Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Definitive Guide to making Gold in WOW


I'm not sure how much I've covered in my previous posts, so I figured I would do a recap of easy ways to make Gold in World of Warcraft.

1 - Beg for it. Swallow your pride, ignore people giving you advice on how to make money by taking up gathering/crafting professions, and spam the trade channel tirelessly with comments like "I'm level 6, and need 10 gold 4 new armorz" "Can anyone give me money for my epic ride? I pay back next week, swear!"
It will work, eventually. Someone will get tired of your whining and give you a few gold to shut you up.
(The above is sarcasm, just felt like listing it)

2 - Take up a gathering profession. Herbalism, Skinning, and Mining will all give you a good gold return for the few seconds it takes to gather a metal/herb node or skin a beast.

3 - Take up a crafting profession. Leatherworking, Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting, Inscription, and even Engineering can produce items to make you money. Inscription is the newest one, and as such, if you log in every 20+ hours to do your Minor Inscription Research, you can make a lot of money off the minor glyphs pretty early on. The other professions usually don't start making money until later levels.

4 - If you've downloaded Auctioneer, you can use Bottomscanner or whatever it's called to gather prices of all the items in the AH. Keep doing this regularly, and your computer will build up a database of prices for the items. This will allow you to see when someone posts an item below the average price, which you can buy and resell for a profit. (Not my favorite way to make gold, but to each his own)

5 - Whenever you pass by a tradeskill supplies vendor, peruse their stock to see if they have recipes for sale. For example, Rikqiz in Booty Bay sells the Shadowskin Gloves recipe for 35 silver, but you can easily sell it for 5-8 gold in the Auction House. Some recipes sell very well, others bomb. You kinda have to develop a sense for them.

6 - Become a Neutral Auction House (NAH) supplier. There are certain recipes that are Horde or Alliance ONLY, buyable only by someone of that faction. But, if you buy them, and bring them to the NAH, you can post them for much, much more than they're worth. The Pattern: Red Whelp Gloves is sold in the Wetlands by Wenna Silkbeard for 14 silver and 40 copper. If you left an Alliance alt there, and logged in every few hours, you could build up a bunch of the recipes for only a few gold. But, you can sell each of those recipes for at least 6-10 gold on the NAH, since Horde players can't normally get them. Check here for a full list.
The Recipe: Tasty Lion Steak can be bought on Alliance auction houses for 1-2 gold, since it's quest reward, and not everyone decided to take up cooking. You could probably get at least 20-30 gold for it on the NAH.
Formula: Enchant Chest - Lesser Mana is sold for 4 silver in the Drag in Orgrimmar, and I'm guessing you could get 8-10 gold for it.
There's also recipes that you only have to go a little ways into a profession to get, like Plans: Heavy Copper Longsword & Plans: Ironforge Breastplate, a level 5 alliance player can powerlevel his blacksmithing to about 50, make the necessary items, complete the quests, and be able to sell the Ironforge plans for at least 100g.
I'm conjecturing on some of these items, because I stopped posting on the neutral auction house a long time ago. I discovered a better way, shown below

7 - Become a smuggler. Know someone who plays Warcraft, and isn't on your server already? Congrats, they just became your new best friend. You can work out an arrangement, where they create a toon on the opposite faction, you buy a worthless item from them for a few gold, and they go buy the recipes/pets you want. They bring them back to the NAH, post them for 1 copper bid/buyout, and congrats, you have a recipe/pet that you didn't have to spend a ton of gold on. If they're really accomodating, they can get multiples, and you can bring them back to your AH to make a killing.
The 12 cooking recipes (except the Curiously Tasty Omelet) sold by Kendor Kabonka in Old Town in Stormwind, on the second story landing above the cooking trainer can be bought for about 1 gold for the set. Get them over to Horde side, and you can sell them for 6-8-10-15-20-30 gold EACH, depending on what people will pay for them. Go high, and work your way down.
The Savory Deviate Delight and the lesser known Elixir of Giant Growth recipes are Barrens only drops, which means Horde toons are usually the only characters to get them, as Allies don't spend too much time grinding those mobs. You can probably get the Giant Growth recipe for 2-10 gold, and the Savory recipe for 20-50 gold. Get them to Ally side (with your friend helping you), and the Giant Growth can sell for up to 100g, and the Savory will sell for 250-300g.

If you do a little of each of the above steps (except #1), you'll soon have enough to provide you with enough gold to do whatever you want. If you don't suffer from altoholism like me, your main will have more gold than they know what to do with.

Dear Santa, for Christmas I'd like an 11th character slot


Well, I haven’t done anything with Bloodshrike on Demon Soul, mainly because I know he’ll be doing green quests, and not getting much xp for them. I’m also hoping against hope that they’ll open up an 11th slot for Death Knights, not out of any affection for Sansetsukon, but I do really like my twinks Doomslinger (Daggerspine) and Annihilus (Darrowmere). It would be nice to have a Death Knight on those servers as well, but it’s taken a long time to get where I am, so I don’t really want to give any of the toons up……..well, maybe my priests could be axed, but nobody else, really.

I’m much more of the “Kill it! Kill it! Kill it!” type of player, rather than doing the healing thing.

