I’m a big believer in karma.
Both IRL and in-game, I try really hard to be a polite voice of reason even if others are raging a storm. Don’t get me wrong, I’m human and it doesn’t always happen. However, you’ll often see me giving lifts across the Ordos bridge or flying someone on my Sandstone Drake to Halfhill for the gear vendor.
I do this non-profit and don’t accept a tip.
I was on the Timeless Isle the other day and this conversation happened in Trade:
Person 1: “Can someone please tell me how to get to Ordos?”
Person 2: “You need a cloak”
Person 1: “What cloak?”
Person 3: “Take a bird”
Person 4: “Use a glider”
Answer me this: HOW IS THIS HELPFUL TO THAT PERSON?! If they took 10seconds to have a look at his gear, you’ll see 450 blues and a fresh dinged level 90 who obviously isn’t au fait with stuff. So, I /w him and offered to fly him across the bridge, assuming he wanted the Burden of Eternity chest. He was really grateful and I left him gleefully corpse hopping over the courtyard towards his new loots.
The reason I do this? Because when I was a COMPLETE noob, someone did the same for me and I was so grateful for the help, I wished I could have given them something in return. Being new to the game, I had about 50g to my name and all they said was: “pay it forward”.
The end to my little anecdote is thus.
I was afk in Shrine, as normal, last weekend and a level 10 was spamming Trade looking for a portal from IF to Shrine. He started off with “will tip 10g!” to “will tip 30g!” to “will tip 50g!” before I finally realised that I could portal him and sent a /w. He was so utterly grateful that he could set his Hearthstone at the Shrine that I felt bad about not helping him sooner. As usual, I refused to accept his tip and after another grateful “thank you so much!” whisper from him, we went our separate ways.
Today, I received this, along with 200g.
I don’t do it for the ‘feel-good’, but this certainly did brighten up a dreary day. Even better? The person in question later joined the guild and has become a great pal. Fantabulous!