Ok, on the halfling/gnome wizard thing. Or spoon conversion thing. It's not an infinte loop, but it looks like quite a buff.
You get the warmonger like ammount of CP if you convert an 7 or 8 items, and you get to keep all your glyphs (and use them). You can litterally have your cake and eat it, and it's all jolly good fun.
Now, the net gain from all this is compounded (word?) if you can use cheap (or free) conversion fodder to mooch CP off your glyphs, so you get the same ammount of CP, for a smaller gold investment, and this saves more Crystall ball money, and I was allready getting prety solid results form Crystall Ball Wizards (they have an inordinate number of quests laying about, or so it seemed). So good in fact that just unlocking the Crystall Ball turned Wizards from "struggling" into "really, really good", and it also seemed to me that the early availablilty of such a strong item was there to jumpstart wizards exclusively.
Now, where this is going is - Even though you can't do an infinite loop, or crazy shennanigans, you can still grind a bunch of healing potions with a halfling with no exploration past the point where you've accumulated all your glyphs (with extra glyph). This means you can also get some number of Drac Piety on the spot (+20 for Blood Curse), or you can get a smaller bunch of GG piety OR if JJ rewards you with piety for conversions you can grind him. Drac gives out the most, though, but the other guys work with gnomes.
If Wizards "worked" before they got this buff, and I've done Two Unlikely Heroe's quests, One off-race Grimms Grotto quest (where I discvered Drac Halfling shennanigans), The Shifting Passages quest, Purist Rock Garden, all 3 Challenges, and was generally impressed with how they rolled with proper preps, so, if they "worked" before, then they just gained an out of nowhere front loaded CP surge that could actually be used to simply get a bunch of quick piety. You'd probably still be the old-tricky-to-use-but-still-not-that-bad wizard with no damage penalty, except you'd be a bunch of piety richer.
What could a halfling wizard get for 40 (80 CP on a glyph means 8 "free" healing potions, times 5 piety is 40 piety, i think) + 20 Piety with drac on lvl 1?
EDIT: Eh, cat made it incoherent, edited for clarity. Ought to whittle it down though...