How To: Run a GDKP Loot System
Thanks to Malekai for the original email for this post.
GDKP, which stands for Gold DKP, is a loot system in which players bid gold on items that drop in a raid rather than rolling on it. The item then goes to the highest bidder and all the money that was bid goes to the raid leader and stays in the virtual pot. At the end of the raid the pot is split amongst the raiders.
These tips are based on experience with GDKP from the server Dark Iron [US] Horde side. GDKPs are generally run by guild that have raid content on farm status and can be a great option for those that have a little extra gold, or would like to make some gold.
How To Run A Successful GDKP Raid:
Once the raid is formed the rules need to be clearly stated up front in the raid chat, NOT just over vent. This way it is written out for everyone to see. This is a must because if the raid leader (or person collecting gold) tries to skip out with the gold, the GMs will intervene; but ONLY if everything was stated in raid chat.
This includes minimum bids, raid leader cut, payout dividends, what is to be done with BOE items and Primordials (if it’s a 25 man and generally 25 man is the preferred format for GDKP), and shadowfrost shards. Generally everything is just auctioned off.
There are GDKP add-ons that will automate much of this and keep track of the gold accumulated and who the highest bidder is.
GDKP in Action:
Once you down a boss the loot master opens bidding at whatever the preset price is, for us it was generally 500-1000 gold (some more popular items start at 2000). People bid in whatever increment they want until no one bids for 5 seconds and the raid auctioneer declares the bidding over and then they exchange the gold for the item.
Generally the groups push on as far into the raid instance as they can. A well put together GDKP run should now be able to do at least 10/12 bosses in Icecrown Citadel with the 30% buff.
The amount of gold bid on items can be quite high. Bidding on some items can go as high as 23,000 gold and there have been reports of items going up to 70,000 gold. (Usually the hosts of the GDKP always post the previous weeks results in the realm forums.)
An average GDKP run on this server grosses around 200,000 gold for anywhere from 8 to 11 out of the of 12 bosses in 25 man ICC, which generally ends being around 7500 gold per person.
Some of the benefits of GDKP
Some of the Cons of GDKP:
A true PUG as a whole will not go this route because you need to have a group that is going to push through a lot of content. There are often people in PUGs who want to reserve something (in my opinion this is worse than a GDKP run). GDKPs are generally only going to be conducted by the best guilds on the server.
For anyone who’s playtime is limited and sporadic, or is in a smaller guild that hasn’t been able to successfully raid, GDKP can be a great way to go. GDKP runs give you a solid chance to get the gear you want, with a much slimmer chance of dealing with a fail PUG.
It is common to be skeptical when you first hear about GDKP but by following the proper guidelines it can be a successful loot format for everyone involved.