I’m still not feeling particularly motivated to finish my Mirkwood quests. I said before that I think some of the reason is that I don’t find them interesting enough in themselves to do them solo. But, after pondering a little more, I think the new quest reward system is just not doing it for me either.
Before Mirkwood, you’d hand in a quest and you’d get offered a nice earring or a pair of trousers, very kind. Often the reward wasn’t as good as what you already had. Sometimes it wasn’t for your class, but that was alright; it just meant that it would suit someone else. But at times what you were offered was just the ticket. And that was great! It was a real incentive to go through and repeat quest chains for various rewards. And repeat those chains with alts.
But since Mirkwood, Turbine have brought in a barter system. You complete your quest, you get bronze feathers and item xp for your legendary items. The feathers can be exchanged for recipes, legendary items, potions, armour and jewellery. As you go up in rep, you get more choice of vendors.
This lacks something for me. You very quickly build up a large number of feathers. So it does not take long before you have bartered, certainly, for all the items you need. So in the end, you mostly end up getting potions.
It took me a while to realise that I wasn’t getting, or going to get, item rewards from quests, I think about the time I reached Gathburz. I’m a little slow putting these sorts of things together. But now I have, I think it is one of the things I am missing. It’s sort of like getting a gift voucher instead of a pressie on your birthday. Sensible and you can choose what you like (though in this case from a very limited selection) but not exciting. And you get the same whatever quests you do. I just sign for the days of the Fem armour set. Getting that was an achievememt.