Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gold From an Unlikely Profession

Leveling First Aid on my first couple of toons was priority to me but on the last toon, I never bothered. Perhaps because I'm a healer, because I'm lazy or perhaps it didn't seem important to me anymore. I wonder how many of you have or have not leveled your First Aid and how often do you use it?

Anyways...I'm not certain if the price of the old world clothes were always crazy but they seem to be at quite a high price since I've been looking the last couple of weeks. Mageweave cloth on my server is selling for 30-40g per stack and Runecloth at 50-60g per stack.

I know with the mention of a new bandage coming out with Cataclysm (Dense Embersilk Bandage that will heal 34,800 over 8 seconds) that perhaps this has put the push on folks to level their bandages (which I should do). Hence cloth has taken a good hike in price? Good for me, bad for the the First Aid levelers.

Perhaps my assumption about First Aid is a stretch and we simply have more people, tired of raiding, creating new toons with new professions to level like tailoring and this could be attributing to my price gouging on cloth. I'm not sure of the answer but I do know it is currently a money maker.

A good spot for farming Mageweave cloth is at Jintha Alor in the Hinterlands or a quick run through ZF in Tanaris will give you a few stacks.

Runecloth I've just start farming but Blackrock Depths has been noted as a good spot to farm Runecloth.

My gold quest of reaching 70k by the time Cataclysm comes has been shockingly almost reached with a current stash of 66,400g. So the goal has to change, pushing me to 100k by expansion time.

Now get out there and farm!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Loving Defense in AV

It was the bonus honor for Alterac Valley this past weekend and honor was pouring in at 5-6k. I am always on offense in AV and generally kill Galv then head right for the final base to help hold the GY and keep the badies out of Drek's room. On one AV run, I found myself in trouble as the horde had placed a ton of their people in with Galv and I died, returning me to our base. I decided for a change to go defense and found myself in Van's room with a DK and Priest.

OMG it was awesome!!! The DK was pullin' the horde in and Van with his associates was tearing them apart. The priest would be ready to fear as many as possible into the room as they peaked their heads around the corner. Dead horde everywhere....life was good.

I healed them up and popped into a corner when necessary to avoid damage and finally the scores popped up and we knew we were a big part of bringing the Alliance to victory.

This was definitely a new aspect of AV for me and I hope to do it more often.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Guild Rep & Rewards

Although I don't have a full grasp of the upcoming guild rep stuff, I absolutely LOVE the idea that guilds will get rewards (perk system) for their team work with reputation in Cataclysm.

I can absolutely see this portion of the game becoming a very hip thing and that guilds will be created just for getting the rep built up and reaping the benefits of mounts or tabbards or whatever other goodies that Blizz has in store. Perhaps guilds would promote a Rep Leader to coordinate days and events to build reputation for the guild. Almost like a whole new job:)

There are so many possibilities for this aspect and if done well, it could perhaps open doors for those that are more serious pver's within a guild to group with those that are not so serious to complete quests or whatever task it may be as a group. I would love to see some really fun goofy cheeves put in for guild rep. Perhaps drinking until its all a blur then winning an Arathi Basin match hehehe. I know I know, I'm a goof.

I do hope it isn't all too serious and that there are lots of fun elements combined in this to really pull guilds together. I'm excited about the prospects for surSave Nowe.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Big WoW Family

I just read a post at WoW dot com about a family playing wow. Husband, wife, mother, father, siblings and other relatives. They do their own 10mans and the dad does the gear check. It's insane and awesome.

Check them out and their favorite (and now mine) WoW family saying of "I can't heal stupid"
(scroll down a little on the the link page provided for the article)


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sticking with the Plan

On June 8th I mentioned I wanted to get from just under 45k to 70k by the time Cataclysm comes. This past week I've been working hard to get a start on my goal. Presently, I'm at 51,81r7 so making just over 5,100g this past week. Probably not a lot of gold to those big AH players but it certainly was a lot to me.

Old world mats is what I focused on and with more and more people leveling alts while waiting for Cataclysm, these mats seem to be in demand for leveling professions. My main sellers were:

Adamantite ore: 55-58g per stack
Fel Iron ore: 24-30g per stack
Primal air: 30-33g per stack
Cut gems 80-130g each
Netherbloom: 30-33g per stack
Terocone: 30-35g per stack

Adamantite and gems have been my biggest items. Since I have nothing else to get with honor and I do premades quite often. I can get about 40k honor any night I do premades (couple of hours) which is 4 epic gems. Even if you aren't a farmer, if you enjoy pvp doing premades for gems is easy and fun work. As an alchemist I can make one epic gem per day.

So it's been a good first week, hopefully the market will continue to go my way:)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

What Were They Thinking?