Speaking of Doomslinger, I took her out for a BG over the weekend. Only 1 BG, but apparently the Horde were honor farming, as they took a while to finally get the last flag. I racked up 49 kills in that game, coming in 3rd, and that was because I played defense most of the time. I would occasionally foray out onto the middle, burn down a few Hordies, and make a run for the flag, before getting hit from all sides and taken down.

I realized that I might have made a better showing if I actually had weapon skill in 2-handed axes, as I had about 5/95 when I went into the BG. I also got +9 stamina to bracers from Clock, and changed out a few pieces of equipment, so hopefully I’ll be even tougher next time.

Gwiddonyn is now level 34 1/2, just aching to get to 35 to powerlevel Alchemy and Engineering. Once I get to 275 Alchemy, she’ll have about 160 Arcanite Transmutes to do, so I think that’ll bring her up to 300 easily. Since she’s a Gnome, and has the passive +15 to engineering, I think I’ll have her do Mithril Mechanical Dragonlings from 250 onwards, to build up a stockpile for when I start making Arcanite Dragonlings. Now I just need to get a toon to 50 on Daggerspine....

The Death of a Twink


Bloodshrike got to level 53 last night, finishing up all the yellow quests I had in my quest log for Hinterlands. Actually, it was probably about 5 quests that got knocked out in one area (Jintha’Alor), which is very nice, as I hate having to do a quest in an area, only to find out that I have to come back there to kill a group of monsters that were RIGHT NEXT to the ones I went there for originally. The Harpy quests in NW Barrens comes to mind, as you have to travel up there THREE different times in the quest chain to get to the end quest.

But in Jintha’Alor, I just ran through, killing X number of mobs, collecting 10 of the cauldrons, finding the Huntsman’s Skull and Bones in the sludge pit and wolf den, freeing Elder Runetusk, killing the High Priestess Hexx (she didn’t stand a chance against my pet and my dragonling, even though she polymorphed me), and finally hearthing back to the village to turn them all in. There’s still a few green quests that I could do, but I’m not sure where to go after this. Maybe Felwood in Durotar, I think Alchemists can get recipes by grinding Timbermaw rep.

Unfortunately, there’s no engineering recipes they give, which also goes for Thorium Brotherhood rep, so I probably won’t be grind rep for them. I think Thorium Brotherhood is only for Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, Tailoring, Enchanting…..and maybe Alchemy? I checked--alchemists can transmute 1 Heart of Fire into 3 Elemental Fire with Friendly Rep. Wow, totally not worth it.

It looks like Alchemists can get Transmute: Earth to Water at Friendly status to Timbermaw, so maybe he’ll do that. Alchemists and Engineers are screwed on Cenarion Circle rep as well (Recipes for BS, Ench, LW, Tailor)……Geez, what gives!

So about that Death of a Twink headline – Yup, one of my twinks is going bye-bye. I thought that Blizzard had said that in order to make a Death Knight, you wouldn’t have to change over one of your existing characters, or delete any. I figured wrong. You still can only make 10 toons per account, so I’m going to have to delete Sansetsukon off of Demon Soul if I want to try out a Death Knight. Tauren Hunters…..heck, Tauren anything just aren’t that fun to me. I like my Tauren Warrior Bullkathos, but on Demon Soul, I also have a Tauren Shaman and Druid, as well as the twink hunter. There’s not really enough character design implemented to make them look very different from each other, which is something that you can do with Blood Elves. All …..6 of the BE on Darrowmere look totally different from one another, which is very cool. They also don’t have that hunchback look that Undead, Tauren, Orcs, and Trolls tend to have. BE’s are the only ones that stand up straight in the Horde Faction.

Anyways, Sansetsukon needs to be axed. I think I only played him in Battlegrounds once, to get the Olympic Tabard, so it’s no big loss. I spent a hundred or so gold on his bank slots, but with 33k gold on Demon Soul, I think I can afford it.
I’ll give it until I hit 55 with Bloodshrike, and see if they will magically open up another slot then.

Getting over the hump of leveling


Wahoo! Bloodshrike, my first toon, is now level 51 and a half! I just started playing him again this weekend, and gained about 3 or so levels, and a lot of it was from finishing up green quests in the Badlands. Why was a level 48+ questing in the Badlands? Well, I wanted to do the Uldaman Reagent run to get the Restorative Potion recipe, so I accepted the other quests while I was there.

Running around Uldaman as a level 50 is fun! I ran clockwise around the area before the instance, and even went into the instance, but decided not to push my luck. I got the Adventurers Pith Helmet as one of my drops, which will serve Kukoshakaku or Morticide very nicely once they level up.

After that, I moseyed over to Burning Steppes (I think, whatever zone is west of Badlands) and did the quests for the Outhouse. I even ran up to the tunnel to Loch Modan, and found out that a Large Seaforium Charge will pick the lock to the tunnel. I’m not sure if a small one will do it, but you’d better have 2 of whatever you got, because the door shuts behind you pretty quickly. Luckily, I did have 2 Large Sea charges, so I was able to get out of there. After that, I went over to Un’Goro Crater, and was doing the Sticky Stuff quest, along with all the rest of the quests I picked up at the Marshal’s Refuge. The only one I got completed was the Sticky Stuff quest, along with getting 20 Un’Goro soil to turn in at Thunder Bluff. I’ll come back to it after I finish the Hinterlands.

