Hired help

My daughter is eleven years old. She plays WoW a bit. I severely restrict her time online, so she can’t play too much or get addicted in a way that is detrimental to her real social life. She has a level 19 shaman and a few other toons in the 10-19 level range.

During one play session, she didn’t have enough silver to train her new skills after leveling. She came to me and asked if I could send her toon some gold.

I thought to myself, “How can I get her to do something to actually earn the gold?”

I remembered that I had recently dropped engineering on my level 48 priest and picked up herbalism instead. I had been running around the low level areas trying to pick stuff and level the skill, but it was slow going. My herbalism was still around 160.

I told my daughter, “You sign onto my priest and run around the Wetlands picking herbs. Whatever herbs you pick, I will give you their auction value. And I will give you a bonus if you get my herbalism skill over 200.”

So she did. The wetlands mobs are 20 levels below the priest so there was no chance of dying. She spent about an hour or so running around. When she was done, my herbalism was at 205 and she had a bag full of herbs.

I sent the herbs to my auction mule, and started putting them up for sale. To my surprise, the herbs on my server have recently skyrocketed in price. As a result, my daughter’s work detail had been very profitable for her.

I ran to the mailbox and mailed her 75 gold. Whew. A nice days work for a level 19 shaman.

edit: She immediately blew most of the gold on AH green items and vanity pets.  Oh well.  Easy come, easy go.


4 Responses to “Hired help”

  1. September 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Awe what a cute story. If I was 11 I’d probably spend it on vanity pets as well. 🙂

  2. September 9, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Mmm I wonder what my 2 year old would spend it on, if I could get him to grind for me…. Dropping keyboards on floor doesn’t count as grinding does it?

  3. September 10, 2008 at 4:31 am

    This is all part of why WoW is such a success — it’s different things to different people. You can play “seriously” and play the auction house (a massive game in itself!) and your daughter can collect vanity pets and (presumably) not care overly about having the very best gear.

    God I love WoW.

  4. 4 arb
    September 12, 2008 at 6:23 am

    Similar story, which also explains why Resto Druids are such a PvP success…

    … my boys, 6 and 8, have learned to play Resto Druid in Battlegrounds. One moves, the other presses the keybinds for Lifebloom/Rejuv/Roots. They often top the healing in both battlegrounds and I’ve seen them received complimentary whispers from other players. Neither is able to type well enough reply (nor inclined to read the whispers). They have grinded tens of thousands of honor points for me over the past months, and had a great time in the process 🙂

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