Friday, November 11, 2011

Violence and World of Warcraft

Image from Wikipidia
I do not know much of the facts or what happened to the Gold Queen.  She was attacked not long ago by five men which has left her hospitalized.

Violence against women or anyone for that matter is something that is just not acceptable, and should never be tolerated.

I received a e-mail forwarded to me by Power Word Gold about this from someone who wanted the gold making community to post something simultaneously with a link and/or image to the white ribbon campaign.  I decided I will just go ahead and post something now.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

What I've been doing

It has been awhile since I posted to this blog so just thought I'd post something quick about what I have been doing.

I haven't been able to afford to re-up my World of Warcraft account for awhile now, though I don't know if I really want to return.   Mostly just want to play with friends I have there, but not so much interested in the game anymore.

I've been playing a few games on OnLive as well as playing Bulletstorm, Fallout: New Vegas and few other games I have on my computer.  Mostly first person shooters.  There are a number of games that are already out that I want to get my hands on and some others that will be coming out.

Currently my wishlist consists of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Batman Arkham City, Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, Star Wars: Old Republic, Rage, Assasins Creed: Revolations, Warhammer Space Marine, Serious Sam 3, Borderlands 2 and I'm sure the list will just keep on growing.  Not sure if there is a way to post my Steam wishlist or not.

Anyways I need to find more time to actually post here, and post about what I'm doing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Playing Rift

Realm of the Fae Mountain Top in Rift
So lately I haven't been playing World of Warcraft as much but instead have been giving Rift more of a try.  I tried it once before when it was still in beta and while the game is interesting and is sorta fun to play, there is just some reason why I still can't seem to find myself as immersed  into the game as I did when I first picked up World of Warcraft.

Epic Gems

For awhile now I've read a number of times about epic gem predictions so here is mine.  There will be no epic gems this expansion.  Since 4.3 is going to be the last major patch of this expansion, what would be the point of adding in epic gems now?

Honestly I think just having uncommon and rare cuts are enough anyways, Though I do have a wish for rare cuts in the future, even though this is probably going to be the last expansion for me.

I think they should add a perfect cut proc to the rare gems, have the rare gems have a chance to proc something like +10 to a secondary stat.  So say you cut a 40 int gem, and it has a chance to proc 10 hit or some other secondary stat on it as well as a perfect version of the gem

Monday, August 29, 2011

Guild Chat Courtesy

Just thought I'd post a bit of something having to do with a post I was looking at today on WoW Insider, "Drama Mamas: Should guilds mandate courtesy?"

    Dear Drama Mamas,

    I am a guild leader of a large social guild, with a large group of officers.

    At officer meetings there are a small group of people who continue to bring up the subject of guild members not saying hello when people log on or grats when an achievement is made, they feel as if they are being ignored and are not welcome, although I have had no complaints from other guild members. This subject has been discussed many times and the main conclusion that the majority of us agree upon is leading by example, as we can not force guild members to say hello or grats. But the same people continue to gripe about this one subject which sometimes leads to aggressive discussions on the officers forums. I understand that they feel strongly about it and have attempted to address the problem many times and tried various things to appease them to no avail.

    How can I diffuse the situation without resorting to doing something drastic like demoting them, which may cause serious ramifications for the guild (i.e. people guild quitting, aggressive discussions overflowing into guild chat and accusations of abuse of power).



Thursday, August 18, 2011

Single Player Games That Require Internet

Screenshot of Assassin's Creed II from Wikipedia

I have about 7 days off from work as I took my second week of vacation for this year, and for some reason my roommate just had to get behind on paying the bill with Comcast yet again, who provides are internet, TV, and home phone.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Greater Planar Essence weapons or armor?

A post over at JMTC titled "Cheep Greater Planner Essence," provided some decent information on getting greater planner essence cheeply, but the overall post fell short in some areas.

One of those area's is it listed some cloth armor amoung others that can be dis-enchanted into greater planner essences but isn't something to bank on.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Disenchanting for profit

Well I'm leaving the scroll market for awhile as they don't seem to be moving quite as well lately, to many are just returning to my hands, so I decided to move to the raw material market, prospecting and making rings and necks to disenchant, which I already do, but instead of taking that next step and turning those materials plus whatever extra I needed from the AH to turn into chants I'm going to just post mats.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

How much is a Dreamcloth? and Snatch List

Just a quick post that was related to my last one and figured I might as well share this.  When I got the pattern for the 36 slot jewelcrafting bag and noticed people already had it listed for so little I got to wondering if I was just valuing Dreamcloth wrong.  One of the reasons I avoided selling anything with dreamcloth so far had partly been cause I wasn't sure what its value was.

