when they held the more recent "increased _____ drop rate (is it still ongoing?) event, myself and several other guildmates remarked that; though the shard drop rate should have increased, in fact, it significantly dropped. case in point, I averaged about 5 total shards from 280 energy spent. Now, from 350, I'm lucky to get 2, and I've been out rock gathering on an almost daily basis. So as for the golden items; well, I'm not expecting them or holding out for them. Guess I'll just take it as a pleasant surprise if and when I get any.