How to Start Again
Yesterday I showed you how to choose who to give your gold to. Once its gone, its time to start again. Starting from scratch is exhilarating and exciting but can be really scary and intimidating. You have a lot of concerns to juggle, and once the Mists of Pandaria clear on September 25th, you will have no choice but to join the race with all the other server players in making the most gold as possible.
Where to Bloody Start?
My Featured Article “Just Started Making Gold” is a summary of how to start making gold. However, re-starters have advantages and disadvantages over new starters. Old Data Get rid. Seriously, just take a deep breath and delete your data. Clear your Auctioneer, Auctionator, and TSM settings with one painful DELETE button. If you have snatch lists, you might want to take a screenshot before you delete them, just in case you want them back again. Don’t let old prices, and old selling styles influence you in a negative way. You can do it. Old Habits Refine. You’ve learned how to make habits. You’ve turned your chores into a set of quickly executed routes, so you can do that again with the new routes, new dailies, new farmable items, new favourite spawn points. Brand new players won’t have that advantage. Burn! Let me summarise my article on starting from new:
- Start where you are. Do what you know. Bloom where you’re planted.
- Professions. Make sure your professions are maxed, and not wasted.
- Until 90, gather. If you don’t have any useful patterns or recipes in your professions yet, consider taking up the gathering professions: Fishing, Skinning, Mining, and Herbalism.
- Do what you love. No point farming boring places, or mindlessly pressing “prospect” or “mill” macros if it reduces your enjoyment of the game. Do what you love, and love what you do.
- Quests Mists of Pandaria destroys the limit on how many daily quests you can do. Take advantage, and learn whilst you quest.
The Easy Way to Start from Scratch
Get Yourself a Guide We call it “standing on the shoulders of giants”. In other words, using others experience and wisdom to give you a head start. Lately I have been loving 20k Leveling and Massive Gold Blueprint a lot less than the new gold guide The Journal of Marcus Ty. Maybe it’s the arty side of me that particularly loves the design of the guide. If you’ve never heard of it, have a quick look, you might like it.
You Don’t Need a Guide
I’ve always said that I will provide 80% of my information for free, right here on the blog. Start here. Read through the blogroll to discover my recommended gold experts. You’ve taken a courageous step in starting again. I’m proud of you.
The Gold Queen is written by Alyzande. With many level 100s, 9 years expertise in making gold, 10 garrisons, 16k achievements, 1505 days played, and over 18m gold earned. The Gold Queen blog teaches you how to make gold playing World of Warcraft using ethical trading, auction house flipping, crafting, reselling snatch lists, and farming gold making.
An interesting challenge no doubt. 5/7 weeks away from wow whilst holidaying back in blighty and the thought of starting again from zero is both puzzling but also exhilerating.
5 months part time to reach cap on a low pop server did pose some interesting challenges. Learning the various addons helped as did knowing your markets and fine tuning game knowledge. Professions certainly help a lot in varying what you can sell and markets do shift in whats profitable, i.e. inscription owns at the start of a patch but then slows compared to other proffs. Saying that even with a full stable of 85’s I still lack an inscriber as that market has always had lots of suppliers on my server so I remain ignorant of the mega wealth that can create.
Contrary to what some guildees of mine often proclaim it certainly doesn’t take 85’s or even gold to make gold. To prove this I challenged myself to use simple game and market knowledge to make gold and created 3 new toons on new servers and set them the task of how much could they make in 10hrs once they were created and then I checked in on them at 25hrs as well. 2 dks (yes starting at 58 post starting area helps a lot tho less on PVP servers) and 1 level 10 on a PVP, PVE and New Player Server respectively, making 6-12k at 10 hrs and 14-42k at 25hrs (selling a mid epic helped on the latter having not had one drop in over a year was pleased with that), none had anything more than gathering proffs if any at all. PVP servers can be harder, being a non 85 hurt at times as my foes camped my stricken body until boredom set in, the joy of an 85 ganking a 58 dk for over an hour still escapes me but someone must have enjoyed it.
As for me, the art of making gold is the challenge when not muttering into my ale over the failing of horde bgs (AV still is a fav even if the map isnt balanced its a pet peeve) not grinding for it but discovering new or interesting ways to make it or a sale. I admit I have no hogs or tigers my toons tho mogged are nothing impressive gearwise (370-394il) but I enjoy helping others and I await to see what new challenge I will find in MOP.
Good luck in your endeavour I look forward to reading how it goes.