ToT points: party penalty (!?)
It appears there is a penalty for being in a party as it relates to ToT event drops. This may be related to how fame is divided while in a party.
In a given test session, a character received 50% more drops than usual just by not being in the party. Luck and equipment were not a factor. Kills, session time, etc, were normalized.
Separate from that. there may also be a penalty related to the bard buff "perseverance", that can reduce damage by up to 30%. If damage received points for ToT are taken after the buff is applied, then you may get less points running that buff. Likewise, using a swamp mount or the new hiryu mount may have the same point reducing effect.
Unknown if these 2 factors are expected.
This link covers some basic drop tracking.