The Daily Grind: Are you interested in making money in your MMOs?

    
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Yes, money.

When my friends need to borrow money in Final Fantasy XIV or Final Fantasy XI, they come to me. It’s not because I’m higher-level than they are or anything, they just know I have money. Which is a true fact, but it’s also an odd one because I’ve never once tried to make money in those games. I sit on a huge pile of energy credits and Dilithium in Star Trek Online, but I never sought those riches out. I just accumulated over time with steady momentum and management.

The thing is that I know some players live for that. There are people who get really excited at the thought of cornering materials markets in FFXIV or making a killing in the markets of EVE Online. I enjoy making money, but it’s never more than an ancillary purpose for me, something to consider when I’m doing the stuff that I like to do anyhow. Which raises the question to you, dear readers. Are you interested in making money in your MMOs? Do you go out of your way to make the big bucks, do you err on the side of making money over not making money, or do you really not care as long as you can pay the basic costs associated with playing a character?

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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ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

I only farm currencies to buy specific things. As in, I need a specific goal to motivate me to do so. If I don’t need anything at that point in time then I won’t pay any attention to money in the game. I do hoard useful or expensive things, and I won’t shop food stuff I know has a higher player value. But I won’t spend all day playing the markets just for the sake of making more currency.

That said I do like to do auction house/market stuff and it’s my preferred method of funding the things I have set out as goals if I’m not able to go and acquire the item for myself. Or perhaps for another reason such as economic warfare, which is something I did a bit of in Eve Online. Crash the market your wardec targets are using to finance the war, for example :p

Loyheta
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Loyheta

I’ve only wanted enough currency to be able to get the things I want. Mounts, pets, housing and decorations, etc. I’m not one of those guys that plays the auction house or spends hours with spreadsheets seeing the best gold/hour thing they could do. I just want to have fun.

wild_abyss
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wild_abyss

I have always failed at MMO money making, even when I try. I’ve read gold making guides, followed their suggestions, tried to play the various auction houses and just… I never have the cash for the things I want. It’s how many years later in WoW and my Jewelcrafter is still jealously eyeing those panther mounts.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

only in pursuit of the material things I want, like better gear, mounts, housing, etc.

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

“””Are you interested in making money in your MMOs?”””

Not exactly. I go after in-game money to the extent that it allows me to fully experience other aspects of the game; I have no interest in earning money for its sake, though.

Kherova
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Kherova

For some time making gold was my main focus in WOW. I listened to gold-making podcasts, looked up on specific sites and farmed mats and had maxed-out professions on four characters to be able to establish a production and trading hub. It was a lot of fun. But then Warlords came along and introduced the garrison and slaughtered professions. The main reason why I stopped playing.

Cambruin
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Cambruin

I love playing the auction house. Buy low, sell high. Try and monopolize a certain resource to cash big. And then the money sits there,  because nothing else is of any value to me. This is half the game for me.

Hirku
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Hirku

I like to be comfortably well off, but I don’t want to grind for gold or play auction house tycoon to do it. I really like SWTOR’s passive crafting because it lets me make enough money while keeping my focus on the story and questing. Whenever I log out, I put all my available companions on crafting missions. Then when I come back to the game, I’ve got a nice little pile of money and loot. It adds up fast, especially once my crafting skill maxes out.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

I try keep a modest turn around. Always have in games.
That said, how is it my Gnome army acquired significant more income in WoD (WoW), than my Goblin army did…even though the latter is all about making  money? That really baffles me! o.O

MrPoolaty
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MrPoolaty

If it’s for an in game achievement then yea I’ll grind and save otherwise just whatever I need