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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Preparation for Mists of Pandaria - First night after the patch

for other ideas on the glyph market please follow the link to the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

I went straight to my trainer to learn all the recipes.  I crafted the new glyphs – but not the Monk glyphs.  Is anyone buying Monk glyphs?

Demand for glyphs rose and good sales were made.  But as i suspected the demandwas not abnormally high – certainly not another glyphmas.  I was still making good sales at 10pm at night.  On my server i was selling the new glyphs at 600g as fast as i could put them up until competitors came on and started posting at 100g.  They are now trading down at 30g to 75g and falling.

TradeskillMaster worked a charm – so hats off to Sapu the author.  Indeed, all my addons worked with the exception of Gearscore which i disabled.

in all, a good day at the Auction House.

Worth noting that Blackfallow Inks can still be converted at the ink trader for now – maybe it will be fixed in the near future.  But in any event it still means that Cataclysm herbs can be used for Inscription and i am buying the cheap herbs that the panic’d sellers put on the Auction House and converting them as i go.

 
as can be seen above, i am buying 20 Ink of the Sea using Blackfallow Ink.
 
 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Preparation for Mists of Pandaria – the night before

for other ideas on the glyph market please follow the link to the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide


I am as about as ready as i can be:

1.  All addons are updated and i will be doing another update run tomorrow during server downtime.

2.  All key addons have a back up addon – Auctioneer for TradeskillMaster; two mailing addons.

3.  Almost all Blackfallow inks are converted.  Those that remain are for use in specific crafting items.

4.  One of my alts is ready to receive the Monk glyphs that i craft - i.e. have enough bag space.

5.  All alts and mains are in a main city with a Trainer within reach


Meanwhile i have been picking up cheap Cataclysm herbs that people are dumping – of course milling and converting them immediately.

I have also been picking up cheap enchanting, tailoring, alchemist and jewelcrafting recipes that i don’t have which people are also dumping.


What will i be doing straight off the launch?  To be honest, i may be gathering herbs rather than wading into the glyph market (my Scribe is also herbalist).  I will see how it goes.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

What do Auctioneers bring to the game?

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

I aim to post every two days one this blog. For the weekend post i plan to post on how the World of Warcraft economy relates to the real world or theoretical concepts for the World of Warcraft economy. Ironically, it is this subject matter which causes the most email traffic!

What do Auctioneers bring to the game?: In other words, to the (legal) gold makers, call them Auctioneers, benefit World of Warcraft or otherwise?

A fair question, i don’t suspect the developers foresaw the rise of this breed of player at the outset.  But i greatly suspect it is in their thinking now when they consider what to do with the professions in the game.

On my server there are 3 or 4 of us who “own” the glyph market.  i don’t see any other competitors on the list.  And the same is becoming true of the Enchanting market that i am entering.

Therefore, on my server there are at least two markets where under 10 players make the vast majority of the gold from the player base of over a 1000.

In a sense, the entire Blizzard coding for these markets is utilised by these 10 players.  Therefore, is this to the benefit of the game?


Pros

Every item that a player could conceivably need to move ahead in the game will be on the Auction House.  Therefore, the economy is not an impediment to a player advancing in World of Warcraft.

Almost every item will have competitors therefore bringing down prices.  Hence, as a rule, prices are not manipulated upwards.

Therefore, a server will never die because the economy dies first.  A server will die because the raiding / questing player base dies.


Cons

The vast majority of the player base is not able to fully participate in the Auction House.  Therefore, the whole concept of professions as a method of making gold is limited to the “professional” auctioneers.

Therefore, the developers time and effort has ended up being focused on a very small proportion of the player base.

The gold makers are prone to market manipulation from time to time.  Examples include posting arrows in batches of 1 instead of 200.  Buying up all the raw materials with the sole intent of cause prices to rise.


In conclusion

The gold makers bring considerable benefits to the player base in exchange for excluding that player base from most of the serious gold making abilities.  Whether that is a net benefit to the game?  On balance, yes – but it is close.

