Friday, 30 July 2010

SKIRMISH POINTS TO REWARD CLASSIC INSTANCES

Back in March, I had been wondering what the future of skirmish points was likely to be, and whether they would be worth anything in days to come. Now the latest Developer Diary has come up with a partial answer:

"Classic instances will use the Skirmish reward system with some modifications and additions. What does this all mean in plain English? Classic instances will use the Skirmish reward system. All normal item drops from monsters and bosses have been replaced by Skirmish marks. Any spaces, like Annúminas or Helegrod, that had barter systems in place have had their item drops and barter NPCs removed. However, have no fear – many of the unique items that could be acquired from all instances have been added to a new Skirmish camp vendor: the Classic vendor. New unique tokens are also awarded for Classic quests and Challenge mode. In addition, we’ve put Legendary Item jackpots on end bosses, and even small chances to drop Tomes that permanently increase your character’s base stats! To sum up, Classic instances will give you everything they did before, except now they share a unified reward system."

So skirmish points will not only continue to be with us, but are to acquire additional purchasing power. What this doesn't answer is my original question, namely whether Scrolls of Empowerment will continue to be available in exchange for SPs, and at what cost. This is more than a minor quibble, for one simple reason: for those of us at l.65, with characters almost fully maxed out in every possible way (since we've had little else to do for the last eight months!), the odds are that few of the rewards for Classic instances will be of much interest. Since the basic stat Tomes mentioned above are to be drops rather than purchasable rewards, Scrolls of Empowerment, hopefully usable on a new tier of Legendaries, still look like being the only really useful investment for an end-game player.

And isn't it about time we got a separate currency and reward item menu, if only to make some space in bags, chests and other storage modules?

4 comments:

Gallifreyen said...

I don't see why they would remove the Empowerment Scrolls or change the cost. I'm almost positive they would keep those there and the same.

Green Armadillo said...

Unfortunately, now that we're going F2P, the long-awaited and desperately needed currency wallet will probably become a cash store item. DDO has "ingredient bags" that take up a single slot in your inventory and automatically gather any eligible items that you loot until the bags are full (capacity is limited by the number of unique items). The smallest bags are available in-game and the largest upgrades are for sale in the DDO store.

I'll wait to see the prices before I make any judgments on the expanded use of Skirmish marks. It's not necessarily a bad idea, but why have a system where rewards for one type of content are used for another?

Kairos said...

Gallifreyen, I agree that they are very unlikely to remove the currently available Empowerment Scrolls. What I'm wondering is whether a new and improved version of the scrolls will become available - hopefully one that can be used either on future First-age weapons, or at least on Second-agers of a higher level. My point being that many players will already have taken their current LIs as far as they can go, but will still have accumulated a large number of unused skirmish points over the last half-year of nothing much happening...

Daniel said...

I am in the beta and can verify that Scrolls of Empowerment are still available for purchase with skirmish marks, atleast in the current beta build. There has been no change to this. The price is even the same, 1950 skirmish marks.