I think that over-monetization is indeed a problem in gaming today, and while a lot of games stick to purely cosmetic items, the fact that just so many things require micro-transactions bothers me. I much rather prefer a subscription model where you pay a flat rate and can work for anything you want in game without additional cost (though I am a minority there).
That said, SWL breaks that rule (even having a pseudo-subscription on top of it all), and it doesn’t really bother me. The reason is the Aurum to MoF exchange. Many games completely separate their Cash-Currency from their in game currencies. Those who do allow some form of conversion often do it in some arcane behind the scenes way where they control the rates of exchange and engineer a huge loss in both currencies along the way.
Aurum and MoF exchange is (as far as I can tell, conspiracy theories aside) completely run by players demands. The rate of exchange is flat, without Tax, so you can easily buy and sell, potentially, without loss.
I always have a bank of Aurum sitting, since MoF become fairly useless at a point (though their “value” spiked with Dossiers admittedly) and because I too am a TSW Vet, so I have 2 alts to mine for Aurum per day effectively.
Regarding the “Expedite” feature specifically…it is most definitely Not worth the Aurum to use, and considering how the system works, they should never have put it in. I used it twice so far, both times because I wanted to try and get an item and see what was inside, and it was completely wasted in my opinion:
- Agents fatigue much faster that way
- Even if you spend MoF to revive them, they fatigue on the next mission again anyway
- The slot which you expedited the mission on is on cooldown now for almost as long as the mission would have been running anyway.
So you could effectively spend Aurum to speed up all of your missions, but after doing so, all your missions slots would be on cooldown, and all of your Agents would be fatigued and unable to go anywhere even if you did have missions to send them.
That is more of an issue in my opinion. Not that Aurum “can” be used for it, but that the real “cost” makes it a terrible trap which can easily Lock you out of doing more missions.