Overview of Loot Systems

Zomgepics! The joy, the sor­row. The absolute headache for any­one run­ning a guild. This is a fol­lowup arti­cle to The Most Suc­cess­ful Loot Sys­tems.

Any sys­tem that involves large teams and lim­it­ed loot (for exam­ple, PvE raid­ing in World of War­craft) requires a sys­tem to sort that loot out. If your 25-per­son group takes down a raid boss, and that boss drops 4 items, how do you deter­mine who gets those items? It takes time and effort to raid, and some­one has to get gear before some­one else.

There are many, many kinds of loot sys­tems. How­ev­er, all of the ones I’m aware of fall into three broad cat­e­gories: earn and spend, high­er author­i­ty, and ran­dom. Con­tin­ue read­ing Overview of Loot Sys­tems

But He’s Been Here Forever

In my guild, we have a long-time mem­ber, I’ll call him Mark. He’s a good and friend­ly per­son, but he’s def­i­nite­ly not offi­cer mate­r­i­al. Pas­sive-aggres­sive, flaky, self-cen­tered. Mark’s been pin­ing for offi­cer­ship for years.

I haven’t been in offi­cer­ship for a while (because I’ve been raid­ing more dia­pers than instances), but I was sur­prised to learn of Mark’s recent pro­mo­tion to offi­cer.

An offi­cer friend chat­ted me up:

“Hey, how you doing?”

“Good. So what hap­pened with Mark?”

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“What do you mean?”

“I could­n’t help but notice that he’s an offi­cer now.”

“Yeah.”

“So, what hap­pened?”

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“Well, he’s been here for­ev­er…”

Oh… crap. Con­tin­ue read­ing But He’s Been Here For­ev­er

Protect Your Guild Bank with an Alt Invite Policy

Just a quick reminder for guild lead­er­ship: your guild bank con­tents might be full of L70 mate­ri­als and gear, but that does­n’t mean that shady peo­ple won’t want them and the gold your guild has stashed aside.

Every alt-invite request from a per­son with guild bank access should come direct­ly from that char­ac­ter’s main.

This vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty exists all the time, but in this brave new Death-Knight­ed world, alt invites are going to be ram­pant.

GOOD:

Offi­cer­Main: “Hey, I just made a DK alt, name is Offi­cerD­KAlt. Can I get an invite?”

GM: “Yeah sure!”

Offi­cer logs off of Offi­cer­Main, logs on Offi­cerD­KAlt, receives invite, gets pro­mot­ed to guild bank access. Noth­ing bad hap­pens.

BAD:

Ran­dom­Per­son: “Hey, this is YourFriend­Of­fi­cer. Can I get an invite?”

GM: “Yeah sure!”

Ran­dom­Per­son receives invite, gets pro­mot­ed to guild bank access, emp­ties guild bank.

From the looks of it, Bliz­zard’s going to have its hands full with tech­ni­cal prob­lems, so help your­self out and pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing to your guild.

Polytoons can be Bad

My main is my holy priest. My raid-ready alt is a pro­tec­tion war­rior. I like heal­ing slight­ly more than tank­ing, but hon­est­ly I’m hap­py play­ing either. I’m also glad to pinch hit in a dps sit­u­a­tion every now and then, because it means I have more time to enjoy my scotch.

After a lot of prac­tice, I’ve become good enough to either heal or tank for instances, hero­ics, and raids. The change of pace actu­al­ly keeps my over­all inter­est lev­el high­er. When I brought my tank along for the ride, how I was help­ing!

Or at least, how I thought I was help­ing. Despite the fact that I’ve become more use­ful to my guild and have more fun play­ing the game, the social ram­i­fi­ca­tions have made me wish that I had­n’t tried it in the first place. There were con­se­quences.

Con­tin­ue read­ing Poly­toons can be Bad