I am one of those players that love to do things others don’t, namely, Fishing. I have had multiple interactions with other players stating “I don’t have the patience for fishing” or “Fishing is just too boring with little reward.” I understand where they are coming from, but I love it. For me, it is relaxing and passes the time.
With that said, I have some ideas on how to improve the desire to fish.
First and foremost, make all of the Legendary fish viable. Either add them to recipes, or allow a furnisher to turn them into housing decorations. But at the very least, make them salvageable for filets.
While I love fishing up treasure chest for gems and ingots, they just aren’t filled with with the best loot. Maybe reduce the chance of catching them and add gold, fishing gear, fishing poles or weapons. I find it hard to believe that whoever lost those chests only ever put gems and ingots in them.
As far as basic fishing goes, what if you added random stuff to fish up. Now I hate to refer to old games, but Ultima Online did fishing right. You could catch soggy boots, paintings, broken furniture, fish bones, chests, and if your skill is high enough; S.O.S. bottles, Treasure Maps, & Fishing Nets (discussed later).
a. S.O.S. bottles were random items you could fish up that had various levels of Treasure Maps with hidden treasure scattered across the world. You had to have the mining skill to dig them up and depending on the level various monsters of the appropriate level would spawn to protect the treasure. If you were able to survive the onslaught, you could finally open the chest (with Lockpicking) and gather your loot. The loot ranged from: Weapons, Armor, Housing Decor, Gems, Gold, Reagents, etc.
b. Treasure Maps were similar to S.O.S. bottles except that they were usually found inside chests you fished up.
c. Fishing Nets we’re a rare item that you could fish up and later use in deep water to have a better chance of finding treasure chests, but you also risked summoning a Kraken or worse, the Leviathan or Osiredon. Usually you need a group to defeat these beasts.
There are very few desired items that are only obtained from Fishing. Obviously the fish filets and the few Legendary Fish used for recipes, but other than that, what?, maybe some stuff for Arcana. If something was added that only 200+ fishermen could obtain, more people might enjoy fishing in order to sell items on the Trading Post. Here are some of my ideas (not mentioned above):
Chests used for housing storage/decoration
Fishing Gear skins
Golden Fishing Rod
Singing Fish House Decoration
More to follow
Make ALL Rare and Legendary Fish Taxidermiable (is that a word) for house decoration.
Now I am not saying I want this game to turn into Ultima Online, but I would love to see some additions to fishing that fit into the world of Aeternum, these are just some of things that have crossed my mind while fishing. By the way, I have raised 2 characters to 200+ fishing and working on a 3rd. I need those gems for Stonecutting & Jewelcraft.
The biggest downside I see with some of these additions is the increased number of BOTS. I see them all over, sitting at hotspots. My guess is that they just sell the gems & ingots. Regardless, they are extremely annoying.