I’m Still Here

I see Im still getting visitors. For those few of you who might be looking for a new post I am working on it. I currently have a son who is exactly 1 week old so as you can imagine my WoW time and blogging time have been extremely limited. Furthermore, if I have just enough time to do one or the other you better believe Im going to pick playing the game over blogging about it 😉 I hope to have some stuff up soon. Thanks again.

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Quick Hit

Just purchased Ruby Shades for 100g thanks to a combination of TUJ notifications and the Remote Auction House. In other notes, I obviously missed the last Blog Carnival on diversification and specialization. I may still put up the post but I havent decided yet. I have a couple others in the works but real life has been busy this week. I will be out for the weekend so I hope to push out one more post before I take off.

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Week in Review

During the last review, we saw my limited gold due to several factors that I talked about. This week was basically a week of recovering and slowly branching out to different markets. The screen shots more or less speak for themselves.

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That’s all for now folks. My JMTC Blog Carnival post is forthcoming and some others are in draft. Thanks again to all of you that keep visiting, I’ll do my best to keep the content flowing.

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In Defense of Add-ons

So recently there was a post at Not So Secret Society (great blog btw) which was a response to a post by Cold over at Cold’s Gold Factory (another great gold blog). These two both more or less agreed the only add-on that you need for the AH is your brain and Cold went so far as to say he wouldn’t even recommend that a new auctioneer use add-ons at first. I think we’ve found some gold blogging Luddites!

I’m sorry folks but I cant condone this line of thinking. Well in the strictest sense of the word, I agree that the only add-on that you “need” is your brain. And I do agree that if you rely solely on addons to guide your auction house decision making then you are making a mistake. But it is as equally mistaken to not become familiar and proficient with the tools of our trade as we learn how this particular game is played. I could make any number of analogous comparisons to show the silliness of this line of thinking; the bottom line is there nothing inherent to addons that prevent you from learning the whys and hows of what goes on in the AH.

I also disagree with the notion that we can do everything just as well with our brains and the default UI just as easily or as competently as we can with addons. These addons are much better than we are at storing data, manipulating that data, etc. Of course there are also the addons that automate various tasks to perform operations much more quickly than we can as well.

Again, I have to point out that I absolutely agree that relying on addons completely is not the path to success. But there is no reason to deprive a budding auctioneer of these tools. You can teach the tools and how to use the information they provide to maximize your auctioneering results.

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Week in Review

I hoped to get this post up yesterday. I am back in the US and have been enjoying the family time. I did get some WoW in as well. Without further ado, here are the screen shots and then I’ll give you the blah blah blah.



So as you can see, I dont have a lot of gold right now. There was a sort of convergence of many factors which drained my gold rapidly, which was wasnt too deep to begin with since I’ve only been back in game about a month. Here is all the different issues:

  1. Prepping for my travel home (less selling and AH prowling)
  2. Bought a huge stack of raw gems from a farmer at well under market price
  3. Leveling enchanting on an alt.
  4. I also have some gold tied up in some future flips.
  5. Had a serious facepalm moment and while transferring gold from toon to another via mail I screwed up using the auto-complete function and emailed some random person a pretty nice pile of gold. No of course they didnt return it.

I will admit I also lost some focus this past week. A lot of that was about my real life stuff, but Ive also been pvping like a mad man. I’ve managed to grind myself about halfway through a full set of the Bloodthirsty Gladiator gear. I’ll probably be posting more about this soon but Ive been queuing non-stop in RBGs and Tol Barad.  On the plus side I’m now exalted with Therazane and the Wardens.

I hope you all are still reading and more posts will be coming soon!

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    Quick Update

    Folks, I see I’m starting to get a few more visits. I do appreciate you reading. I am currently traveling back to the United States from where Ive been deployed with the military for the past 5 months. Obviously travel + reuniting with the family will impact my playing and blogging time. But I do have some half finished posts in the works. I hope that you continue to visit and I’ll get those posts up as soon as I can.

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    Knowing is Half the Battle

    Scientia potentia est (knowledge is power)

    Knowledge is key to maximizing the value of your time spent in game. I think this is very critical to playing as a Super Casual. It also has fairly obvious implications for the gold making game as well. Even more importantly there is a lot of synergy between your knowledge of your class(es), professions, etc and your ability to make gold. In other words the better player you are, the easier you will find it to make gold whether you are a hardcore auction house player or not.