Next, I went to the Hinterlands, stopping first in Arathi to do the level 225 First Aid quest. Easy enough, but 60 Mageweave wasn’t enough to get me up to Runecloth bandages, so I had to have Bullkathos send me another 40. Then, he had to send me more runecloth, since the 60 I brought didn’t get me up to level 300. Once that was done, I flew over to the Hinterlands. I accepted all the quests in the village, and had to drop some of the Un’Goro quests to get all of them, but they were yellow to red, so I’ll be able to see them even without low level quest tracking turned on. Snapjaws, Mon!, Gammerita, Mon!, Lard’s Lunch, and the Pupellyverberos port quest from Booty Bay are all on the same stretch of beach in the Hinterlands.

Fear me…. FEAR ME……fear ME!!!!


I’m really getting into the whole macro thing, since I don’t like to use much more than my left hand to hit attacks and spells. Francois uses WASD to move, and clicks his spells individually….well, at least he did. His first toon is a Feral Cat form druid, but even at level 70, he doesn’t have to use more than 4 attacks, so he usually goes click, click, click, click in sequence, then repeats.

I couldn’t do that. I try to get as many spells as I can up on my action bars, so I’ll have easy access to them. Moreover, I want them all to be either on ASDFG ZXCVB WE 1234567, or I don’t really use them. 7 is usually reserved for summon mount, 6 is usually a healing potion, 1-3 are usually engineering bombs or target dummies. BTW, I use CT Mod, so when I refer to 1-7, that’s 1-7 on Action bar 4, and I usually have Action bar 5 above, for the abilities that I will only click on to activate, since I use them so rarely. Things like Blizzard or Hellfire, where I’d be in a dungeon, only providing DPS. Me + Dungeon = a rare occasion.
Anyways, I modified a macro that I had stumbled across on someone’s site, and gave it my own twist.

/cast [nomodifier] Death Coil
/cast [modifier:alt] Fear
/cast [modifier:ctrl] Howl of Terror

So, it would use Death Coil if I hit B, if I hold Alt+B it would use Fear, and holding Ctrl+B you could use Howl of Terror

Engineering: The great Equalizer


I have 2 stories, both similar in type. I was taking Bonescourge my level 41 Undead Warlock over to Arathi Highlands to finish up some quests there, and to help a friend do some quests as well. As I’m waiting for the zeppelin by Orgrimmar, a level 52 Orc hunter challenges me to a duel, because he was “board.” I offered some nails, and he laughed. After some consideration, I accepted the challenge. The countdown ended, and I immediately hit my /petattack /shadowbolt macro, followed up by Corruption and my other DOT spell. After a few seconds, he calls his pet BACK to help him out, since my Voidwalker is evidently doing more damage than he expected. I really wasn’t taking the duel seriously, or else I would have pulled out one of my dragonlings or my chicken. I didn’t think I’d win. Well, I didn’t, and that was my fault. At the end, he had about 5% health left, and had started concentrating fire on me, with his pet attacking me. I started casting a Fel Iron Bomb, but it was too late. But hey! Level 41 against a level 52, not too bad!

My friend Francois was helping his wife Darla level in Hillsbrad last night, and has a story with a better end. He’s a level 46 Troll hunter, and she’s a level 28 BE rogue. They were running around doing quests, and occasionally getting nuked by bored 70’s with nothing better to do. Not much you can do, just do a /bored or /violin at them while they’re attacking you, so they don’t get the satisfaction of watching you run.

Anyway, they were running along the south side of the main road in Hillsbrad, when they see a level 52 druid checking them out. They stop, /wave, and see what he’s going to do. He waits a bit, and then starts casting Wrath. Francois really didn’t want to get into it, so he decides to take the hit and see if the guy will quit. It hits him, the guy gets another one off, and Francois said “Enough.” He tells his pet to attack, Humar takes off out of Prowl, and starts hitting the druid. Francois starts running towards the druid, firing as he runs, and between his shots and his pet, they get the druid down to about 2/3’s health, same as Francois. When he gets near enough, he hits his Mithril Mechanical Dragonling. The druid sees it, and freakin’ bolts for Southshore. Too late! A couple of hits from Humar and the dragonling, and the druid is toast. Chalk one up to Engineering!

Heh, I just thought of a great macro to use.
/Cast Arcanite Dragonling
/Cast Mithril Mechanical Dragonling
/Cast Mechanical Dragonling
/call pet
/cast Crimson Whelpling (or whatever non-attack pet whelpling you have, maybe even a dragonhawk from the Ghostlands)

So from an opponent’s point of view, he sees a hunter run up on him, and suddenly he’s faced with 3 dragons AND a hunter. Granted, the non-attack pet won’t do anything, but from an intimidation standpoint, that would be quite scary to see all of them surrounding the hunter. You’d have to have a Windserpent, and as a Horde hunter, you’d want Arikara, since he’s the only pet in the game to appear in a puff of smoke and explosive noise. The rundown of the engineering dragonlings would make sure that it would switch to your highest available Dragonling, which you should have equipped anyway. If not, it would equip it if you were out of combat, and then you’d have to wait 30 seconds for the cooldown, which would spoil the effect somewhat.

