Massively’s preview of Update 10 ends with an interesting paragraph. It would appear there is to be a currency reset as part of that new content. Existing seals earned by LOTRO players will be automatically converted to medallions. The exchange rate is to be set at 20 medallions per seal. At present if you use the in-game currency exchange service at skirmish camps, you get 2 medallions per seal. So it would appear that Turbine are endeavouring to be generous to make the transition more palatable. Here is a direct quote from the article by Justin Olivetti which “explains” Turbine’s reason for this virtual adjustment.
The devs informed me that once Update 10 hits, there will be a currency reset on seals to help fight inflation. All previous seals will be converted to medallions (20 medallions per seal) and seals will remain available through the normal avenues. It was either this, the devs explained, or insane prices on the new gear.
This is not the first time that there’s been such adjustments. I believe that Update 5 saw the removal of superior 4th marks. Yet this matter still raises some questions to be considered. Are there potential alternatives that could be introduced that would allow players keep their existing seals? Why didn’t Turbine see this problem coming in advance? Why do we learn about such a change from a commercial website article and not an official press release of dev diary?
Well theoretically there are alternatives other than the binary outcome Turbine alluded to. Deed gating raid rewards, down rating the cost of non-level cap raid gear or even introducing a separate barter token for new items. As ever the player base seems to have wealth of suggestions. Perhaps the forth coming player’s council should be involved in matters such as this?
The thing is, whenever there’s a single currency or token used for the purchase of top tier gear, then a percentage of players will hoard it. Therefore this is effectively a recurring problem. Perhaps a long term and more definitive solution needs to be implemented.
In the meantime, as and when Update 10 gets released, players will find themselves immediately bereft of seals, along with the relative inconveniences that that entails. You’ll have to buy your scrolls of empowerment and high level fused relics at a later date when you have rebuilt your supply. Now some players have stated that this will simply act as an incentive to get back into raiding (which is Turbine’s primary motive). For those who play a more solo orientated game, the acquisition of new seals may not be so quick and therefore eagerly greeted. Overall this is not a game breaking matter. However, as usual, it could have been handled better.