Thursday, May 31, 2007

Who Gets What

In my time as a guild officer, I've come to realize that loot distribution is much like planning a dinner party. I know, that's a totally metro analogy, but just hear me out. =P When putting a party together, you have to take into account who can be there, when they can be there, and who is likely to show and not to show. You must consider what they would like to eat as appetizers, the main course, dessert, what drinks go best with the food, and what live music they would enjoy listening to while eating. One also must think about who these individuals get along with best (don't want drama at a dinner party, after all), how long these guests can stay, and when and if they are all satisfied, to send them on their way. You want everyone to be happy, but with so many variables involved, there are bound to be bumps in the road, no matter how fabulous the party may be.

Such is also the case with WoW raiding and loot. Everyone will not always be happy with who gets put into the raid party, or with who gets what in terms of loot drops. Trust me when I say that a lot of thinking goes into the design of a raid party; we have to consider people who need items off of bosses we are attempting while making sure the individuals in there can get the job done as efficiently as possible. That can mean that some players who need gear don't always get into the raid, which is always a bummer, but it happens, and I am always hopeful people will see the big picture and understand why (and thankfully, our recruitment efforts have paid off in that our members are VERY mature in this regard). But it gets complicated, especially when there are multiple players online who can benefit from drops and perform equally well during a specific encounter. We officers stay very objective when working with such instances, and follow some guidelines we've designed for loot distribution purposes. These are nothing PK members haven't heard before (so this should be nothing new), and some of them include...

[Prom Kings members, head over to our forums to read the rest.] =P


Zyphre said...

You. My blog. With the reading and the now.


Zyphre said...

wow that was a /fail. Is what I meant.