On a closing note, I bought a Phantom Blade for Clockworknyt on Demon Soul for 100g. Why did I buy it, when I have Bullkathos, who’s level 300 Blacksmithing? It would cost me more for the mats, with the high prices of Breath of Wind and gems on that server. Anyway, I’m finally starting to get into doing high level enchanting recipes with Banesidhe, since he has Crusader, Lifesteal, Fiery, Icy Chill, Unholy….might as well start using them, now that the money is rolling in from the Lifelike Mechanical Toads that Bonescourge makes, and the minor Inscriptions that ….Bonescourge inscribes. Hmmm, didn’t think about it, but he’s jumped up from about 200 gold, to about 1800 gold in just about a week or so. I had a 500 gold day yesterday, as in opened my mailbox, walked away, and came back to being 500 gold richer. Pretty sweet for level 42.

But I digress. I decided to get the Phantom Blade, and put Lifesteal on it for Clockworknyt, my BE paladin. I had started leveling my new BE paladin on Darrowmere, and was astonished at how well the Seals and Judgement system worked. I figure, with the health from the Judgement of Life, PLUS Lifesteal, I’ll be pretty hard to beat in encounters with Allies on Demon Soul. I also like the bonuses on the weapon Phantom Blade, as it gives a Sunder like ability, as well as stealth prevention when you’re fighting rogues. The violet glow that Lifesteal gives the sword is nice, but I prefer my crossed Fiery and Icy Phantom Blades that Bullkathos wears on his back.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Judge not, lest you be judged........ screw dat, I'm a Judging fool.


Ding! I got a few characters out leveling this weekend, Bloodshrike the original, going from 45 to 47 in a few hours, making him my highest toon ever. Level 50 and 300-375 Engineering and Alchemy are so close I can smell them! I had fun playing him, running some quests in STV to get them out of my quest log. The Stranglethorn hunting quests were fun, I’d gather a bunch of raptors together before setting off a Dense dynamite and a Explosive trap, bringing 6 raptors or so to near death almost instantly. It’s funny, I usually avoid STV while leveling, because there’s usually so much ganking going on there that it’s not fun for me. However, as a level 47, nobody bothered me.

I also got my newest Paladin (Misericorde) out leveling, going from level 22 to 24 just by running from Splintertree Post in Ashenvale to the Zoram Strand, and completing a few quests along the way like The Sacred Flame quest, along with Shadumbra and Ursangous, and the Wrathtail heads along with the escort quest at Zoram Strand. I also went over to Black Fathom Deeps to pick up the Corrupted Kor Gem for my The Blood-Tempered Ranseur , even though I had picked up a better axe from Shadowfang keep when I had someone run me through it to get the the Crate of Bloodforged Ingots.

I haven’t played my paladins since before the patch broke, so this was my first time playing after the patch. I gotta say, I like it! No need to charge seals to get the judgements you want to apply, you just have to have A seal running, and you can judge away every time the cooldown cycles. The way it was before, I’d power up the seal that would weaken enemies toward Holy when they were judged, judge them, and switch to the Seal that gave extra Holy damage. Judgement of Light (JoL) rocks, btw! I’m barely using any mana, since my seals are staying up for 2 minutes, and the only mana output is my judgements every 10 seconds of so. On top of that, I’m always staying at full life easily, since JoL has a chance to proc healing on you too. At level 23, I was able to take down Shadumbra (lvl 28) by myself, with only one use of Solid dynamite and Target Dummy. I could have probably done it without, too, but you might as well use all the resources at your disposal. :)

I got my first HK, too. As I was looking for the Warsong Outrider to the east of Splintertree, I ran into a level 26 gnome mage and level 31 gnome rogue coming up the road. I figured they were about to gank me, so I hit back first. I started judging the mage, while letting off Consecration and a Solid Dynamite, and was able to take out the mage and get the rogue to half health before getting killed. They camped my body, and I wasn’t able to get any more kills off them, while they killed me about 2 more times. But, since I just hit 24, I’ll be equipping my Shining Silver Breastplate with a 100 health enchant, so that’ll give me a lot more health and armor.

Gimme minipets! I gotta catch them all!

Clockwrkmage is now 300 enchanting, with Lifesteal and a bunch of other level 300 enchanting recipes learned. I had thought that Lifesteal was an expensive enchant, but it uses items that I’ve saved up a ton of (Essence of Undeath, Living essence, Large Brilliant Shard?), so I was able to make 3 of them easily, and I put them on the AH at 80-100 gold each. Surprisingly, it was still able to fit on an armor vellum (1), cause it has no level restriction. Maybe they only made level restrictions for stuff that gives a constant buff (12 Agility to Cloak has a item level 35 requirement), not for enchants that proc (Lifesteal, Fiery, Mongoose). I also put up about 4 Fiery enchants at 30-35 gold, when the small radiant shards only cost me about 4g each, and I had a ton of Essence of Fire.

Bonescourge explored the Wetlands while getting the channeling rods to summon the Felhound, and then continued on to the Badlands. That area has a few crafted item turnin quests (Frost Oil, Gyrochronomatom) along with regular items (Blue Pearl, Healing Potion), so any toon that goes over there will pick the items up before they get there. I had Bonescourge pick up enough Cockroaches in the Undercity for all my toons, then had Banesidhe port to Silvermoon to get all 3 of the Dragonhawk pets. With what Bonescourge had already learned, that was enough to get him to the “Plenty of Pets” achievement (15 pets), and well on his way to the 50 needed to get the pet skunk. I’m going to need to get the cats from Elwynn Forest, the moths from Exodar, the rabbit from the Dwarf area, and the Owls from Darnassus for all of my toons on Demon Soul and Darrowmere, plus enough to sell on the Auction House.

