There is a bug in the game. I know, I know, it’s hard to believe that such a thing could happen! Yet it has.
All sad attempts at sarcasm aside, there is something highly unusual about this bug in that it is one that works in our favor. Not so much in our favor that Turbine has to hurry out a hotfix patch. But in our favor nonetheless.
We are looting way more gems than was intended.
Turbine developer Feather_of_Sun reassures us that the extra gems are not preventing us from receiving our normal loot, they are indeed extra. The same post confirms that the extra gems are temporary and will stop dropping in a (near?) future update.
A bug that works purely in our favor! Normally, player-favor bugs lead to exploits. But not this time, looting chests can hardly be considered exploitive behavior. Each time you loot you are reaping the benefits of this error.
Experience varies with this as with any other randomized part of the game, but I have been getting gems in every single chest. They add up in a hurry, especially on epics: the image I include to the right shows gems worth 217K plat! I filled that bag over a single day; it had been emptied sometime Saturday.
Will this have further inflationary impacts on the game economy? I would guess not, the economy is so astoundingly inflated already that one must pony up a million plat or more to get almost anything worthwhile.
Another mitigation is that there are many people who rarely sell their gems, instead hoarding them in the hopes that someday they will have an in-game effect.
Like, for instance, me. I do sell them sometimes, but not often. Someday my thousand-plus Jacinths are going to have magical properties and be highly sought! And not just my Jacinths but also my thousands of glittering Diamonds and Rubies and Opals and Green Spinels (whatever a “spinel” turns out to be) …
Then, then I shall rule the world! Bwaahahahahaha!
🙂 😀 🙂