I have heard about it but I never played Bards Tale back than, will defiantly check it out than as it's pointing to my idea!
Yes that buffalo sword was one that interest me by combining the other item, there should be allot more like that but with more back story, more interesting puzzles to add or riddles to solve. Yes I also can agree with you there as it eliminates brute force (skills not needed to solve) or save scumming for failure (which will not have any failure system as you stated that to find the proper steps of each lever). Again thanks for your feedback Baardvark!
Yeah the more puzzles and riddles in the game on items and areas are defiantly gonna keep players interested as it excites them with joy like "OH LOOK I found a item that can do this or wow there is a puzzle or secret here!" instead of "Hey, I found a weapon with better damage and elemental damage yepee.. or just a cave with nothing interesting in it..." - Most RPG players know's about this. The more uniqueness of weapons with random fun ability's it will encourage players to be satisfied and loot more, yes as you said WITHOUT OP Stats unless it has consequences like I mentioned.
Though the only issue I can think of is they may need to add more than 100's or 1000's unique items (More designs, animations, coding of abilities and so on) it depends how big the MAP or game is OR you can find around 4 each of (Armour, helmet, weapons, gauntlet, boots, rings or necklace) unique items or secrets on each tier of maps that will satisfy the player choices on each area. Though I am positively sure this will be worth putting effort into.
Though the best thing I would recommend the developers to improve is the combat as my idea will make it more tactical and more diverse to the player and enemy's. The first game was very tedious especially when your in mid or late in game where the combat becomes the same by using the same OP skills over and over again.
Yeah once EE came out we can defiantly see what they have improved, though I am sure they have fixed most of the issues as they described and hope we can deliver more ideas or changes that is needed for 2