As sure as the sun will rise again, I’ll be level 80 in a few days. Being out of town last week held it at bay and I’ll be out of town again this week. Sitting at level 76+, as a result of doing a little crafting when I got back, I know level 80 is only a few hearts and skill points away. When I start considering my options for an end-game journey, I begin thinking about money. How much gold will I need and how do I want to earn it?.
I don’t mind farming materials, especially harvesting. I enjoyed it in EQ2 and didn’t find it a burden in WOW. I’m a bit of an odd duck who finds it relaxing. And if I’m doing it in a beautiful game, such as Rift and now GW2, I enjoy it even more. As a chef and jeweler, I will continue to harvest zones to provide supplies for the more profitable items I make and to sell excess raw materials but that’s not enough. I want to do more.
Trade Market as Metagame
I’d like to play the market beyond selling raws and my own goods. I found testing these waters in EVE Online exciting. There was always the chance the market you change up under you and you’d lose your investment. Or worse, you’d lose your cargo delivering it to more profitable areas. Although I won’t face that particular danger or thrill of victory in GW2, I still think it could be a profitable and diverting, metagame opportunity.
Ravious from Kill Ten Rats has been thinking about the same lately - creative ways of making money in the GW2 market. He posted his thoughts and linked to a blog dedicated to providing tips and tricks for playing the market Give it and the linked blog a read. I’m going to check it out while I’m on the road again.