In reading over the new wiki help on tokens and gossip, I can see the value in them. They can be tools for players who take a long view. The example, 'my troops have been digging in that shadow for weeks" token represents an off screen NPC use of time and effort (when powered by the player's Focus).
The question I would like to discuss is the amount of RP that should be accompanied to this. To me, Tokens and Gossip of NPCs are not really RP. They are part of the 'conflict resolution' tools or "RP stimulating" aids. In my opinion, there should always be RP to back them up.