Aggro Me: DKP Me
Today I just have a guild-related idea to throw out there at you. This one concerns DKP.
Now, I know not everyone uses DKP (originally called Dragon Kill Points I believe, though the origin is murky). If you aren't aware of what DKP is, it's basically an incentive system. Bob raids all the time to gain DKP. For each raid Bob is awarded DKP (1, 8, .3, whatever, usually based on the length, success or difficulty of the raid). Then when he wants to bid on an item that drops on a raid, Bob bids DKP. If Bob wins the bid on that specific item he receives it, and the DKP he bid is deducted from his DKP total.
As I said, it's an incentive system. It encourages Bob to attend raids, even when those raids might never drop any item Bob can use. He realizes that he will still get DKP to use later for an item he really wants. It rewards the best gear to frequent raiders, when it is working correctly.
Obviously, there are many variations and additions to the basic system. For instance, some guilds allow players to earn DKP by donating certain items to the guild bank (say a T6 rare) and then allow other players to bid on them. Some guilds may allow DKP for alts and some might not. As I said, there are many different systems.
Of course, some guilds, even some of the top raid guilds, do not even use DKP at all. But I'm not debating the merits, or lack thereof, of the system. The reality is that many guilds do use it. I think I can confidently say that a majority of raid guilds do.
We record it on an Excel spreadsheet, available for guild members to check on the web. Others might use a pay guild site service which provides a DKP system as one of the features.
But I was wondering. Would it be a cool feature to allow for DKP record-keeping in game? I think it might. Leaders or officers could manually enter DKP totals in the Guild Window. Then it would very easy for everyone to check their DKP in game.
Even better, allow leaders or officers to right-click on the raid window and select the option "Award all current raiders DKP." By selecting this, each of the totals in the Guild Window would automatically increase by one. Click again if it is a two DKP raid, and so on. You would still have to allow for manual changes, obviously. It could also be a lot more complex and customizable, which would be even better.
Now I know there are some negatives to this system, but, wow, it would also be a great boon in the record-keeping department and make checking your DKP in the middle of a raid so much easier.
As an alternative, EQII Players could offer an out of game DKP tracker of some kind. But I really like the in game idea.
I would love to see EQII jump on this idea and be on the forefront of guild support, something I see becoming more and more important the future.
What do you think?