So, why not writte down a few ideas for Gold sinks here? Maybe someone will read them, and I am sure if we do a brain storming there will be some interesting concepts to read! Particularly as I believe that one single gold sink will NOT help anything, the game needs a lot of them, of which some are forced (like repair costs) and others should be optional (think about the Marquise gems for example)
So lets get started then!
- 1. Changing your build/skills.
We now have the option to change skills pretty much any time we want, be it in battle (with a short delay) or inside the towns. Why not make it something that requires to pay a little gold each time you do it? Most people change their skills in the town anyway. Each town has the healer/priest standing around and he could offer you to "reset" your skills for a some gold. The price of the reset should depend on the level of your character and the difficulty, so a lvl60 char in Inferno would have to pay the most. It should not be some crazy ammount of gold, just a "little" bit
- 2. More usefull content, like Marquise gems
I like the Idea of Marquise gems, although I think they really are not used very well, they cost a lot and do almost nothing, youre paying maybe 60m for very little. its not a good gold sink, because its not really meaningfull. - Yes I have a Marquise emerald in my weapon, but I really thought it would do more then just a few more DPS ... anyway the idea is great and I hope we will see more of those in the feature.
- 3. Real crafting
What? You say that is already in the game? I say no. Its more like gambling then crafting, at least in my opinion. I think there should be a real crafting option in the game, a system where you can change stats, add new stats, reroll some stats, reroll items etc. If you are thinking about PoE right now, then yeah, I think at least on paper the system sounds awesome, particularly as it gives you a reason to look for items AND for changes on them. So you might have a chance to do some small upgrades over time and not ALWAYS to be on the mercy of the RNG system, each "change" you do here could be done by the Mystik using recipes, ingredients and certain items (like gems, tomes, demonic essences etc) and of course a lot of gold! The "better" the upgrade is, the more it would cost of course!
- 4. Customisation
I think this is something that people would really do! Alone the fact that many have bought the special editions to see the "wings" on their characters prove that people enjoy such stuff a lot. Why not offer similar stuff like that for gold? Some of the Vendors could sell next to dye colours items that change the appearance on your character, some of those items could also drop by monsters and you would have to use the vendor/smith to get those items to "work". All those changes should be ONLY cosmetic changes. Like body paintings, capes, hoods etc. Think about the cape Tyrael has for example. Those items, like body paintings for example could wear down over time and it would require a lot of gold to renew them, maybe even gems! The higher the gem quality is, the longer the paint will stay! Your character would also have one or two aditional slots to hold those items. Body paintings would be of course only visible if you make your items invisible like your chest piece.
- Changing the look of your equpment would also fall in to this, you could chose one item and give it the look of another item, the smith could do it.
So what ideas do you have?