Killmails being added is disappointing. I’ll admit, when I play games other than Eve, I get jonesing for a nice killmail after awhile, but…
I have a really nice looking killboard for Eve, and that gets in the way of my enjoyment of the game. My play is limited by the fact that I don’t want to ruin that good killboard.
Gear loss on death is an adequate penalty for dying. It’s perfect.
Killmails suck. Where killmails exist, killboards will be created.
Look at Eve where there is so much aversion to risk in some groups, where people get kicked out of corps and alliances over killmails. Where douchebags use Cheap Albion Online Gold to help them act like douchebags and humiliate newer or non-pvp players. Where people in some of the better pvp groups have more obligation to the alliance killboard than to their own enjoyment of the game.
Plus, killmails are an artificial source of intel.
Don’t bring all that to Albion. Make a game with brutal pvp, where your corpse is 100% lootable, but with no killmails. That will be the perfect game.
edit: also, look at Eve and how much time is spent by players out of game trying to keep their killboards up to date. API’s have improved that a ton, but still, it feels like an obligation to do mountains of paperwork. It’s not even fun, but you have to do it if you’re a pvper, or corp or alliance leader.
From what I can tell the particle effects on a weapon do not change with tier. So they could play with that and Capes, because if you’re sizing your opponent up by the size of their cape you’re probably doing something wrong.