I am hoping that Trion will address the very flawed need/greed roll system for items in public groups and in warfronts. The current system allows anyone to roll need on items that they can’t even use, and a lot of peeps do, thinking they will get lost in the shuffle and get a free item. Who knew there were so many greedy (needy) people in warfronts? The instant you call them on it (and I always do), they have some smart @$$ response, or usually just don’t care. Sadly, I thought I left all the 14 year old barren chat ninjas back in WoW. Vexingly, a lot of them have found a new home in Rifts.
If they happen to have any moral fiber at all, (and those are few and far between, believe me) they usually respond with a “Well, roll need yourself then, everyone else does.” Or, “it’s a lame green level xxx item, and you are complaining?” The reason I DON’T roll need is because I don’t NEED the item, and there is a possibility that someone else does. Also, unlike what these greedy ninjas claim, most people roll greed on items they can’t use or don’t need, just as they should.
The good news: not that you can do much about it, but if the player happens to be on the same shard as you, you can add him to your ignore list. So far, I’ve not limited out on it (yet), if there is a limit. One of the main reasons I left WoW was because I ran out of room on my ignore list in the first 2 hours, and then had to decide all the time on which complete moron deserved to be on there more.
The bad news: if they are not on your shard, (as is often the case in warfronts) you can’t even put them on ignore. So then after you call them out for being a greedy ninja, you have to listen to them rant about letting them play their own game, yada yada yada…
The fix: the simple fix, while not perfect, would be very easy to implement. Make items that you can’t use (plate for mages, mana pots for rogues, etc.) unable to be rolled need for when dropped in public groups. Every item already has that stetup configured on it anyway, so it wouldn’t be hard to implement. Sure, that will still allow a rogue to roll on a mage dagger (since they can use daggers too), but at least it’s a start. The ideal fix would be to make it impossible to roll on items that you can’t use or that are not intended for your class (like the mage dagger), and make it impossible to roll need on gear you CAN use if it’s not better than what you have on already. That might be trickier to implement, but that would solve a ton of grief over greedy ninja’s, to be sure.
I can already hear the arguments against this request, most likely from the very greedy ninjas that I tell off in raid chat during warfronts, but some might actually post with legitimate reasons. The argument that items can be broken down for runecrafting will come up. Let me say that I am a runecrafter and I still get plenty of items to break down for mats, even without ninja grabbing an item some other class really needs. I also get plenty of cash from quests, pvp, and dungeon runs, so no, no one’s need for cash or items is any greater than everyone elses, no matter how you may think otherwise. “Oh, but maybe peeps will wear less favorable gear in warfronts so they can roll need on the good items.” I say let them. If they have to come to warfronts to get better gear from drops in the first place, they are doing something very wrong. Granted, the occasional nice (blue) item does drop in the warfront, and usually every class that can use it will roll need, whether that item is relevant to their character or not. I can understand that. I’m just tired of people taking advantage of a shabby looting system when other players on the server are getting ripped off of items they may actually NEED.
If you are the flaming troll greedy ninja type, don’t bother to reply. I’ve heard every excuse in the book already, and none of them hold water. If you happen to have a legitimate concern, idea or even complaint about the need/greed system, please do respond. I’d love to hear what other people think about the current need/greed system for public groups/warfronts.