"I didn't think it was such a bad thing at first, because I thought it was simply a way to exchange crowns for gold at a better rate than usual (5 crowns->20 gold) with an extra treasure card thrown in from time to time. What I had obviously MISSED was that the amount you tossed in kept increasing with each throw."
My friends this mechanic still exists in the game. The second chance chests in each boss area uses the exact same style of betting crowns for something good.
Last night I farmed Malistaire again attempting to get Amber's elusive robe. I put together a little timeline graphic of how my second chances went. I missed a few screenshots of the cost because at the time that wasn't what I was really concerned with. But you'll pretty much get the gist of what I'm saying here.
For those of you who don't know how the second chance chests work, after you defeat a boss, you get to walk up to their wishing well . . . um, I mean chest . . . and spend crowns on trying to secure that elusive drop you wanted from that boss. It doesn't respawn the boss for you like some may think. It just starts acting like an ATM machine. The bidding starts at 50 crowns and goes up . . . I stopped when it became painful at 500+ crowns for an attempt.
(click that graphic to expand it so you can see what I'm talking about)
So for the cost of around 1,000 crowns I basically got 605 gold, 2 iceflame cloaks (ontop of the 1 I already got), 1 Malistaire Drake Ruby Signet, 2 crates of chickens, and 2 ruined paintings.
I don't know if I'd let my son (who LOVES to burn through crowns) use that second chance chest unsupervised . . . not because it's "gambling" so much, but because of the progressive nature of the cost. Do I feel burnt because I was unlucky? Probably. If I had gotten a rare mount and Amber's cloak, you better believe this post would have a different tone. LOL.
I do think 50 crowns for a second chance at loot is fair, but I don't think 500 crowns for an eighth chance is . . . unless it was the jackpot. OH SNAP! There goes that gambling metaphor again!
I kind of wish I had an ice wizard on this account. haha! He'd have three colors of tunics to choose from.