After using a spreadsheet for a bit I figured, ya know what, one of the suggestions Power Word: Gold gave me was right on what I was looking for but for some reason didn't think of.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dreamcloth and 36 Slot Jewelcrafting bag woes

Current Listings of Luxurious Silk Gem Bag
Well unfortunately for me, I didn't do the fireland dailies maybe two days on time so I got behind on unlocking the moonwell vendor as fast I had hoped to.  I finally got the pattern last night though, but at the same time I was instantly saddened when I went to toss up my first two bags to find that there where three listed now for anywhere between fourteen-hundred to two thousand gold.

Why has this saddened me? well I'm not sure if maybe I'm just doing it wrong, but I would think you would price your dreamcloth based on the most expensive cooldown to make one.  Dream of Azshara oddly enough is the one that is the more expensive of them atm, costing something like eight hundred six gold to make one dreamcloth, costing somewhere around two thousand four hundred eighteen gold to make three and your damn right for using week cooldowns I want to at least get one-hundred fifty percent on making them, which would be three thousand six hundred twenty-nine gold as my threshold.

So what do you do? I guess I might have to research more into the actual cost of making dreamcloth I mean people have been happily selling the high end spell-threads for five-hundred while I would turn up my nose at such amount..

Should I buy them out and list them higher?

Friday, July 22, 2011

What Has Been Selling This Week

Queen and Bay via Daily Dose of Imagery
So again I'm a bit late at getting around to posting this, I really should get more in the habit of taking some time to write post for my blog.  Anyways, What has been selling this week?

Well for starters I'm trying a few new things for the upcoming weeks, I've started to whitelist a few of my competitors so that I'll be posted at the same price that they are, assuming there price falls above my threshold, but if it does not I'll be posted at my fallback.  I've already talked about my new threshold and fallback strategy for this coming week in a previous post, maybe its just that I'm nearing the first major milestone of two hundred and fifty thousand gold that I'm become more greedy?  I did sell a bit more then the previous week one hundred eleven more items, and brought in a bit more, but over all wasn't my busiest week.

So whats surprised me? Well enchant gloves - greater mastery for perhaps the first time ever I think has reached my top list of gold sales.  What disappointed me is perhaps something I should start adding to this as well, is that I didn't make hardly any sales of Fortune Cookies.  In another post I pointed out that I had made a fairly decent profit off selling Fortune Cookies.  It seems in a short time without really barking or anything that the secret is out and I have competitors, the price is still good, but since even though I did well with it, it hasn't been my main focus.

I've made the bulk of my gold via enchanting so that is where most of my focus is at.  I'm also behind on the fireland dailies, so be at least another day before I do the filling the moonwell quest and pick up the jewelcrafting bag pattern, I haven't checked to see if any are up yet, but soon I will be trying to post those.  Here's hoping that I'll be having those in my top sales soon, stay tuned.

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Heavenly Shard for Cheep

BlacksmithImage via Wikipedia

Had thought I already posted about this already, and I may have, but I forget which post it was in.  Anyways wanted to share real quick one cheap way to obtain heavenly shards for enchanting or just to sell the shards.

What you need is a blacksmith and a miner, or if for some reason you have a blacksmith but no miner, at least have a friend who can do the smelting for you.  You could possibly buy the bars, but it most likely won't be nearly as cheep.  So what do you need to do?

Depending on the price of ore on your server, and the price Heavenly Shards are going for will determine how effective this method would be for you, make sure you check both before going ahead and using this method.

I'm not actually taking a look at my servers actual prices at the time of writing this, but I know that shards are going somewhere between 95-110g a piece regularly now, occasionally getting lower.   That is a hell of a increase over pre-4.2 numbers, where I bought them around 40-45g.

So lets just throw some random numbers out there, say you can buy both elementium and obsidian ore for about 1g 75s per ore.

Now Stormforged Shoulders take 8 elementium bars or 16 elementium ore, and 2 folded obsidian or 8 obsidium ore.  So your total cost for a heavenly shard is 34 gold, 20g for elementium ore plus 14 for the obsidian ore, now you can turn around and sell those bad boys for a 61 gold profit with these just randomly picked numbers that may or may not be close to reality or possibly turn them into more gold with enchants, which you choose is up to you.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Enchanting Threshold and Fallback Settings in TSM

Screenshot of my Auctioning Categories
The other day I had an idea for how I might change my threshold and fallback in TradeSkillMaster for my enchanting.  I'm not that sure it is the best idea but I am going to roll with it for awhile and see what happens.