Lifelike Mechanical Toad = $$$$$$$$


Wanna make some gold? Powerlevel engineering to 265, and get the Lifelike Mechanical Toad recipe. I had been bidding on Thorium widgets for a while now, picking them up when I could get 10 for 3.3 gold, and now there’s a definite use for them. They may have some use for level 300+ recipes, but the Toad recipe uses 4 at a time, making me very glad that I saved up a ton of them. I was able to powerlevel engineering on both Hangfire (NE druid on Daggerspine) and Bonescourge (Undead warlock on Demonsoul) by using that recipe, and it will bring me a ton of gold in return. Since the recipe has such a low drop, it’s pretty easy to get control of the market.

Oh yeah, I also got Hangfire to level 35 last weekend, and this weekend I got Bonescourge to 35, and for some reason I kept going to 40. I had a lot of warlock quests that were mainly “go here, get a few of these items,” and since Bone is my first warlock, I was curious as to what abilities would be unlocked. Doing the prerequisites for those quests in Desolace, I was able to take out Lord Azzeroc for the Corrupter quest line at level 37, and he was a level 40 Elite. I used my Mechanical Dragonling and Death Ray on him, which in retrospect might have been a bad idea. The Death Ray can hurt you pretty badly, so unless you have some way of negating that damage (bubble shield, Gnomish Harm Prevention Belt, Mage shield, Power Word: Shield, or sacrificing your Void walker), it’s not wise to give up a lot of health, especially for a clothie. I suppose I could have let the dragonling start hitting him, sacrificed the VW, hit him with the Death Ray, used my summoning cooldown to summon the VW faster with 50% less mana loss, and had the VW keep tanking.

It’s funny, I still haven’t gotten my Felpuppy (Felhound), but I already defeated the Fel Hunter by Tabetha’s hut in Dustwallow Marsh.
I still haven’t gotten all the way up to Hillsbrad for the Moldy Tome, and then I’ll continue to Arathi for the fire elemental part of the Enchanted Gold Bloodrobe questline (though it’ll probably be useless to me when I get it). Oh well, live and learn. I’m getting used to balancing my health and mana with Life Tap, which is great because Warlocks are mana hungry all the time. Even if I use Life Tap and then a couple of Drain Life’s on the target, I’ll still be lower in health than mana. Oh well, that’s what I have bandages for.

I have gotten more enthused about the patch though, now that I’ve gotten more playtime with it. I love Inscription, with the minor Glyphs, it allows a lot of the recipes to not need reagents anymore. It also freakin’ rules because of the weapon and armor vellums, which allow a powerleveling enchanter to store all their enchants for later use, or to put on the AH. I hated trying to find customers for my enchants, so I’d either waste them (early on), or put them on items for my toons to wear later, which took up a lot of bag space.

With Clockwrkmage on Daggerspine, since she recently got up to level 35 (40 now), she was able to unlock Enchanting from 225-300. I had gotten it up to 265, so I could learn the Fiery Weapon recipe, and I was planning on being a whore by advertising the enchant free with the customers mats, or even providing the Essence of Fire as an inducement. Now, I don’t have to. I am currently around 290 Enchanting, just waiting for items to DE for Illusion dust, so I can get the rest of the way to 300 with the 100 health to chest enchant, which will be put on Armor Vellums so any toon can use them if needed.

Patch 3.02 - Ehh, who needs it


The patch 3.02 hit 2 days ago, and for some reason, I’ve been kinda blahh about it. I’m getting out of selling stuff, and looking for bargains takes up too much time, so I’m not going to do it anymore. The newest patch brought a whole mess of problems with my addons, so I’m going to drop most of them. I liked the original version of Auctioneer, but I think it takes up too much of my ram to run the newest version, and I hate how it displays the auctions.

Fizwidget’s Hunter’s Helper was a great addon to have, listing all the available beasts in the zone that you could learn skills from, but with the patch, it’s not needed (Since now all pets learn their skills automatically as they level). They incorporated a threat meter with the patch, so Omen could probably go bye-bye. About the only ones I think I’ll keep are CT mods, so I can use a lot more than the 10 command boxes in the first bar, and Ackis Recipe list, so I know what recipes I’m missing. Also Gatherer, since it tells me on my minimap where nodes of herb/ore are.

Put on your chute BEFORE jumping off Thunder Bluff, not the reverse


Zed: Edwards. Let's put it on.
Edwards: Put what on?
Zed: The last suit you'll ever wear.

The above is a nod to BRK, who always has a funny image relating to his post.
Gimmershred AND Ghostflame were both leveled to 20 this weekend, with Ghostflame coming from level 15, meaning that I had to *gasp* level without well-rested XP! I hate grinding levels, but I needed to get her up to level 20, so I could unlock 150-225 Alchemy. BTW, that was fun. Once I got back to TB, and unlocked the next level of alchemy, it only took 3 recipes to get me to 225. I made 40 Elixir of Defense for Gavelofpain, so he could make Toughened Leather Gloves with them. Then I made 40 Greater Healing Potions, and ended with 40 Mighty Troll’s Blood Potions. Easiest powerlevel of a profession I ever performed.

