To The Skinners

StrangRecently I had a discussion with another player, after they were running around the Timeless Isle happily skinning away at whatever other players had left for dead.  “I’m getting leather hand over fist…what the hell?!?!  God damn it, loot your kills!”  It got me to thinking that the general skinner seems to have some sense of entitlement when it comes to gathering.  I’m not saying this applies to all (I certainly don’t feel that way when I’m out and about with Liouxpold), but it’s definitely there and the air needs to be cleared from the Amateur perspective.

If we are in an instance or, really, grouped together in any way and I know at least one of the other players is a skinner then I will certainly do my part to loot.  Heck, even if I don’t, said skinner can come along after and loot the corpse and then skin it.  The important thing is that I do feel I owe it to them to clean up my corpse so they can get their materials.  It’s a courtesy thing and one that in the confines of a group is quite warranted.  As far as I’m concerned, that’s where it ends.

When I’m out and about in a place like Stranglethorn Vale and Sholozar Basin, I am under no obligation to consider someone coming along and cleaning up after me.  If I am running around, for example, doing the Nesingwary kill quests I am not going to loot all the little patches of fur that are worth about two copper each, or any other worthless little thing, when I might be filling my bags with quest items, greens, and more.  I have a limited bag space the same as you do, and I’m not going to keep running back to the nearest vendor just so that I can make sure all my kills are ready to be skinned.  It’s time consuming and quite frankly a chore to do so just to make things easier for someone else.

I have a skinner.  I know that leveling it can be a bit daunting at times, especially if you’re in a leveling area that doesn’t have much in the way of furry trophies.  But the thing is, you (we) chose the profession.  You know how it works.  On occasion, you are going to have to go grind some kills just to get some leather.  If you are in an area where someone else is doing the killing, then consider it a blessing that you get to clean up their mess and land some leather (and in cases, skill points) in the process.  But at no point do you have a right to get upset if someone doesn’t completely loot their corpse and thus deprive you, because they aren’t.  You can be disappointed.  But instead of trying to feel wronged when the corpse isn’t looted, be thankful for the times that it is.

9 thoughts on “To The Skinners

  1. Gwennie March 6, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    And that’s where I practice what I preach because my main is a skinner, so whenever I’m on a character that doesn’t skin, I make sure to completely loot a corpse…even of the cheap little bits because I can just delete them right out of my bag to make room. I do the best I can to make it easier for others because…as you said…I do know how it is & if I can make it easier for just 1 person to level up, then I’m giving back some of the help & kindness that other people have shown me before. I’m not saying anyone else’s way isn’t right…just saying that this is how I do it so I can conserve my very limited bag space *laughs* & yet still do my best to help someone else.

    • JD Kenada March 6, 2014 / 11:42 pm

      And that’s cool that you do so and in the light you shed on why there is most certainly an aura of (well-deserved) pride about it.

      I certainly didn’t mean to be condescending about it or anything like that. It was simply the “entitlement” from a few people has just made me eye twitch a little bit and I think the judgement against people by skinners isn’t necessarily fair.

      • Gwennie March 7, 2014 / 6:52 am

        Oh I didn’t take it that way no worries because you’re right…alot of people do take it too far & I’ll be the first to admit to it since I’ve had people do that to Mairwenn before & she is a skinner. *laughs*

  2. mrandmrswow March 6, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    I have a skinner and so always loot the corpses I leave behind. You know the saying… “look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves!”. Those 2c loots add up yanno 😉

    • JD Kenada March 6, 2014 / 11:45 pm

      Oh, as a former gold player, I completely know what you’re saying. In my early days on a server, I grab and sell everything I loot. Eventually it comes down to picking the stuff that has silver and gold value over copper if I’m focusing on bag space.

      As I said to Gwennie, and as a skinner myself, I understand things just fine. It’s just been an entitlement issue that I felt popping up with the skinners I knew and I think that’s unfairly judging other players. Some skin and loot everything and some don’t. But to feel like other players owe you and should do so is extreme.

  3. prettyflydraenei March 7, 2014 / 5:12 am

    My poor husband quit leveling with me because I’d always roll skinners, and he’s a loot leave-behinder. I loot everything, you never know when there might be a super-rare epic! (Disclaimer: I had a Hurricane bow drop for me the first few weeks of playing, so the ‘chance’ is engrained in my brain) 😛

    • JD Kenada March 7, 2014 / 8:35 am

      Oh I certainly loot everything, I just don’t always pick up every little thing. Indeed the folks who just kill and move on tend to surprise me.

  4. tomeoftheancient March 7, 2014 / 8:35 am

    Cat the skinner doesn’t care if anyone loots skinnable stuff but she is really grateful when people do. I know some of my other characters loot and some don’t. Maybe they had a bad run-in with one of those entitled people, lol.

    • JD Kenada March 7, 2014 / 12:11 pm


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