If you’re getting less party banter than you were expecting, you may have the Uncomfortable Silence bug that is affecting many many players, to our everlasting heartbreak. The fix is to (1) play offline AND (2) travel via the war table rather than the map.
Fancy parties are the new Fade. Points of note: finish all side quests before you go looking for blackmail material, and court approval only has to stay above zero or something, don’t tear your hair trying to keep it at 100.
Improved ability rings mostly don’t work. You might as well just junk ‘em.