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Blizzard Sells Gold In Patch 6.1.2

Mama's got a lifestyle to maintain.

Mama’s got a lifestyle to maintain.

I’d like to read a question that I may or may not have actually received via email.

Dear Rokk,

Have you ever purchased gold with RL currency?

Some Dude.

P.S. You’re awesome.

Now regardless of whether I actually received this email (ahem), I will answer the question.

Yes, I have bought gold online, through a third party site, for real cash money.

But not in WoW. It was in Everquest.

Why would I do such a thing? Well, I had the disposable cash and no real skills that I could use to make gold (or platinum, in this case). I had nothing to sell, nothing to offer. I decided that I would rather give someone ten bucks for a bunch of platinum so I could play the game and buy gear, rather than sit by the second torch in the East Commonland tunnel repeatedly shouting (but not spamming) “WTS (some arbitrary item).” Oh, and bonus points for you if you get the very old-school reference.

It wasn’t easy to make platinum in EQ.

World of Warcraft is another story entirely.

I’ve probably got about 90k gold spread across all of my characters. Most of that gold was made through selling tradeskill items, the occasional transmog doodad, and by farming and/ or questing. While I’ve been working on making gold, a few things had popped up on the AH that I wanted to buy but couldn’t afford. I just learned to live without it. I never considered buying gold because a) the gold came from hacked accounts (blood money) and b) I’d rather not have my account banned. So I stayed frugal and decided I wouldn’t buy gold.

Until now. Sorta. Indirectly.

In Patch 6.1.2, Blizzard is going to be getting into the gold-selling business. Kinda. They will have a WoW token in their store, which can be used to buy a month of game time. You’ll buy the token from the Blizzard store using real greenback-style money, and it will show up in a special slot on the Auction House. It can then be bought for a predetermined amount of gold (a pricetag that will be set by Blizzard).

Everybody wins in this deal. You’ve got the WoW Millionaires with more gold than they know what to do with, who can now use their fortune to pay for their WoW time. You’ve got players with a little disposable cash who might be looking to pad their character’s pockets, that can buy these tokens and sell them for gold. And Blizzard, well they get to makes more money, because they don’t have enough gold-plated toilets in their big WoW mansions.

It has yet to be determined just how much the tokens will sell for (either in gold or dollars). The speculation is that the prices will be determined by whatever gold is being sold for on third party websites. I poked around and what I came up with was roughly 1000g for one dollar. If a token is sold for $15, which is roughly the cost of a month of WoW time, then the token will sell for 15000g. Math stuff.

So going back to the question of buying gold (re: buying tokens and selling them for a fixed price on the AH)?

I’ll most likely buy a few tokens. Probably for some seed money so I can create and flip some more expensive tradeskill stuff. Or maybe I’ll just blow the gold on hats or something.

Are you going to be taking part in the token market, as a buyer or seller? Tell me in the comments below, if you would be so kind.

TGIF – Infinite Transmog Farming in AQ20

Not just another pretty face.

Not just another pretty face.

“I like my shit quick.” – New Jack, professional wrestler/gangster/bounty hunter/certified badass

I remember watching New Jack wrestle back in the ECW days. He was, and still is, a violent man. The halloween mask of scar tissue that he calls a forehead is a testament of the level of brutality he would take, just for the chance to dish it out.

How does that relate to World of Warcraft?

Like this – I hate transmog items. I like using them, but I hate farming transmog gear just to try and sell it. The money can be quite good, but expect items to sit up on the AH for a dog’s age. Watching transmog items sell is like watching snails screw. It takes forever to get the payoff.

Oh baby.

Oh baby.

If I’m going to put myself through the brutal grind of farming, I want it to be worth it. AQ20 has some of the more valuable transmog drops. Downside of that is that it’s a raid instance, which means long lockouts. But it doesn’t have to. Check out WTBGold’s video and see just how much farming brutality you can take.

I tried this recently and it works. You just have to make sure you don’t accidentally pull mobs that will start a chain reaction that results in bosses being pulled, locking you to the instance, preventing the reset, and going from an overall sweet experience to to “see you in a few days.”

TGIF – Skinning in Black Morass

Remember awhile back when I said that it was tough to make gold at the end of an expansion? Well, about that…

Selling gear and items can be tough. The only folks buying that are usually people who are gearing alts. However, those alts are going to have professions to level up. At this point, players have two options – pay $60 for a boost to Level 90 (which will max out the two primary professions and First Aid) (As long as the character is at least level 60 before the boost — Editor), or save sixty bones and hit the AH to buy mats for leveling it up the old fashioned way.

If you look on the AH, chances are you’ll see that the raw mats sell for more than the processed mats do. Ore is more valuable than bars, for example. Well Knothide Leather can be tough to come by, and people will need it. So if you want to make bank, and you have a sharp knife, and hate Gators, Black Morass in the Caverns of Time might be the place for you.