The idea is this, I want to make the most gold possible, and got to thinking enchants fall into different price categories, so why don't the threshold and fallback I have been using?

You have the expensive enchants that are five hundred gold or more to make, and writing that I almost have to laugh.  Expensive takes on a new meaning when your steadily approaching two hundred thousand gold.

You have your medium range once that are about one hundred fifty to five hundred to make, and your low cost ones that are anywhere under that amount.

So what if say the low end I was only willing to sell my enchants for least twice the crafting cost and I set the fallback to something ridiculous like six hundred percent?

What if the medium range I set the threshold to one hundred fifty percent and the fallback to four hundred percent?

what if the high end I set to only list one and not cancel with a threshold of one hundred twenty-five percent and a fallback of two hundred percent?

Friday, July 15, 2011

What Has Been Selling This Week

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Lion Gaming by Joseph Morse
So figured better get started on this post, or it just wouldn't happen before today is over.  Well it is actually over since today is now Friday and not Thur like I meant to get this post up on.  So without further ado, Whats been selling this week?

So this week I've been taking a bit slower in my gold making, not much, but as you can see I didn't sell as many items, less then last week anyways and didn't take in more then last week.  but still a decent amount and I'm steadily growing bit by bit over the one hundred thousand gold, and moving towards that first milestone of two hundred and fifty thousand.  I'm already over half way there, but not sure how much longer it will take to actually get that point.

When I broke one hundred thousand I told me self I'd buy a Traveler's Tundra, but I keep moving that goal higher. Oh well, eventually I'll just break down and buy one, maybe one for every toon I have that can ride it.  I digress and without further ado, here is what sold.

So what wasn't to much of surprise when I was finally able to make them was fortune cookies made it onto my list in a big way, and up till the last couple days was the second highest thing on my list, I've sold about 3k in cookies over the last week and a bit, some of the early sellers got pushed off the chart a bit.

I could have tried barking in trade to try and up the sales a bit, but when I finally got into a market where there is maybe one other person posting it really worth getting competition that would push the price into the ground like tends to happen with more in demand professions on my server?

I don't know, I may just try barking about them more and see if they start to fly more.  After all they don't just have to be an inscription to have these they have to have there cooking nearly maxed and do at least 5 days of dailies for the recipe if they don't already have it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lowbie Gold Guide: Letherworking

Thandra @ Llane Screenshot by tamed lion
Awhile back I created a hunter with the plan of leveling them up to be my leather worker though I've been debating more and more about just power leveling it on my main, but thought hey, at the vary least this could be.

Keep in mind that I haven't been playing this hunter as much as I would like and primarly the way this character has been making gold is by making low level leather working items and I only been playing them a little here and there, sometimes just signing on to buy leather craft a few items, auction them and sign off.  At this time my hunter is level 23 and has six hundred sixty gold eighty one silver and nighty copper, the only help I really gave this character was some bags, two 20 slot leather working bags I bought from a vendor and a couple embersilk bags I made on my mage.

I'm sure some other more seasoned people would be able to make more then that in the time I've invested in my hunter, but its still more then your average player would most likely have by that level, and since I was about the only one doing it, I had next to no competition with the items I crafted.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What Has Been Selling This Week

Welcome once again to my late post of "What has been selling this week," Where I just point out that hey, least I'm richer then most people, in World of Warcraft at least.  The picture for this week's post is a photoshop edited photo of my newest mean gnome priest scribe to my gold making line up.

So since 4.2 went live I've been kicking my ass for not having any stockpile, or least next to none of one of materials for enchants and such, though I still managed to keep making a bit of gold, though right now I'm not really much over the one-hundred thousand gold mark, though I suppose I should have at least posted a hey I made one-hundred thousand gold mark.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cooking some Fortune Cookies

An unopened fortune cookieImage via Wikipedia
I recently made my priest my scribe, I partly did it just to see if I could make some more gold off inscriptions and right now, I'm not having to much luck but then my main profession is Enchanting, but aside from get my scribe to five-hundred twenty-five skill level, I decided to pick up the fortune cookie recipe to see if that would help me make some more gold off my cooking.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trying to Learn Patience and Moving on in July

Since 4.2 came out I've been having a bit of trouble keeping enchanting mats in stock, I've had to rely a bit to heavily on the Obsidian Shuffle to keep myself in mats and even then wasn't posting as many enchants as I would have liked to be posting.

