A few ideas that may improve the game substantially, off the top of my head:
A player-versus-player concept.
Some people may be fine with this, but other may object to any sort of PVP violence. In which case, there might be an option to craft some sort of Aethermaton, then battle it out using yours and your opponent’s robots.
To allow diversity, we would have to keep the robots highly modular. For example, you can customize the chest, head, left arm, right arm, and legs.
You could equip the chest with a concealed cannon, much like a Bombardier. Or, you could equip it with an Aethermeter, which may heal you a fraction of your robot’s hit points at the end of every turn.
You could equip the head with a reinforced helmet, which would increase total HP, but also increase the miss chance on your battle spinner. Alternatively, you could put a decorative item, which would increase the hit chance on your battle spinner, but decrease your robot’s total HP.
You could equip one arm with an arm cannon, much like a Troubleshooter, or with a swivel knife, much like a Pacifier. Or, you could switch out the arms for something resembling Lasher whips, or Oscillator knives.
You could equip the legs with spikes on the boots, giving your robot a little more attack power. Or, you could remove the legs entirely, and replace it with one large wheel.
The possibilities are endless.
Of course, this idea may not be entirely plausible, due to the fact that many new items may have to be introduced into the game, such as Lasher’s Whips, or Troubleshooter’s Cannon, or Bombardier’s Wheel, which you would obtain from the end-battle reward spinner, if you are victorious.
Still, if implemented, this would be quite the incentive for people to play in-game more often.
Imagine, we could even host small robot battle clubs during the weekly meetings!
As I said, the possibilities are endless.
Being able to participate in the Racing Pits races.
Imagine, starting out as a Rookie racer, then slowly making your way up the ranks to Novice, Intermediate, Expert, and eventually, Champion!
You would race against many small-time Urchins and normal player racers in the first few ranks, but after climbing into Expert, you may even catch a glimpse of Julian, or Edmund!
You could only be able to race in the Pits in the beginning, but as you climb the ranks, you may speed around No Man’s Landing, the Old Mount, Snowmoors, and beyond!
The prizes for winning races would vary on ranks, but a battle spinner would be appropriate for this as well, rewarding you parts to upgrade your airship, or perhaps other rare items, such as designated racing suits to wear during races.
Of course, you would be able to decorate your speeder with different patterns, and different dyes, not to mention different makes or models, but this idea is a solid choice, in my opinion, and another alternative to the player-versus-player concept.
A “Go to Profile” button.
We all know that when you right click a player, two button pop up, and you can either report or ignore them. Not all that useful, in my personal opinion, as I’ve never used it myself, but what if we added a third button in the middle? A “Go to Profile” button?
Upon pressing this button, a small disclaimer would pop up, saying “You will be redirected to The Aetherlight Forums to see this player’s profile. Is that okay?” and “Yes.” or “No.” buttons below.
Upon pressing no, the disclaimer would close, but upon pressing yes, a new tab would immediately open up in your browser, directing you to The Aetherlight Forums, and the main profile of the player you clicked on.
If the player you’ve clicked upon has no profile on The Aetherlight Forums, then a small error message would pop up in-game, stating “The player whose profile you have tried to access has not registered to The Aetherlight Forums yet.” with a small red button with a white x on the bottom right corner of the error message.
A small feature, nonetheless, but a good one, in my opinion. Even if the “Go to Profile” button is not added, a “Trade” button, which seems to be a popular request, may fit just as well.
This may also serve as a good way to get players who only play in-game to discover the forums.
I’ve forgotten what this one was.
It’s just as you read it. I forgot what this one was. Heh, heh. It was something to do with making figurines using Cogs and Pipes and Springs and other items, but I’ve forgotten the specifics.
My foremost apologies.
And with that rather awkward note, I leave.
Thank you for your time,
P.S. You may have noticed the immense detail of my supposed “off the top of my head” ideas. My head’s definition of “of the top of my head” is different from the dictionary definition, I suppose, and more details came as I wrote. Be warned.