Money on my Mind

One of the best reads that I have found, Nance’s Alterac Volley recently reached a point that took some effort but was nicely done, 60K gold.

I used to think that making gold in WoW was hard, but I quickly realized that it is just like in the real world, a mixture of effort and opportunity.

Making gold in WoW is not hard at all, there are various ways of doing it. It is a little of auction house play, lots of smart expending and well, questing or raiding.

You need to think of one of your toons as a work horse. If you only have one, then guess what one of its purposes is. I have found that the most lucrative of professions in WotLK is mining. Why mining? because of Elementals and Ore. The prices on those two things are always pretty consistent.

As far as crafting professions making you good consistent money, jewelcrafting is pretty excellent. So if you are just starting in the gold making business, a Miner-JC would be the way that I would go.

So how to go about it?

Quest, Quest and then quest some more. Reason being that while questing you will find the good spots to mine what you need. While add ons are there to help out with this process, and you can look up the information online pretty easy, questing will show you the best routes for mining. That and killing mobs will get you drops that you can then turn around and sell in the auction house.

I do think a must have addon is auctioneer. It will help you decide quickly what you want to sell your stuff for.

There is really no excuse for being broke while playing this game if you are top level (right now 80). There are plenty of daily quests that will give you 10g. About an hour of dailies will make you 100g.

Now that I have told you the basics of making money, the key is how to make more and my answer is SAVE. Do not buy an upgrade to your gear as much as you are itching to. Save all your money until you have EPIC flying. Once you can move fast through the world, your money making will get tons easier and grinding will yield lots more.

So this is my 5 minute guide to becoming WOW RICH

LAMED out of gear

This weekend was more of the same in my WoW reality. We just don’t have enough people in the guild to really run stuff so the remainder end up puggin something and eating up the patient points they have accumulated.

This weekend I realized that my PvE DPS set is starting to look better than my tanking set. I think I could even go as far as saying that spending some gold would probably put me in the middle of the DPS charts in some encounters. So when a group where I had 2 guildies and a bunch of people from another guild told me to switch from tank to DPS I said whatever… I need the gear. The I realized that I would be competing with another warrior and two pallies for gear. I was however not told that I would be there for the chance at tanking gear, not a bad thing, but that I pretty much had no claim at the DPS gear. This is a common mistake when pugging, that loot distribution is not spelled out.

Great item drops, its DPS, I am checking the stats and the raid leader rolls, and gives the piece to himself… I am like WTF??? so when I kind of voice that it was too quick of a roll (it was not even a RW announced roll like most) I am told that I am just being carried for a chance at tanking gear…

It was not a waste of time, I got to see other versions of tanking a couple of bosses that I learned tons from. I also got to see why I like slower raiding styles… being dragged through a place is just not as fun.

The bad part of the whole experience, besides only a repair bill besides the experience, is that it made me take a closer look at my gear. The only thing I can get from regular dungeons is a sword… but I still have 3 mayor blue pieces… my tanking gear needs more purples.

This is the great paradox of playing the game for raiding rather then PvP or even just leveling characters… you have to commit tons of time and in a sense farm for gear… and farming for gear takes lots of time!

Back to Raiding

With the return of the better half on hour celestial hunter team (Moon has not been able to do anything from being in dial up for almost a month) and the addition of DPS wizards Frotobaggings and smidgeon, we are shaping up a very solid 10 man group.

Hon has been working hard on switching from being a ret pally to tanking and last night we finally saw fruits out of the seeds we have been planting.

While most of us had been on pugs or with buddy guilds to Naxx, this was only the first time we actually downed a boss since our guild split. We have been gearing people up and this was the first time some of them had seen Naxx.

We cleaned trash mobs up to the first boss in the aracnid quarter like nobody’s business but then we had issues taking the boss down.

While it took us way longer than it probably should have, I think everyone that went learned that boss by heart now and there should never be an issue taking him down again.

