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Spending Money To Make Gold


Decisions, decisions.

While having five Horde garrisons generating gold is nice, having six – or more – would be even better. I’m not saying that I’m being greedy. I’m not saying that. Not out loud anyway.

To make this happen I have three options:

Option One – Level a new character on Earthen Ring from scratch.


It’s the cheapest option. Costs nothing but time.


As fast as the leveling process might be, even with heirlooms, it’s still going to be a few weeks (depending on my work schedule) before this character is garrison ready. Even at an average of three levels a day, it’ll be over a month before I can even start thinking about a Level Three garrison. Less time with a Death Knight of course, but I’ve already leveled quite a few of those.

Option Two – Level a 91 Horde character that I have on another server and transfer him over to ER.


Takes less time than leveling a new toon. Days rather than weeks.


The cost will be in both cash and time, though more of one and less of another. I’d have to pay for a server transfer. Then there’s the ramp up time in getting enough garrison resources for construction of buildings and garrisons, as well as building a roster of followers.

Option Three – Take a Level 100 Alliance toon on another server who is already running a gold garrison (Salvage 3, Inn 3, Max followers with a few Treasure Hunters) and faction/server transfer him.


Ready to make gold right out of the box. He’s doing it now on his own server, so by plugging him into my Horde gold machine he’ll be contributing immediately.


Expensive. Dollah dollah bills yo. We’re talking a server and faction change, which is almost as much as a boost to 90. That’s quite the chunk of change to spend on a garrison.

Now the gamer in me wants to go with the first option because a) it will give me something to do other than sit in a queue on my main, b) I’m not spending money on a character I’m not planning on investing any time in. I want the garrison that comes with a max level character, not the character himself.

The OCD in me wants to go with the second option because a) he’s already started leveling to 100, and I feel like I need to complete the process, b) it’s cheaper than going with option three but will take less time to start making gold than option one, and c) I have nine characters at level 100 and ten is a nice round number.

Then there’s the goblin in me. He wants to go with the third option because this character will only be used for making gold, nothing else. I only want to focus on one character so this toon will just be a menu-clicking minion, much like the other toons on the server. Option three lets me start doing this right away. I can plug him right into the equation immediately and start generating more gold. I’m essentially buying a gold garrison.

Real estate. That’s what this all boils down to. Amassing real estate that will generate revenue.

I feel like Donald Trump.

Donald Trump

Whose Side Are You On?

A Blue post came down the tubes a few days ago from Nethaera, and in it he/she discussed their upcoming money-grab service.

We wanted to give everyone a very early heads-up that, in response to player requests, we’re developing a new service for World of Warcraft that will allow players to change their faction from Alliance to Horde or Horde to Alliance. There’s still much work to do and many details to iron out, but the basic idea is that players will be able to use the service to transform an existing character into a roughly equivalent character of the opposing faction on the same realm. Players who ended up creating and leveling up characters on the opposite factions from their friends have been asking for this type of functionality for some time, and we’re pleased to be getting closer to being able to deliver it.

As with all of the features and services we offer, we intend to incorporate the faction-change service in a way that won’t disrupt the gameplay experience on the realms, and there will be some rules involved with when and how the service can be used. The number of variables involved increases the complexity of implementing this service, but we plan to take the time needed to ensure that it lives up to expectations before officially rolling it out. We’ll go into much more detail on all of this here at as development progresses. In the meantime, we wanted to let you know that because this type of functionality requires extensive internal testing well in advance of release, you may be seeing bits and pieces of the service in the test builds we use for the public test realms moving forward.

Updated* 7/1- Due to the many questions that have come up with the announcement of this new service, we wanted to take the time to answer the ones we can at this point in time.

Q. Will we be able to switch between the races on our own faction?
A.. No. Players will only be able to switch to a race of the opposite faction.

Q. Will I be able to choose the race on the opposite faction that I want to change to?
A.. Yes, but you will only be able to switch to a race that has your class type available to it. So if you play a human paladin, you’d only be able to change to a blood elf paladin.

Q.How much will it cost?
A.. We do not have further information on this at this point in time.

Q.Will I be able to switch back to my original faction but a different race?
A.. No. You will only be able to switch back to your originally chosen race.

Q.. How will the switch between reputation, gear, mounts, etc be handled?
A.. We’ll have more details for you at a later point in time, though we plan to keep these as close to a reflection of the other faction as much as possible.

Q.How often can you change your faction?
A..We do not have any information to share on this at this point in time, however we will have restrictions on the frequency by which players can change their faction.

Q. How will this affect the balance of Horde and Alliance on the realms?
A.. We are taking great care in how we implement this new service in order to maintain balance between the factions on the realms but do not have any further details to share.

Didn’t Blizzard say this would never happen? Oh wait, it doesn’t matter. After all, people went to their cesspool-like forum and cried (or QQ as the kids say these days). What else could they do? Game too hard? Cry and Blizz will nerf it. Think a class is more powerful than your own? It isn’t that you’re a terrible player. Heavens no! You’re a precious little snowflake! Just bitch and complain and Blizz will take care of it.


Sorry, had to choke back a rant there.

Actually, maybe there is a benefit to being a switcher. After all, it’s a great way to lose weight!