But i do suspect that as a result the developers focus more on other aspects of the game that affect the entire player base, and not the economy which benefits a very small part of the player base.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Final countdown to Mists of Pandaria

for other ideas on the glyph market please follow the link to the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide


So here we are, under a week to go.  This is my final check list:

1.    Almost all Blackfallow inks are converted to Ink of the Sea and Ethereal Inks.  I will keep a back of 100 for the off hands in case they sell.

2.    I have backup addons ready.  Auctioneer and Auctionator in case TradeskillMaster breaks.  And Postal and xxx incase the TradeskillMaster postal breaks.  And i have spent an hour familiarising myself with them.  Call it insurance.

3.    I have 8 of every glyph prepared and 4 weeks of ink ready.


From here i am just making sure my alts are ready to level – nothing more i can do for gold making.

I am a big believer that if demand is better than i expect then the end prices of glyphs will rise to maintain the profitability on what will be higher priced herbs.



Out of the ordinary things I will be doing on patch day:

I will reset my Auction House data – prices will be moving fast and I will want to set my prices with reference to the most recent data.  I do this once a quarter anyway to get rid of stale data.

For Auctioneer the command is: /auc cleardata ALL
For TradeSkillMaster the command is: /tsm adbreset



And of course I will be doing a complete scan of the Auction House daily. Every gold maker should.


Loading "out of date" addons: A new patch will mean that some addons are considered "out of date".  Hence, I will need to check that “load out of date addons” box again.


1. on the opening screen that lists your characters at the bottom left there is a button "AddOns" - click it

2. the AddOn List window will open - at the top of this window is a checkbox labels "Load out of date AddOns" - click it

3. Press "Okay" at the bottom of the window to accept and close.

 

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Returning Players = cheap recipes to buy

for other ideas on the glyph market please follow the link to the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

With many new and old players coming back ahead of Mists of Pandaria being released i am picking up lots of cheap recipes that i did not own for my enchanter and jewelcrafter from the Auction House - which have been dumped by these players as they power through content preparing their characters.

There is a very easy way to do this, only takes 20 seconds if you are at the Auction House.

Open the Auction House window:

· tick “Usable Items” on the top bar of the window

· click Recipes and then select the profession you are searching

· the press Search


A list of recipes that you don’t own will appear. (if a very long list appears then it is likely you have not ticked “Usable Items”

I always buy recipes that are priced under 100 gold - though these days i am taking any that look good price given this is a once in a while opportunity as these returning players are here.

the example below shows that my the Auction House has 5 recipes that my enchanter does not have though none are below my 100 gold price.


Friday, 17 August 2012

Friday Shout Out - Call to Auction podcast

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

One of the Podcasts i listen to is Call to Auction – hosted by Euripides and Stede.

I enjoy and find all the gold making podcasts listed below informative, and in my mind must all be listened to.

In these other podcasts there will quite often be the comment along the lines of " . . . the theory for this process is out there but this is what we do . . . . ".

In Call to Auction, Euripides and Stede actually cover that theory in a manner which i can understand as well as bring out their gold making ideas.  For an indepth discussion on topics this is the leader of them all.

Of course, they also mentioned this blog in their last podcast at 43:55 in where i was seeking their views on the uplift of demand for glyphs come Mists of Pandaria.  In part, the background to this was that Euripides made perfect predictions in the pre-Catacysm patch and release.

As ever, there was a full discussion on their expectations for glyphs when Mists of Pandaria comes along for 20 minutes.  i will let you listen to it to gather their views.


Below are all the podcasts i listen to as well as the non-gold making podcasts related to World of Warcraft that i also listen to.

As ever, it is not only the ideas the hosts discuss but the thinking behind the ideas that is of benefit to us all. And they make for good listening. Indeed, i tend to need to be doing something mundane like gathering whiptail or milling / crafting if i am listening to them.

They are in alphabetical order split between the pure gold making podcasts and the podcasts what are about the World of Warcraft in general. For a complete list of Gold making Blogs and Podcasts see The PowerwordGold Blog Directory.

