Starting out as a fresh newbie in a MMORPG can be rough, especially if the MMORPG has been running for a few years. There is literally a whole new world to learn about, including the in-game economy, all of the different zones, cities, and dungeons, the many different acronyms the players of the game use, and much more. All of this can be intimidating to a new player, as you can get the feeling that you will always be so far behind the other people that have played for a long time. The following tips and strategies will help you to level the playing field, enabling you to get more of the in-game currency and gear you need to enjoy the MMORPG you have chosen to play.
Take Gathering Professions
Many MMORPGs have deep crafting systems, with common production professions such as Blacksmithing, Tailoring, Alchemy, and more. Players that choose to level up these professions require massive amounts of raw materials that are acquired by gathering professions like Mining and Herbalism. In most cases the raw materials will sell for more money than the completed products, as there are many players that are trying to level their production professions and are willing to pay big money for the raw materials. It may seem like more fun to make your own products, but you will be much better off if you build up your in-game wealth first by selling the materials you gather.
Learn To Profit From The Auction System
Many MMORPGs have an auction system, which lets you post your items that you want to sell to many potential buyers. As you use the auction system (to sell all those raw materials you’ve been gathering), you will begin to see price trends develop for items. Some people post their unwanted items and materials for way below the going rate, either because they don’t know the going rate, or because they want a quick sale. When you see opportunities like this, you can then buy these items and post them back on the auction system for a higher price that is closer to the going rate.
Take Advantage Of “Too Good To Be True” Loopholes Before They Close
MMORPG developers are not perfect, and sometimes they make design decisions that have to be changed because they imbalance the game. A perfect example of this happened recently in World of Warcraft. The developers made a change to the Tol Barad World PVP zone, raising the amount of honor points (in-game currency used to buy PVP gear) awarded to the successful attacking faction to 1800. This was a huge amount of honor points to earn in a short amount of time, much more than any other possible way. This caused many servers to “win trade”; the defending faction would let the attackers win and get the 1800 honor points, and then the other faction would return the favor. Predictably, the developers quickly reduced the amount of honor points to 360, but the damage was already done. The players that took advantage of this short window of opportunity were able to get the PVP gear a lot more quickly than anyone can now. When you see a change like this that seems too good to be true, take advantage while you can because it will soon be gone. Please keep in mind that I am not recommending that you take advantage of any bugs or glitches that the developers did not intend. At best they will remove any ill gotten gains, and at worst they may ban your account.
Optional – Play In Demand Classes/Roles
It can be hard at times to find a group in MMORPGs, since many people enjoy playing classes with a primary role of doing damage. What every group needs, though, are people to play the tanking and healing roles. Many people find these roles unattractive, most likely because of the added responsibility of making sure the group survives. If you are having trouble finding groups, you do have the option of playing a class that can fill these roles. You can always go back to your damage dealing class if you absolutely hate playing the tank or healer role.
The Bottom Line
Following these strategies will definitely help you advance more quickly in the MMORPG of your choice. Some people may find some of these strategies unsavory or not to their liking, and that is perfectly fine. Even just implementing one of the above strategies will enable you to enjoy and experience more of the MMORPG you have chosen to play.