- How would you ideally like that system to work?
I would love for a system that allowed all of the participating and willing players to have a fresh start at the game. I think that with the upcoming itemization changes, and all of the patches done within the past year, it would be a very good addition to the game, and I also think that the experience would be amazing when starting fresh again. Of course the ladder system should be optional, when you first make a character that individual would have the choice to make their character within the ladder system, or non ladder system. I also think that all of our characters should be separated from ladder and non ladder in every single way, as the concept implies.
- How long would you like the resets to be?
I think that a 6 month period for the resets sounds like a very good time slot, Diablo 2 seemed to have that nailed down correctly,
- How many characters do you think players should be able to create for ladders? (Do you think they should take up the existing slots you have?)
I think that players should ideally be able to have 5 characters for the ladder, and they should not overlap with your current ones, however if there is also a hardcore ladder, which there probably would be, I think that it would be reasonable to bump that up to 10, 5 of each class for softcore, and 5 for hardcore, like the current live version of Diablo III.
- Should there be an auction house for ladder characters?
Personally, I do not think that there should be an auction house for a new ladder system. One of the things that I loved about trading in diablo 2 was the social experience. Even though the auction house seems like it's more convenient, I feel as if it took away from a lot of the social aspects of the game. All though there still is some face to face trading in game, I feel as if there could be a lot more. I remember in Diablo 2 I made almost all of my friends through trading items in game, but here I haven't made any from trading, all though I think that the social game play aspect of Diablo 3 is excellent
- Should there be any special items or perks for ladder-only characters? If so, what kind?
I can't really think of anything specific for this, but I think that a cool idea would be for people who completed a ladder season, 1 or more characters to level 60, and completed inferno, they should get some special type of perk or item. Maybe a special type of angelic wings, or even an item that you can use on any type of spear or staff, or similar item, that gave it the appearance of Solarion, Imperius' spear. Another idea would be to give people another bonus for getting to paragon level 100 in a season.
- What kind of restrictions, if any, should be placed on ladder characters?
I think that the experience gain rate should be lowered at higher levels. Right now I think that it doesn't take much time or effort to hit level 60, its not incredibly easy, but I think that for a ladder season it should take maybe a bit longer.
- Do think players should be able to bring their ladder characters into "non-ladder" once a reset is complete?
- Is it necessary for ladders to be competitive, or is it enough for players to just see for themselves how far they can go on their own?
I think that they can be both, if a player wants to level competitively, and then maybe farm items to become the best barbarian, they should have that option there.
- Why would ladders improve your in-game experience?
I think that the most important thing is that it would give me, and many others a fresh start to the game, which would be a great experience. I have many fond memories of playing the game in the first few months after the release of the game. Many of the areas I have not touched in a very long time, and with the recent patches, I think that the experience would be just as great, or even better.
Also, I think that it might even be cooler if with the new ladder system, we could bring back some sort of hostile system for dueling in the game. This is probably a far stretch of an idea, but I think that the current brawling system has its moments, but I think that players would like to get out there, and actually battle each other in the real diablo world. All though this is a very vague idea, I'm sure that other people in the community would have some very good ideas to build onto this idea.