Pure gold making

Auction House Junkies - Hosted by Cold from Cold's Gold Factory, Wes from Capped by Cata and Mike

Call to Auction – hosted by Euripides and Stede

Powerword:Gold - Hosted by Fluxdada from Powerword:gold and a guest host.

The Mana Cooler - Hosted by George
Addicited to Azeroth – inactive as of October 2011

Mixture of gold making but mostly other World of Warcast

The Instance - Hosted by hosted by Scot Johnson, Dills and Turpster from Frogpants Studios, AIE Podcast and The Incredible Podcast of Amazing Awesomenessrespectively

Holy Shatt Podcast - Hosted by Jay and Mike from Stopcast.

Warcraft Lounge - Hosted by Chris and Ryan, going since November 2010, range of topics and debate.

For any other established gold bloggers out there who would like to give a “warts and all” review of my Inscription Gold Guide please contact me and i will send you your free copy for such a purpose.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

TradeskillMaster Tutorial - Posting fast using the mouse wheel

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

instead of me pressing the Post or Cancel button a hundred times every time i post glyphs from a character i have it set up that if i spin the mouse wheel up or down whilst pressing CTRL (the mouse pointer does not need to be over the Post or Cancel button) then the Post or Cancel button is pressed multiple times.  Speeds it up massively.

in this post  i will show you how i link the Post and Cancel buttons to my mouse wheel to speed things up.

1. Open TradeskillMaster and press the "Auctioning Groups / Options" button as shown below to bring up the Auctioning screen


 
this will open up the Auctioning window as shown below.

at the bottom part of the screen, in the section "Macro Help" tick the "Up", "Down" and "CTRL" boxes, and leave the "ALT" and "SHIFT" blank.

then press the "Create Macro and Bind ScrollWheel (with selected options)" button

 
 
 
i always seem to have to do it a few times to get it to work.

Now, when you come to post your auctions using TradeskillMaster - once the glyphs have been queued to be posted, you need only hold down the CTRL key and spin the wheel!  and likewise for cancelling.
 
 
 


 



Tuesday, 14 August 2012

TradeskillMaster Tutorial - How i set up my Glyph Auctions

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

TradeskillMaster is currently the most powerful tool an auctioneer can use to make gold in World of Warcraft today.  It has a steep learning curve but time spent initially is handsomely paid off.

In this post i will show you the step by step process that i used to set up TradeskillMaster for auctioning glyphs.  It need only be done once.  I can do it in 5 minutes though someone new to TradeskillMaster will take longer.

This is purely aimed at Scribes - for a fuller review of TradeskillMaster then you can watch some videos by nerffaids, or buy the Powerword:Gold Guide or visit part of the Consortium forums which deals specifically with TradeskillMaster 

My aim is to post a maximum of 2 single glyphs or each glyph at a minimum price of 40 gold, a fall back price of 600 gold and to undercut by 10 silver.

It is a three stage process:


1. Create the glyph category
2. Create the glyph category pricing / posting parameters
3. Populate the glyph category with all glyphs



Creating the Glyph Category

1. Open TradeskillMaster and press the "Auctioning Groups / Options" button as shown in the graphic below


 
 
 

This takes me to the Auction Group Screen.

2. Select the "Categories / Groups" on the left hand side to bring up the page with the three tabs at the top: Auction Defaults; Create Category / Group; and Quick Group Creation - as shown below.

 
 
 

3. Select the "Create Category / Group" tab which opens the Category / Group creation window as shown below.

4. In the field titled "Category name" i type the name of the Category i want to create, in this case "Glyphs" and then press "Okay"


 
 
 

and, as the graphic below shows, that creates a new Category called glyphs.

 
 
 

Now i need to provide some pricing and posting paraters to my newly created category.


Creating the glyph category pricing / posting parameters

Because i use the same pricing and posting parameters for all my gylphs i can create the pricing and posting parameters for the category and then have this applied to all the glyphs i put in this category.  (TradeskillMaster allows you to set Category paramaters and Group parameters, and you can dictate which ones dominate).