Healers can find a pug a lot easier than tanks. Most raiding guilds have set tanks, so getting into 10 mans is very hard for someone just leveling up. Vault was truly not a training ground and 5 man dungeons are really not as conducive to learning “real” boss fights. Studying strats and watching videos is all nice and dandy but until the raid has been to a place, some of those mechanics just don’t click.

I am glad we stuck with it and got that boss down. While we might never burn through content like some others might, I think our progression is getting better. It was hard to lose key players in the past, but the “back ups” have stepped in. I never thought I would become a main tank since ours used to be so freaking good at it. I still miss being able to learn from him and ask him questions about tanking, but good riddance and even if its at a slower pace we will conquer the content.

Break from Raiding

I think the next couple of weeks are going to be less full of WoW. Ever since the last patch it seems that I have been doing a lot less raiding and a lot more cleaning of my banks, selling stuff, etc.

While most serious raiders will be moving to conquer Ulduar, I do not have any hurry to step in there just yet. I still have not seen any of the new tournament content yet.

I am however looking forward to a new group of 40 – 60 toons that my friends are playing. I might actually have to play both my DK and Priest and get them all into dungeons and actually slow down the power leveling for more structured adventures.

Going into old dungeons with my 80 is a lot of fun, but I think enjoying the content for the levels that it was meant to is going to be even cooler. So in the coming weeks I might be going to Ulduar or even Naxx, but I will be enjoying content nonetheless, hopefully even getting better at the whole healing and DPS thing.

The Road to WoW

I was very late to the WoW party.  TBC had already been out, and WotLK was already on its way.  I had resisted Ultima Online, got only to the character creation part of EQ.  Partly it was because of me playing RPGs before that got me to a point of frustration.  I loved Diablo and its progression, but some of the older RPGs would get to a place of just impossibility and I don’t like looking up tricks or cheats and I hated feeling like I had to.  I like being able to figure things out.

I like being good at video games and RTSs was something I was very good amongst my peers and decent at an online level.  Warcraft II where my nick comes from “Logtar” and later Age of Empires were games where I would come up with various strategies to dominate others.  Some of the most enjoyable gaming moments I had at the time was going agains very smart friends that had awesome strategies and me coming up with an overwhelming counter.  Those were easy to pick up, play for some hours and then leave alone.

The first game that had a level of high addiction for me was Gunbound, its similarity to probably one of the best room shooters Worms was very appealing.  You also had avatars that you can get stuff for which would show your “status” as a hardcore player.  It was even more enjoyable when in an international server I found someone from the same town I was living at.  I spent tons of hours playing and was good at the game, but it was addicting, very addicting.  I eventually moved onto play more Battlefield Vietnam and Counter Strike to fill up spots for the local buddies that I had made in the LanParty scene.

While in Michigan I had offers to play UO for free with a coworker, as well as invitations to WoW from both people in the LanParty scene and two other coworkers.  Addiction level warnings would go off and I would politely decline the offer.  Maybe a little prejudice towards WoW since half of our clan seemed to be spending all their time.  I don’t use Xfire anymore, but you can clearly see that I played tons of CS:S when I did use it.

Over the last couple of years because of moving and other personal issues I kind of left the online scene alone.  I would go into a CS:S server once in a while, but nothing constant.  Then Wook (the GM of TOS) started working for the company and informally talked about WoW, no pressure, check it out.  I told him the same thing I did before about me knowing about the addictive characteristics of the game… and he said it was all about balance.  I knew it was… however, I knew I would sacrifice other entertainment, I know I like to be good.  He then let me try playing one of his toons… and darn it, it did it.  I had never played a game that was so well made.

Its been a year and I love WoW.  I still like to do other things and I believe I have a good balance.  I also have discovered other aspects of the game I love, like how Raiding teaches people management and interaction better than some socialigy courses.  I don’t know if I will ever get burned out when they keep on making it better and better… blizzard has to have an addiction creation department.  There is still so much content I have yet to see, races, classes that I have not even touched.  I am enjoying the journey quite a bit.