Gimmershred finally got to 20, which means he could equip his Parachute Cloak with +12 Agility enchanted on it, giving him 20 Agility in total. The last Cloak any melee class or hunter will need for at least the next 20 levels, which is a rare thing. Usually I upgrade my equipment every 2-4 levels, but I leave that one alone, since it’s so useful to leave it on, and not have to equip it and wait for the cooldown. The total of 20 Agility is just a bonus. HOW is it useful? Any zone you’re in, you’re going to have hills and/or mountains, and this allows you to jump down them without taking damage. I love jumping down from Ethel Rethor in Desolace (by the Argent Dawn quest giver) by going up the hill from him, and jumping towards the pickup quest on the shoreline. It’s also very useful for jumping off of Thunder bluff towards the Darkmoon Faire, or jumping down from the flight point to the bank.

Questing, the 13th step


Well, I got Misericorde on Darrowmere to level 20, and took her over to Silvermoon City to learn her level 20 skills, learn Polearms, and pick up the Blood-Tempered Ranseur quest. I need her to skill up engineering by using only trainer taught recipes, and especially by making Gyrochronomatom, since Gavel needs a whole bunch to make the Mechanical Dragonlings for everyone.

A buddy of mine on Demon Soul just leveled an undead warrior to 70, giving him at least 4 level 70 toons. Troll Rogue, Undead Warrior, Tauren Druid, and Belf Shadow Priest. I, on the other hand, have 30 level 20-45 toons, say, level 30 average. So, 30x30 equals 900, whereas 4x70= 280. I just spend way too much time leveling their professions and secondary professions, and not enough time questing. But, I am getting better. I only have a level 14 priest and level 13 druid on Darrowmere to level to 20, and then ALL my toons (except twinks) will be a level 20 or above. I’ve got 23k gold on Demonsoul, 13k+ on Daggerspine, and about 5k on Darrowmere, so I don’t really need to worry about money anymore. If I can wean myself off the AH, and only sell things, and not worry about getting bargains on mats, that will free up at least a couple of hours a night.

Squishies can haz Death Rays too!


I just figured out something. Gnomes have +15 engineering skill, so they can be 240 engineering at level 20, and be able to make the Death Ray at level 30 after going thru the Gnomish Engineering quest. I figured out that while all squishies can’t equip the Gnomish Harm Prevention belt, since it’s leather, they don’t really need it, since all of them have some sort of damage prevention shield. Mages have Mana Shield, Warlocks can sacrifice their Void Walkers, and Priests have Power Word: Shield. And, later on, they can equip the Nigh Invulnerability belt, since it’s cloth. So, for clothies, they all have a shield that doesn’t have an hour long cooldown like the Harm Prevention Belt. Since I usually use the Harm Prevention belt to negate the Death Ray damage to myself, that's very useful to know!

I’m still working on leveling GavelofPain’s engineering on Darrowmere, but the high cost of Iron Bars/Ores is slowing me down. I don’t mind paying for mats, but 3 gold for a 5 stack of Iron Bars is a bit recockulus. I want each of my toons that hit level 20 to make a 200+ engineering item for the rest of my toons. Gavel will level to about 216 by making Goblin Land Mines, then make 9 Mechanical Dragonlings, so each of my toons will have one except my priest. Once Gimmershred, my level 14 druid, reaches level 20, he’ll make the Cat’s Eye Goggles for everyone. Wartraveler already made 11 Gnomish Cloaking Devices, so everyone has 1, with some left to sell on the AH. Misericorde is the only other toon that can be pressed into service, but since she’s a paladin, she’ll be going thru Gnomish Engineering to get the Death Ray and Battle Chicken, then dropping it, talking to Narain Soothfancy in Steamwheedle Port in Tanaris to switch specialties, then leveling it back up and going Goblin. So, until she does that, she doesn’t get to learn any dropped recipes.

Clockwrkmage needs a mount


Well, over the weekend I brought most of the stuff I’ve been getting on Ally side over to Horde side for Demon Soul and Darrowmere. The friend that has been helping me on the opposite faction got fired from my company, so I don’t know how long he’s going to keep paying for WOW. You know you have too much stuff when you have your OWN guild bank, with 3 tabs, most of your 10 toons have all their bank bag slots purchased, and you STILL have a problem with having too many items. I have probably about 300+ Essence of Air on each of my toons, mainly because it was pretty cheap to bid/buy. I think it’s used in high level blacksmithing recipes, but I’ve got way too many of them. I just made 5 Goblin Jumper Cables XL with Kishigishi, and that barely used up any of the mats I have on her. I need to stop buying, and need to start questing.

So, in that light, I did. Granted, I still took some time to log into the toons camping the Darkmoon Faire on each of my servers, but I concentrated on Clockwrkmage on Daggerspine last night, and got her from 28 to level 30. I was spurred on to do that because I tried to kill Mor’Ladim by Raven Hill, and just barely lost. I led off with Frost Bolt, immediately followed by Fire Ball, and then the instant cast fire blast. After that, I used a Big One, followed up with a fire blast, then frost nova and arcane missiles. I tried tossing up a Target Dummy and bandaging myself while he was distracted, but that healing overrode what little aggro the dummy was putting out, and he turned back to me. I was able to get off a second Big One, hoping it would finish him off, but no such luck. I had no health left, and he had no health, but he was able to get off one last attack, and that was enough to finish me off, and waste all the bombs I put into the fight. I hate being defeated, so I continued on to finish off my other quests, vowing to come back at level 30, when I would have a Mechanical Dragonling to help me out on my fights.

