First thing that would need changed....
Throw out Spell Points (with the baby and the bath water)
ALL spell casting classes BACK to Spells/Day JUST like PNP.
THAT....SINGLE....CHANGE....would make DDO much much o ever so much more like the D&D of its roots.
Kick Monty Haul in the jewels! NO player should have even a +1 sword before level 6ish.
RAISE Minimum Levels for ALL gear on a progressive scale.
Level 1-4 Loot +4 to Min level
Level 5-8 Loot +6 Min Level
This would be a closer approximation to D&D implemented in an MMO.
DDO is not dungeonns and dragons - Correct, and it never will be.
DDO uses an action based combat system, which apparently was so far ahead of its time, that others are now emulating this style. Uncertain about this, goto google and type: new mmo 2013, or mmo in development, or.. I can go on and fill pages here. The essential mechanics of this game are as they were during headstart early 2006, and we have the tweaked more balanced version in 2013. AND, this is the only game that sticks to a model that is right out of Dungeons and dragons. Your welcome to disagree with their choice of a DND version to use, but you should never compare this game to WOW. This is an entirely different beast.
So, assuming that Turbine is so proud of this pile of feces they call an expansion that they will not revert it, is there a possibility of getting a separate server that uses the Dungeons & Dragons system again?
I love DnD, but this is a live action game. Please review this one critical feature. If this becomes exactly like the Dice rolling game of fame, it will fail. Nobody has made such a game because they know it will fail. Can 100% of game developers be wrong about this or is there a good reason why DDO and others have gone/or are going to live active combat systems.
Honestly, the only reason I played this game for so long is that it was D&D; it is no longer D&D, but a WoW clone with multiclassing, and if I wanted to play WoW, I would never have left to play D&D.
I want D&D back!
New games no longer emulate WoW they are emulating what DDO has mastered.
Now if Turbine gets a serious inflow of cash rich projects to reskin and add more game features features this game will be able to compete in an extremely competitive marketplace.
The marketplace will determine if this game continues, not the special interests of a few.
PS: DDO has one of the more generous free2play models out there. Feel free to look around and come back to this comment.