It’s not really a rational thing, but I love herbing.
OK, sure there is the nice stack of money you make from it. A gold plus per unit and you can get three units a pull. Ten seconds work for a few gold is a nice return on investment, but that can’t be the whole story, can it?
I think the thing that really does it for me is the fun aspect. Normally, with other toons, I tend to be very goal focused. You know, running from point A to point B completing quests in what I like to think of as an optimal fashion. Sure sometimes I head off to investigate something interesting or to find out what’s in that obscured piece of the map, but mostly its power-levelling of sorts.
Turkemoo on the other hand is a wanderer. Sure he explores the map, but sometimes, even in the middle of escorts, my eyes light up when that little gold coin shows up on the mini map indicating a herbaceous pot of gold is nearby and I charge off or fight my way through anything that stands between me and the herbs. Its kinda weird actually. Even when I know its Felweed or Dreamfoil or whatever under the little gold coin I still rush over to rip it out of the ground. Turkemoo usually travels as a Ghost Wolf rather than on his elite ground mount because of it. I tell you its not rational!
Hmm, perhaps it is just greed. Or perhaps is some learned, resource optimisation, behaviour burned into my brain after playing too many real-time strategy games.
My money’s on the money. Herb on!