Come on, speak to us. Or let me channel you. Anyway, many ideas have been tossed around that can be summed up with ENCHANTMENT. Why not bring in some enchanted items. Items that RUN OUT. Enchantments can be created by mages and alchemists or found as loot. They can also be set up as gold sinks. Buy pieces of enchanted armour for fun. Or and enchanted weapon. Whether or not you call it ENCHANTMENT, doesnt matter. But its akin to the old weapons with chargers our uses. Its a compromise to this never wears or breaks BS that fills the game. Think of all the possiblilities. Remove perma mage armour. Let it be enchanted. Maybe it has 5 hours of game play. Maybe a mage/alchemist can recharge it. -1 hour. Eventually the mage armour ends. Maybe ingredients needed to create ENCHANTMENT RESTORE. What about an enchanted smith hammer. Use it to strike any weapon and get 50 bolts of enchanted energy strike. Buy to 100k NPC sword of disintegration. It has 1 hour of enchanted use. Convert weapons to mage weapons that have limited use. None of this perma mage weapons. Its a compromise between what the game was and what it has become. And it can be done to allow resource gathers, crafters, adventures into the party.