I’m one of those players that will click on anything that “shiny” in order to gather loot, even if the “loot” is nothing more than a collectible. Collectibles have been part of DDO since day 1 and since I started playing I have always clicked on those random mushrooms, backpacks, bookcases, and work benches in order to get as much from any quest and adventure zone as possible. I also always look forward to seeing the “purple tea bags” dropping from slain enemies knowing that I can get even more collectibles. Now, for the longest time collectibles were basically used to receive minor “rewards” from collectible traders spread throughout Stormreach. At one point, the only collectibles worth gathering were those that could be traded to the House Deneith traders at the top of Sentinel Tower which offered you alchemical stat and skill point buffs. Even so, I still collected every possible collectible there was.
Collectibles then become more sought after, certain collectibles anyway, when the Alchemical Rituals were added to the game. I remember a time when the Tome: Prophecies of Khyber and Lightning-Split Soarwood were selling for prices just as high as many Stat Tomes on the Auction House. However, this only really affected a few collectibles.
However, with the release of the new augment system a new reward system was developed for collectibles as well, which really revamped the awards available and created a new barter box window very similar to what you see in many of the other turn in vendors (such as Crystal Cove and Mabar). Since I have hoarded a large number of collectibles of the years (I mean thousands…literally..) I started to turn some in, primarily for some healing elixirs. But I also wanted to see what kind of luck I could get by turning some collectibles in for the “random” augments (which were added to the collectible vendors) and I was pleasantly surprised. See I was looking for a Feather Fall augment to slot into my Night Forge Gorge on Erdrique so that I wouldn’t have to swap out feather falling boots all of the time. I was surprised when the first augment I received was a Topaz of Feather Falling . I then turned in some collectibles for some low level ruby augments for my next life and got a nice set of fire, ice, and acid damaging augments. Overall, I like the turn in system quite a bit.
Erdrique turning in some collectibles.
I do still think that the cost of the random augments are still quite high, but like I said, I have a plethora of these collectibles and wanted to see what I would get.
In either case, I enjoy the new system and like it much better than the vague reward system that was in place before. I look forward to seeing what other tweaks that may occur with it.
Thanks for reading everybody!! Happy Hunting!!