    First let me clarify what I mean by being a “better player.” I’m not talking about being on top of the DPS meters, having the most gold, having the most killing blows in battlegrounds, or anything like that. I’m talking about your ability to make the most of your time in game, whatever your goals may be. Its knowing what dungeons you should be running first to gear up, what factions have the best rewards for you, understanding why its bad to fight on roads in battlegrounds,  and why pulling aggro as DPS is ALWAYS your fault (yeah I said it).  I agree your primary aim in WoW is to have fun. I submit that taking the time to learn about the game will lead to more enjoyment for you.

    Let me give you a quick example of the sort of synergy I’m talking about. As you know by now, my main is a Hunter. I love this class. I read everything I can about it (when I’m not playing or reading about other facets of the game).  Because of everything I read (and then put into practice, a very important point), I’m a pretty good Hunter. I’m not God’s gift to Hunters but I’m above average. I put out good DPS, know how to use my CC, etc. I also know what gear, gems, enchants, foods and other consumables, etc are important for Hunters. This automatically clues me into where demand in the market is going to be.  I know agility trumps all for Hunters, almost to the point where certain lower level enchants are going to be better for a Hunter than some of the high end ones. This in turn may allow you to exploit a niche market that other people have abandoned thinking those enchants are not longer worthwhile.

    There are diminishing returns on this knowledge. At some point you are going to know must of what you need to know about a particular class or profession. You need to branch out. In fact diversification of knowledge is arguably as important as diversification of your gold making ventures. I don’t expect that you would know the ins and outs of every class. But you ought know the high points. Knowing what a raiding prot warrior is going to gem for versus a fury warrior who loves to PvP might be a good thing to know. What stat is most important for a healing priest?

    So without further ado, here are some of my favorite sources of knowledge.

    The Undermine Journal – I could almost end this post right here if we were talking solely about goldmaking. This is an incredible tool for would-be auction house players. Cold over at Cold’s Gold Factory has done a couple of very nice posts on this site. I would only caveat this by saying that you need to understand the data you are looking at, and also note that TUJ is rather sensitive to grossly inflated auction prices. Just be aware of this fact. Seriously, learn it, live it, love it. Its that good. I’d pay real money to use this tool.

    Wowhead – The penultimate WoW reference. I’ve yet to be disappointed when I go to this site looking for info. The comments section is actually very helpful, unlike many sites on the intertubes. Its self-moderated and it works surprisingly well. Ive found some very good information in the comments sections of this page.

    WoW Insider – I can hear some of you groaning. I dont know why or when it got popular to to pan these guys but it’s unfounded. Focus on the articles on the classes and other stuff obviously. Even if it’s not always quite right (and this doesnt happen as often as some people would have you believe) LOTS of people read this site and follow their advice. Thats their only source of information.  What do you think this does to markets if they make a certain recommendation. And for a bonus, you should absolutely salivate when they publish a gold making article. Seriously. If you cant figure out why,  I’ll need to see you after school for some extra instruction.

    Elitist Jerks – The place for serious raiders. It will teach you more about your class (for PvE at least) than you ever wanted to know. No, I’m serious. You will overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information. There is no chaff. This is because the slightest breach of the rules will get your post deleted or moved to The Banhammer or The Dung Heap. Your intrepid blogger has been to the Dung Heap for a seemingly innocent post. The ruthless moderating ensures a high amount of high quality information. Read here as much as you can. If Elitist Jerks says “Class X should gem with Y”, you can be damn sure Y is going to be selling on your server.

    Blogs – Yeah, I kind of took the easy way out here. Find as many blogs as you can stand to read and read them. YOu will pick up all sorts of little bits of knowledge that will help you optimize your play time, earn you gold and all that other stuff. If you don’t know how to use a feed reader, do some research. I use the Google Reader.  Check my blogroll for some, and check back because it will get longer, but inputting those links is so painful… 😉

    So go out, get smart, and continue to enjoy the Super Casual lifestyle.  In the comments, let me know what your sources of knowledge are!

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