So much time goes into these gigantic starter cities. Why do developers continue to neglect the potential of a fantastic city life?
There are so many things the developers can do for our main cities!
- INNs and Taverns with mini-games such as card gambling etc (Players can bet and gamble their in-game money with other players).
- Cosmetic Surgery, Tattoo Shops, and Barber Shops. (A place where players can go to re-design their character or delve into exotic tattoos or hairstyles that were not included during your first character creation process).
- Combat Training Arenas (I'm not talking about Battlegrounds. I hate Battlegrounds. What I mean is just an area for players of the same faction to practice combat combos and tactics).
- Rentable Goods Tents (It's obvious that the cities have limited space in their commerce area. However, if a player has enough money, he or she can rent a tent for the day to sell their goods right in the middle of town. It would be like going to a real market to buy goods).
- Race Track (The developer team, at least once per week, should have a race on the city's main track via horse, mount, pod racer, or whatever fits the genre. Players are able to gather together and gamble on the race.)
- A Bounty Board or Guild (If proper sanctions are in place, real player bounties can work, e.g., if a player continually kills lowbies, then that player will be placed on the Bounty Boards. If that player dies, he or she will drop all their coin. Just an idea...)
- Banks (Duh).
- Clubs and Cantinas (Games need social classes and incentives to play them. You may not one who enjoys playing music via LoTRO's playable instruments or dancing, but there are many who truley enjoy such things. If anything, it makes the entire game more enjoyable for everyone - seeing the hustle n' bustle of city life.)
- Crafting Chambers (If you can't afford your own house and crafting equipment, then you can purchase a daily pass to the city's crafting chamber. Use some of the best equipment to craft your goods right in the city.)
I don't know... I'd like just like see these cities offer more than just one room with an Auction House and Mail Box.