It’s been a really light past seven days or so in terms of gaming. Real life has gotten in the way, and for several reasons, I just haven’t had a lot of time to get into MMOs (the fact that a Windows update kept me from playing LOTRO for most of last week didn’t help either). What time I have had has mostly been spent in Guild Wars 2, where I’ve been experimenting with a number of different alts. It’s been more difficult than I’d anticipated choosing a second character; I think that the Engineer fit me so perfectly that everything else seems a little pale in comparison. Anyway, I’m currently tinkering with a Mesmer, so we’ll see how she shakes out.
As part of the alt experiment, I’m looking at playing a little differently. I’ve placed a stronger emphasis on seeking out and doing events, as well as dailies. What I was also going to do was crafting, as my main had been diligently storing materials in the bank in anticipation of this. But apart from cooking, it just didn’t seem worth it. I’m not hurting on gear for my main, and I don’t anticipate needing crafting to fill that void for my alt. And the only other reason to craft would be to try to make goods to sell — but that probably takes more time and diligence than I have.
That brought me around to the same place I always end up: being a hardcore gatherer and selling mats to make money. Unless crafting can make “must have” gear or goods that I can’t obtain or equip otherwise, I’d almost always rather have the money that I can get from easily selling mats. It’s like those people who ask for just cash for their birthday instead of actual gifts. Just gimme the money and I’ll get what I want. So I sold all of my mats for about 25 gold and called it a good night.
Having a fat wallet in an MMO always makes me feel more secure. It’s easier for me to just sell crap, make a lot of money, and then buy what I want from the players who are diligent enough to craft or find the goods I want. Right now in GW2 there’s a mad rush to get the weapon skins from Super Adventure Box. There are a few ways to get them: grind for baubles to buy one, hope for a drop, or buy one off the trading post. A fat wallet shoots me to the express lane for the latter and saves me grinding time. That rocks.
So yeah, it may not be flashy, but I’d rather have the money. There’s nothing worse than needing to buy better gear, bigger bags, or training and being flat broke. It’s why I make it a priority in any new MMO to build up that cash reservoir. What about you?