I want it and I want it all. I am starting this post with that clear statement because I know I am asking for a hell of a lot here. But this is my blog and I am delving into my imagination, so I might as well have some fun with it. I've seen the reward of gold way to often, more often than I would like and way more often than to believe their is any truth to the statement that there is such a thing as roll protection.
With my unhappiness with rolls I have been thinking what would I like to see to make the bonus coin roll system better. The actual loot system can be whatever you choose to use, a loot council, a point system, a need before greed, personal, what have you, but the coins, the bonus rolls, that is what I am talking about here. That is where I would like to see some changes made.
First things first, gold is nice, I like gold, who doesn't like it, but at this stage in the game it does not seem like such an amazing reward. At least not when you win gold off every boss you kill anyway, so gold does not feel like something special from a coin roll. Not when you can page through your characters and complete a few missions every day and make hundreds of gold even without trying to recruit all treasure hunters.
They need to boost the gold enough so that when you see you won gold it might suck you did not win the item you were looking for but this is a nice chuck of change. Having a bonus roll give you an amount of gold that most of the time does not even come close to covering the cost of a repair feels lame.
If anything, I would say if you do not win anything it should give you nothing at all. Giving that tiny bit of gold is more like adding insult to injury. Hey, you did not win anything, but here, have some gold so you can repair three pieces of your gear, but only three.
Being blizzard does want to make even loosing rolls feel as a complete loss they give you a consolation prize and they use gold as a measure of that consolation prize. If they choose to keep using this system of reward I believe they need to boost the gold you get from a losing roll to actually feel like something more than pocket change.
My suggestion would be that it reward somewhere between 200 and 500 gold. It is not exactly a game changing amount of gold but at least it will cover the cost of a few repairs, maybe a stack of food, or some return on your time invested into the raid. Being blizzard wants to give a consolation prize, this seems like more of a fair consolation prize than giving 27 gold is.
We, or at least I, do not know what the rate is for winning on a roll. I am just going to throw a number out there even if it not true for an example. Lets say the chance to win loot is 10%. Lets also add another layer to what you can win. A 50% chance. So 50% of the time you will win a goodie bag.
Although no one would ever be hoping for a bag when they need loot from the boss, it will still at least make it feel like you won something once in a blue moon even if the bag is filled with junk.
I'd suggest that the bag be something like the tank or healer baggie from dungeons, except smarter. My healer friend keeps getting stamina flasks in his healer bag. I guess I did not know about the new stacking stamina for better heals build and neither did he so I am not alone, but blizzard seems to love the build as it always gives him a stamina flask.
But I digress, I am thinking about smart bags that will give you an augment rune or two, a flask or two, or some other thing that might be useful to your current spec, or set spec specialization when you open it. No chance at mounts, no chance at pets, nothing like that, just some raid support items to help you defeat the next boss in hopes you can win something off that one.
Totally disregard the previous two things I said, yes I like them, yes I would like to see them, but they are not the reason I made this post, this suggestion was why this post was written. I just couldn't have one suggestion so I needed to make some others. Not saying I don't think the others would be a good change, but this is the one I really want. This is the one that makes me feel like I am acting all greedy, as I mentioned in the first line. I want it and I want it all.
I would love to see a change made to bonus rolls so that when you win a piece of loot and it flashes the word loot it stops there. It does not flicker from that word loot so show you a pair of boots you don't need or the 4th ring you have received tonight, but a selection of all loot you are capable of receiving off that boss in any spec you are capable of playing.
For example, lets say I just killed Operator Thogar and nothing dropped for me so I use a coin and see the loot screen. It would follow with a selection screen showing me the shoulder tier token, the mail waist and the mail feet, as those are the only three things a hunter can use from that boss.
They will all appear as normal items. No warforging, no gem slot, no extra stats. Just basic. I could then choose what I would like, the shoulder tier piece of course. When the loot is awarded to you it would then randomly see if it will any any bonus on it, just like the tier token does not tell me if it has any bonus on it until I convert it. So even if I decided to take the boots, they could still end up with one, two or even all three of the bonuses on it.
This would make the bonus roll really feel like a bonus roll. I would not mind either of my first two suggestions and would be glad to see them implemented in the game but if this one were to make it into the game I have this feeling I would need to write a love letter to the person who added it to the game because it would be that great.
The excitement of seeing you finally won something after rolling for 6 weeks is great but disappears quickly when you won the one thing you didn't need from that boss. A bonus roll would really feel like a bonus if you could choose what you won and I would like to see that added.
I would even be willing to sacrifice everything else from the bonus roll system. If I lose give me nothing at all, keep your 27 gold. They could even flash up a sign saying, you lose sucker, in big red letters in the center of my screen, because it already feels like that to begin with. They could do anything they like, just so long as when I do win on a bonus roll it actually feels like I won something. Is that too much to ask for?