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4-07-2008 @ 12:55PM
Excellent article (again!)One thing I would say about loot systems is that you need to select one that solves the problems you are facing as a raid guild. We've used a lot of different systems in the past, and find that any given solution stays "the best" for a finite amount of time (my favorite has actually been the gm/raid leader acting as a loot council of one- you need to have the right individual for this to work though). You need to ask yourself what you are most interested in accomplishing with your loot system- if you are a casual raid guild, my guess is that you are going to find that motivating attendance is more important than evenly gearing up your raid force.Another common tactic that has worked well for us is to establish a "raider" guild rank. Raiders have to meet attendance and performance requirements, but are rewarded with guaranteed raid slots (and the title itself seems to be a goal our members coveted). Having a raider rank encourages people to take raiding a little more seriously, and also ensures that you have the same group learning the fights as much as possible.Finally, you will find that you can't make all the people happy all the time. Almost every time you decide to take actions to ensure more successful raids, your most casual players are going to grumble and feel alienated. It's important that they understand that 1) structuring things to make the most casuals happy isn't fair to the less casual, and 2) faster progression benefits them as well, because enough progression means that amazing gear starts rotting.
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