Gold making tricks and tips specific to roleplay realms.
Why try goldmaking on an RP realm?
A key difference between RP realms and regular PvE/PvP servers is that many items that hold little to no value elsewhere can be used for roleplay, hence increasing demand. Folks use different sets of gear beyond their usual transmog for various roleplay situations. Guild oufits, casual outfits, formal attire, work clothes, fighting gear, etc. Fun items and gear that might be worthless or only bought by the occasional bank toon elsewhere are not only used, but can often be sold for far more on an RP server. Even if you choose not to participate in roleplay, seeing others around you interact can make the game world feel more dynamic and provide entertainment for those long stretches of prospecting ore.
1. Starter Funds: Beginning at Low Level
Strip down (and not for Goldshire)
Roll a fresh alt and take a look at what you're wearing right out of the box. Starter gear (robes in particular) is a nice way to build some coin to use for flipping. Kill a few mobs, do a little questing, or bark a battlepet to get enough change for the posting fees and sell off your starting gear. Some pieces sell 50-100g easily, others you might just vendor. Use TUJ/WoWuction and your best judgement. With BoA's now cross-realm, most of you will not have to worry about leaving your new banker nekkid.
Lowbie vendor clothing
Common shirts, dresses, and gear pieces from starting zone/city vendors can often be sold for huge mark-ups. Some tend to have higher demand then others, so when in doubt go by the old standard "Is it hot on a female toon and/or Blood Elf male?" Set the minimum sell price on your TSM addon to be based on vendor buy price. If you are unsure how to do that, take a look at http://stormspire.net/auction-house-...perations.html
Scroll down to the section labeled "Vendor cost + % of vendor cost."
A few of the vendors to visit:
2. Pick Your Professions
I'm not going to get into basic profession guides as those can be found elsewhere on the site. Instead we'll be looking at clothing, transmog, and consumable items that can be crafted for roleplay. If I've missed something you feel should be on the list, post a comment.
Craftable RP wear:
3.Transmog Drops and Items to Flip
What to flip?
. Winter Veil outfits. Shirts of all kinds.
Noteworthy mog items:
. Patterns can be hard to obtain, but these items are a consistent seller for me. Red/gold/black version of the ever popular Black Mageweve set.
. Mageweave cloth tends to be cheap and plentiful. Some of the items I regularly craft and sell from mageweave include:
Craftable RP wear:
Noteworthy mog items:
(or any of the similar craftable hats),
Noteworthy mog items:
can be marketed to those looking for "Blood Knight" themed sets. Be aware the chest for that set is soulbound, but there is a BoE drop version. http://www.wowhead.com/transmog-set=11830
for Stormwind guard sets. If you have the old patterns for
, they seem to sell around 2-5k a piece.
can be advertised as a nice item to match Enchanted Thorium or some of the pieces from http://www.wowhead.com/transmog-set=335
is usually cheap to craft and sells at a nice mark-up.
. Various weapons like
Any glyph that gives your character a cool visual effect or a spell that might be used in roleplay.
Staves and off-hands
, how I love thee. I'm still trying to use up the massive amount of Inferno Ink leftover from the Cata fortune card enterprise. Picking up volatiles when they are cheap and crafting the key is a low cost move with nice returns.
has a nice look as well, but costs more to make and seems to move a bit slower. Any of the BoE staves added with MoP are decent for transmog, and material costs are typically low.
: 4 different colors of wolf are possible, but the color you proc when crafting is random. I've had good luck in the past barking these in trade, with the black wolf version being the most in-demand, but
may have devalued them a bit. I will test the market on this again soon and post my results.
Various consumable "pets" and items can be made, such as
Tarot card decks can be turned in for gear to sell.
from the Swords deck do very well on the auction house.
Fun potions, elixirs, and oils
Goggles and clothing
Most goggles are soulbound or require engineering to use but
have no level requirement and are great for profession based outfits.
is fun, but does require 185 engineering to equip. Guns can made for transmog. Items like
are amusing, but might be hard to turn a good profit on with the expense to craft and engineering requirement.
, unlike many engineered items, does not require engineering to equip. The on use effect is a beam of light at a targeted area, similar to the elder's moonstone. There are other trinkets with interesting effects, but engineering is a requirement to use them.
could potentially be used for RP, but I haven't personally tested the market on such items.
Fireworks and Flares
My mileage on fireworks has been pretty iffy, but flares are often cheap to make.
. Designs are difficult to obtain, but the monocles are a good profit if you can get decent prices on the materials. Crowns like
are not unique in appearance, but can still be sold as transmog items when leveling the profession or mats are cheap to obtain.
Focusing lenses like
are usually only worth making if mats are cheap. Stardust is soulbound.
Enchants are often used on RP weapons purely for the glow/effect, regardless of stats. This guide on Wowhead shows all the visual effects, sorted by color. http://www.wowhead.com/guide=137#glowchart-mop-beta
Secondary and Gathering Professions
Not a lot worth mentioning here. Low level Horde herbalists can pick Bloodthistle to sell to Blood Elf addicts. Deviate fish can be eaten or cooked into
. Cheap to make feasts can be dropped for visual effect.
Any unobtainable or hard to find gear, even if it isn't transmogrify-able, can sell quite well on RP servers. Also keep an eye out for items that are unique in appearance and have a limited supply of materials still in circulation, such as
. Popular sets on RP servers include the "usual" skimpy plate sets, but there are also plenty of buyers for themed sets like city guards or magi.
Play to your audience
- Unobtainable (non-mog) RP gear and items:
- Popular transmog items: http://www.phatlewtsgold.net/p/tsm-2.html, http://www.wowhead.com/guide=300/tra...uide-boe-armor
- Roleplay outfit guides: http://wowroleplaygear.com/, http://www.wowhead.com/news=186936/d...-your-bank-alt
When posting in trade chat, mentioning how the item may be used/useful in roleplay can help boost sales. Drop a line about how awesome the visual effect for
can be used again and again unlike
, or why
will make you the envy of dress collectors.
Utilize RP profiles to your advantage
I've made sales and found some suppliers by incorporating my AH business into my RP profile. Using your "currently" section on the MRP or TRP2 addons (more on that below) can be a fun and unique way to alert folks around you that you are looking for deals or selling items. Example: "She appears to be browsing for uncut gemstones, making inquiries to the nearby vendors. ((buying in bulk, pst))*"
Realm forums for the high pop RP realms are quite active, and can be a great place to buy or sell rare gear.
5. RP Realm Etiquette
While not always strictly enforced, Blizzard has a policy that names on a roleplay realm should sound like actual names and not things like "lolbankeralt". Non-roleplay names could be reported and forced to change. Griefing RP'ers by intentionally disrupting their roleplay is also considered reportable. Not that I expect that kind of behavior from folks here, but give these guidelines a glance to avoid alienating potential costumers. http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/02/23/th...leplay-in-wow/
If you would like to have a bit of background, there are addons like MRP and TRP2 that let you make a profile for your character. They also allow you to flag yourself IC or OOC (in character/out of character) to let others know whether or not you might be approached for roleplay. When players with either of those addons mouse over you, it will show information like full name, nickname, IC titles and perhaps a little blurb about what your character is up to if you've filled out those fields. Clicking the MRP/TRP2 icon will bring up a pane with character description and history that you can have as detailed or empty as you would like. http://www.curse.com/addons/wow/my-role-play
*Double brackets around your text (( )) indicates that you are speaking "out of character."