After play now for some time, I've noted a couple recurring "complaints & wants". Often these complaints and issues seem independent of each other and offer no solutions when posted, other than just deal with it. However, I believe there is a way to address the issues and bring things together to make them a bit better.
First the list of complaints I've seen over and over:
1: The Prices on the Auction House are out of control, please fix this.
2: There is no real place in game to spend Plat.
3: We need more storage space
4: We need Player/guild housing
5: VIP's need more Perks
Issue 1: The Auction house. We have had many threads posts and discussions about the prices on the AH. It comes down to the fact I have lots of gold and plat, and when I need something, I pay what I want to get it. Some people feel 8 million gold to be an outrage for Item X, but if I want Item X NOW, and I feel it is worth it to me vs farming said Item, I'll pay. This leads to over inflated prices for many things, even common lowbie gear, but I'm sure I'm not alone in that when I role a new toon, I go to the AH, and with my piles of useless gold, buy my new toon the best of the best, and then dump it on a vendor when I'm done with it (as I don't have the storage to hold onto it). This demand drives the prices up, and supply down. Many have suggested artificial controls to be put in place, to keep people from posting things on the AH with overinflated prices, however, I believe these controls will just drive people underground into private trades, or not to bother at all.
2: There is no real place in game to spend plat. This issue is acutally I think the core of most of the problem. I can easily make 100-200kpp in a day of hard play (with only 4 raiding toons) my costs for repairs and consumables, usually less that 1kpp. I know this is middle of the road, and someone with 10 capped toons can easily out pace this without a problem. This leads to people having so much money that spending 1 mil gp on a ring of feathers vs the time it takes to farm one is an option, thus driving up the prices on the AH. It has been pointed out many times that the chests pump out gold and plat at a really high rate, but no place to spend it. We really need a deep gold sink.
3: A lack of storage. yes, with all favor we get 160 storage spaces (100 backpack, 60 bank) however with so much stuff needed, this storage quickly fills up. Especially with stuff that we need for raids such as sigils, dragon essenses, dragonic runes, planer shards, shards of power, etc. etc. My bank accounts are overflowing with "needed" stuff, and my backpacks with what I need to be prepared, that to hold onto lowbie gear for the next toon, that might not be created for months is difficult. Ok, so there are the mules, I, like so many have one too.. mine was a failed toon from my early days that had achieved some favor... however, storing stuff on another charater, while viable, is just a pain.
4: Player/guild housing : People want this. Some have said "this is dungeons and dragons, not dungeons and dollies", others have said "needless fluff" However, people still want it. and if we implement it with storage capacity, it wont be all "fluff"
5: VIP perks there really aren't that many perks to being a subscriber. Not saying there are none, just not that many.
Give use Player housing, but make it more than just needless fluff. The issues listed above will all be adressed in some degree by adding player housing, and this is the Key: By making it a scaleable storage site, for in game gold.
first: the basic feature of player housing free for VIP, purchased with TP for F2P.
The basics: The apartments start at 1 room, and go upto a posh 30 room mansion. to get to your apartment, you step onto one of the teleporter pods, and select the apartment destination, where you come to a long hallway with many doors (all locked with runes, no way to get into) your apartment is at the end of the hall. There is a mailbox, and a vending machine in the hall (to get tavern food), and a teleport pod to return you to the city. While in your apartment, you get Tavern regeneration, and can eat tavern foods, and even set your resurrection bind point. each "room" can hold 10 items, apartments can be any size between 1-30. Things such as bookcases, cabinets, weapons lockers, chests, etc. can be added to increase storage of a specific items (Example: A small bookcase can be added but it takes up 5 inventory slots in a room, however, it can hold 10 stacks of scrolls, tomes, and inscription materials) a jewelery box, same thing takes up 10 slots but can hold 20 ring, necklaces, or trinkets). Gold could be stored in chests, for easier transfer of gold between toons. Various "skins" for apartment footprints could be added as well... (say I rent the 20 room apartment, I could choose it to be a big open loft, the mansion from Sharn's, or some other like layout. The number of "rooms" is more about storage capacity. Oh, and like the real world, you fail to pay your rent, you get locked out. your stuff, placed in a remove only bank...
The Free base basic Apartment is a 1 bedroom basement apartment (with lowground market view from the window) but gives you a start.
Upgrade to a 2 room apartment, for a 5000 gp a month rent, you get a better view of the market, as well as a more storage space.
upgrade to a 10 room apartment will cost you 1 mil gp a month rent, and you get views from the vale, desert or wherever.. (magic windows, you select the view)
(personally I'd be willing to play 1 mil gp a month for 100 extra storage (more storage with storage items))
a 20 room mansion will cost you around 10 mil gp
and a 30 room, 10000kpp
Some of the higher end stuff sounds outrageous, yet I know people who could pay for 30 room mansion for 1 year right now, and still have money left over.
All storage items also paid for with ingame gold.
How would this help? Well items 2, 3 and 4 should be pretty clear. So how will it help the prices on the AH? Well, first I will say that for myself, if I'm paying 1 mil gp a month for rent, I will not as much extra gold to spend, and I'll be less likely to drop 50kpp on an overpriced low level ring of lesser whatever. 2, with increased storage, I'll be more likely to keep the lowbie gear for my next toon, thus reducing the demand, and without my gold funding the prices on the AH, they should in theory drop a bit, and make them easier for new players to afford. Of course there will always be those who will post things for insane prices, but it is likely what you see will be more reasonably priced. Also, there is a "slight" chance you will see more items on the AH... Not sure here, but if worried about making rent, I might be more likely to post stuff on the AH instead of just vendoring it.
One Side thought as well, A cleric could set up a shrine in their place and use Word of recall to go there, making it a more useful spell...
This template could then be used to develop guildhalls (with rents paid by guild dues) but not going into this here...