Also, I gotta go back and take care of Gahz’rogg and Blaze in Redridge Mountains. The main quests I did to get from 28 to 30 were the Legend of Stalvan, Worgen in the woods, and the Embalmer quest lines. While killing skeletons for the Night Watch quest line, I ran across Mor’Ladim, and got kilt. I finished my quests, did some of my turn-ins, went to Stormwind for the Defias Docket questline, and hit level 30. It’s mount time!!!!!!............well, kinda. Surprisingly, for an engineering freak, I’m not a fan of the Mechanostrider. I find it too noisy for my tastes. However, I’m already at Revered with Stormwind, so maybe Clock will find herself a nice horse to ride in the near future.

Blood's adventures in Tanaris

Bloodshrike met up with a level 43 Troll Priest, slaughtered all the pirates in the camp, killed Andre Firebeard, and picked up Stoley’s Shipment, all pretty much at 0 mana. I burned thru my mana way too fast, but luckily, due to engineering, autoshot, and the priests healing skills, I was able to continue killing everything that needed it. After we finished, we mounted up and rode out, and I stopped along the way to burn down a level 46 druid, just to see if I could. I could, and did, so we continued on to Steamwheedle Port to turn in the quests.

After that, the priest and I parted ways, and I went south to kill more Wastewanders, and to try and locate Caliph Scorpidsting. That was pretty easy, even though I got annihilated by a level 44 mage and level 49 Paladin, probably in retribution for killing the druid.

After that I headed over to the insect Centipaar area, to try and get 5 Centipaar parts. At this point, I was level 45, and Arikara was level 38. I was able to handle the level 47 and 48 wasps without too much of a problem, but the level 50 beetle ones kicked my butt every time I tried them. I think they had those miniscule little minions with them, so they’d swarm me, and I couldn’t kill them and a mob 5 levels above me fast enough to make it thru the fight.

I finally went to the east side of the area, where it was mainly just wasps and level 48 workers, and I was able to finish it. I didn’t want to run all the way back to Gadgetzan, so I decided to jump into Un’Goro to get the flight point, and continue on to Sithilus. I rode north to the furthest point where you could run off the cliff edge, and ran & jumped off. I triggered my parachute cloak and came in for a safe landing, but aggro’d a level 49 baby Pterosaur. I was tired of running from fights, so I decided to try to take him down. Surprisingly, I was able to do it!

From there, I continued northwest around the slopes of Un’goro, hugging the wall to avoid aggro. I grabbed the flightpoint from the Marshal’s area, and continued on to Sithilus. When I first came into the zone, I noticed a leatherworking vendor to the left, so I stopped off and bought the Heavy Scorpid Bracer recipe (255) for Kukoshakaku (which, incidentally, is NOT allowed in an Leatherworking bag), then continued on to grab the flightpoint and some more recipes from Kania for Bullkathos to sell . I flew back to Gadgetzan, turned in the quest, and logged out at 45 and a half with Arikara at 39.

Bloodshrike's day with the pirates


Bloodshrike on Demon Soul actually got out and did some questing, instead of being a good little Neutral Auction House mule. Being inspired by my friend Francois, who is currently leveling his level 44 hunter with his level 30 lion, I decided to take Arikara out and do some leveling by Steamwheedle Port. Those pirates don’t like a big red pet menacing them, while being shot full of holes. Since Arikara was level 34 when I started killing pirates, he wasn’t able to hold aggro very well.

Clockwrkmage busts loose


I got off work early yesterday, so that allowed me to run through AH toons early, and actually think about questing. Clockwrkmage, my lvl 24 Gnome Ally mage, has been level 24 for probably 6 months. Since I’m getting a lot of my characters over the level 35 range on Daggerspine, I decided it was time to level her a bit, so I get her to 35 as well, and unlock 225-300 enchanting, since they’ll be needing higher level enchants as they level up. I flew over to Redridge Mountains, and started blasting the Blackrock Orcs around Stonewatch Keep and Illgar Tower. I took down Tharil’zun pretty easily, but I guess I hadn’t gotten a quest for him yet, since he didn’t drop his head. I then had the bright idea of taking on Gathll’zog and Blaze by myself. Not a good idea for a level 24 mage to take on a level 26 elite humanoid and level 24 elite dragonling by themselves. Bad, BAD idea! I wiped on them a couple of times, before deciding to take on easier prey.

As I was killing the Shadowhide gnolls, I partied up with a level 27 priest, and we worked pretty well together. He was very good at shielding and healing me, and I was dishing out the pain to groups of 3-4 level 26 gnolls at once, thanks to the crapload of Big Iron bombs, Solid Dynamite, Mithril bombs, and Hi-Explosive bombs (lvl 235 engineering) that I had saved up while camping the AH. I love being a gnome engineer, the +15 engineering racial really comes in handy. Hi-explosive bombs rival Goblin Land Mines for power, and you don’t have to wait the 10 seconds for them to arm themselves. Lil Timmy's Peashooter dropped while we were questing, and the priest was decent enough to greed on it, same as me. I won it, which was cool, since my twink Doomslinger only has the Lovingly Crafted Boomstick at the moment, so that’ll boost her dps by 1, which is good for a twink. After we both got our Shadowhide pendants, the priest had to leave, so I decided to go towards the Burning Steppes, as I had heard you could die there, and resurrect right next to an engineering vendor that has the Deadly scope recipe. Well, that got put on hold, as I was asked to join 2 warlocks dealing with the Blackrock Champions quest, along with the escort quest that starts in that cave. I really, really hate escort quests now, they take too friggin’ long, and there’s so much opportunity for a high level ganker to kill you, and make you do the quest over again. I led the party in damage against the mobs, bombs being dropped everywhere, and sheeping the casters on the outskirts.

