But it's slowly begun to sink in that there's a legitimate problem with the Timeless Isle and its bizarre form of currency -- namely that the only place you can spend that currency is on the Timeless Isle itself. Now don't get me wrong, I do enjoy buying trinkets and unusual things, but at the same time, if all those Timeless Coins pictured above were actually gold in my bank, I'd be ecstatic. Instead, I'm slightly nonplussed and wondering what the heck to do with all these incorporeal things I've gathered.
And he's got a point with suggesting that the Burdens be made Bind-on-Account. All of the amazing gear is Bind-on-Account already, shouldn't it make sense that the items needed to upgrade said gear be Bind-on-Account as well? What's the purpose to making them soulbound, when most players that at least dabble in raiding have no need for them at all? Why not let us shuffle them to alts, where they would be most useful?
But that doesn't really address the issue with having a giant pile of Timeless Coins. The Grumpy Elf has some suggestions on that front, however. You can purchase Mogu Runes of Fate from Mistweaver Ai for 1000 Timeless Coins apiece. Those runes can then be used for bonus rolls in Throne of Thunder LFR, giving you a chance at both loot and gold. Loot can then be disenchanted or vendored, and if you're really lucky, you might end up with one of the battle pets that still sells for a decent amount of gold as well.
Here's my issue with Timeless Coins: I can't really spend them on anything that will do anything worthwhile for my character. I can't use them to repair my gear. I can't use them to buy potions, flasks, or raid materials. I can't use them to get enchants, or purchase gems. I can use them to buy a handful of toys, a pet, and a mount, and that's about where they stop being really useful for me. So they pile up in that tab, the number growing larger by the day, and I sit and stare at it and get increasingly frustrated with it.
Why? Because I'm earning all this currency that isn't doing me any particular amount of good. There isn't really a lot of gold to be made on the Timeless Isle, unless you're lucky enough to get one of those rare pets that can later be sold for a profit. There certainly aren't that many quests that offer gold as a reward, and the various creatures roaming the Isle don't drop it with any kind of frequency, either. And there's just something slightly off about spending hours farming things, and not really getting anything substantial for it in return. I earned those Timeless Coins, but they don't really do anything for me. So what's the point in having them to begin with?
And although I like The Grumpy Elf's suggestion of exchanging coins for gold via Mogu Runes of Fate and the Throne of Thunder LFR, it doesn't quite work for me. I don't want to spend my time farming things to exchange for more things to spend more time farming for things that will eventually get me gold. I'd much rather simply farm for the gold in the first place. What do you guys think about the Timeless Isle? Do you have Timeless Coins piling up in your currency tab? Do you have a different method for getting the biggest bang for your buck out of the Timeless Isle? Have you stopped visiting it entirely? Leave your comments below -- and while you're at it, do check out The Grumpy Elf's thoughts on the subject.