The Daily Grind: How diligent are you about making money in an MMO?

No one believes me when I say that I’m bad about making money in my main games. It’s true, though; compared to the people who put a whole lot of effort into doing so, my moneymaking skills are sub-par. Yes, I own a mansion in Final Fantasy XIV, but that’s a result of frugality and building up resources over time. Yes, I’ve got an extensive heirloom collection in World of Warcraft, but I’m not playing the markets (or at least, not playing them well).

Of course, I also might be comparing myself to the wrong people, considering I know other people who would fall over themselves for the moneymaking engines I already have running. So what about you, dear readers? How diligent are you about making money in an MMO? Do you enjoy playing the economic games and live for the big windfalls, or do you mostly treat money as something to slowly accumulate rather than a thing to chase after?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Veldan

I’m a grinder. If I need money, I will look for ways to get it by myself, preferably through either killing a lot of mobs or finding some sort of harvesting round to run. I never liked playing the AH/market. I like farming stuff and dumping it on AH.

Sadly, this whole playstyle seems to have diminished. Probably because it goes against the game design strategy around dailies, weeklies and caps (and selling ways around those barriers). If you can find a good farm strategy, you’re not capped. You can keep using it to keep making money. MMO devs seem to hate this.

It’s another reason I got sucked into Path of Exile. There, I could farm to my heart’s content, without punishments or limitations. I was actually rewarded for it.

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Liandreth

One of my favourite things to do in game is play the AH. :) The more money, the better! Mwahahhahhahaha. So yeah, I’m pretty diligent about it. :D

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NeoWolf

I hate a grind..so I never go out of my way to make money in MMO’s, my aim is always to have fun and i am also a bit of an explorer and completionist when it comes to questing content I like to do everything in one zone before moving on to another even if it is underlevelled. I also love alts.. so doing all content and going through it multiple times I am always more than self sufficient.

I don’t like greed in general even in auction houses I am ALWAYS the lowest price, any profit is profit.. just because I could over price something doesn’t me I do…I value my integrity and decency too much to compromise it for stuff..

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Armsbend

I always strive to be in the upper tier of in-game wealth – as long as it doesn’t take real money to accumulate it. If a game doesn’t have a system in place for economic pvp then I’ll simply move towards another game.

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Max Sand

I’m always bordering on broke lol. Usually the money making schemes in any game are repetitive and grindy and I try but it just never holds my interest.

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squid

It’s pretty much all I do…and I don’t know why. I don’t need money—I’m just compelled to always be farming and selling and banking more $$$

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thalendor

I used to be somewhat diligent about it. For example, I got both my mount and epic mount before most people in WoW, back in classic when those things were relatively expensive. However, gold is so worthless in most MMOs I play these days that, beyond having a buffer for repairs and other incidental costs, what’s the point, really, other than saying you have the most gold?

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Toy Clown

I look for an “angle” and try to grow from there to several money-generating angles. The main reason I read forums is looking for those juicy little money-making tidbits that slip through the search engine cracks, which is usually a result of a player bragging how they make so much money doing some activity, or selling some thing.

Much of it is my own research, of which I comb the marketplace, checking prices. Never NPC vendoring things I’ve collected in my travels until I’ve checked market prices. Sometimes I’ll come across a gem worth a lot in my inventory, then I’ll return to where I got the item and see how farmable that item is. I’ll delve into crafting in order to make items to place on the market as well. Usually, that’s not as profitable, but it’s always good to have as a reserve in case something new is released and everyone wants it right away.

My playstyle revolves around exploring, and finding ways to make money while exploring and being curious has always been fun.

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CapnLan

Absolutely terrible in every single game I play with the sole exception of Elite Dangerous. I enjoy the experience of space trucking and it just so happens to pay obscene amounts of cash. Everything else I’m perpetually broke.

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Makhiel

I do quests and kill stuff which seems to generate money on its own so I don’t really concern myself with actively making money. And games generally don’t give me a reason to.