In current version followers work passively and drift away from core game experience, all you need to do is sending order and wait for result. They should interact with main gameplay more frequently, allow players get increased profit from actively playing the game rather than AFK and wait.
AND, we lack the reason to upgrade many followers. We’re punished harder and harder if we level them, it needs to be fixed.
My ideas are listed below:
Crafters: make them all take 4 or 5 hours to craft, rather than reduce by rarity, for balance reasons.
Seneschal: She act as a guide of player’s party and coordinate all followers, she should provide Experience Bonus depends on rarity.
Farmer and Miner: They produce over time, quite good, but still need some boost for active play i think.
They should get Loot Bonus when leveling, give a percentage bonus on quantity of food and ore you looted from chests.
Guard: He shouldn’t supervise minion and spell vault. Instead, make him expand the gear vault by 5 per level and 5 per rarity, result in a max 300 slot gear vault.
Mystery: Good enough, don’t need any adjust.
Bard and Locksmith: Same as above, but i think they should get some event-related bonus later for more uniqueness.
Merchant: Just remove her negligible passive gold production and give her a chance to DOUBLE the gold found after combat and from chest, depend on rarity. May also get a passive that affect kingdom bazaar such as bargain for discount.
Mage: She should be the supervisor of spell vaults, and raise its capacity when leveling an evolving. +5 per level and +5 per rarity (300 total) should be sufficient. Also give her a new ability: AUTO-UPGRADE.
Auto Upgrade mechanic give mage a chance to auto-upgrade spells from craft or chest by a few levels, based on her level and rarity. Also give her a small chance to RAISE THE RARITY of spells from craft or chest, chance is based on level, rarity, and item rarity.
Auto-Upgraded items will have a follower icon to indicate they’re upgraded by them.
Stablemaster: She should be the supervisor of minion vaults. +2 per level and +5 per rarity (150 total) should be sufficient. Also allow her to AUTO-UPGRADE minions as mage does.
Runesmith: Give him a new passive, which have a small chance to find EXTRA shard drop from chest, as if he did an instant-and-free craft.
Hunter: Same as above.
Weaponsmith, Armorer and Artisan: Three gear crafters needs more love than others.
FIRST: give them ability to IDENTIFY items in your vault that fits their profession, unlocked at uncommon. They can only identify items with lower rarity. Identify will uncover as much gear’s hidden informations as possible. Price depends on rarity gap.
Example: you have a RARE artisan and get a common ring. You can pay artisan to identify it, reveal what it will get at RARE rarity, same as the rarity of artisan. Affect both mastery, affixes and passives.
SECOND: also give them AUTO-UPGRADE mechanic.