I had a thought that might be an interesting feature, and as far as i know, quite a unique one. Although at this stage probably too late to implement, an interesting thought though.
I think that being more skill based and less gear based is the best way to go, so people are definately working for their achoevements in the game. But we all love a bit of treasure hunting don't we? :P
So how about skillgain gear? For example fire resistant tops that would boost the skillgain of things such as making fires, and maybe lightweight wear that boosts lumbering skillgain, you know that idea. Obviously the gain shouldn't be huge, but it would be nice for a tribe to make a bunch of some of this gear and lend it to new recruits or contracters for their chosen field as a nice gesture. Or maybe this system wouldn't work, I am not too sure. Any thoughts?