It would help immensely in the Pre-LL areas (level 29 and 35 weapons) - since lacking a decent weapon at such level is quite frustrating for newer players... I would recommend using just a single type of drop - with several bosses/tags/chests having a drop chance.
Make an electrified type item that uses the various elemental and exotic gems which can then in turn buff players weapons for solo play. Make the dice inferior to a casters, but not by much and require the gems to do it. Utilize the lowbie gems and LL gems as varying levels of dice to facilitate self buffing.