So yesterday I thought I would make a little gold doing random heroics. It seemed like a good idea at the time. First heroic that popped was Halls of Reflection and within seconds the tank disappeared into the nether. So we wait and wait until finally a bear tank appears with great health but no defense gear on. He couldn't hold aggro and we wiped, twice. I was done.

I waited my time and signed up for another. Halls of Stone popped which is an easy but annoying instance. To my surprise I'm struggling keeping the tank up in the first couple of pulls. Do I have just a Lovely Dress on? Am I naked? NO, the tank is in lvl 78 PVP blues and so I nicely comment "don't forget to put on your tanking gear dear"..no response. He continues to move forward and we wipe as he pulls a boss with some mobs. "So if you don't have tanking gear, you really should drop out of the group", I stated once back in the instance. As the words left my mouth he aggro'd a bunch of stuff and we die again..finally he leaves group before we kick his ass.

All in all it was a terrible random morning.

Permade randoms with guildies are definitely the best option and that is what I'm gonna stick with when possible.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Podcast - Drawing us Back

Podcasts are a great way to stay on top of what is going on or coming up in Warcraft. They bring us tons of information that can make our game much more enjoyable.

When it comes to Warcraft Podcasts there are certain things that keep me going back. For me, a podcast has to be entertaining, informative and light. I don't like a podcast that has a lot of dead air or feels very forced and formal. Listening to others discuss topics among themselves about the game and giving highlights is what I enjoy. Personal Warcraft stories within the game are another great touch that will often make me giggle (I like to giggle). Podcasts that let their listeners get involved with emails, calls etc makes the podcast seem much larger and provides a greater educational element without getting too involved.

Podcasts that are heavy with class mechanics or discussing one small topic for an extended period, loses my interest. This is just personal preference. I know some of you are very much into podcasts heavy with details of your classes and skills etc. It's just not something that floats my boat. A show that runs no more than 1 - 1 1/2 hours is ideal. A long podcast can often be just a lack of editing and will tend to have periods of rambling.

Presently, my favorite podcasts are:

The Instance: Funny and informative, this podcast provides great updates within the game and you know they have done their research. No long dead spaces here and the communication between the cast members runs very smoothly and has a great welcoming atmosphere.

Wow Insider: An oldie but a goodie, this podcast is the ultimate for Warcraft news. A funny cast that has made my farming days much brighter:)

Warcast Podcast: Another easy listening podcast that isn't too long winded but gives great insight into the game.

Still LOL at the picture of the boys from "The Instance"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Don't Be Glum Chum

Seems like everyone is in a very low mood in the game these days. Restless, bitchy, complaining and just downright miserable. I know the expansion won't be for quite some time but perk up people there is still much to do and here is just a few suggestions:

Guild BGs:
This is fun way to pass the time and get some honor for pieces. Great way to get your guild working together.

You can go through the achievement list (Lord knows there are tons) and see what ones tickle your fancy. Do them or alone or with friends. Create a list and slowly work your way through it.

Farm for Something Special:
Farm for that special mount, pet or gear. Again, a great activity alone or with a group.

Help Your Lowbies:
Help get those lowbies leveled up in your guild. Do runs and show them how OP you are.

Guild Events:
Hold special guild events as I've done in the past.

Get Gold Happy:
Find whats hot and make some gold before Cat comes. I'm sure there will be awesome loot and perhaps some special pets to purchase.

WoW Trivia:
This is another activity we would often do. Do it in game and make it just Warcraft trivia or general trivia. Perhaps get rid of some items that are sitting in your g-bank as prizes

Nothing lifts the spirits like a dead horde. Get your guildies grouped up and head to a horde town and bring the pain. (unfortunately this one does not apply in reverse:P )

What you should be saying is "there is so little time and so much to do" before Cataclysm.

My goal is to farm/save 70k before Cataclysm. Presently I'm at 45k so I've still got a lot of work to do but if you continue to buy my old world mats, primal air for 30g per item and my terocone for 60g/stack, I'm well on my way hehe.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Gold DKP Sytem - A Whole New World

Just attended my first Gold DKP ICC run yesterday on my resto druid. What can I say? I LOVED IT!! I was kinda tired of raiding and then hubby had gone on one of these GDKP system runs and got a couple of awesome pieces so I thought I would check it out.

Our raid leader was very clear about the rules of minimum dps requirements, that all loot is auctioned off and the balance of the gold obtained upon slaying of the last boss is split among the players. If the raid leader is not clear about the rules of loot, afking, dps requirements etc, don't go.

This gives an opportunity for various types of players; those players who perhaps are in need of a couple of gear pieces and those that are well geared and just come for their split of the gold at the end but bring their super dps/heals to the raid.

