The only memories I have regarding the casual discussion of money all involve people berating me for not having more at the level caps. It comes up that I'm saving for epic flight, and then there's a half hour diatribe about grinding dailies and how easy money is to get and all that. That's all well and good if you've got time for it (and feel like spending actual money to do the same dailies over and over for gold) but it's neither my taste nor does it fit my playtimes.This may seem a bit disjointed from the recollections of how people helped you out when you were new, but I find the fact that people are more likely to sympathize with low level characters they'll never see again then with the tank they run with at least once a week a bit perplexing.
Had an episode just after I started playing the game a few years ago.Was on my way to Stormwind on my lvl 10ish Human Female warlock wearing a red festival dress, when this lvl 70 Paladin rode by and opened a trade window and gave me 200 gold. "Your pretty"Then he just rode on and I have not spoken to him since.
I recently grouped with an amazing group for H VH. The run went off without a single hitch and we were just complimenting each other the whole time. (This was on an Alliance char, mind you. We aren't all noobs and 12-year-olds.) It was only my second time healing (this was after dual specs were released) and they all told me I was doing a great job healing. They did so without me asking how I was doing, and they couldn't believe it when I told them it was only my second time healing. Anyways, the Ret pally and I kept talking afterward, and I asked him what he was doing with his second spec. He said he couldn't afford it, since he only had 56 gold, so I asked him, "How would you like to be the recipient of irresponsible generosity?" He laughed at first, but when I opened up the trade window and gave him 944 gold, he couldn't believe it. It really made we feel good, especially since a class like a paladin can really use dual-specs.My friend once told me a story about how his friend used to go to a starting area, give someone fifty gold, make an epic speech, do some flashy AoE spells, then hearth. He would then hear people talking about "that guy who gives you a bunch of money when you start your first character," as if he was an NPC.There was also a guy back in Vanilla WoW who was a warrior. He had a full set of armor for each resistance, as well as amazing general tank armor, and he was such a good tank that he wasn't in a guild; guilds would pay for him to tank for them. He would also do trivia nights on the weekend and give out gold to people who could answer the questions correctly. Again, this was an alliance character, and he was well loved on his server.As for beggars, I usually ignore them, but if someone uses outstanding syntax or lists a specific purpose for the gold (professions, bags, mount), I'll make an exception.
Yeah, I've been that guy.Back in Early BC, I gave a guy 600g for his Epic Mount training, and although I did want the money back, he never repaid me. I was kind of dissatisfied, but when I look back on it now, I don't feel so bad. Not to say that I don't feel that great either. That would've helped me get my 280% Flying back in the day (I got it a few days before WoTLK).It was a stupid thing to do, probably.
I spent around 2000 gold on a lowbie i didin't even know once... i bought him lots of level 50 epix and sush.. dont ask why i have no idea XD.
I level quite a few alts, and always kept more than the average for the level in gold on them...in case I needed something off the AH or for training. But I always remember that new player looking for help in Desolace with a quest I was on, or the one I chatted with while waiting for a boat.The one thing they all had in common is that they were new to the game and didn't have any friends on the server yet, at least not influential ones. I always enjoy giving them a little something to help them on their way. Whether it is help finding a trainer or 20g for their mount when they only needed 2g.Sometimes I might even keep them on my friends list for a few weeks to watch them progress. They tend to remind me of the fun I had leveling my first character when it took 5 players to run Zul Farak or Sunken Temple. Before the game became a gold grind with dailies, running the same heroic or raid over and over and over.
I helped the majority of my friends get their mounts as well as a couple random people, but they never knew it was me. It took some extra time but I made a new character, sent that character the gold, mailed my friend and then deleted the new character. Gold showed up in their mailbox from "Unknown". I'm not one for people to know how much gold I have so I didn't mind taking the extra steps, and it keeps potential beggars from pestering you.
i remember when i ha this friend who i now know bought all his gold (didn't know at the time)and he didn't play that often and he once gave me 2k for nothingi freacked out at that point and was really happytoo bad i spent all of it on http://www.wowhead.com/?item=1979 stupid purchase on my endthis was pre BWL btw
The last time some newb hit me up for a couple free gold, I took him by the hand, led him to the herbalist and the miner trainer, and showed the kid how to farm herbs and gold in Elwynn Forest and Dun Morogh.He emailed me the next day, thanking me for showing him how he could make several gold each day.I had spent an amount of time on this that I could have farmed 200 gold in ... I still felt that time was well spent.
Similar to tessae's previous post, I once took a new player to the skinning and mining trainer, showed them where to get the skill and equipment, took them around for about 20-30 minutes to show them how to 'farm' and left them to their devices. About 3-4 days later, got an in-game mail from that player with something like 15g attached. He called it my 'cut' for showing him the way.
I don't typically give away gold, but from time to time i will go to a starting zone and hand out bags made from various scraps of cloth picked up in my play (did it more back when vendoring bandages was the best way to sell cloth)with the bags i also give the advice to fully loot every kill and vendor every gray they can't use. if they take that to heart, by the time these toons are looking to buy a mount they will not need to beg.
I've definitely tossed a few people some extra cash if I'm purchasing something in trade. And I find that tipping well applies to not only RL but in-game, as well. Now that I'm a Mage Enchanter, I get very excited when someone tips me for a port or an enchant. Now I'm saving up for the epic flying mount(on my refer-a-friend toon), and I seem to be taking 2 steps forward, 1 step backwards, as I end up spending little bits here and there for random things and repairs. I figured that if everyone in Trade were to give me a cool 10g, I could have the cash needed in about an hour. I wish "panhandler" was a recognized prof. haha
I got my mount money (was as the requirement was lowered down to 30) in a VERY strange way.Two people from the guild I was in gave me the money, but I had to run naked through Orgrimmar shouting spam in full caps. People were *!@#ed at me, but hey, I got my mount!