From the above graphic again, i select the newly created "Glyphs" category to bring up the Category window, and then select the "Category" override tab as shown below.

 
 
 

1. The top part is called General Settings - i leave the defaul values in and scroll passed it.

2. Under "Post Settings" i: set the "Post time" for 48 hours; set the "Post cap" to 2 (by rightclicking the input field, deleting whatever number is there, inputing 2 and then pressing enter); set the "Per Auction" to 1 (by rightclicking the input field, deleting whatever number is there, inputing 1 and then pressing enter).  The text above should change to "Auctions will be posted for 48 hours in stacks up to 1.  A Maximum of 2 auctions will be posted".

3. Under "General Price Settings (Undercut / Bid)" i set the "Undercut by" to 10s by rightclicking the input field, deleting whatever number is there, inputing 10s and then pressing "Okay" which pops up.

(dont use "S", use "s" for silver, similarly for gold use "g" not "G")

4. Under "Minimum Price Settings (Threshold)" i: set the "Price threshold" to 40g by rightclicking the input field, deleting whatever number is there, inputing 40g and then pressing "Okay" which pops up; and in the "Set threshold as a" i select "Fixed Gold Amount".

5. Under "Maximum Price Settings (Fallback)" i: set the "Fallback price" to 600g by rightclicking the input field, deleting whatever number is there, inputing 600g and then pressing "Okay" which pops up; and in the "Set threshold as a" i select "Fixed Gold Amount".

6. i leave the default parameters in for the final two sections: "Advanced Price Settings (Reset Method)" and "Reset Scan Settings".

and that is the pricing and parameters set for the new "glyphs" category.  all i need to do now is populate this Category with items - in this case glyphs.



Populating the glyph category with all glyphs


1. I press the Inscription Button on the left hand side, as shown in the graphic below.

 
 
 
 

This will bring up the crafting window.

2. I select the first class, which in this case is "Warrior".  That will bring up the Warrior glyph crafting window as shown in the graphic below.

3. I press "Enable All Crafts" to put a tick in all the glyph boxes

4. I then press "Create Auctioning Group"

 
 
 

this will bring up a new window to create the auctioning group - as shown in the graphic below.  What we want to do is create teh group and place it within our new "glyphs" category and so have the Category pricing and posting paratemers apply to this group.


in this new window:

1. In the "Category to put groups into:" select "glyphs" (or whatever you called the new category that was created earlier).

2. In the "How to add crafts to Auctioning" select "All in the Same Group"

3. Tick the box "only include Enabled Crafts"

4. Press the "Add Crafted Items from this Group to Auctioning Groups" button.

and now we have added all Warrior glyphs to our "glyphs" category.


 
 
 

back on the auctioning page we can check this by looking at our category list.  Expand "glyphs" and it will show "inscription - warrior" as shown in the graphic below.  Select "inscription - warrrior" and it will show all the warrior glyphs as also shown in the graphic below.

 
 

 

Repeat the above process for all classes and you will end up with what looks like the graphic below.  In my "glyphs" category i have all the classes added.  If selected one of these classes it would show me all the glyphs which have been added.

 
 

and that is it all done!


when i go to the Auction House with whatever glyphs i have on the character at the time and press "Post Auctions" it will post the glyphs at a maximum of 2 single glyphs or each glyph at a minimum price of 40 gold, a fall back price of 600 gold and undercut by 10 silver.

 
 


Saturday, 11 August 2012

Preparation for Mists of Pandaria - Converting my Blackfallow Inks

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

i came home on Friday to find patch 5.0.4 downloading.

Going back to Catacylsm - the pre-Cataclysm patch took away the ability for Ink of the Sea to convert to other inks via the Ink Vendor.  That was not critical given Ink of the Sea was still the most popular ink for Inscription.

However, Blackfallow ink is only used for one glyph / 6 scrolls / 1 book and therefore i dont want to be left with many.  Indeed, given i can use my Herbalist to gather whiptail i dont want to be left with any.

