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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 3 months ago #133

Brad Mortensen wrote:

Donald Rients wrote: Are 2016, 2018, and 2018 completion tokens used for any builds anymore?


Not sure what you’re asking.

The only thing for which completion (or volunteer) tokens were ever a requirement was RoH, and that was announced at the start of the cycle. There was never any indication from TPTB that that sort of thing would continue, but there was a lot of speculation, as people do, and many hung onto sets “just in case.” But nothing was ever announced either way. Since there was no announcement in 2016, I’d have been very surprised if Jeff sprang a surprise recipe on us. If he did, I missed it.

If nothing else, they can always be mulched.


Are you sure your not sure what I was asking?

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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 3 months ago #134

If I understand the question correctly, the only thing I would guess most people who have, still use are the lamps from 2014
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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 3 months ago #135

Bob Chasan wrote: If I understand the question correctly, the only thing I would guess most people who have, still use are the lamps from 2014


The chipped bull might stick around on one of my characters for a bit also. Those lamps were amazing though.
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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 3 months ago #136

If you're asking about 2018, I will be using several of them in a retribution build for a dwarf fighter.

Plus, the ones coming from pax south are 2018-2019 season, and slotless, so I will use all of those.
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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 3 months ago #137

Donald Rients wrote:

Brad Mortensen wrote:

Donald Rients wrote: Are 2016, 2018, and 2018 completion tokens used for any builds anymore?


Not sure what you’re asking.

The only thing for which completion (or volunteer) tokens were ever a requirement was RoH, and that was announced at the start of the cycle. There was never any indication from TPTB that that sort of thing would continue, but there was a lot of speculation, as people do, and many hung onto sets “just in case.” But nothing was ever announced either way. Since there was no announcement in 2016, I’d have been very surprised if Jeff sprang a surprise recipe on us. If he did, I missed it.

If nothing else, they can always be mulched.


Are you sure your not sure what I was asking?


“Build” was ambiguous. Most people are answering based on their “character builds.” But, from the context of “post-RoH” comp tokens, I thought maybe you meant “transmutes.”

Yes, 2016 were usable for RoH, but the original recipe was for only 2013-15, IIRC.

So, no, I’m not sure :)
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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 3 months ago #138

Wade Schwendemann wrote: If you're asking about 2018, I will be using several of them in a retribution build for a dwarf fighter.
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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 3 months ago #139

So there are only three tokens to swap out starting at Origins (not earlier?).

1. Charm of Avarice
2. Lenses of Divine Sight
3. Cloak of Shadowskin

Is that the complete list?

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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 3 months ago #140

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Donald Rients wrote: So there are only three tokens to swap out starting at Origins (not earlier?).

1. Charm of Avarice
2. Lenses of Divine Sight
3. Cloak of Shadowskin

Is that the complete list?

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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 2 months ago #141

Donald Rients wrote: So there are only three tokens to swap out starting at Origins (not earlier?).

1. Charm of Avarice
2. Lenses of Divine Sight
3. Cloak of Shadowskin

Is that the complete list?


What???
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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 2 months ago #142

archmage78 wrote:

Donald Rients wrote: So there are only three tokens to swap out starting at Origins (not earlier?).

1. Charm of Avarice
2. Lenses of Divine Sight
3. Cloak of Shadowskin

Is that the complete list?


What???


Cloak of shadowskin and lenses of divine sight are being changed and reprinted. You must exchange old tokens for the new ones in order to use them going forward.

Also Charm of Avarice is being replaced by a Charm of Avarice with an rfid chip embedded to combat forgeries. You must exchange your old coa for a new one next year in order to continue using it.

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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 2 months ago #143

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Donald Rients wrote: So there are only three tokens to swap out starting at Origins (not earlier?).
1. Charm of Avarice
2. Lenses of Divine Sight
3. Cloak of Shadowskin

archmage78 wrote: What???

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Have you looked it up in the TDb ?
Please post TDb corrections/suggestions in this thread .
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FINAL Notes about 2019 Tokens 1 year 1 month ago #144

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Wade Schwendemann wrote: I disagree. I think thos year were actually trying to keep power creep down a bit, and fixing some broken tokens.

Are we overcorrecting? Maybe.

There are definitely arguments to be made for several changes.

I feel worst for clerics.


Druids were hit really hard too, but I agree Clerics were hit the hardest since their focus is healing. I do wish the LoDS had been reduced in power to some middle ground instead of all the way down to being borderline worthy of even being played. I'd think it would have still been OK to have been somewhat more powerful but not game breaking.

It kind of feels like living in a Bizarro universe where the MEC is seen as "balanced" but the LoDS can't be more powerful than +2 heals and splitting spells.


I don't know what is Bizarro about it. The token requires some reinforcement with players and DMs, but even a thorough analysis from Jeff and Co. has deemed it balanced.


Hey, I disagree 100% (1000% if that's a thing) that it's balanced, but I'm not going to argue anymore to change it, since Jeff feels that it is.


Thank you so much for keeping this alive. I also agree 100% (or 1000%) that MEC is the most unbalanced token in the game.

I mean seriously, does any other token cost so much? Name one. Consider:
- This single token had done more damage to my character than any other. In many runs, I take more damage from MEC than I take from the monsters.
- In the past four years I have only died once prior to time running out in room 7. Yep, I was killed by MEC. We're easily talking over 100 runs here and the score is TD-0, MEC-1. Darn unbalanced token.
- And now they nerf LoDS? I was already sucking up more Cleric and Druid heals than the rest of the party (thanks to MEC), and now I may have to start using consumable potions to stay alive. I guess that adds another $2-$4 to the cost of each run. Ugh. Believe me, I'm sick over all the harm being done to clerics.
- To really get the maximum benefit of MEC you need more 3rd level spells. That means equipping the Crown of Expertise and the Ring of Spell Storing. So that ties up a head and ring slot. Not to mention the cost of 2 more URs.
- And then there's an intelligence requirement. Really? With my head slot already tied up I'm forced to acquire at least the relic for my torso slot. That's not cheap.
- MEC itself takes up a charm slot, thus conflicting with Avarice, Awakened Synergy, Brooching and Spell Swapping. You have to go with synergy just to have the hp to use MEC, so now we're looking at Charm Necklace or Charm Bracelet, so that ties up another slot. No matter which way you go, you need to give up on the Cabal set or Medallion of Mystic Mouth. Both provide massive damage benefits, but bye bye to one of them thanks to MEC.
- Yeah, I get that the kilts are currently OP in the leg slot. But doesn't matter. You'll need Tavernbane or Dungeonbane if you want to live past a couple of MEC spells.
- And MEC itself isn't cheap to acquire. I thank you for pointing that out.
- And have you tried MEC in grind? Yikes! A few uses in grind and two Elixirs of LIfe later and I'm still dying a third time. And the party still didn't survive. So much for MEC being my secret weapon.
- So yeah, every darn token in your build has to consider how you're going to survive MEC. It is a hungry, hungry, token. Surviving a run has less to do with surviving the dungeon and more to do with surviving MEC.

So thanks again for continuing to point out how unbalanced this is. I think some quick fixes would be to drop the 10hp damage cost (or at least lower it), drop the intelligence requirement and restore LoDS to its former glory so I can stay healthy. Oh, or how about making it slotless? No? So why use such an unbalanced token? They don't call it Mad Evoker's Charm for nothing. It does sort of drive you insane. Just ask my baby beholder, she keeps telling me to spill more blood.



With the nerf of the Lenses of Divine Sight, I agree with this writeup 100%. I find it well thought out and realistic to my own experiences.

And mildly entertaining...

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