When we formed our guild alliance, we adopted the other guild’s DKP system. It is a very simple system, where we accumulate DKP for boss kills and time spent raiding. Drops have a fixed DKP cost, so there is no bidding. Among those who want the drop, the highest DKP total gets the item and the cost is deducted from their total. We did a DKP reset and started a separate “guild alliance” DKP table for our joint runs.
Unfortunately, the system as it was implemented turned out to work in my guild’s favor. When they did Kara runs that were strictly made up of people from their own guild, they accumulated DKP on their old pre-alliance table. When we did combined guild runs and raids, their DKP added to the guild alliance table.
This didn’t work out well. For many of the people in their guild, their DKP was being split between two tables, while for my guild our DKP was all going on the guild alliance table.
Didja follow that?
When the time came to use DKP for raid drops, my guild members always seemed to have higher totals.
That’s how I wound up with the T4 legs, even though I had picked up the T4 helm and a couple of other items just within the past few weeks.
Also, the way the system was set up you earned MUCH more DKP for Karazhan than in Gruul’s Lair, since there are so many bosses. That made it so you had to raid Karazhan weekly, even if you didn’t need any items from it. If you skipped Karazhan, you would be left in the dust DKP-wise.
The decision was that we would no longer award DKP for Karazhan, since the whole place (except the two dragons) is essentially on farm status anyway.
Now I foresee another problem. If we are only awarding DKP for 25-man content, and we only do Gruul’s Lair right now, DKP totals are not going to go up quickly. Two bosses and one hour of raiding = 7 DKP. The fixed cost for a drop from a raid boss is 30 DKP. So you would have to raid for four weeks to almost make up the DKP you spend on one drop. Is that too much?
Should we increase the DKP awards for 25-man raid bosses? Reduce the DKP cost of the drops? Maybe continue to give DKP for Karazhan but at a reduced rate?
I’d suggest that we go to a completely different system, but they seem attached to the one that they have. It just seems to me that you can’t cut the weekly DKP award to 1/4 of what it was without making some other adjustment to the system.