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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 7:42PM (Unverified) said

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I'm glad to see this. Token proliferation doesn't really do anything other than clutter up wallets and bags.

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 7:55PM Eamil said

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Does this mean I can just use regular skirmish marks for every skirmish reward instead of seeing which rewards need First Marks or Third Marks or Lord High Veteran's Twenty-Third Marks?

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 8:00PM aurickle said

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@Eamil
Every skirmish reward will use one or more of these three new currencies.

Stuff that formerly required skirmish marks plus one more more campaign marks will now require marks plus one or more medallions. The difference is that it will no longer matter which skirmish that second type of currency came from.
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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 9:17PM (Unverified) said

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They've actually added an additional layer of grinding by adding Seals. Before, all you needed was Skirmish Marks and another type of mark from what is now the "Medallion" list. Now you need Skirmish Marks to turn into Medallions, and you also have to grind more medallions that you need for items AND the new Seals. Additionally, you can't upgrade marks either (say turning in 500 Marks for a Seal). You can only turn Marks into Medallions and Medallions into Marks. On top of that, they've increased the cost of the gear, so you're going to have to do many more runs than before to get it.

Furthermore, UNLESS you use the pug-generating random instance/skirmish system they have implemented, you are going to be PUNISHED when it comes to obtaining marks and medallions or running instances and skirmishes that you actually want to run. They give bonuses for using the system, but they've lowered the amount of Marks and medallions you get if you don't.

And, finally, Turbine stated a few months back that solo players will be able to acquire some of the raid gear going forward. Now, that's no longer the case. In order to obtain any raid gear, you are going to have to run 6 and 12 man instances or raids. And to FURTHERMORE go back on their word, when Update 6 comes out, this will also apply to the Draigoch gear as well.

Oh, but I'm sure they'll have something to sell in the sore to alleviate all of these issues.

LOTRO gets worse and worse with every update.

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 11:20PM SwarlesBarkley said

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Geez more grind, really? I am speechless..
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Posted: Dec 11th 2011 4:59AM Nerves said

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Yeah, but seals still will drop from skirm raids and from the new instance cluster. This is just replacing the old raid-specific barter items. This post is really quite misleading. Don't trade up marks-medallions-seals, that way lies madness. Get the seals directly.
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Posted: Dec 10th 2011 1:32AM chernabog said

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And a once great game continues to get dumber and dumber. Everything since Moria has been a spiral downhill.

I am sure the game is fun to explore if you're just starting, but for those people who were with it from the start, the game has jumped the shark into f2p hell. No content updates for 2 years (because of the promise that f2p would breathe new life into the game and allow for more frequent updates.... lie to me some more, Turbine), immersion-breaking "welcome to warp zone!" skirmishes, and then the light at the end was Isengard, a half-expansion at double-expansion price.

Posted: Dec 10th 2011 6:45AM randomepicperson said

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@(Unverified) yeeeeeeeeeeeeees

Posted: Dec 10th 2011 6:59AM gloomforge said

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All those regional currencies like the silver branches and bronze laves etc are still in your bags. Turbine really nees to make them either bound to account or puts them in the wallet.

Posted: Dec 10th 2011 9:08AM demonlife said

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@gloomforge

They've made some of them account bound now, but I agree that this headline is a bit misleading. We've still got way too many different kinds of tokens, rep currency, etc.
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Posted: Dec 10th 2011 12:49PM ScottishViking said

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On the one hand people say "it will make it more grindy" and on the other people say "it will dumb it down." Really? You're kidding, right?

To the first: why WOULDN'T they want you to use their system? It's easy if you do, and -- wait for it -- THEY DESIGNED THE SYSTEM TO MAKE IT EASY. If you don't use the system to make it easy, of course it will be more grindy.

To the second: so, reducing the complexity of an artificial system that they invented (which isn't in the books) and which few people enjoyed is "dumbing it down"? Count me in!

Honestly, you people would complain if you won the lottery that you had to pay some of it to taxes.

Posted: Dec 10th 2011 6:10PM ed511df3 said

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@ScottishViking To be fair, the tax rate on lottery winnings is pretty high. ;)
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Posted: Dec 11th 2011 9:35AM enamelizer said

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Pretty soon they will just consolidate it down to one currency and call it "Gold".

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