So I was thinking about the wow community and gold making came to mind...now I am not an expert on gold making nor do I even have an account over at the consortium forums. I am what most gold makers worth their two copper would call...a total noob...the difference is they would give me some solid advice and not throw me under the bus instantly. (something egocentric PvP'ers should take note of!)
Currently I am sitting on 52k...which is the most gold I have ever had on my account at one time. Now why would I be talking about making a measly amount of gold on a pvp blog...well I am not going to talk about gold.. I wanted to jot down some thoughts about the gold making community and how it compares to the pvp counterpart.
First I want to give you guys a rough idea of where I am coming from gold wise. In my whole wow "career" I have never had enough gold to just flat out buy anything I wanted. The most gold I ever had during bc was like 1k - never had epic flying, and couldn't even dream of obtaining it...during Wrath I leveled my current Rogue - Larryfine...I wanted epic flying..so I grinded the gold by farming mobs and saved all my gold from dailies etc for weeks to get it.
If I wanted anything...I would do dailies to obtain the gold...enough to buy the item but never have anything more for repairs...gems...enchants or anything else I wanted. I eventually got tired of this, during the end of wrath I tried my hand at flipping items...made enough to "pay the bills", never anything more. In cataclysm, I wanted to increase my profits and try to get more money so I set out to level crafting professions and learn to use them to make some bigger profits. This idea fell by the wayside quickly after I ran out of capital and just lost interest in the game in general. (Other reasons added to this feeling, loss of arena partners and what seemed like dead servers...etc.) Although, this was near the time I found the blog Stokpile and read all his posts, used some of the info but never really made it far in the gold department as I was missing the key ingredient - Patience.
Soon enough, Mists was nearing launch so I hopped on the bandwagon again with a little more vigor...started researching ways I could make gold during the first few weeks, what professions to level etc etc. I soon stumbled upon the gold making community at large, not taking too much notice at the large chunk of boulder I had uncovered. I started researching ways other players made gold and looking around online for some blogs to occupy my downtime and get some tips here and there while I was doing BG's or what have you.
(So all in all 52K to me feels like alot)
I found Power Word Gold and after reading over a few of Jim's posts learned that he knew quite a bit about the inner workings of the Auction House. Soon thereafter I learned of Faid from Clockwork Riot via the PWG: Podcast....before I knew it Nev and TUJ were on my monitor daily! I was slowly getting immersed in the gold making community without even knowing it, and welcomed with open arms. Something I was not expecting coming from the PvPer dog eat dog mentality.
So, you might be asking yourself...What am I trying to say? How does the Gold Bloggers and Gold making community have anything to do with PvP?
The WoW PvP Community should try to mirror the Gold making community.
Yes, this is a major pipe dream if I have ever had one...
The gold making community is not about having the most gold, rather how to get there...The Journey of getting to x amount. Be it, 1000 extra gold to spend or 1 million liquid gold. The gold bloggers and the community they surround themselves with is very inviting. I find myself enjoying their work way more than some of the PvP Streamer's - more so their fan base and viewers.
WoW in general has alot of different things for different folks...some people really like pet battles and some are into raiding, others love slaying the opposing faction or hitting the gold cap. That is the beauty of the game. It offers something for everyone. Just because someone isn't 2500+ in 3's doesn't make them a bad player or they should be told l2p for asking a simple question relating to their class.
My overall feeling from learning about gold making is not only satisfaction for upping my personal records, but even more the fact that the community is a welcoming place to be for newer "goblins". This is something that can't be said about the harsh, cold environment of "most" PvP community's; filled with trolls and general scumbags whom seem to care only for others misfortune and loss and are usually found on certain arena forums qquing and trolling. I am sure gold forums have this same thing...yes, its the internet after all. I am not writing this because I have been a victim of such acts..I am writing this to express my distaste for certain upper echelon players or "wannabe's" for that matter not doing their part to push the envelope or blatantly ruining a good thing for everyone. I won't be able to make a very large impact on the PvP community by myself, I understand that. I wish everyone would put away their ego's for one minute and work together to make the PvP community a little more inviting to a newer crowd like the gold goblins of wow have done for me. Yes, it is a long shot by far.....but next time someone asks you for a random tip just give them a good solid answer not...gtfo scrub. All I am asking is for a little bit more courtesy...
The best part is when you get stomped out by those "Scrubs" and they /question you: who's the scrub now?
All in all, I would like to thank Faid, Jim, Nev, and the fine folks over at The Undermine Journal for opening up some new door's for me as a player and helping me out on my journey to making more gold.
Thanks for stopping by as always,