The Guild Leader Episode #54
Loot, the start and cause of most guild problems!
I have been asked many times about what causes the most problems in a guild. A lot of things can cause a lot of issues, you just have to know where to look to see them, that’s part of what you will learn after you have been a guild for a while.
What cause the most issues, people mostly think it’s the clashing of egos, the difference of opinions, being mad because a play didn’t pull his weight in a raid, or the lack of help when needed. Don’t get me wrong these can lead to issues, but for the most part all problems stem from loot or something loot related.
Because everyone wants the shiny new sword or a new piece of equipment to make their character better. It seems that even if people can’t use the item a lot of people want that item anyway, maybe they want as a memento or a trophy from a great battle or quest.
Need or greed?
As a guild we normally always use the need or greed method of distributing loot that was found during a group run. Normally this done and everyone is pretty cool about what they can or can’t use, so there are no problems most of the time.
When problems do crop up it is normally from someone wanting a piece of loot for a secondary character and not the one that they are playing right now. When people “need” gear for an alternate character, get ready for the fighting to start.
We stopped a lot of problems, by saying if you want equipment for an alternate you can ask if it’s ok and if everyone agrees ten go right ahead and take the item. If someone in group can use then let them have it.
Some guilds have loot counsel, and for me I think that is taking a lot of this way too far. Loot should be given out in the group, not decided by a counsel after the fact. Guild counsels can show favoritism and that can just lead to another problem all together with.
After you have been a guild leader for a while you will without a doubt know that loot causes more problems than anything else in a guild.
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