I've spent the past two days or so thinking about myself and gold making. A lot of people have said "How's it feel to be at cap?" and so I've been trying to pinpoint exactly how it feels, as well as decide where to go from here.
I didn't have a firm goal, other than desiring to hit the cap (214k) back when I started making gold last fall. I just wanted enough to not have to worry about my expenses in the upcoming expansion. Quickly I found I really enjoyed gold making, as well as blogging about my efforts. It revitalized my dwindling interest in WoW and I continued to enjoy gold making well into Cataclysm.
Though I always wanted to hit the cap, gold making for me has never really been about the end result, it was about the "journey," as cheesy as it may sound. It was about the interesting subculture found in the gold-making community and the fact there's a completely different side of the game that many people don't see and I loved being a part of it.
The Here and Now
Many have asked me how I feel now that I've hit the cap. Several gold bloggers who I've always enjoyed reading stated they felt reaching the gold cap was a bit anticlimactic. There are no achievements. You can't really go around exuberantly telling your friends because it comes off as bragging to most players. You can probably buy everything you've ever wanted in game with less than 500k (Spectral Tigers not included, of course!)
There's no fireworks, it's true. What pleased me about hitting the cap wasn't the arrival at a destination, so much as what I found once I got there. Every purchase I've made over the past few months, be it 1k or 100k, has caused me to cringe within a few moments of the purchase. How many days did that set me back from my million? Did I really need it? Can I get a refund? OH GOD I'LL NEVER BE CAPPED.
Now that I've reached my goal all of that is gone. I've banked my million and all excess is being sent to Faid to carry around in her bags. I love browsing the 378s on the AH and thinking "You know, if I wanted to, I could buy that and I'd still have a million gold in the bank." Granted, I didn't get a million gold by buying epics at ridiculous prices and so I likely won't be buying any, but I could, and that's what feels so great about being capped.
The biggest thing on my mind lately has been what my post-cap goals will be. I could go for two million, or some other arbitrary number. I could try to gold cap on both factions, that would be interesting. I could start doing weird gimmicks where I make 50k with just X, then 50k with just Y, etc.
I've thought a lot about what I want to do and honestly I still haven't decided. (You all are welcome to suggest something!) My strongest leaning right now is to effectively go for two million, but my basic goal is 1.5 million on Alliance (Gold capped + Spending money) and 500k on Horde, just so that I still technically have 2 million.
I'm still not sure if I want to do that, however, because that would take away this newfound "buyer's freedom."
Suddenly, with another goal in mind, I'd be seeing every purchase of a vanity item as a set back, not a pleasure. I am still going to make gold because, for me, making gold was never about having X gold, it was about the process of getting to that point. Gold making is now a hobby, a way I play the game, and I'm not going to stop just because I've reached an arbitrary number.
I'm just not sure what I want my next challenge to be or how I'll tackle it!
Unrelated Note: I originally did my Obsidium Shuffle video pre-4.1. I want to have an up-to-date video on the Shuffle so I don't lead new goldmakers astray, and so here's a revisited Obsidium Shuffle video. =]