Family & Friends – You Profit, I Profit
- I don’t care much about the new Family & Friends option.
- I don’t multi-box (need to buy another PC for that)
- I don’t have family or friends (that don’t already play)
- I don’t want a new mount (OK, I do, but it’s the Gyrocopter)
- I don’t want to support the RL Gold Sellers (Blizzard in this instance)
I don’t want to profit from other people’s profit!
Hang on… You profit, I profit. Win – Win?
So you get to invite your friend or family member to the game. Blizzard wants it to be easy for you, So I am going t make it easy for you too.
I think Blizzard have (maybe unintentionally) introduced a new gold sink into the game.
How you ask?
Well imagine this exchange (insert your own relationship here at will)
Son: “Dad, I want an MP3 player”
Dad: “OK Son, I want you to enjoy life – here it is”
Son: “I need a mobile phone so I can chat with my mates”
Dad: “OK Son, it will help you out in life”
Son: “All my friends hae a new Wii, I look silly for not having one, and I always loose when I play with them”
Dad: “Your self-esteem and reputation with your playing mates is important to me. Besides, if you can do more, so can I”
Son: “I need a new phone to exchange videos with my mates”
Dad: “/sigh, whatever you want Son”
Now suck this into the virtual vortex into WoW.
Son: “Dad I am level 10 now, I need shiney greens”
Dad: “OK Son, good idea, I am headingto the AH now”
Son: “Dad I am level 12 now, I need gear with x stat to take advantage of my new skills”
Dad: “OK Son…..”
Sooooo, all those crappy 20s green items become.. profitable 4g green items.
Friends and family are going to be “power-leveling twinks” – as provided by Blizzard. You shall supply them with the highly inflated, soon to be replaced erstwhile vendor trash!
On a side note, remember that if you are creating a real twink (Supremely overpowered in a low level package) that the x3 leveling speed is potentially a bad thing. Experience, or gaining it too rapidly, is the No. 1 enemy of a twink – Aiming for 19 – don’t hit 20!
Anyway, I’m off to count my coin collection!
Gnomer & Out!