In my experience, players like to have something that makes them appear special or different in comparison to the next player. I think it would be great if we added some items that are rare, and require skill to find and/or create.
On top of having these personalized items which could be armor, furniture, paint color, weaponry etc, I feel that a new system for wielding weapons, tools and armor should be implemented.
Instead of having the “worn clothing” section as part of the inventory, there should be a separate user interface that pops up at the click of a button to show what you are wearing. Say I want my pole clothing underneath my armor to keep my character happy and also protected, and maybe I want my weapon slot (or weapon belt GUI) to hold my tools and weapons separate from the rest of my inventory as to not take up space and be easier to select.
As a player ventures out into the world they may find special and extremely rare shards to very powerful and untradeable weapons that require assembly once each part is found. Same with armor, perhaps something that will not fall apart with use. Not only can players boast their hard work, they can customize the appearances of the items they skillfully obtained to look even cooler. Maybe even holster their supersword on their back so that it is displayed at all times, and at the ready when attacking players in PVP, and when fighting NPCs. No more having to scroll to find your sword, pickaxe or spade when you click on certain blocks as your blockhead will automatically use the correct item.
I think we can use this thread to generate possibilities on the types of items which could make players in our community feel “individualized” or VIP.