I would like to suggest a major story/gameplay element. Yes, I know such a suggestion would sap team resources and detract focus from elements the developers are already working on. I believe that, should this be properly executed, it would be well worth the inconvenience.
My suggestion is the introduction of the Dragonlord Order. No, I'm not just suggesting a superficial faction be like the Dragonslayer and and Shadowslayer Orders. Neither am I suggesting that Dragonlords from Dragonfable get the faction as a special gift like Dragonfable's Guardian, a gift to celebrate AE's original game. Rather, what I'm suggesting is that the Dragonlord Faction be introduced as a try-hard faction, giving players extensive content and removing the feeling many players seem to have that Aq3D, and many AE games, are becoming, "Pay-to-win".
The model for this faction would, essentially, have three tiers:
Tier 1: Dragonmaster- Available to all players, gear and quests from this tier would be of the same level as everything else, and would be available from NPC's and outposts in storyline and side-areas.
Tier 2: Dragonlord- After undergoing many grueling quests, the player would have a, "Dragon Amulet", and have access to Dragongrasp or some other Dragonlord stronghold. Inside would be several NPC's with various shops, all of which would take incredible resources or work to get gear from. Said gear would be fairly powerfull, perhaps a little more powerful than Guardian items. Another thing which would give players something to do would be a pet dragon and a daily quest to feed/train the dragon, which would grow and unlock new accessories after 365 completions.
Tier 3: Guardian Dragonlord- Guardians with access to the 2nd tier areas would have access to their own, unique quests. They would not be 'fast-tracks' to non-member items, however; rather, they would be far harder quests giving access to even more powerfull, unique items. These may be found in a much smaller area that could be Guardian only.
This faction would be a neutral source of elite goods, similar to the Legion or Nation faction in AQW, but without the evil cosmetics. Providing both powerful non-member items and possibly days of content for players, I believe the introduction of the Dragonlord Order would vastly improved the overall experience of Aq3d as a whole.
Edit: this idea could be used for a number of factions, but I believe the Dragonlord Faction would, cannonically, make the most sense for this. It would also honor one of the biggest parts of AE history next to Guardian, one that is far less used, and use it to pump out massive amounts of content relative to the amount of resources put in. I would honestly love to play in a world where the Guardian and Dragonlord Orders work together to maintain peace.
< Message edited by brotherinlaw -- 6/10/2018 20:32:29 >