Hence, i have converted almost all of my spare Blackfallow inks into Ink of the Sea and Ethereal Ink.  And i have milled all my Catacylsm herbs.

as of right now, i have:

134 BLackfallow inks to be converted = 44 glyphs.

1927 ink of the sea = 642 glyphs. Target is done.

1002 ethereal ink = 334 glyphs. Target is 350 glyphs worth.

686 Midnight ink = 229 glyphs. Target is done.

678 Jadefire ink = 226 glyphs. Target is done.

658 Lion’s ink = 219 glyphs. Target is 350 glyphs worth.

641 Shimmering ink = 213 glyphs. Target is done.

471 Celestial ink = 157 glyphs. Target is done.




i will be keeping an eye on the Auction House - there is a decent chance that Catacylsm herbs are dumped for low prices over the next few weeks giving me a chance to quickly buy them and convert to other inks, if that opportunity still exists.

and i will be keeping an eye on information out there to further fine tune my perparations.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Splitting my end market

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide


There has been recent debate in the gold making community about posting at high prices vs constant under cutting.

I would have to admit that i am in both camps!

It is worth remembering that maximising gold earnings in World of Warcraft is not only a function of “gold per hour” but also a function of the time a player is willing to devote to gold making vs other activities such as questing and raiding or even levelling alts etc.

I would rather make a steady 5000 gold per day with an hour’s work rather than making 7000 gold one day, 1000 gold the next, 5000 the next etc and fighting the whole time to achieve this.  Even if i found that the stable market earned slightly less than the unstable market the time i could devote to other projects whilst operating in a stable market would surely offset this.

The way i achieve this is to make my minimum glyph price 40 gold per glyph against a crafting cost of 20 gold (currently a stack of herbs costs 40 gold, and each stack can make 2 glyphs).  I have a fall back price of 600 gold (and i sell at this level).

And hence i am adopting a strategy of splitting the glyph market.

The image below shows my Tradeskillmaster settings for posting 1 of each glyh at a minimum price of 40 gold, a fallback price of 600 gold and undercutting by 10 silver.





There are plenty of my competitors who are willing to operate in the 20 to 40 gold range earning profits up to 20 gold per glyph sold (which is still a good return compared to the crafting cost of 20 gold) to generate their daily earnings from the glyph market.

By setting my minimum price at 40 gold there is one less competitor at this 20 – 40 gold end of the market (i.e. i am not there) and hence my competitors have it slightly easier.

Furthermore, i find that because my competitors are happy with their daily earnings from the glyph they are less likely to camp the Auction House to squeeze every copper out from their glyphs.

That makes for a stable market.  It also makes for a market where what all participants fear most is an aggressive new entrant and we all will fight hard together to prevent a new entrant destabilising our market.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Old players returning ahead of Mists of Pandaria

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

These former players are returning to complete old content, emptying bag space and completing quests to prepare themselves for the new content.

Hence, they will be putting surplus items onto the Auction House to make a quick sale without really knowing their true worth.

This is a great time to pick up those recipes you are missing, buy cheap raw materials or even cheap rare drops.



Picking up those recipes you are missing

I use Auctioneer and it only takes 20 seconds to do when you are at the Auction House.

1.  Open the Auction House window

2.  Click Recipes and then select the profession you are searching

3.  Tick “Usable Items” on the top bar of the window

4.  then press Search

A list of recipes that you don’t own will appear. (if a very long list appears then it is likely you have not ticked “Usable Items”

I always buy recipes that are priced under 100 gold.



the example above shows that my the Auction House has 7 recipes (4 different ones) that my Tailor does not have though none are below my 100 gold price.

Only takes 20 seconds to do.



Seeking out cheap raw materials

I use Auction Snatch for this.

Auction Snatch keeps a saved list of items i want to buy from the Auction House and will automatically scan the Auction House for those items.

