I agree that magic needs a rework to be viable.
Bluddy's balance mod for Dins curse did a lot of good work with skills and made a lot of them more interesting to use and more powerful. Maybe Shadow could take a look at the guts of that mod.
Also, to make this thread more organized, maybe a couple of people would be willing to test and focus on specific classes. I.e. play a specific class up to level 30 or 40 and give sustained feedback on it.