I was pondering ways for them to add more quests and I found it sad that the hamlets are under utilized. I then thought it would be a great idea to have quests in the hamlets that would be open to crafters that you could get the facilities operational in hamlet. Many of them already have what appear to be small guild shops in them, so I felt this would create a great incentive to not just open them but make you do a bit of work for it.
For example, lets say you are rank 20+ LW and you wander close to the Leatherworkers Shop in Quarrymill (iirc) and find out that the local guildmaster there is too depressed to work anymore and you have to help him get out of his funk. Perhaps gather materials to make a fine new pair of shoes or a similar situation. Then once you get them back in business you could purchase goods and obtain perhaps up to Guild level support at the smaller shop in the hamlet.
If this is too involved to do one for each type of shop then perhaps a larger quest to help out the locals there and unlock all of them at once and even some stores that sell local fare that isn't sold in regular shops. Similar to how the stores/AH/etc were unlocked in Tavnazian Stronghold after you got to a certain point in the CoP quest line.
I think this would give people something to work for and offer something that not just anyone that just created a character could have access to.
I'm interested in peoples thoughts on this idea and any embellishments on what I've come up with so far
Edit: I thought more about a general quest line to unlock the hamlet and came up with the idea that the local populace is in a funk over beastmen attacks on their town or perhaps the last shipment of goods was lost and they have nothing to sell/work with and need you to help them recover it. Possibly a combination of quests in this manner before it's all unlocked. If they add a fame aspect in the game it could also work towards that as well.
Edited, Mar 5th 2011 12:35am by Luceo