Sunday, 15 July 2012

I decided to treat myself.

I recently wrote about my daily gold making routine. People make gold in Wow for various reasons and there are different types of players who make gold. 

I started making gold out of necessity when I wanted to complete the Insane in the Membrane feat of strength. After I got my title I continued to play the auction house because I enjoyed it. I enjoyed sitting on a pile of gold knowing I could buy anything I wanted. I treated friends and my other half to presents over the years. I gave away six Vial of the Sands, I've paid around two-three hundred thousand gold for my boyfriend to gear up multiple characters. I've given away several Mechano hogs because while it's nice to look at that sexy total of gold it's nicer to make friends smile.

This week however I decided to treat myself to something I've wanted for as long as I can remember. I knew at some point I'd buy one I had just never gotten around to it until now. With Mists of Pandaria introducing account wide mounts and the fact that characters will be grounded until level 90 I figured now was the ideal time to pick one up. I think I deserved it. 

While the epic was only a little bit extra I don't like the leg armour on it. So I went for the normal version. 
LJFDJALKFJAFJLS!!1 I can't tell you how much I love this mount.

If you're a gold maker have you ever bought anything you really wanted in Wow? Do you prefer to hold onto your gold instead? Even if you're not a gold maker what would you love to be able to buy yourself?

My daily gold making routine.

Making gold in World of Warcraft always has and probably always will take up a chunk of my play time so it's something I'll talk about here form time to time. I usually follow the same routine every day when I first log on and get most of it done before I settle down to anything else.

It's not very exciting but to be honest most of gold making isn't. From time to time you will discover a new niche market you had never thought of, something will sell for a completely unexpected price or you'll find an amazing deal. While those are great it's not something that happens every day. Making gold in Wow is mostly about patience and repetition once you have a grasp on your markets however depending on your reasons for making gold it will be very rewarding. I'll give you a bit of a run down on how my morning typically goes.

The first thing I do when I log into wow is log onto my bank character. She's a level one who's parked in Shattrath City as there is minimal lag there. I empty any expired auctions from the mailbox. I use the guide posted by Jim at Power Word Gold for buying 77-80 cata greens with Auctioneer buying up any armour piece under 70g and any weapon under 100g. I only buy and sell these items with this character along with vendor recipes and pets, she usually has around 500-1000 auctions up.  I post my new items on the auction house along with the expired items using Trade skill master.

Pie chart of items sold by my bank alt. Chart from

Next up I do my round of transmutes. I have four Alchemists at the moment (leveling a fifth) three of which have the transmute mastery giving them a chance to proc extra items. My other alchemist has potion mastery. My use of my transmutes varies from day to day. I've recently been transmuting Essence of Water into Essence of Air for use in Heirloom +Agility enchants. I keep a few scrolls on the Auction house the rest are going into a stockpile for MoP. This also shares a cool down with Transmute: Living elements and Transmute: Truegold so I tend to switch it around every few days. I use my Living elements cool down on one character to provide cheap Volatile Air for my Truegolds. I'm stockpiling some Truegold for MoP but not a massive amount.

The first character I tend to do my Transmute on is my Priest. Once I'm done I empty my mail, repost unsold gems and search for cheap Elementium Ore. I then do my Jewelcrafting daily in Stormwind. I've also started doing my Dalaran daily because I'd like to collect all of the patterns.

I log onto my Mage do her transmute, collect mail and repost. As she is my main tailor (I have two)  I check Trade skill masters crafting list for items to craft at a profit. I then do my transmute on my Warrior who is also a Tailor but I don't check hers as I haven't bought patterns on both characters.

I log onto my Shaman, transmute and do my Stormwind Jewelcrafting daily quest. I buy a Chimera's Eye with the jewelcrafting token and sell it on the Auction house.

Next I log onto my Druid. Collect mail, disenchant anything I've sent myself, repost / restock Enchanting scrolls and do a Tradeskill master destroying search for items I can buy to disenchant for profit.

Almost done! I log into my Hunter who's my Leather working alt. I'll empty my mail, repost anything that hasn't sold and check for items to craft for profit. While I'm on my Hunter I'll also see if the Alliance has recently won Tol Barad. If they have this is usually a great time to head over and skin the dead crocks and spiders people leave behind from doing their daily quests.

I'll log onto my Warlock who is my Scribe. Cancel and repost glyphs I've been undercut on for the first time of the day. This is something I'll do multiple times during the day.

I then log back onto my bank alt and go though my shopping list (snatch list) of items I know I want to buy depending on the price. I'll check for cheap herbs, leather, ore and cloth. Either for my MoP stockpile or for use in crafting. As well as a few random items. I'll make a post about my snatch list at a later date. 

Admittedly, looking though this post to non gold makers probably looks like a lot. To some other gold makers it might seem like very little. After some time and practice it's easy to get this routine down and it's all become automatic as well as picking up speed the more you do it. From there throughout my day or play time I add bits in here and there. I check The Undermine Journal and Wow Uction for quick deals, cancel and repost items on certain characters specifically glyphs.

I'm not one to babysit the auction house. I'll take time between doing heroics or leveling to check my auctions. Also with having two tailors each Wednesday I do all of my Dreamcloth cool downs (except air) because I'll always remember to do them by setting myself a specific day to do them.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Not enough time in the day.

