Stay thirsty my friends.
I had been considering the same thing. The spells, potions, etc. are not powerful enough considering how much damage you will likely take in order to be able to purchase them. These imbalances seem to be one of the main complaints, yet seem like they could be fixed relatively easy.
If nobody else has developed these, I might take a stab in the next few months since I'd like to make this a better game.
Well, Mark, any success in reviving the purported mess?
I bought IAV on a whim (dazzled by its beauty), and would love to get it to be more enjoyable. (I'm working on it too.)
BTW, has anyone gotten the expansion Bonus Pack, and does it correct any of the shortcomings?