line with the other Twelve rewards, perhaps a choice of Large Augment/Collectible/Gem Bags? Or an Even Larger Ingredients Bag?
Something. An actual reward.
Purple Dragon Knight Favor Reward
Even worse than the Twelve, when one reaches top-level PDK favor one is told “We have not yet devised a reward befitting of someone of your accomplishments. Speak with me at a later time, when such a prize has been contrived.”
That is seriously lame, and I remain incredulous that anyone was willing to release that into the live game. It is time to contrive a prize. Past time.
PDK rewards are all over the place; Key to the City, cosmetic companion, gear upgrade vendor. Hard to find a trend, making it harder to suggest what the new prize ought to be. Maybe a Key From the City? One that teleports the owner from Eveningstar to the Hall of Heroes in Eberron?
Something. We are totally overdue for something here.
Temple of the Sovereign Host
This area in House Deneith has never been finished. A gigantic space with several attached rooms, all empty. A couple of NPCs at one end (including the Relic of a Sovereign Past quest giver) and nothing else.
Clearly there were bigger plans; why else have the Word of Recall spell hard-coded to bring the caster to the temple?
Time to flesh this out. I’ve brought this up before, six years ago (!), maybe it’s time to bring it up again.
It seems almost inexcusable to me that the Founder’s Fountain has been allowed to stay broken now for several years. Ever since the forum changes.
Seriously? This game is “powered by its fans” according to Turbine, but in fact, the one thing in game that actually honors those fans was broken years ago and has never been important enough to fix.
I think we’ve had about enough of that. Fix the fountain.
Shipping Clerk Hireling
I want a hireling that will really, truly, break all the boxes and breakables. All of them. Not like “Hunter of Boxes” dog who breaks one and then just stands there.
I don’t care if this hireling ever heals me or fights or does anything else at all. I want it to have high evasion and defenses, avoid agro, and break things.
Every. Single. Thing.
A Shipping Clerk, in charge of boxes and jars and containers. Go get ’em boy!
Four of these ideas are bug fixes – and why not, Severlin indicates they are “bringing out the bug zapper” based on our suggestions. So I am suggesting.
Four bug fixes and one new idea. All “small”, at least, small when compared to most of my other ideas.
What do you think? Any low-hanging-fruit-sort-of ideas you’d like to see early in 2016?
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