Rift is a game about many things, and unlike some recent MMOs, a lot of stock has been placed on the economy – a relatively standard interaction between players with crafting and gathering professions and an auction house. But, how do you put those tools to use to make the most possible Platinum – the in game currency of choice? Here are three tips to get you started:
1. Choose Professions Wisely – In Rift, you can choose three professions from the 10 available. There are 7 different crafting professions and 3 gathering professions. Each crafting profession will need different materials from two of the three gathering professions (though usually primarily from just one). As a result, you should choose either one or two crafting professions and then a gathering profession to support them. However, before you reach level 30, it is a good idea to steer clear of the crafting professions altogether as they take too much gold and platinum to level up.
2. Use the Auction House for All Sales – The auction house is perfect to make sales to your fellow players, but it requires you to spend time carefully analysing the needs and demands of your fellow players. Always remember, buy goods when prices are low and sell them only when prices are high.
3. Track Demand for Top Items – With a brand new game, there are very few tools to help you determine what sells and for how much. So, to make sure you are getting the best deals possible, start keeping track of prices in a spreadsheet or document on your computer. When they rise, make sure you are selling and when they dive (assuming they are not diving due to a nerf of some sort), but things up.
Making platinum in Rift will inevitably involve plenty of other methods that will allow you to farm for ores, plants and skinnable mobs, but if you want to make the most possible currency in the game, make sure you are using the tips above and the auction house liberally.
If you play it just right, you'll be able to develop a keen eye for what sells and how much it sells for. If you want to be successful as a trader in Rift: Planes of Telara, you must first know what people want and how much they are willing to pay to get it. Once you've done that, you'll be well on your way to a nice fortune of Gold and Platinum so you can dominate your server.