When I was still in high school, TG went off to college. This wasn’t too long after we found EQOA, so I had ample quality time with my Druid, Laenei, while he was away.
Since EQOA was never the kind of game in which you could solo effectively, I spent a ridiculous amount of time shouting for a group. This was back when I had the ability to be pleasant and social in group settings. I met many random strangers and even added a few to my friends list. Friends would be called in from time to time to fill an empty group slot, and I was frequently called on to help with quests and the like. Fairly standard fare, I’d say.
The only real problem I had with Laenei was her perpetual poorness. Frequently after grouping she had trouble covering the costs of her own repairs. The few quests in the game were always a hardship, since you usually needed to buy something ridiculous for one of the NPCs along the way. As a healer, she couldn’t even really solo to try to earn more money. Laenei was pitiable. Though, I never asked for charity from my in-game friends or even let them know about Laenei’s lack of funds.
Eventually, I grouped with a Necromancer, Illict, who would wind up on my friends list for some reason that I’ve since forgotten. As I said, standard fare. Every now and then, I would invite Illict to fill a damage slot in a group, and he — I’m going by the character’s gender here — would be more thankful than the typical groupmate for the opportunity. I always thought it was a little strange, but, hey, I like politeness, and it made me want to invite him along more often.
Quite a few levels down the road, I got a /tell from Illict asking me to meet him somewhere in the city we both happened to be in. He then proceeded to trade me a very large chunk of Tunar (EQOA’s currency), which was a fortune to Laenei — at least 10 times what she had had at her wealthiest. Then he told me that he had to go; the cops were there, and he was being arrested. I was dumbfounded. He was offline before I even had a chance to process the situation and respond.
I never saw Illict online again, but I never forgot that kindness, which funded Laenei’s adventures from then on. I have always wondered, though, whether the cops really were there, or if it was just nicer than saying “I don’t like you. Go away.”
So, I’m dying to know: What’s the weirdest or best way you’ve made in-game money?