But, I am finding it harder and harder to use the UI of the game to play the way I want.
I don't want to share gold among my characters. I don't want to share a stash. I don't want to share crafting materials. I don't want to buff any item drop rates from what they currently are.
But, gold, stash, and crafting materials are automatically shared. Even more annoyingly - you used to bring your crafting materials to the craftsman in your inventory and so you could compartmentalize your crafting that way, but with the recent change to craft-from-stash - that part is even harder still now. (I understand that it adds consistency with the way gold was handled, but now I have to manually track crafting supplies as well as gold - and I never wanted the gold shared in the first place).
Currently the UI already supports separation between SC and HC characters in a given account for many of the above mechanisms, I'd like to have an option to separate it further for each character in SC and HC. Then I can character-self-found my own characters and leave the arguments over separate shared games/leagues/ladders and profile indicators to those who are non-solo-account-self-found players.
On the other side of the coin, I also would like the option to (once per character) convert from compartmentalized to shared. I level my characters all the way through Inferno as solo-self-character-found, and at that point then I let them share within the account as a "graduation gift".
Here is my vision of a "character private" mechanism...
When creating a character you click a checkbox to indicate private resources. The following changes are made:
- The character has its own gold account
- The character has its own stash (which might be cheaper to expand?)
- The character has its own craftsmen (which might be cheaper to train?)
- I think the option to isolate the AH would be separate from this concept, and I personally just ignore the AH right now except that I occasionally sell a legendary that I think someone else would want and leave the gold in my AH account, untouched.
The character can be converted back to account-shared and the following would happen:
- gold would be deposited into shared account
- stash would empty onto ground around the chest and the private stash would be destroyed and replaced by the shared stash (or we could force the character to put everything in their inventory that they don't want to lose?)
- craftsmen would disappear and be replaced by shared craftsmen
- shared stash and craftsmen would have to be separately leveled by the shared characters, they don't inherit stash pages or crafting levels from any private character
With respect to the leveling of the private stash and/or craftsmen:
- It might make sense to have cheaper stash/craft leveling for the private character since they can't share the financial burden? Or not? I actually don't have a strong opinion there.
- If it is cheaper to level a private stash or craftsman then those levels should not transfer to the shared account equivalents (when the character is turned into "account-shared")
- If it is not cheaper to level private stash/crafstmen then some transfer might make sense.
I wouldn't mind a way to be able to occasionally share an item or some gold from a private character to the shared account, or maybe in reverse at the whim of the player, but not at the cost of having everything shared in a single set of resources.
This is all about "ease of accounting" for a particular playing style (closely related to self-found) that I believe others are also using - it's not about different game play or "rules". Some blend of character-private with account sharing would work fine as long as it was easy for a player to ignore the account sharing for a given character until they decide otherwise. Currently there is no way to opt out of any sharing of stash and craftsmen, and it is possible to manually track gold and crafting supplies to keep them private, but that is really annoying to do. Note that the AH is an example of sharing that can be ignored - you just don't click on it - but gold and stash sharing is not something you can "simply ignore" right now.