There are some ideas going through my mind regarding the increase of control at getting the gear players want.
Warframe has some very addictive mechanics to give the player goals to play for and let him estimate how time-consuming it is to get there.
So here is one idea adopted for LE:
There’s a guy named Shady Joe. He’s a time travelling vendor that has some nice goods to offer. Everytime he showes up he has some glyphs, runes and shards in his store as well as 2-3 unique/set items, even 1 legendary item. Those goods are as expensive as fuck so not everybody can afford these. You need a bunch of gold as well as pieces of shattered uniques for trading with him. So you wanna make sure you farm your ass off to get all you need till he arrives.
But he gets chased by creepy creatures that want to steal his treasures. So he can’t stay for long at the same place. After 2 days he has to go underground and stay away for 2 weeks.
Everytime he returns he’s sending one of his henchman to contact you at the end of time and tell you where Joe is hiding for the next 2 days. The henchman does not know the exact location where Joe is waiting in case he gets caught by those creepy creatures. He just can tell you in which timeline Joe is staying. So it is up to you to search the maps and find him. But beware! Those creepy creatures are searching for Joe, too. So it can happen that you meet them and they are fierce and mighty enemies.
When you finally find Joe you can open a special town portal called The Shady Portal. It is also offered by Joe and stays open at his position until he goes underground again.
What do you guys think about it?