Wednesday Challenge Update: Rags to Riches

It has been one week since I started this fresh challenge – with 1g to my name, how much could I earn through ONLY using the auction house. I started off by buying a handful of items that were priced under vendor, and then I started branching out into markets that had low auction house fees (recipes, pets) and pricing them well under market value so that I wasn’t waiting for them to sell, but rather waiting for a little more pocket cash.

I set a goal to earn 10k in that first week – I thought it was a lofty goal because my play time these days is maybe 30 minutes total, 10 minutes on that new challenge character. Real life is busy, and I didn’t want to be completely defeated on this challenge because of that. the goal is to have fun after all.

I blew that goal away, and for the week earned 19,736g in total. Most of that gold was made from actual flips and not from selling to vendor. If I were patient I know that could have been a larger number, but honestly the goal is to get gold fast, not to have it sitting around for months. Gold that is tied up is of no use to me.

“How do you know what to buy” – this is where I have an advantage over a beginner goblin. I’m not new to making gold, I’ve been doing it for years. I rely a lot on intuition but my intuition is pretty good thanks to experience. Sure, I’m on a new server and I’m not familiar with it as much as my main ones, but they follow general guidelines. There is no magic trick to this part, it just takes time and experience. I watch the wow economy discord frequently to try to see what others are selling, and then just use the TSM statistics in game (along with statistics from the undermine journal) to decide if it’s worth my time.

So far, it’s working out lovely and I’m having a lot of fun with this challenge! Next goal? Reaching 50k before next Wednesday.


Rags to Riches – Update

I know it’s not Wednesday, but I just had to post. This is day two of my Rags to Riches challenge, and I found someone selling these megawatt filaments on the AH for 1g each – they sell to vendor for an enormous 30g each! That was a HUGE chunk of starter gold just sitting there waiting for me to come along.

Now that I’ve got a little pocket change, I’ve started branching out into AH sales. Nothing big to start, these phantasmal haunches were selling for a few silver and overnight someone flipped them to a gold each. The problem is they have a very expensive listing fee, so if they don’t move I’ll probably be stuck with them. I also put up those two snipes I got, priced to move and well below the regional cost (chuck has a regional cost of 9k on NA right now) in the hopes that someone scoops them up so that I can have some fast pocket change.

I have a lofty goal of reaching 10k gold by next Wednesday’s post. I’m not sure if that’s obtainable on this server, but that’s where I’m hoping to end up.

As always, happy gaming – no matter where you find yourself!

[New] Wednesday Challenge – Rags to Riches

The last Wednesday challenge was a huge success (gold wise) but I felt a bit cheated out of it. The goal was to make enough gold for a token with limited play time, and once I focused it became almost too easy to do. On that ‘new’ server I now have 1.5 million gold after less than 2 months of playing there, less than 7h a week. I decided it was time for a new challenge.

YouTube is filled with videos of people who take an item like.. a paperclip, and trade up until they have a house. Why not apply that to gold making! This will be a challenge that will teach me (and perhaps others) about making gold by ONLY using the auction house.

I started a new level 10 Vulpera Monk on a medium population RP server. They start with 1g – and that’s all I’m allowing myself as far as gold is concerned. No crafting, no questing, no adventuring. I have access to my bruto, and a mailbox. I will note one stipulation here, I AM allowed to use a vendor. To start this challenge it’s almost essential (but maybe I’ll do a hardcore version in the future where even that is limited).

The very first thing I did was use TSM to scan for items that were priced under vendor. Now this was going to either be a big hit or a big miss for me. I only had 1g to spend, I needed items that people were selling for less than that. A lot of miss priced items tend to be higher priced. So this is one very easy way beginners can potentially get gold – if there are items there to buy.

Turns out there was. Someone was selling almost 600 protoflesh for 6s each – they sell to vendor for 6s25c – I know, what a TINY profit, right? But that’s the nature of the challenge. I bought up enough and sold to vendor until I had over 2g – and then I bought the sunmotes that were for sale. Someone was selling these for 2g each – and they vendor for 2g25s. Much larger profits. Someone was selling truffles for a few silver, and they vendor for 18s75c – and slowly, piece by piece, my gold grew.

