I've put together a draft guide to cash & inventory managment, aimed at new players. Anyone got some suggestions for improvements?
Buy, Sell , Hold – Cash & Inventory management for the new player.
Dungeons & Dragons has always had a significant element of resource management in it – spell slots (spell points now), ammunition, reagents, etc. So money and character inventory slots fit right in that structure, and can complicate life a fair bit for a new player in DDO. This represents an attempt at helping with that - focused on newer players level 8 & under.
Comments & corrections are warmly invited, but do remember this is intended to be a fairly easy to use new player guide, not the be-all end-all finesse guide to in-game economics. All prices are in GOLD or Turbine Points (TP)
Buy – Expenses
The simple rule: Don’t buy anything you don’t really need to.
Lower level players have to shell out cash for:
Repairs - spendy, so don’t die!
Reagents (only if you’re a spellcaster) – pretty darn cheap
The rest is discretionary, but some things I’d strongly advise buying:
A stock of level appropriate food & drink – gets you back up faster when you do die.
*Necessary* buff & heal wands (cheaper) & potions (more expensive) – use restraint
Persistent House Phiarlan / Jorasco favour buffs (once you have access) for really tough fights
You may need to buy a Ghost touch weapon around level 6 or 7 if you haven’t done the Catacombs and want to be able to fight incorporeal undead.
Other than those, my advice is *Save Your Money*. New player gear will mostly be replaced soon, so shelling out heaps o’gold for that nifty kopesh at level 6 is a dodgy proposition at best.
Obviously, twinks can spend as freely as they’d like, and it is, ultimately, your gold – spend it as you please. I’ve just run into about a zillion MMORPG players who are constantly broke (and usually unhappy about that) because they always immediately spend any cash they have on item upgrades – IMAO that way lies madness.
For shop locations, see list at the bottom of the post
Sell - Income
The simple rule: Sell anything you don’t *absolutely* need. It frees space and gets you cash.
Other than cash rewards from quests & picked up from breakables, you’ll have four sources of revenue available to you, once you leave Korthos island:
Depending on Charisma & haggle skill, new players will see ~11-15% of item base value from vendors (ouch!). Vendoring goods is the only option available on Korthos.
Once you’re over 75 favor with noble houses, their vendors will give you slightly (2%) better prices. Also, when selling stuff to vendors (or brokers, see below) you should:
Put on your best + haggle item
Have eagle’s splendour buff(or +4 Cha item on), there are clickable items for that
Use any + skill feats or enhancements you have
High level haggle bards can get amazingly good prices from vendors. You don’t want to know how good. (Grr……not that I’m jealous or anything)
For armour & weapons with a base value above 3,000 gold , and all clothing/jewelry you have a second NPC option. Brokers will give you 5% (so up to ~20% of base) more than vendors, but you have to know where they are, and they all specialise in armor / weapons / jewelry / clothing in a specific price range (except the broker in the Ataraxia spa):
High end armour (above 8,000 gold) – Second Gauntlet in House Kundarak
High end weapons (above 15,000 gold) – Fare Trade in House Deneith
All other brokers are in the marketplace.
Brokers are also a worthwhile place to look for items for yourself if you absolutely NEED an upgrade (or auction for top quality items, if arbitrage is your thing)
A not a bout selling by mistake: If you sell something by mistake, you can buy it back for 24 hours. You can also buy back items you destroy, though in both cases, the markup can be painful.
The Auction House:
100% F2P players are very restricted here, as they can only have 1 auction up a time. AH is a lot easier if you’re Premium or VIP. The good news is that highly desired items can fetch gigantic prices in the AH, millions of gold. The bad news is that, as a new player, you probably won’t have any of those to sell. However, you likely will get some items that might sell – more on that later.
The auction house has a minimum bid floor of 100g, and charges a listing fee up front, calculated on the item base value - not bid price - of about :
1% 24 hrs
1.5% 48 hrs
2% 72 hrs
The AH will also take a nasty 30% bite out of the price of anything you sell. (ouch, again) Money and unsold items will show up in your mail – look for the unicorn in your target orb.
Obviously, you’ll only want to auction stuff you don’t need/ want or can’t use, and you cannot auction anything bound to character or account. So, what low level gear sells?
So far, I’d say:
+1 or better stat items (STR, WIS, CON, INT, etc.), especially if they have a useful kicker or secondary effect
+3 or better skill items (haggle, diplomacy, intimidation, UMD, disable traps, etc.)
