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7-17-2009 @ 9:55AM
I think we need another 'class' of learnable skills. An earlier poster made a passing reference to 'hobby'. I think we need to go further with that.Hobby's would not level to 450. A hobby would give a specific skill set that either buffs a profession, or has out of combat usefulness.Gardening either gives a greater chance to pick herbs, or the ability to cultivate herbs.Bowyer gives an engineer the ability to make bows, reduces the costs of making arrows.Musician gives the ability to make instruments and perform music that give a raid wide buff to spirit. (can only be cast out of combat).Brewer enhances an alchemists proc rate on potion making, while also allowing the brewing of non-combat alcoholic beverages and mana restoratives.Artist allows the creation of painting (using vellums)-simple code add to add a 'canvas' effect to a screen print or something. The creation of vellums from skins, Certificates of achievement (PDF documents of your toons achievements, etc).Etc.Not 'new' professions, but professional 'enhancers'. /shrug. Just a different idea.
7-17-2009 @ 11:01AM
I like the idea of a hobby, but I think it should be 100% vanity, with no way to make money from them. Hobbies could be dancing, playing different instruments, juggling, etc.
7-19-2009 @ 11:33AM
I love the idea of hobby and don't mind making money / helping friends with them. Though I think they should work LIKE professions, just not give you any gameplay benefits (just for fun). That way, you can take it or leave it. Also, make the various items "discoverable" rather than instance or raid drops, on top of those you can learn from trainer.I've taken some of the ideas already discussed and maybe added a few new ones (didn't read ALL the comments yet).Costume Designer: Make non-combat clothing (similar to holiday clothing) that are for fun, for parties or just sitting around town. They would most likely be kind of clunky and childlike in the beginning, and have more sophisticated designs at higher lvls. Maybe things like Cardboard Robot, Faeries (with sparkly wings), demons (exaggerated and more colorful than you see in the game), animals. I see how much people love things like Nozzenfogger and Savory Deviate Delights and also the holiday clothing. I think this would be fun.Hairstylist / Dyer: Create hair styles and color / highlights that you can't get from the barbershop. Some would be BoP designs and other . . well, there must be a way to do it for your friends. How about being able to walk around as a human with purple hair and extensions?Toymaker: Make things like balloons, kites, throwing objects (similar to the leather ball but more fanciful), stuffed animals that can be equipped in the "off hand" slot, so it looks like you're carrying one, "pets" that are just toys (maybe a pull-toy) and other simple items, just for fun.Bartender: For drinks that have cool effects, like the Brew of the Month stuff.Maybe the hobbies can be "enhanced" if you have certain professions, such as, tailors might have an easier time lvling costume designer (but maybe not by much) whereas Alchemy might enhance Bartending.
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