Okay, here is what has to happen. The quests need to provide background. We can do quests which only do that. The quest system is good actually the way it is right now, I feel is definitely final. Finally.
We have all these other elements of gameplay. We need to bring these in via quests. The most obvious thing for the player to do is questing. By questing, they need to learn the game world. So for instance, we have fanclubs for children. We need quests to retrieve stuffed mascots for children. We need quests to use a fanclub to find a certain child (kidnap them?)
If we can do this, well, then just maybe everything will come together. But shit, it's still a lot of work.
This concludes the Emergency Late Night Meeting of the High Council to Stupid Last Ditch Efforts to Save Gameplay