One of the good things about Albion Online is you are in control of your own success. You’re not relying on random drops and events to improve, you can just walk around and gather materials and craft your own gear and you can do this pretty much from the start. I decided to walk around the first village taking the east exit and I farmed ore along with completing any of the random solo dungeons that popped up.
After a while I took the northern exit to find hide, flax and tier 3 fishing. I used the majority of the materials I picked up to craft better gear and gathering tools for myself and then I used up all my materials to craft additional gear which I could easily sell to the trading post since everything is tradable so I was able to gain a lot of characters benefits from gathering, then crafting and then rewarded with silver for the hard work.
I noticed that Fishing was very rewarding when it came to selling items on the trading post at this early stage so I did that and built up about 50k silver, which I then reinvested into picking up some Tier 4 gear to get my Tank setup in the gear I wanted. I did some research on the Albion Online Wiki and looked through the trading post to see what gear might be good for a PvE Tank – you can find the build at the Albion Online Tank Build page.
One really nice thing about Albion Online is you’re able to buy your own island. On this island you can turn part of it into a farm and grow crops which you can then sell. I had to buy the initial seeds to grow the crops but upon harvesting those crops they yielded x2 the same amount of seeds back along with the grown product so I was then able to reseed the same area plus I had extra seeds to either sell or grow in another area of my island, and then the crop to also sell meaning I had a huge financial return for farming.
You can expand your island to add even more crops but you can also add animals for food products and you can build houses, buildings and hire workers to gather materials which is another income benefit. Overall the whole player housing not just an aesthetic thing but something that benefits your overall game progress and it’s well worth the investment of silver and time to gain the passive financial benefits, because it’s a nice passive income.
I personally like the fact that I can load up the game on my phone or tablet device to do my daily farming tasks but also do a bit of fishing on my island as well.
I setup my first Tank focussed build once I had collected enough silver, so I could begin learning and understanding how to be an effective Albion Online PvE Tank.