before i say anything i just want to say big fan
Now, the idea itself, honestly, despite how much it costs and the star requirement, it’s really still broken. Fame Training is easier than ever, since you pretty much need to just do one Parasite Chamber and you’ve gotten the most fame you can before fame gain slows down. I know you mentioned this lower, but it’s still a major issue and you can’t avoid it.
Limiting the amount you can gift others is a nice way to counteract things, but that doesn’t fix how it can be extremely broken. If you have an account that just has one of every UT in the game, and that account has a bunch of them due to duping, then you can give yourself literally anything for just $10 or around a few days of fame farming. In the meantime, you could get your 42 stars from doing this, since it isn’t all too hard.
The way the game is makes it so it encourages searching for the item you want because you can’t just store up 50 life from doing Lost Halls all day and buy what you want. By having UTs soulbound, you have to work towards the things you want. This also makes you feel satisfied that you put in the work and got what you wanted. This isn’t a Private Server, and it’s good because of that.
I’ll use myself as an example. I’ve always wanted a Dirk of Cronus, and I’ve done countless Cube Gods to try and farm one, but I’ve never gotten one. Yet I got a Trap of the Vile Spirit 3 days after it was first released, and I never even thought about it. I got what I found to be fun, but it wasn’t what I wanted, and I didn’t exactly feel satisfied when I got the Trap, just surprised. Had I spent 2 weeks going for the trap vigorously, I would’ve appreciated it a lot more. Since I’ve spent years going for CDirk, it makes me feel disappointed, but it’ll be that much better when I finally get it.
As much as I want to say that gifting other people UTs would be really nice, it doesn’t fit the essence of the game or what it encourages. Even if it was the two people trading the UTs at the cost of gold/fame, it would still just not fit the game. Even STs that are not soulbound are a huge stretch, but there’s no taking them back now because they’ve been out of the soulbound status for too long. I can’t honestly say that I like the idea when this is the case.