First off let me congratulate you on developing the Runic item system. It allows us to obtain premium items by work/skill/luck instead of having to play roulette in the expensive mystery chests. It also lets us get some value out of past investment in good but no-longer-used items. The new system has some problems though
- "fusion" suggests that the end product gets qualities from the inputs. In your system a weapon that did 300 damage and gave +20 HP goes thru fusion and becomes a weapon doing 110 damage with no bonuses.
- Fusion results should be better than the inputs. Not necessarily in a cumulative sense but the result should be better than the best thing thrown into it. When a arcane frost weapon that is fused into another weapon the result should have some frost capability. Same for other bonuses. You may have a limit of one arcane feature plus two bonuses (for orange) but both the ability and the strength of the ability should be affected by the inputs.
- If I throw in a lot of one type of bonus I'd like that to be one of the bonuses of the end product. If all inputs had that bonus the results should be off-the-chart. This may require a very different UI so that we can see what the dominant and sub-dominant traits are to an item but it would be a great feature.
- "evolution" suggests moving forward not only across the color spectrum but in power and abilities. However, a level 10 purple weapon with HP bonuses can evolve to a level zero Orange that does less damage, and has no HP bonuses. How is this evolution?
- It's simply a matter of re-working the numbers to not overlap and not deleting bonus abilities.
- A runic item with a name like "Blazeblade" should blaze. Why do I have to upgrade it all the way to orange to find it's just a stupid sword with no special abilities?
- The bait-and-switch tactic is annoying but it's more than the name. We should be able to know what we will end up with BEFORE starting the long expensive journey of fusion.
- Okay, you know we need to get rid of worthless runic items. I have no use for the eight runic staffs cluttering my inventory.
- I suggest you let us sell and/or fuse them but when calculating their value please remember that 10 levels of fusion represent tens if not hundreds of levels of item upgrades.