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Is there another way to get Realm Gold than to buy with a credit card?

You start with 100 of it, but can you obtain more from having enough fame?

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As far as I've seen anywhere, the answer is no. I don't know of anything that lets you get more gold for free, but you can buy some things with fame instead.

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Their FAQ makes no mention of other ways:

What is Realm Gold?

Realm Gold is a currency used to purchase non-essential items such as clothing and accessory dyes (and cloth patterns), pets, elixirs, and dungeon keys. You cannot buy the Wine Cellar Incantation.

Each account starts with 100 gold for free (which is not renewed each time your character dies), you may purchase gold by standing on the gold coin icon located at each market place. Additional Realm Gold may be purchased with Credit Card, Mobile, and Paypal payments.

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In the United States you can buy Steam Wallet Codes from GameStop using cold, hard cash ($20 or $50). This also works for Kongregate Kreds.

If you live elsewhere, you can also transfer money from your bank account to your Paypal account, no credit card required. This requires some paperwork and a few days to setup, however, so it might be easier to just get yourself a prepaid card off your local bank; for example, in Italy, the underaged can get a Postepay Junior card with parental consent; as far as I can tell that will work on the VISA circuit.

In general I would be wary of services that trade your time for "free money." For example, you can't do TrialPay offers if you're not of age anyway — which is likely the very reason you're trying to not use a credit card to begin with. According to Kongregate's Terms of Sale (emphasis mine),

You must have a valid credit card or other valid payment method accepted by the Billing Company (collectively, "Payment Method") and have reached the age of majority in the state in which you reside in order to purchase Virtual Items and to establish a payment account, which may not be transferred to or used by any third party. You represent and warrant to Kongregate that [...]

(e) you have reached the age of majority in the state in which you reside [...].

If payment cannot be charged to your Payment Method or your payment or charge is returned for any reason, including without limitation chargeback, Kongregate and the Billing Company reserve the right to either suspend or terminate your access to the payment account and/or your ability to purchase Virtual Items without notice.

The fact the underaged can't spend (or get) money on the Internet without parental consent is pretty much by design. It's also, sadly, a shortcoming of the "free to play" model.

If all else fails you can "pay with mobile" through the game's web interface. That'll still get you busted by your parents, mind you.

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It is somewhat possible to earn free realm gold. I say "somewhat" because this method usually requires you to sign up for something (like a trial for Netflix) in order to be rewarded with Kongregate Kreds, which can then be used to buy realm gold.

If you are already playing on Kongregate, skip to part 2. Otherwise, continue on to transfer your realmofthemadgod.com account to Kongregate. Careful: if you do this, you will lose all progress, gold, etc. in your correct Kongregate account, and this process cannot be reversed. So if you want to keep that progress, you may want to start a fresh account.

Here are the steps:

  1. Log into Kongregate and access Realm of the Mad God.
  2. Click on the "Account" link on the title screen.
  3. Click "replace this account with an existing web account".
  4. Sign in with your original Realm of the Mad God account credentials. Again, this cannot be reversed.

Now, your Kongregate Realm of the Mad God account and the original realmofthemadgod.com account should be the same.

Part 2: Completing TrialPay offers

  1. Head over to Kongregate's Kreds page.
  2. Click the red Fund Your Account button.
  3. Select Earn Free Kreds option under "Other Methods of Payment".

From here, you must follow the instructions given to you by the TrialPay frame to be rewarded with Kreds, which can then be used to buy realm gold.

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I'm not sure I understand how working for likely less than US minimum wages counts as "free" :) –  badp Oct 18 '12 at 20:37
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Actually, you can get as much as you want just by playing games off of steam. You sooner or later start earning items, which you can sell for steam cash; and then you can buy you're gold! I suggest playing tf2, because you get drops more often than other games

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