Ok, correct me if I'm wrong on any of this. It seems to me that the only reason you need to farm massive numbers of arties (marties, whatever) is if you want to make the best items. So, if I farm massive numbers of regular magic items, which are plentiful these days, I can imbue a regular GM item up to 90% intensity, right? I only need arties and marties if I want to get 100% intensity, correct? Doesn't that mean that the actual difference in effect for the character is very small? Now, it seems to me that with a character decked out in gear made to 100% intensity, there's very little benefit over one with 90% intensity, what with the caps and decreasing effects of these powers. Or am I wrong here? So, in effect, in the very short term, those who have boat loads of items stored away will lead off as the first well decked characters, followed shortly by just about everyone, with a few heavy artie owners having a small advantage? Or do you need arties and marties to raise your Imbuing skill to effective levels? That's the only thing I see might be a problem if my assumptions here are correct.