Jan 9th 2011 4:16AM Several people misunderstood what I was saying.
Rare items are cool because they are rare.
If anyone can easily get an item, it won't be rare.
Blizzard has made items rare through an extremely low drop rate. This means someone who really wants the rare item probably isn't going to get it no matter how hard they work for it, while someone else will get it without any effort at all.
I don't want to take away from the rarity of items, but I would like them to be accessible to everyone. I won't cite specific examples because people lose sight of the actual point. So I will make one up, the flying pizza mount. Rather than make the pizza rare by giving it a 1 in 10,000 chance of dropping off a particular mob, give the mob a 1 in 100 chance of dropping a pepperoni token. Have a vendor that sells the pizza for 10 pepperoni tokens.
Now if you really want that pizza mount you can run the instance with that mob every day. It might take a month, it might take a year, but eventually you will get the mount while some random wow dude who just started playing last week isn't going to get it simply through dumb luck. It makes it accessible to anyone who really wants it, yet it maintains the rarity of the item because very few people other than those who really try for it are going to get it.
Jan 8th 2011 8:25AM The RNG system is lame, because it makes many of the more desirable items inaccessible to most while at the same time making it completely effortless to others, who might not have even wanted it all that much to begin with.
It's sad really, since it only takes about 1 minute and 45 seconds to think up a much better system. A far less random currency type drop, such as crystals, gems, tokens, and the like. Have a vendor who sells the, what used to be rare drop, items for a considerable amount of currency.
From the inception of the frozen halls 5-mans, I longed for the battered hilt. I ran the 3 dungeons hundreds of times and only saw it drop twice, losing both rolls. While others got several over the course of Wrath and sold them on the AH. Had there been a less random currency drop to purchase the hilt I would have had a hilt on all my characters I'm sure, given the sheer number of times I ran the instances.