Last night though, I got allot of materials that dropped below my old price point and I snagged them all up in hopes that it will help in the long run of eventually hitting the 1 million gold mark.  I'm mostly doing this cause right now its the only thing keeping me in the game, but its becoming more and more apparent how time consuming it is, and how much work goes into it.  Right now its almost like a second job.   I come home from work, I hop on, do my Fireland dailies on my mage, do the cooking daily on my warrior and do the jewelcrafting daily on my DK.

Machinima Tuesdays: The Gilnean Fallow (A Prologue)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Patch 4.2 Did indeed come and already having regrets

First night of the World of Warcraft Firelands patch and I'm already regretting I didn't really try to stock up.  I had a little bit of backlog of enchants and such that I pulled the night before the servers went back up, but I didn't have to much.

What stock I did have saved up sold pretty quickly though, I signed on posted what enchants I could and other things and maybe a hour or two later after I did all the new quests on my mage I had sold about 6k+ in enchants.  Was the first time ever that nearly every sing last one of the enchants that I tossed up sold in little time.

I spent a while last night farming ore and herbs on my druid to make some more enchants simply cause greater celestial essence and heavenly shards where in the 100+g range per, so where way over my buying point to restock.  I did manage to get some more maelstrom crystals though for under two-hundred and thirty gold which was nice.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Patch Day or Not?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Auction House Pricing

 I don't know if there are already post on this, but figured might as well post something myself anyways. There are some right and wrong ways to work the auction house to make gold.

Mining and/or Herbalism to make gold

The first thing to do is get GatherMate2, GatherMate2_Data, Routes, and you might as well grab Auctionator in the process. I will tell you why you want Auctionator later in this guide, but for now GatherMate2, its data module and Routes are the first ones you want to have installed and running. You can optionally use Gatherer instead of GatherMate2, but I found I like GatherMate2 better.

Whichever you choose to go with, GatherMate2 or Gatherer you want to make sure that the one your using has as up to date data on mining and herbing node locations as possible. I believe Gatherer has a wowhead database to download and import to it, where as GatherMate2 uses its only data archive that is updated rather frequently.

To import GatherMate2's data you just need to go into its configuration options and go to import and tell it to use its data module select which content you want to import, Cataclysm, Wrath of the Lich King, or Burning Crusade. Classic isn't listed but I believe the reason for that is simply that the Cataclysm data includes the old world content as the old world changed with Cataclysm.

Next with Routes you can go to taruowowguides and download his custom routes for cata zones or just manually set up your own routes.

So lets say we are going to start buy flying around and mining and herbing Twilight Highlands. Head out that way and once your there, open up /routes to bring up the Routes configuration tool. You want to look for where it says add on the left and click on that. Now make sure that GatherMate2 is checked off or whichever gathering add-on you are going to be using and go down and click what you want to be tracking, enter a name for Route, and hit the okay by the name, I would recommend checking Twilight Jasmine, Elementium and maybe Pyrite though I think Pyrite is just a rare spawn of Elementium, though you won't find those nodes in Deepholme. If you don't have herbalism or you don't have mining, then just select what you can gather Then you want to hit the create route button.

This creates a rather ugly route for now but we will be improving it in a moment. Go down to the zones list and look for Twilight Highlands and find the route you just created and select it. Now we want to look for where it says cluster, and usually I've been increasing the slide to max lately or might want to set it to something like 80 if you want to make sure that you dont' miss any nodes. Click on cluster. Depending on your computer this might cause a slight hang on your client but it shouldn't take more then a min, your route will now look a bit better then it did before but now we want to optimize it, by going down a bit further and clicking the background optimization button. You can choose the forground one if you want, but this will cause your client to hang and if it hangs to long you will disconnect, but if it works for you should give a slightly better route.

Now that the route is made, you will need to start the fun part, or not so fun part if you hate gathering as much as I do, but turn on some tunes, have something to drink and you don't have to spend that long at it, only do it for a half hour to a hour if you don't want to spend hours at it or maybe you have a half hour to kill before you need to head to raid, gather as much as you can remembering to CC mobs if you can before looting nodes so no one grabs your node if you already see someone at one your going for just keep going.

