I am not going to use this page about talking about self very much. I'm just going to use it as a repository for my ideas related to TMW.
My copy of The Mana World is built from source. When building it, along with Guichan, I set CFLAGS, CXXFLAGS, and FFLAGS to this value:
-g -O3 -march=pentium3 -mmmx -msse
By doing this, I get the program to run a little faster. I compile a lot of programs on my computer this way. The effects are more noticeable with resource-heavy applications. If you want to try this, go ahead, but you may need to change some of the options if you have a CPU other than a Pentium III.
One thought I had, in relation to skill system 2, is a different manner in which experience points are gained. In my idea, any time you gain experience points towards a skill, you also gain experience points towards your character level. However, you do not gain experience points simply by mindlessly killing monsters. Experience points represent learning on the part of your character, and you don't learn much when you mindlessly slaughter bats en masse.
My Pixel Art
Mushroom Forest Tiles