It is linked to the Auction House and will either open when you open the Auction House or you can press the tab, as shown above.

the starting window will look like the image below. you can add new items you want searched over time - by typing them into the query box at the top and pressing "Add Item". It is very intuitive. I initially set it up to scan for Titanium Powder (for my Jewelcrafter), Volatile Life, Book of Glyph Mastery and all the inks, all the herbs. Over time i have added other items such as cloth.

Pressing "Search" will start the scan.


When the first item on the list is found in the Auction House a new window opens with pricing information on this time and various options allowing you to Buy for example - as shown below. If you dont want to Buy you can move to the next item on the list by pressing "Next in List". The information is also displayed on your Auction House window as if you had manually searched for the item.



Hence, in a very short period of time you can go through all the items you often buy to see if there are any cheap items on the Auction House.

I do this scan at least once a day and it is a great way to pick up those cheap raw materials to craft as well as find cheap items that are normally highly priced.



Buying rare drops

These returning players will be putting rare drop items on the Auction House without being fully aware of their value or they may be wanting to get gold quickly.  This gives us a great opportunity to buy them and resell them at a much higher price.

See my main flipping market post and a follow up post on this matter.

It is a great way to earn gold and does not need a profession - just some bag space and some starting gold.




Sunday, 5 August 2012

Weekend Post - Inflation in World of Warcraft

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

I aim to post every two days one this blog. However, i find that my weekend posts generally get less attention (i suspect most people read posts during the week and therefore land on my homepage and read the post i did at the weekend at the same time). Therefore, for the weekend post i plan to post on how the World of Warcraft economy relates to the real world or theoretical concepts for the World of Warcraft economy. Ironically, it is this subject matter which causes the most email traffic!

Inflation is a measure of the price rise of a basket of goods.  For our purposes in World of Warcraft inflation is the price rise of new raw materials and old raw materials which leads to a price rise in crafted items, and the higher costs of NPC items, repairs etc . . . . essentially to us it is the rise in cost of living in the World of Warcraft.  And typically inflation hits with new content where new raw materials and NPC items are more expensive than in the last content.

For normal players this is compensated by higher gold drops from mobs, bosses and quest awards which leads to more money being in the economy.  In many ways, Blizzard are reacting to their own created inflation by paying the player base higher gold wages – which is how the inflation mechanism can work in the real world.  Higher costs of living see workers demand higher wages to compensate.

Where it affects all players, but particularly those with large gold balances, is that these gold balances are able to buy less of the new raw materials and new NPC items than they could have bought the equivalent under the old content.  In other words, the buying power of our gold falls as we move into the new content.  Things are just more expensive but our gold level is the same as it was the night before the new content.

For example, I sit there with 1.5m gold.  What you don’t see is the raw materials and crafted goods in my inventory as well.

Hence, i don’t need to spend any of that 1.5m to enhance my gold making process – it is in effect dead gold.  It is this 1.5m gold that is hurt by inflation.

My raw materials and crafted items though will go up in value and so are in part inflation protected.

Compare to someone with say 10,000 gold and the rest in raw materials and crafted items – they are less hurt but nonetheless that 10,000 gold still loses some purchasing power in the move from old to the new content.  Their raw materials and crafted items, which will form a larger part of their wealth, will rise in value as the new content comes in.

The question therefore is how to protect that 1.5m gold from inflation.

In the real world that surplus gold could be invested to generate a return – the higher the target return then the higher the risk required to achieve it.  That is not an option in World of Warcraft.

Therefore the route many take is to buy raw material items and NPC items that they believe will rise in value in the new content and then sell those items once the new content arrives.  The “profit” made is in fact merely inflation profits and they are merely holding their own with the inflation – but at least they have inflation protected their gold.  Not a bad idea – as long as you select the items to buy that will go up in value.

Personally, i increase my raw materials to meet the increased demand for glyphs but otherwise i just take it on the chin and live with it.  The additional amount of gold i need to spend on the new raw materials will be compensated by the higher prices of the new crafted items.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Friday Shout Out – Syndication

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

For a long time The Undermine Journal has syndicated blogs (as well as provide a database of prices of all items across servers – see my post on the Flipping Market for a worked example of how to use this database).