After You spent enough time gathering its time to head to the nearest auction house to list your goods, and this is where Auctionator will come in handy. Once your at the auction house and have Auctionator installed, talk to the auctioneer and look for the selling tab at the bottom of the screen.
Take one of the herbs or ore from your bags into the little box and it will scan for the current auctions of that item. Now you could just undercut the lowest auction but if the lowest auctions are not stacks of 20, its usually going to be lost profit for you to do so. Why? Well because when people buy crafting mats they do so in one of two ways, but both ways are usually in bulk. If the person scaning is using TradeskillMaster's dealfinder they may have even stacks selected cause they want to prospect or mill and don't really want to buy stacks of 3, but instead want stacks of 5, 10, 15, or 20. Look for a fair number of auctions posted in stacks of 20, now you can either a) undercut them by a silver or just list at the same price and sell your stacks of 20. Your auctions might now sell right off this way, but they will sell and probably within a hour or so. You might concider buying out some of the lower smaller stacks as well and listing those with yours if you can make more stacks of 20 or at least even stacks got for a little more gold.

Hopefully this information was useful to you, please make sure to share this buy clicking one of the share buttons below or leave a comment letting me know what you think.

Thanks and have fun,

Friday, June 24, 2011

Recent Thoughts about my Auction House Experience

Recently I got to thinking that when I first started playing World of Warcraft, one of the first things I tried to do with blacksmithing is I went to Stormwind with a bunch of ore I had and made some things, and I wasn't even looking at the auction house at the time to see how much ore was going for etc, I just was offering the things I made in trade for a little more then the regents I just bought from the blacksmithing supplier to sell the item for, and was instantly returned with, people mocking me for doing so, though I think I did sell maybe one of the items.

Thinking back on it now I should have just stuck with it and kept trying, and of course included the going price of the bars on the auction house as well, but I didn't really try again. I did list the occasional item on the auction house but wasn't something I stayed constant at. Most my time playing World of Warcraft I rarely listed things on the auction house, aside from rare drops and such, but then having gold was never that much of a driving point. I wanted to raid and I was fine with at least having enough to cover my repair cost. That was the largest part of my grinding, just making sure I had enough to be able to repair my gear. I should have tried harder.

Its kinda funny in a way that now I have more then enough to cover repairs and maybe to buy something I really want off the auction house, like dark moon cards etc, but I'm not currently raiding, I'm not even running five mans much, I'm just playing the auction house.

If only I had desire to do then what I'm doing now and kept with it I would have allot more gold back then, and possibly even more now. Instead of looking at coming closer and closer to breaking my first one-hundred thousand gold, maybe I would be looking at breaking my first five-hundred thousand. At the very least I wouldn't have had to grind for repair bills, and now and then I would have been able to swipe up that item I really wanted off the auction house, instead of thinking man it would be nice to have that.

Right now there are a few items like that on the auction house that I would like to pick up like the dark moon cards and vial of sands mount etc, though I want to work on leveling up my archeology on my shaman so he can make the vial of sands himself, of course that still won't be much cheaper then buying it of the auction house I don't think, well probably a fair bit, and I'm working on leveling a inscription character so maybe I can start making my own dark moon cards. The only things really stopping me from getting much of anything off the auction house I want right now is greed, and not really needing it right now. Having best in slot gear isn't going to do me that much good when I'm not even raiding currently.

I'm not sure what my goal for this expansion is going to be now, my first goal was to hopefully not be behind in raiding..well I made the mistake of switching servers and leaving a guild that I probably could have been raiding with and now not raiding so..yeah that's a failure, I'm already well behind in that department as 4.2 is just around the corner and I haven't even started this tier of raiding, but oh well, much as I would like to be doing that I'm sorta just happily plugging away at learning to make gold.

I'm going to start making some post on how to make gold of my own, though probably most of it will just be information that I've learned from others in hopes that maybe I can least help some others out there.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

What has been selling this week

Light Waves from Daily Dose of Imagery

Not bad compared to last week, only up to nearly 70 thousand gold, I should have took time to note the amount I started the week with but oh well. TradeSkillMaster_Accounting still shows I made more then I spent, though I spent a considerable amount.

Honestly posting, crafting and so on with my professions is taking up so much of my time, but I was glad that I sold more this week and brought in more.  What suprised me this week, well I only tried to sell some maelstrom enchants late in the week and my second highest item was mighty intellect to bracers as well as selling 9 Embersilk Bags for a total of 2496g 78s 54 copper.  The bags I had a bit of bad luck with in the past, but it was nice to see they where selling this time.  Bag of Jewels didn't make the list, but I'm currently the only one selling it at the moment so I'm hoping to sell more of them.

