Here's a bit of trivia. Did you know that the gold cap in World of Warcraft is exactly 214,748 Gold, 36 Silver and 47 Copper?
Now what is this gold cap? Well, this is the maximum amount of gold/silver/copper that you can accumulate on a single character in WoW. Not many people know about this limitation and a lot more will never even see a tenth of this amount in their WoW career.
So what's the deal with this weird number? What's up with this odd amount? Why isn't it 200,000G 00S 00C or 250,000G 00S 00C? That's because Blizzard is most likely using a 32-bit signed integer as the data type for the gold amount field in their database. Wikipedia has more on this for those interested.
2147483647 translates into the same amount in Coppers, which is also equal to 214,748 Gold 36 Silver 47 Copper since 100 Copper = 1 Silver and 100 Silver = 1 Gold.
Although this may seem like a huge amount, there are many players of WoW that have reached this Gold limit, not just on one character but on several. That's just by playing the game legally (not buying gold). Most of these players make huge amounts of Gold by manipulating or selling stuff on the Auction House.
Recently I got the notion that I might give the Gold Cap a shot. Is this an impossible endeavor? I wouldn't think so. It is certainly within my reach, provided I don't get tired of the game soon. Even though I don't have the time and dedication that those other players have, I see it as a challenge, as an achievement of sorts. Just like in real life, I like to have financial security in game. Currently I'm hovering close to the 50K Gold mark. 214K is a little over 4x my current amount. It doesn't seem unobtainable.
As time goes by, gold becomes easier to earn although costs also rise but not proportionally. There are more opportunities to make a buck than ever. Back in Classic WoW, most of us barely managed to make enough gold to buy the epic mount. These days, it's easy for most players to make that 5000 gold for their epic mount.
I won't actively pursue this new goal but I will definitely keep it in mind. I will try to be more thrifty when buying personal items and more shrewd on the AH, because I will be making most of this gold on the Auction House, either by speculating or by selling crafted goods.
What about you? Have you ever dreamed of having so much gold? Do you think the level cap can be easily reached?
Former WoW player, current Diablo 3 fanatic, I love the finer things in life such as PC games, beer and computers. While playing a good game is a spiritual experience, blogging about it is almost equally rewarding.