Last night we .. didn’t have drama. We had the potential for drama.. but it just kind of .. didn’t become drama.
How it happened: Two months ago a holy paladin, who we’ll call “Holierthanthou,” was recruited into the guild. He played with us for 2-3 weeks.. but then disappeared for about 1.5 months. Last week he showed up again.
Two days ago we had an all-guild meeting to discuss the loot rules. The current rules boil down to one-purple per raid night with priority given to Mains over Alts. I actually don’t know if “Holierthanthou” was present at the meeting.. but he was invited and encouraged to attend. The guild was told that after the meeting the guild’s decision would be binding. After a long discussion and a vote the guild decided to leave the rules as they are.
Yesterday we went into TK. We downed Al’ar and the big flamey bird dropped a melee leather piece. We called for rolls from Mains.. then from Alts.. then offered it up for off-spec. “Holierthanthou” rolled on it and picked it up for his “retribution” set. The next piece of loot was a healing ring. “Holierthanthou” rolled on that too and was reminded that he was only allowed one purple a night. The ring then went to one of the Protection pallies as part of his healing set.
Now, pausing here.. I totally agree that the healing ring should have gone to the healing paladin.. and seriously, what paladin is going to sport leather in his Ret set? But although it’s not the optimal way it should have gone.. given the loot rules it was totally within the guidelines.
“Holierthanthou” then said he didn’t think he could be part of a guild that would only allow him to win one piece a night. He waited for a few minutes.. and when we didn’t beg him to stay (or offer to make it up to him) then he left the raid and the guild. As a parting shot he said “It’s been real.. and it’s been fun but it hasn’t been real fun” and then some snipe about with our ludicrous loot rules we wouldn’t go far.
Whatever anyone else may think of our loot rules. They are our rules. They’re clearly posted and we do our best to abide by them. Given our constraints** we’ve devised the rules to be as fair as we can possibly make them. We didn’t come up with them willy nilly.. we arrived at these rules by carefully considering how to be fair balanced against encouraging people to raid for little reward.
Now.. it was possible, right after “Holierthanthou” left.. that the raid and guild could have exploded into loot drama and backstabbing and horrible ick. But instead everyone took it in stride.. and several people in the guild essentially said “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” and we went on to down everything else in TK except for Kael.
I love my guild.
So.. what do I think this says… I -think- the rest of the guild sees that we’re trying to be fair with the loot distribution.. and I think that by allowing everyone to have a say in the loot rules they have now bought into them (it also helps that “Holierthanthou” was being a bit of an asshat before this little kerfuffle so I don’t think anyone will miss him specifically).
**The GM is adamantly opposed to a DKP system so that will not be considered.