I'm really glad to see some seriously thought out suggestions come forward.
I saw your post but I wanted to give myself sometime to learn a little more about the way the server worked before giving any feed back. I've been playing for about a week now so this could be a good opportunity to grab some idea of what the server is like to a fresh account.
I'll just address some things one by one as you listed them:
I think the contents of the shop, and in some cases the items in the shop themselves, might need re-thinking.
Having a single currency for the items w