Well, I won't ask for much... But I will say that I actually have items stashed away in my chest in hopes that I will be able to upgrade it one day with a competent blacksmith.
So please, make our level 10 master blacksmith a bit smarter... Smart enough to upgrade our loot. Everyone purchased this game and everyone deserves a shot at the best gear. If you can't find it, at least you can upgrade your current gear, piece by piece, bit by bit... Over time, through farming materials, completing quests, etc... You'll be able to upgrade your gear to be the best it can be.
Also, why do we invest so much in a blacksmith that doesn't even offer us a discount? Repairs at the blacksmith should be reduced each time you upgraded him - to a max discount at level 10. I can repair with a merchant out in the world, or return to town for the discount at the upgraded blacksmith. This would also entice people to visit him more often - possibly leading to more crafting.
Giving the blacksmith more "Skill" per say, will in itself add so much more value to your farming efforts and increase the games value. Currently, at paragon 59 - pretty much all loot I've found has been below par, forcing me to buy from the AH in order to gear for higher MP levels. This fact alone has made me despise the game - yet I keep playing in hopes that something will change.
We shouldn't have to be forced to always use the AH for the best loot, give us the ability to find it by increasing drop quality, or better yet - an upgrade station with our blacksmith.
With a 2-billion cap set by you in the AH - it would only be fair to make that price approachable by increasing the amount of gold dropped. I can farm about 1 million gold if I do an entire act III run. That's 2000 runs I would have to do just to be able to afford 1 piece at 2 billion in the AH. And honestly, most upgrades for players at my item level are about 1.5 to 2 billion...
More side quests with depth to them... You and your team should pick up Fallout 3 if you haven't already... Completely different game, but there was so much depth to it. With a developer of your size, along with the amount of resources available to you, "depth" shouldn't be that difficult. In Diablo 3, we should "Feel" like adventurers, like "heroes" on a journey in an unknown realm. Mystery, adventure, TREASURE to be found...
For the sake of avoiding boredom - map, location, dialog randomization is a must. It's driving us crazy to farm the same Act, or Acts over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...
Top that with the fact that all that work equals no item upgrade rewards... Leaves a bitter feeling... So yeah! I have hopes and believe that something will change soon and I so look forward to it!
Just give us your best shot! You show us what you're made of... We all know Blizzard North was able to pull off games of grand design for their time. With current technology, your resources and capabilities... I'm waiting for you to blow our socks off! :-)
Edited by OMNIXAS#1257 on 12/13/2012 8:21 AM PST