Just recently Jim Younkin has restarted his PowerWord:Gold Chronicle up again which does much the same thing.

The Undermine Journal automatically syndicates from a list of blogs that it declares on its page.  The PowerWord:Gold Chronicle has editorial control from Jim.

If you are starting out in gold making and want a good cross section of blogs then bookmarking these two sites would be a good place to start.

Secondly, another source of gold making ideas is from my Blog Roll to the right and PowerWord:Gold's blog directory

If there are any gold bloggers out there that i have missed and would like to be on my blog roll then drop me a line.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Preparation update for Mists of Pandaria

for other ideas on the glyph market and other general tips see the free Croda's Inscription Gold Guide

The launch date for Mists of Pandaria has been announced as 25th September 2012.

That leaves us under 2 months to be prepared for the launch – to that end below is an update of where i currently stand and what i need to do.

I have 5 professions fully levelled over 3 characters – Inscription, Enchanting, Tailoring, Jewel Crafting and Alchemy.  On my Scribe i also have Herbalism which is fully maxed out.



Raw material stocks for my Scribe – work in progress:

I have 8 of every glyph.

My aim is to have sufficient inks to cover until the herb farmers get up to speed and start providing the Auction House with Mists of Pandaria herbs at sensible prices.  If there is a huge rush for glyphs then i would expect the price of glyphs to rise substantially more than offsetting the higher prices of herbs.

Given it takes 3 inks per glyph, then my current ink stock pile gives me:

867 BLackfallow inks to be converted = 289 glyphs.

1655 ink of the sea = 552 glyphs.  Target is 600 glyphs worth.

695 ethereal ink = 231 glyphs.  Target is 350 glyphs worth.

521 Midnight ink  = 174 glyphs.  Target is 230 glyphs worth.

678 Jadefire ink = 226 glyphs.  Target is done.

325 Lion’s ink = 108 glyphs.  Target is 350 glyphs worth.

641 Shimmering ink = 213 glyphs.  Target is done.

437 Celestial ink = 145 glyphs.  Target is done.

Given the Blackfallow inks i already have i am well on my way to getting there.

I don’t plan on stocking any herbs.



Raw material stocks for my other professions – all done:

I don’t plan to stock any additional raw materials above the norm for these – all my focus will be on my main profession which is Inscription.



Profession Completeness – work in progress:

My Scribe has all the recipes.  My other characters are busy picking up the recipes that drop from specific mobs.



Character progression  - all done:

Scribe done enough – could do better but will be able to level through the next content.

Enchanter / Tailor may need some work – could level but currently only at beginning dungeon ability on Cataclysm.

Jewelcrafter / Alchemist – all done, will be fully able to level through the next content.



Addons:

I have made sure they are all up to date and i have Auctioneer and Auctionator as backups to Tradeskillmaster in case it breaks.  I also have two postal addons in case on breaks.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Speeding up the emptying of mailboxes

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Every gold maker in World of Warcraft will spend time at the mail box.  Indeed, players covering a mailbox with their mount and so making it hard to access the mailbox is almost considered an act of war!

Therefore, anything that can be done to speed up the unloading of mails is welcome.  To that end, there are two things that can be done:

Firstly, the mailbox will allow you to unload the first 50 mails.  To speed up this process press the “config” button on your mailbox page (assuming you have an addon such as Mail Opener)



When the Configuration window opens up - select the "Open All" as shown in the image above


And then set the opening interval times to the above - this is the fastest time to open 50 mails, assuming latency allows this.


Secondly, when you have more than 50 items to empty from the mailbox you need to wait a full minute before the mailbox loads the next 50 items to allow unloading to continue.

To skip this part you can put “/reload” in the chat box to reload your UI.  If you computer is fast enough then this only takes a few seconds (for me about 8) – which is a great saving on the 30 seconds i normally have to wait.


Something that every serious gold maker needs to be aware of.