Pyrite ore finally dropped below 5.5g briefly one day so I quickly snatched up some of those, and you can see I made a fair amount of gold just selling the volatile earth from prospecting those.  Rare Gems have become a bit of a thorn in my side as there are so many people the drive the price down way to much of the time and will be camping the AH.

I'm also still sorta surprised how much Zephyrite sells, It doesn't sell for much, but I usually have a fairly large number after prospecting and been listing them regularly in singles though thinking of trying a few things I've been reading lately like listing so many stacks of 3 for 48 hours for the jewel-crafting daily when it comes.  And the stacks of Volatile Earth I only sell in stacks of 10 and only undercut other stacks of 10.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Enchanting, Jewel Crafting, and How to price

I've been arguing with myself for awhile since I started the jewel crafting bit to feed my enchanting, if it was a good idea to be willing to post my enchants for less then the normal going price for the mats on the auction house.

I'm thinking in order to make the maximum gold I could from my enchants I need to go back to using the material cost instead of the cheaper cost of disenchanting jewel crafting rings and necks.  Not that I am going to stop doing that of course.

One of the reasons is, for one, I do not always get the amount of materials I would need to completely restock my enchants, and would require me to buy larger and larger amounts of ore just to keep enough materials, so rather then have to buy, and prospect one-hundred or more stacks of obsidian or elementium ore I could also still buy some of the materials if they where under market value of course.

Though I'm wondering if it is the fairest or best thing to do?

Any thoughts?

What has been selling this week

Tuna auction at the Tsukiji fish market in TokyoImage via Wikipedia

Borrowing something from Auction House Addict and posting whats been selling this week.

Since I've moved over my jewel crafted and gone from buying enchanting mats whole sale to buying ore to prospected and make things to disenchant and then selling the enchants along with some cut gems, the gold just seems to keep coming in.  Granted  I still have to work the auction house a fair bit to make the most out of my investment but I've been doing better at a couple things over the past few weeks.

What surprised me recently is that my number one source of gold this week was the two handed agility enchant, that previously, before using spreadsheets and prospecting had been one of my least profitable enchants.

The sales I've made by volume, most sold items had previously always been the enchant chest - mighty stats, but that has now been overtaking by gems, Brilliant(30) and Delicate(25), Inferno ruby's, and apparently zephyrite(42), though honestly I'm almost always wanting to just vendor the zephyrite as there isn't much to do with it, but guess I should just keep listing it even if it is more a drop in the bucket then anythings.

One thing that still bother's me is enchant shield - mastery is suppose to be one of the best if not the best warrior and pally tanking enchants but are constantly being pushed down to 3g?  I tried to up that at one point and and well it turned out to be a complete and utter waste of time.

Volatile earth from prospecting pyrite is a good amount of gold to when you can get the pyrite for a decent amount, I've been shooting for under 6g but lately its been 7-9g per for the last week or so.

Also since Heavenly Shards have been so damn expensive lately I've been using my blacksmith to Stormforged Shoulders to disenchant and that cost me about 36g per shard rather then 60ish they had been going for awhile.  They seem to have gone back down around in the 50's as I'm writing this, but I still wouldn't buy them for that.  I use to only be willing to pay 45g or less for them, preferably less.

I know there are some worries as to what 4.2 will bring to the jewel crafting market and what price people are going to be willing to spend per stack of ore, but since the vast majority of my jewel crafting goes into enchanting mats for my enchanting I don't think i'm that worried about it.

by the way it is a little bothersome that I've sold nearly as many auctions as Auction House Addict, but yet my total amount for those was nearly half...

At the very least though I'm just shy of sixty thousand gold now, not bad for only just hitting the fifty thousand not that long ago.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Heal Like a Shaman

I've noticed through Blogger's Stats that so far more people are finding my blog do to a post I made on shaman healing.  So I'm trying to decide on what I should maybe post more about on that topic.  Does anyone have an question they want answered? What do you most want to know about Shaman Healing?

Send me a message and I'll try my best to answer them.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Spreadsheets, making gold, and I need to remember to make notes

Over the last few weeks I've finally got my Death Knight, Drict before now Dignus to Llane so he can start using his jewel crafting powers to make me even more money, in he has done just that, also of course monitoring my spending a bit more so that I don't say make 4k today and spent 5k the same probably a good idea, but its quite tempting to spend as much as possible to hopefully get the biggest return. But then that assumes I could actually sell all my auctions at any giving time which, just doesn't happen.

