“Why Gold Farmers are Stupid” or “The 20K Gold Rush”
I have been meaning to share this story for a while now, and by a while, I mean six months. For whoever is generous (insane?) enough to actually follow my blog for any conceivable length of time, you might recall when my WoW account got hacked several months ago. Anyone would be upset for losing their account to a hacker for obvious reasons. But perhaps I should share the fact that at the time of said hacking, I had roughly 20K gold on my level 1 bank took, Bankizzle.
That may not seem like a big amount to you, but I had put it together quite painstakingly and would subsequently quadruple that amount in the next four months, a feat I could not accomplish if I had lost the money. But how did I not lose the money, despite the fact that the hacker was in full control of my account for over three weeks. Here is my patented step-by-step guide for what I believe the hacker did, based on his actions and the condition of my characters on my account:
- The hacker logged into the account.
- He immediately bee-lined for the most decked-out character, Bronte, the human holy paladin.
- He then sold every item in my inventory, everything in my banks, all of my epic gear as well as my sword, shield and relic.
- He purchased a blue “DPS” set and donned Bronte in this crappy new armor.
- Then he respecced my paladin as (*shudder*) retribution.
- He flew him to (55,75) in Crystalsong Forest, an area populated by one Lord Everblaze, and his fiery minions.
- Then he started farming the living, fire-breathing crap out of the elementals.
- He then continued this endless farming for three weeks till Blizzard stepped in on my behalf.
During all this, not once did he log out, and attempt to see what a toon, inconspicuously called “Bankizzle” may have on her. As a result, I was able to hold on to all my heard-earned electronic gold, and the hacker was booted, and I finally got my account back piece by painful piece.
If you’re the asshole who hacked my account: nah-nah-na-na-naaah!