Today I joined a pickup group for the Forges with my Runekeeper. It was a pretty good group. We all kept re-doing the instance so that each person in the group could get the desired item at the end. Most of the time, the person who just won the roll says “thanks for the group” and leaves. So I felt pretty good about the group.
One of our members was a Lore-master who would always switch to their level 48 Captain for the last chest. They had asked if this was OK before starting, and our leader had told him it was fine. It was on our fourth run that a second age Captain’s weapon dropped. The leader of the group gave it to the level 60 Captain in the group without putting it up for a roll.
He said, “I think you’ll agree that this should go to the other Captain, because you can’t use it yet.”
I could hardly believe my eyes. The whole point of our Lore-master attending was so that he could bring his level 48 into the group and roll for the equipment. He was getting his equipment ahead of time so that he’d already have good gear when he reached a higher level. The level 48 Captain just said that he couldn’t argue with a group leader, and left the group. Then he logged off.
I felt that was wrong. If that was how we were going to handle things then we should have told this guy, “Yes, you can switch to your level 48 Captain, but we’re not going to give you any of the good rewards because ‘need’ is defined as ‘I can use it right this second’.”
To me, need and greed are easily defined. Are you going to use it for the character you’re rolling with? If the answer is yes, then it’s need. If a person is going to sell the item, then it’s greed. That’s all. It doesn’t matter when someone is going to use an item.
So I felt pretty bad for the guy. I felt he had been robbed of his 50% chance to roll on the weapon. I felt like leaving the group over it. But I also knew that I had just won my radiance armor in that same run, and it would seem to be in poor form for me to leave immediately after getting my precious armor. So I told the group I had to take care of something and I quickly went back to the auction house. I purchased the cheapest second-age Captain weapon I could find and sent it to the level 48 Captain through the mail. I told him that I felt bad for him. I said that if I helped the rest of the group get their radiance armor without sending him something to make up for his loss, I would feel guilty. On the other hand, if I abandoned the group immediately after I had received my armor, I would feel guilty as well.
I wasn’t the person who benefited from him being robbed and I wasn’t the one who made the decision. But I had to do something. What happened to that guy was wrong.