Sometimes you will see an advertisement on the LFM screen that lists the target quest and then adds a note along the lines of “handover the XXX or don’t join”. XXX can be any highly sought but rare drop.
Something about this offends me, but only slightly. After all, I can easily “don’t join”, which is how I always react to such a post. Yet still. I think it is the confrontational manner of the post. I am not offended enough to say or do anything, but it leaves me vaguely frowny, wishing there was another way.
As a contrast, consider that sometimes I will see a posting like “quest is complete, step in for loot and XP. Please handover the XXX if you get it”. This is essentially the same thing but not exactly, for two important reasons.
- The leader is not expecting you to run the quest, he or she has already done so
- Politeness counts
I am completely willing to join these types of invitations, and really, who wouldn’t be? Free loot! One has to take care not to break an elite streak as these are often Epic Normal, but otherwise like I said, free loot.
I like the way those two words sound when used together. “Free loot”. Nice, yes?
My normal farming method is to run the quest once a day, generally first thing in the morning, until successful. I don’t mind if it takes time, victory is assured eventually. However in this case I am a bit constrained because I am so busy getting my house ready for an upcoming wedding that on many days, that early run will be my only DDO for the day. And Chelena needs about a half-dozen more mauls once she has this one.
Another downside of this time constraint is that it takes too long to form a party for this quest in the morning, I have to solo. I cannot reliably solo this quest without using resources with this character except on Epic Normal. Using resources is a big farming no-no. I believe that named drops are more common on Epic Hard or Epic Elite difficulty, but Normal is all that is available to me.
You have to put up with a lot of this when farming Spinner of Shadows
And so I find myself soloing the quest, completing everything except the last conversation with the Silver Flame that will finish it, and posting “Free EPIC normal XP and loot! Just step in. Please pass Fury of the Flame shard”.
Groups form much more quickly when there is free loot involved. I haven’t gotten my shard yet but I have greatly increased my chances.
But I feel strangely guilty about doing this. I am not sure why, but I do. I’ve been at it all week, maybe my lack of success is kismet? The universe punishing me for my slightly cheaty approach to this?
For that matter, is it slightly cheaty? Or is this a genuinely righteous way to go about acquisition?
I am conflicted.
What do you think?