Finding your own gear
Whenever we talk about what the fantasy of Diablo is and what we want the core gameplay to be, never do we say “we want players to farm gold and go buy items off the auction house”. The AH definitely has made an impact on Diablo 3 and we talk about it constantly, but our conversations are usually in the context of “how can we get players to find their own loot instead of just buying it”.
Maybe have a NO AH server with different drop rates ...
The problem with the way it's set up is , unless you are extremely lucky, you have very little chance of finding a really good item. It is really next to impossible to be anywhere close to the same level of power with self found gear, compared to minimal effort and gold on the auction house.
So of course players will , for the most part , take the path of least resistance. But now they have items that would have taken a long time, if ever, to have self found. So of course , all the items they do find are crap and the game is now unrewarding.
You can argue that it's that players fault, but I think it's the game design's fault. A good, fun and engaging item game would not let this happen. I would be happy finding these items myself and I would have a good progression with self-found gear.
That doesn't really happen in D3, I wish it did but it doesn't and that is a huge problem. And the cause is bad itemization, bad drop rates and the auction house.
How is it going to work on the console with the offline play ? I really , highly doubt that it will be using the same drop rates as what we have.
I mean it is blatantly obvious ( to me at least , and i'm sure many others ) that the reason why the drop rates are so horrendous is the auction house.
I would really like to know how that is going to be handled in the console , might give us an idea of how badly it is skewed towards the AH in the first place. It would be nice if you could make some of this information available.
I don't really know how you fix those things with the itemization , but you could increase the drop rates and allow us to play on non-ah servers . But i doubt that would ever happen , you may surprise me , but I doubt it.