I enjoyed having enough gold in WoW to buy whatever I wanted. I think the biggest change I’ve experienced in my switch to Rift is that I’m no longer able to spend without consequence. I was happy with how much gold I was accumulating for the first few levels until I visited the mount vendor and realized that the highest currency in game wasn’t actually gold, it was platinum, and that the cheapest horse would cost me a whole 2.5! I was sitting around 65 gold at the time and realized I needed to develop some platinum making strategies, and quick. After a few more levels I discovered Sanctum and the Guardian Auction House. Unfortunately prices were all over the place and there really wasn’t much posted at all, as the shard had only been around for a few days. I posted what I thought people might go searching for, a few shoulder and head armor items that were a little harder to find than the rest and some leather I’d butchered. I way overpriced everything, and not surprisingly none of it sold, so it was back to the drawing board.
Later I was running around Silverwood Forest questing my little heart out when I saw a bright sparkly thing. Obviously I had to click on it, and I got my very first “artifact”. I thought it was pretty neat that you could find sparkly things just laying around the world, and became instantly hooked. I completed a few of the Silverwood artifact sets, spending any extra gold I had to purchase the ones I’d yet to find from the Auction House. I began finding doubles and triples of ones I’d already used, so I decided to post them in the AH to try to make back some of my gold. There were rarely any of the ones I found already in the AH, so I decided to risk putting them in for a platinum a piece as the fee to post an artifact is only 1 silver, so it wouldn’t really matter if they didn’t sell. To my surprise and delight, they nearly all sold! I started going out to explore and look for artifacts specifically, which was a lot of fun and is probably why I’ve yet to reach level 50. I only sell ones I already have because I’d noticed once you turn in 100 sets of artifacts, you can get one of the fastest mounts, which became a goal of mine. I also started purchasing artifacts to re-post in the AH that were under priced, something that isn’t easy to do without addons, but I managed.
I like hunting artifacts for platinum because it’s something I’d be doing anyway. I want to finish all the artifact sets and get my special mount and I want to explore every corner of Telara, I just so happen to be making money along the way! I’ve gotten to the point where I have every artifact from Silverwood and Gloamwood now except for a few of the rares. So I head out to search once a day until my bags are full of artifacts, which usually takes 15-30 minutes because I’m very familiar with the artifact spawn points in both zones now, and then I head back to the Auction House to post whatever I couldn’t use. I have fun riding around seeing the world and fighting off any rifts or invasions I come across, and I usually make at least 10 platinum in the process, sometimes much more. I don’t even have to worry about mobs getting in my way as I find the greatest success just sticking to the mountains.
I’m not sure how much platinum the average Rift player has right now, as I only have a few people to compare to, but I know I’ve got a fair bit more than them. I also don’t know what level 50 brings in terms of ways to bring in the plat, but I think as a nooby level 36, 220 platinum has me well on my way to becoming a Platinum Princess! At this rate anyway I should have at least 1000 by the time I reach level cap. Players love those vanity items, me included, hehe.
If you’re interested in starting to farm artifacts as well let me know and I’ll post a map with my favorite spots! Also if you’ve been working on making platinum with the Rift AH, leave me a comment and let me know how it’s going! If there’s a better method for someone still leveling to bring home the bacon, I’d really like to hear about it! Finally, how have you been managing playing Rift without any addons? Are you always glancing to your titan panel to see how long you have to go until you level up, or typing /auctioneer commands in the AH only to realize sadly you’ll have to figure that all out on your own? Oh, and do you like the new header? I thought I should throw some of my Rift characters in there now that it’s such a big part of my gaming agenda!
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