The system is run by an addon from the Raid Leader or Lootmaster. When an item is being auctioned off, you simply type in your bid ie. 1000 and hit enter in raid chat (must be in raid chat). Your bid shows and any further bids will display. There is a count down of about 5 seconds if no further bids are made. The winner then exchanges their gold with the loot master and he passes them their item.

Of course my biggest concern was trusting this person who held our gold so I do suggest you get a group that others have recommended or that do run with this system regularly. You will have to commit the time required to get your gold in the end so know you will be available for however many hours they wish to run.

I bid on 3 items. My first one was a 264 neckpiece Bone Sentinal's Amulet which I outbid myself on hehehe. In all the excitement and fast pace I went from 2400g to 2800g ...beating myself (watch for that hehe) I didn't care, I was thrilled to win it. The next was one of the tokens to get a tier 10 piece. I found it hard to place a value on it and went to 4k but didn't win it. My other win was a 264 head piece Helm of the Elder Moon which I amazingly got for only 500g. I was shocked:) There were a few druids there but perhaps more interested in any dps drops. So I spent 3300g to get 2 lvl 264 pieces. Then once the pot was split up at the end, I received just over 1,400g back. So my two pieces only cost me about 1900g. I'm still in shock and can't wait for next week:) We did pay 1000g for one guy to come who had the King Slayer title to open up a heroic mode for us with the Gun Ship fight. This fee was deducted from our pot, which was no biggie as seeing some 277lvl gear was a first for me.

I highly recommend you try this system out and please take a look at this detailed explanation of the GDKP system at Elitist Jerks with some great tips for when you do your GDKP run:)

My biggest tip again is ensuring the rules are very clear before you start and ask questions ahead of time so there are no misunderstandings or disappointments.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Slutty but Deadly Succubus

Succubus: In folklore that stems from medieval legend, a succubus is a demon who takes the form of a woman to seduce men in dreams to have sexual intercourse.

Sooooo, this is what my husband is up to while I'm in arena dying at the hands of a lock. No wonder it always seems to be happening behind a post or on the other side of the arena when I'm not there. He has been overly complaining about the succubus in arena. So when I hear "OH MY GOD" it isn't a "I'm in trouble, help me" cry, it's a cry of "DO IT AGAIN, DO IT AGAIN". So to all you locks out there, I'm coming for you and I'm gonna wrath that bitch down. You keep that slut's hands off my hunter man /GLARE

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Price is High, But I'd Pay it

Now we all know I won't be attending Blizzcon as it's in that foreign country of the United States. However, if I were attending, I would like to think Blizzard would be offering me some sort of discount for my continued game play for over the past 3 years and with 3 accounts.

I would think a 5% discount from the $150 ticket for every year you had a full Warcraft subscription (with a maximum of 4 years or 20%) would be fair. For the other useless games like Diablo or Starcraft:P, you get your discount with proof of purchase. This would be a nice and thoughtful "thank you for your continued game play" attitude.

One of the podcasts I listened to this week (sorry I don't remember which one) mentioned that Blizzard has to make money to pay for these events and pay for entertainers like Ozzy Osbourne. Now I think a couple of posts back I said Blizzard is receiving about $170,000,000 per month in subscriptions if the figure of 11.2 million subscribers per month is accurate. Please don't tell me that Blizzard needs to make money from this event. These events are just to fuel the fire of the players. Don't get me wrong I would LOVE to be there. More so for the community of gamers that it brings together, it seems very exciting. Would I pay $150, damn straight, hence why there is no discounts. With not enough tickets for these events as they are sold out immediately. I know I know, supply and demand.

The only thing I ask, lets not pretend that Blizzard needs the $150 per ticket but that people are willing to pay that amount.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hellfire - Bringin' Home the Bacon

This week I had noticed that fel iron ore was at a pretty good price of 32g per stack which is much more than saronite. I emptied my 71 warrior bags and took a flight to Hellfire. Thankfully my warrior is a gatherer with herblism and mining.

Because Hellfire was an initial new zone of Burning Crusade it still held some of the old world herbs like dreamfoil and golden sansam and the newer ones of Burning Crusade with Felweed, dreaming glory and some fel lotus to boot. Last night I sold two stacks of dreamfoil for 50g per stack and 40g for a stack of golden sansam. Felweed a moderate 20g per stack and my fel iron ores at about 26-30g per stack. I even prospected a few of the ore on my mage to sell the smaller gems for quite a bit.

It was a very prosperious weekend for sure with an easy farm. I highly recommend this zone for mining or herbalism as all the mats here will get you a pretty good price on the AH. Get yourself ready for Cat:)