Imagine this for a moment. It’s Friday night and you have some mates coming over for an epic night of partying. The beer is on ice, the food is all sorted and the shots are ready to flow. Your mates all like the same beer and food, but everyone likes a different kind of shot. It’s okay though! You do these things to make sure the night goes smoothly. That is, until you see the bill. Wait…I have to pay how much for all of this? Could you at least help me get it in the car? No? Ouch. Now replace party with raid, beer with cauldron, food with Seafood Magnifique Feast and shots with potions. I’m talking of course about raid consumables, and even though we’ve ventured out of the real world and into Azeroth, one fact remains the same. Someone has to pay for all of this stuff.
Why Supply Raid Consumables
Looking back at my terrible attempt at a real life analogy, I could only think of two real reasons why a person would agree to spend infinite amounts of real life money to make sure everyone was having fun. Either that person has just won the lottery and money is no issue to them, or they’re too kind and they can’t say no — even if it’s bankrupting them. In Concur we do it for several reasons. First, by providing raid consumables we get that warm and fuzzy feeling you get from being kind…and raid leaders know that everyone has the stuff to utilize. Secondly, in the case of Cauldrons at least, it worked out that a cauldron was cheaper to provide rather than individual flasks. Lastly, Cauldrons and Buckets are very convenient and can be time saving. But as the expansion wore on and complacency started to set in, we started to notice some real negatives to our generosity.
It always fell to a select few who had the required professions and reputation to create the items. When the lethargy that comes with running the same raid every week for almost a year started to set in, those people started logging in less and less, until they were forgetting to even prepare the Cauldron or Feast before raid — myself included. This meant that there were delays in getting the raid underway. Everyone was so used to just hitting up the Crab Bucket and the Cauldron, they didn’t have their own backup reserves and we’d have to wait while our Alchemist organised the Cauldron and the cooks whipped up enough feasts for the night. People were calling for a feast to be dropped if only a few people died, and if it was progression content, we’d waste yet more time handing out stacks of potions to people to ensure they were pre-potting and using them again for Blood Lust.
Uh oh. Has the generosity of our Guild Bank turned our raiders into a bunch of moochers?
Who Should Pay?
In the good old days, when we were grinding out those awful guild achievements to even have access to the cauldron and feast recipes, guild members all chipped in and the bank was positively overflowing with supplies. Time wore on, the people who did the farming quit the game and eventually the stock ran out. We planned farming events that barely anyone came to (I remember one person complaining that they hated fishing so they weren’t going to do it. Someone kindly pointed out that the Auction House is a great place to farm!). The kinder souls in the guild started using their own personal materials and that was something I really hated. I had envisioned a community effort to make sure we were all stocked up. We all benefited, so why couldn’t we all contribute? The selfishness really got under my skin, and it’s no wonder I resigned not long afterwards.
Right before I quit as Guild Master, we received a phenomenal donation to the guild bank. Suddenly gold was no longer an issue, but I had been left with a very sour taste in my mouth. Why should the guild bank supply items to those people who feel that they don’t need to contribute? Casadella seemed to feel the same way, and when we reviewed how the guild was running for the take over, some new, stricter rules came into affect surrounding the guild bank. No longer would we supply people with Potions, but it was still expected that you would bring them. Cauldrons and Feasts would still be provided, but it was expected that you’d have your own supply of flasks and food in case we were not prepared. Why waste an expensive feast if two people have died? Why waste 10 minutes organising a cauldron when everyone should have their own stash of flasks just in case? This post on Healing Mains echos our sentiments on what raiders should be bringing to the table — any feasts or cauldrons we decide to provide are a privilege and not a right.
But That Gold Belongs To Everyone!
A counter-argument can be made that the gold was donated to the guild, so everyone should have access to it. That is true, everyone should, and they do. We provide unlimited guild repairs and regularly run competitions with lucrative prizes up for grabs. However, while there is such an intense sense of entitlement within the raid teams, I am hesitant to provide unlimited snacks and drinks for the party. Just recently, we were short a few people so we cancelled Dragon Soul and hosted a Heroic Throne of the Four Winds instead. When some raiders realised this, they were no longer available to raid. Why should that kind of attitude be rewarded? As a thank you to those who attended, we gave away a Vial of the Sands to the person who rolled highest at the end of the run. Gold very well spent.
People can be ridiculously selfish; I have learned that lesson the hard way quite a few times now, and I’m done with rewarding that kind of behavior. It’s time the true team players reaped the rewards they deserve and the moochers did some dailies to supply their own goods.
Does your guild supply raid consumables? Do the Guild Coffers foot the bill, or does everyone chip in and contribute materials? Does a guild raid team even deserve such privileges, or should they supply their own? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!