i've been trying a brute/necro and i'm part way through act 2 now.
i like the idea of a dual wield native for brute because honestly it's a little bothersome having my off hand empty.
BUT, here's another idea.
what if you took the mage shield/orb idea and revamped it for a bar fighting brute?
for instance. a mug of ale off hand item with a proc of "button pushed" berserker effect.
"you...YOU SPILLED MY BEER!! AAAARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!"
i realy like the idea of fist weapons. it was something TQ was missing. and at first i thought of shields that don't need str.
but this makes even more sense for the feel of the mastery.
also, i just figured out (duh) that the formulas for using toughs elemental shards are sold by the mage venders only.
are there any for fist weapons? or should i not be bothering looking each town trip?
i love the expanded crafting too. i hope you get some more time to work on it.