and I were talking as we've been trying to work our way toward Elder Dragon. Pieces are fun to buy and trade, gold teeth and blue scales are still terrible to come across, and it is a good time sink for post-Dragon bashing.
But, after the change to transmutation and reviewing the forgotten gold sinks that exist in the game, she had an idea that I loved.
The pitch: You are able to spend X amount of gold to change 1 dragon talisman piece of x level into another dragon talisman piece of x level within the same talisman. Example would be spending gold on a level 1 gold dragon bone to try to turn it into any other piece in the gold dragon set (scale, tooth, brain stem). The rare piece has a lower percentage chance to be the result, while all the other pieces share the same percentage. If you didn't get the piece you want, you can try to turn it again for the same gold cost, but the piece it was originally is on the table for results.
For anyone who has played Diablo 3 semi-recently, it would be akin to the Kanai Cube business with set pieces, but instead of using mats it would use gold. Perhaps the gold would even scale for the level piece you're changing (i.e. 10k for trying to change a level 1 piece, 70k for trying to change a level 7 piece). For those who have not played Diablo 3, you get an item called a Kanai's Cube. Set armor is powerful armor that is a very rare drop and is more powerful the more pieces you have. For the longest time, you could only get set pieces if and when they dropped randomly. With the Cube, you could put in a set piece you owned with a good amount of materials and try to change the set piece into one you didn't have. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. Sometimes the piece you changed turned into a set piece you already had, then when you tried to turn the piece again, it turned back into its original piece. It was a gamble, but it could possibly give instant gratification for the cost of materials. This would add in a gold-sink to the game, it would create a decision of risk/reward for gambling with your pieces, and it wouldn't speed up the path to Elder any more than buying the pieces from other people like it is now.
Thoughts? Feedback? Discussion? Have at it!