I remember recently you asked in one of the posts is there anything that we think is missing in the game. While I think the card play was nailed (negotiations feel very unique and the combat is satisfying), there's not much to say about the whole experience on the macro (not sure if using the right term) level.
There's no real replayability to begin with. If you take every individual player's run they won't differ a lot I'm sure. And I think the game's overly focus on character story is bringing down the true potential. Side quests, activities, exploration, the world you've built is complex and interesting enough for all that. Every time I come back to Griftlands after a few updates it's just exciting enough to beat Rook's and Sal's stories. After that I don't really feel the need for another run, because I know it will be more of the same.
Friends, characters I helped don't feel special. There's no attachment there because it will all be over soon. Enemies mechanic is not immersive. I killed a dude's friend and now they hate me. Well, hate all you like, I don't feel very threatened, not by your social nerfs that's for sure. Why couldn't they gather some friends and ambush you in like a bar while you're busy having a chat with YOUR friends, totally clueless. Such an event can make all the difference in a player's personal experience, and that's just one example out of countless possibilities.
The map, lifeless. Its existence shows that Griftlands could be more than just a card game and moving from point A to point B (or C if you need a drink). It might as well be a simple menu to click where you want to teleport next...out of 2-3 destinations...choose wisely. Why not expand on that, create a new fun mechanic? Going on your mission and expecting a single encounter on your way there (or not) got stale pretty fast, not to mention predictable. I noticed how character bubbles use some sort of predetermined "invisible" roads while moving around the map. Why not let us actually use them and plan our journey. Create an actual dynamic world with zones of control (factions), paths and overlays that you can influence. "Ok, should I take a risky shortcut through these woods full of dangerous wildlife or use the other road and deal with the admiralty checkpoint. Uh, but my character is not stealthy enough, 30% chance to get spotted, and a bad reputation. Well, if that happens I can always make an excuse negotiating...or fight my way through". Huh, how cool is that? Create ambushes on said roads and rob caravans, or guard them. Anyways, you get the picture, the potential is real.
Also I don't get the idea of splitting the whole experience into three smaller games. That creates limits imo (after playing in Grout Bog Sal's run feels lacking). Devs built the world, know how all the pieces work, there's lore. Why tear it apart? We could pick a character depending on their strengths, weaknesses and our own play style and go wherever we want to go. Klei have their reasons I guess, they make great games after all.
Guys, I probably went overboard with ambitious suggestions here, but decided to go for it while Griftlands is still in alpha. I like the game a lot and want it to keep getting better. I know this post lacks structure, but I hope the message is clear. Feel free to respond if you have similar thoughts