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Forum Post of the Day: To each according to his need

Forum Post of the Day: To each according to his need
Amanda Dean
Amanda Dean|June 11, 2008 2:00 AM

It seems the vast majority of drama we've heard regarding guild banks comes from ninja schemes and disgruntled members. Vaela of Hyjal expressed her exasperation with guild banks in the Guild Relations forum. She feels that there is an imbalance between players who donate resources to the guild bank and those who make the most withdrawals. The original poster asked for suggestions on systems to fairly distribute guild bank resources.

The responses focused on cooperation and reciprocity with the guild bank. The purpose of the guild bank is to fun the guild's activities and exchange objects of value. In the end, the system comes off as a communist type of public ownership arrangement, as opposed to the free trade system that rules the auction house. To quote Karl Marx, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Communism as we've known it has largely failed, most likely because people don't fully buy into the system.

Since there are limitations to the cooperative natures of players, guild banks transactions often become the subject of regulation. Mandimuerto of Rexxar suggested the following strategy for distributing guild loot:

Tab 1: Potions for distribution by officers in raids.
Tab2: Guild charity donations, can be taken from the bank in exchange from a donation to the guild.
Tab 3: Raid necessities and niceties such as food, drums, repair bots, etc.
Tab 4: Trade skill necessities.
Tab 5: General junk for grabs within a daily limit.

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It doesn't make sense for a handful of players to carry the entire guild. It's fascinating to watch how economics and human nature replicate the larger society in the in-game environment. What is the loot distribution system from your guild?

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