I played about 12 hours a day the first two weeks and it slowly dropped off but these days only log onto about 4 hours every day.
When the auction house first came up, I took advantage of the lack of knowledge people have, and bought many many -of divinity exotics. This was when they were only 35s each and Superior runes of divinity were about 2 gold. This gradually dropped, but that netted me a very low cost Dusk (15 gold) as well as Armorsmithing and Weaponsmithing to 400/400. I used this to accumulate even more money by crafting exotic weapons. Fyi this is the first week when TP was stable. I had about 60g after the first two days of TP and quickly climbed. I traded gold for BL Salvage kits and had a truckload of ectos and Runes.
These days I log in to do Orr until my DR kicks in, with ~120 MF. Then I run ~3x 30 minute dungeon paths with guildmates. Afterwards, I would do Orr until my DR kicks in again. This averages ~5-10 rares a.k.a. ~5-10 ectos, trash loot, and another 1.5g from the 3 dungeons combined.
You guys all seek some kind of cheap farming spot or formula and point fingers at people exploiting when you could have just played smart and/or have some persistence. Of course many people have exploited or used bots, but not Everyone. It seems like gw2guru has become some kind of crazed witch hunt. Anyone
could have done what I have written above. I'd like someone to point out exactly how I exploited. Whenever I log onto this forum, I instantly see someone complain about some exploit or another where people have just discovered a niche recipe and made money off of it. Even right now there are plenty of opportunities to make money. Whine whine whine.
Just run some dungeons a day, get a few dungeon exp levels, use the skill points to upgrade some crafting materials in mystic forge or something else, and you will basically have more than 4 gold every single day. This is another option on top of
the millions of other things that you can attempt. Do this for a month and you'll easily have more than 100 gold. Is it that hard? With the 3 dungeon paths that you run, all your gear can be bought with Dungeon Tokens (except Accessories) and you don't even need to spend money on the TP except for jewelry.
Hell, saving money is important too. Compulsive spenders waste piles of gold on exotics from the TP and wonder why they don't have money. I've been wearing my rare quality MF gear for the last 4 weeks and only today got my first exotic 80 dungeon chest and legs from HoTW. Yesterday I got 2 weapons from Tokens too. The only 80 exotic I had before that was a crafted Pearl Berserker weapon.
(Also I know I couldn't math in my first post.)
Edited by GnomGnomGnom, 02 October 2012 - 09:22 PM.