If you've made a new, guildless character lately, and haven't had the good sense to block guild invites yet, you may have noticed an alarming new trend--gold farmer guilds.
"Come on," you say, "you really can't be serious. How do you know a guild is a gold farming guild?"
Because they told me in their whisper when I refused.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Top level guilds do pretty good on gold, since every quest and loot sends a percentage to the guild bank.
Now I don't know about you, but when I think of gold farming, I think of Chinese prisons, prisoners being forced to work all day breaking rocks, then forced to farm ore/herbs all night, and facing a good caning if they don't meet their quotas. Yeah, not cool.
So I turned down the invite.
And then some of my devious, like-minded friends said, "Join! Join!" when I announced my frustration at getting more invites.
I am NOT going to join. But I am NOT beneath guiding your devious minds in that direction, with some excellent pointers. (cue maniacal laughter)
So, here are my suggestions on how you can make the best of a level 25 gold farming guild.
1: Battle Pet Leveling
That's right. You get no gold for pet battles as long as you don't use the quests and dailies. Have an alt not in the guild farm gold for you so you can afford upgrades to armor, etc. Most pet battles offer about 1/2 to 2/3's the experience of doing a quest, so it's a decent way to level. And you get the satisfaction of not giving the gold farmers any gold. Until they kick you out. But don't worry, I'm sure another guild invite will be imminent.
2: Frustrating False Information
Of course gold farmers also have been accused of stealing people's accounts by various hacking and/or phishing means. So joining a gold farmer guild could mean compromising your account. UNLESS you guard yourself and plan ahead. So when the guild master calmly asks, "Hearthyn, you remember your first pet? I had cat, so cute, like Hello Kitty." You can say, "Oh, yeah, that brings back fond memories. I had a cactus. He followed me everywhere. I named him Fukupric." When the suddenly genial guildie types in guild chat, "Hey, Hearthyn, do you visit mom's parents often? What they names?" Instead of rattling off your mother's maiden name, you can say, "Oh, no, grandma and grandpa Etschitendie live in Australia, so we don't see them much." What a fun and clever way to enjoy level 25 perks and guard your info.
3: Tokyo Rose
Yes, you can also have fun in a gold farming guild by reminding them of what they are missing. "Hey, while you out farming gold, your girlfriend farming your best friend. She farm him looooong time!" "Hey Guild Master, compassion, moderation, humility: why you not honor your ancestors?" Okay, my brain fried on that one, and it's probably cruel since the prisoners that do most of the gold farming are treated so inhumanely, but you get my point.
So here's a start for you. I'm sure you can think of other ways to enjoy your time in a gold farming guild.
Happy Sabotaging! er...Leveling!