(nothing towards geno just stating facts) Geno doesn't make the graphics, levels, sounds or ganis so I'm not sure why he'd be zone's "last hope" just saying.
Not too sure if you have played a lot, but it's safe to say that zone is one of the easiest servers to get a lot of money on, and with the recent outburst of people afk graalium farming (some what patched) lots have been able to get millions of gralats. You say they are overpriced for a "downgrade of what an auction weapon would be" what does that mean? you want them to be as good as auctions for 55k gralats when auctions are 1) rare and 2) costed like 400k-600k gralats. I understand things might not seem to be going your way but you're complaining about the wrong things lol
Nobody will save zone by making GFX, levels, SFX or ganis. Zone needs good coders and managers. Levels/SFX/ganis are pretty irrelevant at this point. GFX matter, although Zone requires an entire new style, not just a halfway skilled pixel artist to make cool looking guns and hats. Zone needs an entire new look that's appealing, and ideally should just dump 99% of the current hats/items because they're ugly and ruin the aesthetic appearance of the game.
The 2 most important things for Zone are coders and managers. Based on everything I perceive that seems to still be ongoing in Zone, it has neither. The game was run into the ground. Not sure how long it will take for people to realize that it has already hit rock bottom. Zone is beyond repair at this point. Everything about it is broken, from leadership to graphics to combat to activities to basing and pvp. It's a cluster ****. If zone will ever be what it had the potential to be, it must be scrapped and remade from the ground up by competent leaders.
That is why Zone is a waste of time and everyone who still has faith in it should give it up now.