Most clickable items of the x charges/rest variety, if the effect is useful
Eberron dragonshards, and certain collectibles - Vials of Pure Water , Prophecies of Khyber, Silver Flame Hymnals, Luminescent Dusts, Fragrant Drowshood mushrooms, Sparkling Dusts, Deadly Feverblanch mushrooms, Lightning-Split Soarwoods (the last being worth insane amounts of gold)
Rarer weapons, shields & armours - those with useful effects, so:
a +1 kopesh may sell, a +1 dagger, forget it,
+1 adamantine plate is more likely to sell than plain +2
weapons with effects will sell better, especially useful/ popular effects such as ghost touch, bane weapons, etc.
Racial or alignment restrictions make items harder to sell
Low level wands, potions & scrolls do not seem to sell well.
Generally, the weekend is the best time to sell things.
How much should I ask?
If your minimum bid is less than about 30% of base price, you’re likely losing money over vendoring / brokering the item – I think 40-50% of base is more reasonable, given the hassle and cost of listing items. Feel free to ask for more if you think you can get it.
What to ask for buyout is a bit harder. Unless you’ve gotten some awesome luck in your drops, the odds are your auctioned items also show up on brokers, so base +20% is pretty much the best you’ll ever see from non-clueless buyers, maybe +50% if the item is quite good. Hoping for suckers is both immoral and likely ineffective, so I advise against it. Obviously, if you get some kind of super-duper awesome item, the sky’s the limit - grats you!
For the first hour, you can cancel an auction, or at any point if no bids have been received. The item will show up in your mail, and the listing fee will NOT be refunded.
Selling Stuff in person.
Not my cup of tea, so I can’t provide any useful advice.
Hold – managing your inventory
The simple rule: If you don’t *really* need it, sell it and free up space, or you’ll always be sorting junk. With a few exceptions, if you haven’t used it in the last twenty-thirty hours of play, you don’t need it.
You start with 3 x 20 slot tabs in your inventory. You can expand that to:
A fourth tab (Free) with 75 Coin Lords favour
A fifth tabs (100k + collapsed portable hole + 20 k repair costs) with 150 coin lord favour.
Collapsed portable holes apparently show up as quest loot, or you can buy one on the AH or you’ll get one for 75 Favour with Agents of Argonessen (requires level 10 & Gianthold)
You can also get bags/containers for specific item types – collectibles, spell reagents, gems, and arrows/bolts. You will receive a free small collectibles bag & small gem bag (12 stacks each), bound to character, on completing Misery’s peak and arriving in Stormreach.
You can buy two types of quivers (as many as you want)
Nide 6 stacks x 200 arrows/bolts
Narrow 3 stacks x 400 arrows/bolts
For about 60 gold each from Chain & Hammer in the Harbor
You can also buy unlimited medium bags for base 90,000 gold at Empty handed in House Jorasco or the Erstwhile Emporium in House Phiarlan. Each holds 30 stacks of Collectibles or 30 stacks of spell reagents or 12 stacks of gems, respectively.
Finally, you can buy all kinds & sizes of bags from the DDO store (all bound to character) for 95-595 TP each.
Once you arrive in Stormreach, you can access your bank, which is character specific and holds 1x20 slot tab- it’s accessible from any banker NPC.
House Kundarak favour allows additional 20 slot bank tabs:
A second tab (20k gold) at 75 favour
A third tab (80k gold) at 150 favour
Bags can be placed in your bank tabs, if you desire
ONE twenty slot shared bank tab is available for purchase (free to VIPs) for f2p/premium 1495 TP - good for all characters on one account on each server to share. You cannot put bound to character items in it, but it is the ONLY way to transfer bound to account items (Nicked weapons FTW!). It’s extremely convenient. Bags can also be used here unless they’re bound to character.
A shared bank slot also makes muling, the use of a low level alt for item storage, auction processing, etc. much easier.
In a pinch, the mail and/or auction system can be used as a (fairly expensive) temporary storage for VIP/premium characters. F2P restrictions render this impractical for 100% free players.
Your mall directory
Important vendors to know about (junk vendors not listed)
Harbour Apothecary – level 1 & 2 reagents, plus wands, potions
Hammer & chain – Quivers
Marketplace Spell reagents lvl 1-3, plus wands & potions
All brokers except: armor > 8k base (Kundarak)
weapons over 15k base (Deneith)
Fare trade High end weapons broker over 15k base
Empty handed Bags (~90k each)
Spell inscription kits (120g X (lvl^2))each
House of Wizardry Divine Spell enhancement potions
Divine reagents lvl 3-7
Arcane reagents lvll 4-5
Feath.fall apothecary Arcane reagents lvl 1-9
Divine reagents lvl 1-9
Potions, incl. Cure serious wounds
Second Gauntlet High end armor brokers (over 8k base)
Liquid Charm Arcane Reagents lvl 1-5
Divine Reagents lvl 1-5
Erstwhile Emporium Bags (~90k each)
Spell inscription kits (120g X (lvl^2))each
Object Desire Level 3 scrolls
Arcane spell enhancement potions
Now, go have fun!