So the last few days I've been working on making my own spreadsheet for figuring out how to use my jewel crafting best, and got the idea from another spreadsheet that is already out there and possible a bit better then mine, but mine is still a work in progress.  I mostly did it just to see if I could get one that works and works reasonably well.  You can view mine here on google docs and theirs over at the consortium.

One of the reasons I wanted to create my own spreadsheet was to try and see if I could figure out a good way to get the price of enchanting mats, most cost after buying stacks of ore, how much one Greater Celestial Essence for instance worked out to.  Maybe someone will read this and let me know if I'm doing it wrong, but basically have it set to figure out what each gem, rare or not from that stack of ore.

So lets say I bought 10 stacks of Obsidian Ore at about 25g a stack, they aren't really ever that low on my server right now, but just a silly number to work with and say I bought 10 stacks totaling 2,500 in gold.  According to what i have those 10 stacks would turn into roughly 63 raw gems.  2,500 divided by 63 comes out to roughly 3.97g per gem.

Now I've entered what the current prices for the raw gems and it figures out which ones I'm going to be disenchanting and what I'm gonna try and sell raw cause the raw price is > then the enchanting mat price I would get.

To get my enchanting mat price it figures out how many gems total are used to make the crafted neck and rings to disenchant and comes out to an estimate of something like 49 gems to make 21 greater celestial and 101 hypnotic dust.  Some of those greater celestial essense started out as lesser's but I have it auto convert them right now cause they generally go for more as greater's.

So the total cost of the 49 gems times 3.97g per gem comes out to 194.44g in gold spent on just those gems. I then divide that by the number of greater celestial essence's which comes to 11s per greater celestial and 52s per hypnotic dust doing the same with those.  Now I no idea how accurate that is, but I'm still making gold so I don't know.

I could just try to divide it by the total spent, but that puts the hypnotic dust over the market value usually and since i'm not using all the results from prospecting for enchanting mats and investing them in other ways why would I decide the price on the total I spent?

Am I doing this wrong?

I also had a few macro's I was gonna post and I'm gonna do my best to recreate them without being in game, so if I get them a bit wrong..I'm sorry

Prospecting Macro

/cast Prospecting
/use Pyrite Ore
/use Elementium Ore
/use Obsidian Ore

Disenchant Rings and neck pieces; Note, the first item number you might want to leave out if your enchanter can equip fist weapons, its Carnelian Spikes, my mage can't but when I'm hitting this macro I notice it keep telling me I can't equip first weapons so I don't know you might end up equiping one or not, but might just cause some hassle.

/cast Disenchant
/use item:52492
/use item:52316
/use item:52314
/use item:52308
/use item:52307
/use item:52309
/use item:52306

Think I got all of them.

Other things I need to do with the spreadsheet is factor in using my blacksmith to make shoulders to DE or maybe using some rare gems to make the first weapons to DE into heavenly shards as heavenly shards are becoming scarce and the market price is going up.

oh and speaking of things going up, I dumped nearly 20k not long ago, not on anything to grand part of it was setting up a guild bank and I'm now just about 10k over what I lost so yay me, I got just shy of 40k last I knew.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Machinima Tuesdays: NYANGNOMEs!

Machinima Tuesdays: Nyangnome

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Is bored, but still making gold

Lately I haven't been doing much in game, least not as much as I would like.  Seems like I should be making more effort to run the newer heroics Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman, but keep getting bad groups for both most the time.  If I'm on my shaman healing with some guild mates we seem to get through, but the times I've tried queing without them I've had mixed results.  Sometimes get through, but not without some wipes, and I always seem to die on the snake boss in Zul'Gurub cause my health is allowed to get to low.

But on the plus side I've still been selling my enchants and making a profit.  I'm up to about twenty-eight thousand gold now, and debating if I should get the reins of the traveler's tundra mammoth now, or least wait till I'm at around fifty thousand.  I was originally going to wait till one-hundred thousand, but don't believe I'm going to wait that long to get it.

I'm still sorta disappointed that so far this expansion, I have not killed a single raid boss yet, I want to be able to raid, but I've never really been one to look to lead them, and course my schedule is always a bit wonky so I never know what days of the week I could raid if raid times where to start earlier then eleven or twelve pm EST.  As some nights, not as often anymore at least I don't leave work till eleven pm.

