Semantics: Alright, I find the term "gold guru" very cheesy, I use gold maker because I find it more appropriate. A guru, in my mind, carries a connotation of one who knows everything, has perfected an art, and spends their time teaching others. I think anyone in this community will admit that they don't know everything, there's always more to learn. Gold maker both is a plain explanation of what we do, as well as implies we're still working towards a goal, which I think most are. So, yeah, gold maker is the term you'll usually see here on Nerf Faids. But that's neither here nor there.
Though I didn't audibly participate I did attend the most recent JMTC Q&A Session on Friday. I'll let y'all listen to it for yourself if you haven't already, but basically there was some drama between two regulars, Catharsis (who I can't seem to find a blog/contact for to link) and XanderEragon. I won't take sides, but I will say that was the most interesting Q&A session I've listened to. Finally broke up all that "lolshuffle moar" talk that I fully particpate in myself.
The comments on JMTC lit up with people "taking sides" and there was one part of one comment by an Anonymous commenter that interested me:
"Xander is clearly not a gold guru (what is it 50k liquid he has? ridiculous)"
Now, there was more to this comment but it's not relevant to what I want to talk about here. This post is not a commentary on anyone's actions during the meeting, I was just a very amused bystander. What I want to know is:
What makes one a "gold guru?"
Am I a gold guru? Are you? What makes someone a gold guru? Is it a person with an arbitrary amount of liquid gold? Is it someone who may not have a lot of liquid gold but has ten banks of pyrite ore? Is it anyone who writes about gold-making on a blog even if they only have 6k?
I have a guild member who, at least at one point, has/had a lot of gold. I'm not sure how much "a lot" is, I just know he was at the 214k cap before I even started in the 'biz. He once told me that he doesn't try to make gold, he just plays as normal and it just sort of piles up.
My question is this:
My question is this:
If someone has very little liquid gold but has the know-how to make 30k in a day, are they a gold guru?
What if there's someone out there who has amassed 1 million gold through doing 25 dailies every day since Isle of Quel'Danas came out? They don't know how to use the auction house and can't tell you anything about a market or trends. Try as they might they probably can't push more than 400g a day. But they have 1 million gold, don't forget! Are they a gold guru?
I've always felt that it's more about how you go about making your gold and what you know about gold-making that makes you a "gold guru," not how much you've managed to scrimp and save.
What do you feel makes one a gold-guru? At what point will a new gold maker cross the threshold and become a guru? Where's the Guru College? If someone only has, say, 50k liquid why is their opinion any less valuable than someone with 1.8 million?
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In closing, this isn't a Faidian Slip, that will be later! But I did put up a random video worth a minor amount of mention: