Server needs 1,75 million tokens (1.750.000) to unlock barter items. For example, Withywindle had some 500.000 tokens donated.
That was good as long as tokenz dropped at all.
Starting yesterday, I killed many many enemies only to get some 80 tokens. These were >100 Angmarim in ANnuminas, tens of Limfarn in Evendim and several hundred Lossoth in Forochel.
Untill de facto disappearance from loot, tokens were something that made me do all forgotten slayer deeds. It wasn't meaningless "oh well, Gauredan number 236 killed, Gauredains number 237 and 238 on approach, come on, still 762 of them to kill". It was a motivation: yes, I grind Gauredan number 236, but hey, I will get tokenz, I could grind for some 5000 and then donate on my other 2 toons!
Now situation is that:
1) I can't afford donating any token. It is highly possible I am not alone in this;
2) there is no promised "steady income of bounder tokens". Since standard bag is 5 tokens - do they mean I have to run across all the SHire, looking for senseless carrots...only to have entire 5 tokens;
3) since I can't donate and almost can't grind - I have no bounder tokens income, excluding "go to Bywater, receive 5 tokenz" daily quest. But wait, if I have zero tokens and want 2500 tokens - I will need 500 days of logging-in. It is unrealistic, therefore many servers may stagnate, unable to reach 1,75 million goal.
Situation before "festival" downgrade was just good, it needed no changes. Lower tier instances were overrun by players, fellowships formed very quickly and monsters were slain everywhere. I suppose I wasn't the only player who did some slayer deeds, even boring ones, because of tokens. It was just a joy for me, something done in a good way and I was thinking about finishing rest (otherwise - very grindy) slayer deeds, running instances - just for tokens.
Now we have a serious disappointing downgrade. Can't understand what was wrong if player is allowed to earn 25 bounder tokens a day, when previously he could earn that much in one hour? Are tokens exchangable to real-life currency? mithril coins? can any good be purchased in Lotro store/market with them? Then why to downgrade?