The guild I'm in now I joined cause of a co-worker suggest I should transfer over to Llane and join his guild, and certain reasons I wasn't quite feeling like staying on Cenarion Circle.  I almost want to just find a different MMO I could enjoy to play that wasn't WoW, but I sorta like the cartoonist look of World of Warcraft and the game play over most other games.  Rift is pretty neat from what I saw on the beta of the game, but I'm not sure I could even get that into that game, but I may give it another shot here before to long, at the very least it will give me something else to do.

Who else out there is playing, but just not really doing much of anything now as well?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Machinima Tuesdays: Bad Romance 3

Machinima Tuesdays: Bad Romance 3

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Shaman Healing in Cataclysm

So far in Cataclysm I've noticed so many people playing healers, basically healing wrong, and since I've been healing on my shaman a fair bit, I've specially taking notice of what other shaman healers are doing in 5-mans.

Allot of them seem to have the idea that you need to be using Healing Surge often, which isn't the way I've been doing it, and I've tend to end fights with much more mana then many of them.

I am mostly going to be talking about healing 5-mans here as I haven't been raiding really yet, haven't even seen anything other then Baradin Hold as dps.

I won't go to much into gearing as resto shaman, as for the most part, it has spirit on it and its mail, you want it, I think that should be pretty self explanatory.  Int > Spirit > Haste >= Master >= Crit.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Machinima Tuesdays: The Burden of Consequence

Machinima Tuesdays: The Burden of Consequence

Update on, oh hello thar curseforge

One of my last post I was talking about how I couldn't download add-ons from but then come to find out there is that contains allot of the same add-ons and are up to date.  I've notice the site before in my search, but the site doesn't always do a very good job of saying this there is a new version of the add-on.

So for the last week I've been able to fully utilize Tradeskillmaster to sell my enchants again and gone from what I had previously to twenty thousand gold last night, well briefly twenty thousand gold anyways.  I decided to celebrate getting to that point by buying my 310 flight on my mage, Ancelak, and went back down to a little over twelve thousand after buying some mats since its maintenance day and figured might as well buy what I could reasonably cheap before servers come back up, and hopefully when they do there will be some hypnotic dust up for around four gold each or less, wasn't much last night.

Once I've gotten a fair bit of gold again, around fifty thousand maybe, I'll be going to buy the  Reins of the Traveler's Tundra Mammoth.  Its nice not having to worry to much about gold other then well, making more of it.  Maybe, just maybe this will be the first time in my world of warcraft life that I'll actually come close to the gold cap? well I can dream at least, one million is a fair ways away.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Machinima Tuesdays: I love AoE

Todays on Machinima's Tuesdays, I love AoE, not really a video but a song parady of I Love Rock & Roll

4.1 Tradeskillmaster &

Sales by Auction! or Provident Children dispos...Image via Wikipedia
This is more of a rant then anything useful, But for awhile I have been working with a add-on I found over at WoW Insider called Tradeskillmaster which helps you craft and sell things on the auction house among other things, but for the most part that is what I'm using it for.  So far its actually been helping me to make some gold, from my previously pretty darn broke 2k self to my now 14k self.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mage Macros

Just thought I'd share some handy Mage Macros for people that I use.

Sheep Macro:

#showtooltip Polymorph
/clearfocus [mod:alt]
/focus [@focus, noexists]
/castrandom [@focus, exists, nodead] Polymorph, Polymorph(Turtle), Polymorph(Pig);

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Optimizing Your Dps (Part 2)

In the last Post, I went over just some rather basic information that can help get you started towards getting the most bang out of your damage.  In this post I'm going to be talking about a tool called SimulationCraft which will help you in a number of ways.  When used with a add-on called Pawn, it will help you to find upgrades easier in the game, less requiring you to actually go over the stats yourself, though it obviously helps if you know what it is your looking for to begin with, but sometimes a piece might have only a smaller difference and you may not be able to decide yourself.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Optimize Your DPS (Part 1)

I've been meaning to start a blog and post this for awhile now, so here we go with my first post on optimizing your raid dps.  This is really my first expansion where I've gone more in depth on getting my characters to do the most damage they can in runs.  I'm not currently raiding, but least I know I will for the most part be ready if my guild does finally get going, but this information should be good for anyone.

One good place to start that I know of is to go look up your class and spec in the ElitiestJerks forums and look at the information they have on the class and spec that you want to play.

The first things I'd do before getting to in-depth is look at what glyphs, talent builds, gems, and rotation in the post that they will have on your class.  Later you will want to get into reforging your gear to maximize your dps or really anything, but I'll be covering that part in the next post I make on this topic.