Arrgghh I've been crazy busy this week! With the mogolympics in full swing, gearing up my Warrior a bit more and a bit of gold making here and there, busy, busy!

I love Moggit especially now that I know how to use it ahem but I generally prefer to use it only to scout out items then go and collect them. So when I'm not glued to Moggit I've been running instances or raids. I had to do the first boss in Black Morass no lie 29 times for what I had previously consider my favourite bow. It isn't my favourite bow anymore and I wish it and everyone who has it a fiery death.

In terms of gold making every thing is going well. I'm very casually getting back into my grove. Numbers are going up and that's always a good thing. I'm spending a lot of time hunting gear and rep grinding on various alts for transmog items. I'm still not utilizing my professions or time very well but that'll come once I'm a bit less busy with everything else.

Ideally I should clear out my TSM data and start a fresh. The vials of the sands I had bought and sold when I transferred servers. I'm sure the gold earned is also counted from when i transferred. Once I'm settled in a bit better I might even post some tips about making gold but in the meantime have a look at my blogroll. There are a few excellent gold making blogs in there.

Thursday, 5 July 2012


Mogolympics - Image from Amateur Azerothian

With the London Olympics coming up soon JD from Amateur Azerothian is holding a World of Warcraft Olympic themed transmogrification event and I've signed up to join in!

Participants have to create outfits relating to the following games.
  • Archery – Build an outfit around your favourite bow.
  • Cycling – Build a biker outfit to compliment the Chopper.  It must be either Leather or Mail.
  • Discus – Build an outfit around one of the shield skins seen here
  • Equestrian – Build an outfit to compliment one of the horse mounts in the game.  (Faction limitations apply, so no Orcs on a Stormwind pony)
  • Fencing – Time for some swordplay.  Build your best outfit around the 1h sword of your choice.
  • Javelin – Build an outfit around the polearm of your choice.
  • Hammer Throw – Build an outfit around your favourite two-handed hammer.
  • Wrestling – We’re going to deviate from olympic wrestling and go to the sports entertainment aspect instead.  Using one of the “championship” belts, design your own Azerothian pro wrestler.  Think of the oversized belts, such as the Firemend Cinch seen here.
  • Freestyle – Build your own NPC. Could be an innkeeper, could be the Green Orc Lantern.  Doesn’t matter.
This is an amazing idea! My head is buzzing with ideas. If you would like to join in just head on over to Amateur Azerothian and leave a comment after you've read all of the instructions. Upon commenting you'll be given a random faction to represent during the games. 

We're not allowed to share our entries until after the even as everything will be anonymous but we are able to show off our flag bearer. I'm going to be representing the Scarlet Crusade. 

The Scarlet Crusade aren't the most welcoming or trusting bunch I've met so I'm attempting to fit in as best I can. 

Do the crazies proud!

Staff - Benediction 
Head - Circlet of Prophecy 
Shoulders - Furious Gladiator's Mooncloth Mantle
Chest - Stonecloth Vest
Gloves - Red Mageweave gloves
Belt - Voidweave Cilice of Fire Protection 
Legs - Cindercloth Pants 
Feet - Farshire Footpads of the Owl 
Tabard - Tabard of the Scarlet Crusade 
Shirt - Scarlet Filigreed Doublet

Have you signed up? Are you thinking about it? It's going to be heaps of fun!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Getting back into gold making.

Most people seem to be experiencing a bit of a lull in WoW at the moment, I on the other hand feel completely different. Since I quit raiding a few months ago I have so much extra time on my hands. While I'm really enjoying not raiding I do now have a massive list of things I need or want to finish off before Mists of Pandaria!

One of those things is getting back into gold making. When I originally hit the gold cap I had been playing on the same server for many years and had amassed multiple level 85's all with maxed professions. When I later transferred off of that server I quickly began to feel lost when it came to gold making. I had no alts on my new server to back me up, I couldn't shuffle ore effectively. I had no awareness of the markets and to top it off I had to leave the majority of my gold back on Quel'Thalas as guild transfers weren't available yet.

I saw no use in continuing to make gold on Quel'Thalas as I had no need for the gold over there with no intention of playing any of those characters ever again, so I kind of just.. stopped altogether.

Quick! Steal it all while no one is looking!

Since I don't make gold just for the sake of making gold I actually enjoy it I started to add a few things into my routine to get myself back on track. Buying and selling transmogrification items, selling Cataclysm level 77-80 green armour. Sniping awesome deals from the Undermine Journal's great deals list.

Cataclysm 77-80 greens. 
Fast forward a few months and things are looking up certainly going into MoP more prepared that I was. I have several level 85's on my new server all with maxed professions and I've even started stockpiling for MoP. I'm currently sat (around) 480300g liquid. 

I still have Blacksmithing to finish off but my baby Paladin is only level 55. I have two Jewelcrafters, six alchemists, enchanting, mining and skinning. Two tailors, one leather worker. The only thing I'm missing is engineering but I have no desire to pick that up on any of my characters. 

A lot has changed since I stopped making gold being that I'm now on a crazy high population server (with several well known gold makers might I add!) but here's hopping it's as easy to fall back into as it was originality!

Wish me luck.