As an old RPG'er, one of the draws of the make believe world (to me anyway) was leveling up and getting more powerful over time. I think that was why I was so drawn to the originial prophecies game. If you played the game the way it was designed to be played, you didn't hit level 20 until after, or at ascension. As a casual player, that was a good 2 months of fun. Then after lvl 20 there was elite skill capping, FoW, UW, etc to keep me interested.
In factions however, whether you merged an old account or started a new character, you had to be max level (20) before really even starting the game. I have to admit, other than the cooperative missions (which I find challenging and fun), I'm not finding much challenge in this new chapter. The quests don't offer much incentive for me. I don't need the xp, or skill points really (I've already got 61 skill points). The faction is an incentive I guess, but I'm not really into the whole PvP format. So controlling a town just doesn't do it for me.
So, to introduce that RPG element back into the game, I'm wondering if ANet wouldn't consider increasing the max level limits to say 40, with certain skills only available once a certain level threshold was met. I know...the point of the game is that you can be successful based on skill and not hours played. Well, they threw that out the window when they introduced the concept of having to grind for faction points. It's just not fun.
I will definitively say that I am a Guild Wars fan all the way, but the factions game just doesn't introduce the same fun level round 1 did. Yes, one day I can claim that I finished the game in 2 weeks, but what does that leave me? Waiting until chapter 3 comes out so that I can finish that in 1 week?
In closing, I'd like to hear other forum members opinions on what might make the game FUN again. I've read the other posts complaining about this and that, but what is the message we can send to Anet on how to improve our experience rather than just complaining? My vote is for higher levels and thus higher level areas. Your vote is???