TGIF – Making Gold in Patch 5.4

Paris Hilton dropping knowledge.

Paris Hilton dropping knowledge.

I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point I really liked making gold. I mean, really liked it.

Maybe it was a side effect of leveling so many characters, and I just liked seeing numbers going up. Only in this case it was GP and not XP that was moving the bar. It was actually better than experience, because it was something I could spend to get useful (or not so useful) items. Valor and Honor points? Sure, I could use them in the same way. But gold I could make casually, and solo. I didn’t have to group with people, learn encounters, or deal with the “human element” (IE Mouth-breathing social halfwits).

Cleetus uses his mullet for MOAR DPS.

Cleetus uses his mullet for MOAR DPS.

Coming back to WoW during the dead zone of an expansion is one of the worst times to try and make gold. Fewer people are logging in, and those that are still playing have shelved their mains and are working on tweaking out their second or third string alts. They’re not looking to put any kind of serious coin into their characters with Warlords of Draenor currently in alpha. The new expansion is just around the corner, which means that a) there are new gold sinks coming, and b) most of the gear that characters are currently wearing will be obsolete in a level or two.

As if that wasn’t enough of a handicap, I’m also not online very much. I’m still working on organizing my play time, so when I do get to log in I have only a small window to get anything done. Not a whole lot of time to twiddle my thumbs with my head up my butt. So yes, trying to make gold right now is like trying to ice skate uphill.

Thanks to sites like Reddit I’ve tried a few different things to pad the old bank account. Some have worked better than others.

Crafting – I noticed that there wasn’t much, if any, of the top-shelf crafted PVP gear being sold in the Auction House. So I had my team of Blacksmiths craft a few sets and posted them. It took a couple of weeks for them to sell, but they went. Transmutes work pretty well too, but finding the right markets can be hit or miss.

Mounts and Pets – The new hotness in manufactured mounts seems to be the Sky Golem, but it’s a beast to make (thirty days of power source cooldowns to deal with) and there always seems to be a few of them on the AH. I’m working the daily cooldowns, but I’m not sure if I’ll use them for the Sky Golem. If I do, I’m not sure I’d bother selling it. Back in the day, I sat on the Jewelcrafted panther mounts for weeks before they sold. The Sky Golem is more of an investment in time rather than gold, so I could afford to let it sit around with a For Sale sign on it. I’ll file this as a “Maybe” as far as gold making. I may branch off into Engineering battle pets as well, but I’ll have to analyze the mats vs reward first.

Transmog – I’ve run a few low-level instances and have come up with a couple of pieces of transmog gear that apparently sell for thousands of gold. The problem with this, is that transmog gear is a long term investment. One piece could sit on the AH for weeks without moving, especially now when people are sitting on their gold so they can spend it in WoD. (There’s no flying to be bought in Warlords, people! Loosen those purse strings! – Editor).

Mats – I once wrote an article about Money-Making MILFs, with MILF naturally standing for Mats I Love to Find. I mean, of course it does. What else would MILF stand for?

No idea.

No idea.

Halfhill Farms has made it easy to literally farm for mats. I’ve got crops planted for Golden Lotus, which still sells quite well (when I don’t use them to make Potions of Luck, which also sell quite well). If you have unlocked the whole field, it’s possible to farm any kind of mats (from enchanting mats to… meat. Ugh.) If you’re on a tight clock like I am, this is one of the best ways to earn gold. It only takes a few minutes to harvest a crop of whatever, replant it, and mail your harvested goodies to your AH toon. It might not be huge bank, but it can be a nice, quick, and steady income.

Auction House – This is probably my biggest money maker. AH flipping has worked out quite well for me, mostly due to the Mobile AH app. Thanks to the app, I can check the AH while I’m at work, look for things that are selling for lower than normal market value, and scoop them up. I’ll either repost them right away at market value (buy low, sell normal) or hold onto them until quantities are low enough for me to repost at a slightly elevated price range (when you’re the only show in town, people will pay what you charge). This works best on the weekend when everybody is logged in and offloading goodies left and right. Market prices drop way down, which is a great opportunity to buy it up and sell it for normal prices during the week. This strategy works best when you have gold to play around with already, so your mileage may vary depending on your starting capital.

I feel like I’ve hit my stride now. I’m earning a few hundred gold a day, at the cost of about fifteen minutes first thing in the morning before I go to work. I’ll log in, transmute and harvest, send everything to my AH toon, post it up, and log off. I’ll then use the mobile app a few times during the day to check prices, buy and repost as necessary, and maybe even check The Undermine Journal for deals if I have free time during my coffee break.

That’s what has worked for me. How are you making gold?

TGIF – Zul’Farrak

Now this, this is a zone to farm.

Why? So many reasons. It’s a low level zone, you can pull the entire thing without aggroing the bosses, it’s a giant circle, it drops some rare jade transmog items that can sell for a few thousand gold (depending on your server economy of course).

Need I say more? Good. Now watch.