The Guild Season 4 Spoiler Alert
In season 4 of The Guild, Vork creates a competition to raise money for a Guild Hall. In order to raise funds to promote his design, he begins to invest in the market at the Trading house and eventually corners it. After watching this episode, I became intrigued by the idea and began searching the net to finding out whether something like this would be possible. I eventually stumbled across this blog post which provides a how to guide to cornering the market in Second Life.
After reading this post I began to wonder whether this technique would work in the game I am playing, Runes of Magic. The main thing holding me back from attempting something like this is the fact that I am not knowledgeable with the Runes of Magic economy. Also, in order to start a scheme like this, I would require a large amount of starting capital. Fortunately I can turn to the illegal gold sellers. For $150, I can purchase 50 million in game gold. If I was able to invest in this market, perhaps I could sell the gold I made from cornering the market for real money (become a gold seller) and then live off these virtual earnings in the real world. I could become the Gordon Gecko of MMOG’s. This is all easier said than done however. The fact that gold selling is banned by the developers suggests that Runes of Magic is not the optimal medium for this type of venture. Perhaps a switch to second life would give me a chance to try this out.