I’m now sitting at 44g21s and I have barely done anything except sell a few things to vendor. In the meantime, I’m also running sniper (not constantly, we’ll say 15 minutes here and there) hoping that I catch a lucky break. It would have to be INCREDIBLY lucky considering I only have 44g to spend. My goal is to build up my stock pile of gold by vendor flipping until I have around 100g and then I’m going to start branching into some markets. What markets? I don’t have the faintest idea yet.

Things I’ll have to be careful of? Listing fees. These can very easily be the death of this challenge. I’ll need to make sure I post things that are going to move, or buy them so cheap that it won’t matter. Or buy things that have very low listing fees (most recipes, all pets). Normally I’d just buy a handful of pets for a few silver, level them to 25 because it’s so fast, and post them back on the AH at a premium – but since I’m removing any method of gold making that does not involve the AH for this challenge, that’s not an option.

I don’t have a timeline set up or anything for this challenge, but I will post it each Wednesday and we’ll see how things are going. I’m expecting it will be a magnificent failure but I should learn a lot. Here’s hoping, in any case.

Edit: Oh dang! I got lucky while sniping, and snagged these two items. Thing is, I’ll need to price them to move because I absolutely want to be using that gold and not have potential profit tied up in the AH.

Challenge Wednesdays: Update #5 [Completed]

Well, that sure didn’t last long. This is the 5th weekly update on my challenge Wednesdays, where I was hoping to earn enough gold for a token (NA) with a bunch of limitations. As a refresher for anyone who hasn’t been following along, those limitations were:

  1. No flipping, farmed items only
  2. Playing only 1h a day (or less) for a total of 7h per week
  3. No help from alts

I started with a 47 horde druid who had 350 gold. I leveled her to 60 through pet battles, and then started doing ZM with her. I farmed dungeons, sold some pets – and sold materials. I honestly wasn’t really trying too hard until the past two weeks where I made a more solid effort.

I started doing my covenant dailies/weeklies with regularity, and I started paying attention to the mission table. It wasn’t a ton of gold, but it was starting to add up, and I found myself at 82k near the end of last week.

I switched her from horde to alliance just in case I wanted a guild – I’m playing on a medium population roleplay realm that I’ve never played on before. My two steady servers are both low population.

Then I decided to spend some time fishing, and as RNG would have it, I caught a strange goop after 231 casts. That’s just over an hour of fishing. I sold it for 110,000 gold; and that completed my challenge. I’ve made over the amount for a token, doing pretty much nothing at all. I didn’t use any fancy tricks – and when it comes to making gold, a good portion of it IS going to always be RNG. Whether you’re hoping for a drop, hoping for a snipe, hoping for a flip, or just wanting specific covenant dailies to be up to complete them as fast as possible RNG is a part of the gold making process. How much RNG you decide to incorporate into yours is completely up to you. I just happened to get lucky.

So now I have to decide what to do with this character, do I continue on building this 190k gold I have, do I buy a token and cut my losses and go back to my original servers, or do I do something completely different. For now, I’ll be sticking around. It’s fun to play on a new server. I do miss having my army of alts, but maybe over time that too will change.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Challenge Wednesdays: Gold Edition

I love playing the sims 4. No surprise, right? When I got bored of the base game, I started playing the ‘legendary challenge’ version, making up strange rules as I went along in order to invent my own fun and create a unique story. Over the years I’ve adapted this for World of Warcraft and now I’ve decided to start one of said challenges in blog format, beginning today and updated on (gasp) Wednesdays.

The challenge:

  • Can casual NA players earn enough for a token each month with limited play under some set rules. Now, to be honest here I already know the answer to this challenge is yes, but let’s try it out anyway and see how it goes, step by step.

The Rules:

  • No flipping. A lot of gold I make comes from flipping, but as a casual player it’s difficult to know what to flip, and it’s difficult to be active enough to find said item in order to flip it, which brings me to rule two.
  • Playing only one hour a day. Whether I want to break that into chunks so I’m playing 3h in a row or 1h each day I’ll leave flexible, but the maximum amount of time involved shouldn’t be more than 7h a week.
  • No help from any alts. I moved this character to a brand new server that I’ve never played on before, I didn’t research it, I have no idea what the market is like (having said all that, now I’m beginning to rethink this challenge).

The Character:

A 47 horde druid with 350 gold to her name. She’s currently wearing heirloom because I leveled her up with pet battles and I didn’t need anything better. I’m not sure if I’ll bother leveling her, or just work with what I have. I guess that’s all just part of the fun.

Now, bring on the gold!