For me, at least, it was never about the loot. It was about being there, participating with my guild, taking pictures and having tales to spin about that time when… The River of Souls event has come and gone and Trion can’t un-ring the bell of the Phase 2 event that left many customers queued out of participating.
Scott Hartsman posted a message on the official forums that basically apologized to customers who had issues and outlined what they were doing to make amends. Not a loot whore, it can’t replace being there but I don’t know what else they could do other than running it again. I hope they take this mishap into account when designing events in the future.
Even players who haven’t been as active will come for one-time only events. You should expect mass participation from subscribers. Oh well, the good news is that we’re playing on highly populated servers where we don’t have problems finding others to do content. Bad news is that it’s not the place to be if everyone wants/needs to be online at a specific time. Hopefully, Trion will refrain from intentionally orchestrating such a need in the future.
When I get over my hissy fit of paying for 3 accounts, where we each play on different servers yet none of us were able to participate, I’ll accept Trion’s peace-offering and move on. I still look forward to what comes next and expect Trion to do it much better.