With those quests done, I headed back up to the Burning Steppes, got inside the entrance, and promptly got killed by a mob. The ONLY spirit healer there is at the Fire Scar, which is conveniently located right by a HORDE Flightmaster, and the engineering vendor is in a cave a little farther back. I rezzed, bought the Deadly scope recipe, then began corpse-hopping down to Morgan’s Vigil in the south eastern portion of the map. I got the flight point, and flew the heck out of there. I turned in a bunch of quests at Lakeshire, and ended up at level 26 and a half. Not bad for a couple of hours of questing.

The Third Auctioneer

Wow, I wasted a bunch of time yesterday. I had added the name of the toon that jacked my stuff to my Ally alt, so I could track if he was still camping the neutral AH in Booty Bay. Well, Jijucali, a level 6 Night Elf Priest, was still online and in Booty Bay when I logged on. I didn’t feel like losing anymore items, so I figured I’d ask Francois to take his level 37 troll Hunter over there, and see if he could bring some “pointed” arguments to leave my stuff alone. He gets over there, and /targets Jiju. According to the “See target of target” UI, he was targeting some auctioneer I had never heard of. I was used to Auctioneer O’Reely by the mailbox/bank/Gbank, and Auctioneer Graves over by the Engineering supplies vendor, but I wasn’t aware there was a 3rd one. Well, there is! As you go down the ramp towards Old Man Heming (fishing supplies vendor), turn left, and go into the building. There’s an auctioneer, with about 3 Booty Bay guards surrounding him. Jijucali was /sleeping behind him, in a little hollow created by a bookshelf on the right, and a bunch of boxes to the left. In that position, you are so out of sight, your name actually doesn’t show up in the room. It actually projects thru the wall, and shows up outside the building. Not all races can get into that position though. The troll hunter was too tall, and couldn’t walk down into the hollow, but I had no problem with my human paladin alt.

So, I actually have to thank Jiju for teaching me something. It cost me a 20 stack of Truesilver Bars, 10 Essences of Fire, and 1 or maybe 2 Large Seaforium Charge recipes (the same thing had happened to me a while back while transferring stuff, and it may have been Jiju). Bonero /bowed to him for showing me the hiding spot, then told his pet to stay, ran and jumped off the dock, and told his pet to attack. Apparently he wasn’t far enough out that the guards couldn’t get to him, so he got slaughtered. But, Jiju was dead, and stayed dead for a while.

I didn’t want to start transferring yet, fearing he would come back and make my transfer complicated, so Francois took the hunter up to Grom’Grol, and went over to the engineering supplies vendor to the south of the Mosh’Ogg Ogre mound. He picked up the Mechanical Dragonling and Deadly Scope schematics, then flew back down to BB and started some engineering powerleveling. Bonero had gotten to 240 before coming over to BB, so he was able to train the Sniper Scope recipe. He made about 10, before realizing that he wanted to make Dense Blasting Powder at 250-260, since that’s the only stretch where you actually get points for making it. He made about 50+ of them, since it goes green at around 55, to finally get to 260 engineering.

After that I checked to see if Jiju had popped up again. He had, so Francois killed him again, then started my transferring. I’m 99% sure he’s a bot, because a real player would probably pop up again soon after I killed them. Not too mention, he snapped up my auctions within seconds of posting them, and I had my other computer ready to hit refresh with the name of the item typed out already. Some script kiddy or gold farmer running a bot designed to scan the neutral AH for low or ridiculously low bargains, then buying them hyperquickly. Oh well, live and learn, and now I know the best place to bring my toons for transferring, so I consider it money well spent.

I brought over about 6 sets of Ally cooking recipes for his AH alt to sell at 10-12 gold, so we’ll see how that goes. He’s currently at about 1800 gold, with another 400 on my Ally account that I could change into Void Crystals and bring over, so that’s a nice little nest egg for him to have.

Finally, I was able to play MY characters. I decided to run Bloodshrike (Darrowmere Belf Hunter) up to Darkshore to get my Ghostsaber. No problems, didn’t see a single soul out adventuring. After making laps around the main valley, and collecting 7 cat statues, one finally spawned a level 19 Ghost Saber. I had already tossed down a freezing trap before opening the statue, so I quickly abandoned my trusty level 19 Dragonhawk, and set about taming my new friend. I got him, hearthed back to Thunder Bluff, renamed him DarkGhostnss, and logged out.

What Pet to choose?

Well, Francois reactivated his account for another month, and asked me to make him some more money. I was going to do that, but had to clear out my neutral AH alt first. So, I logged in with his neutral AH alt, and started posting items. The second 20 stack of Truesilver bars (priced at 20 copper) disappeared before I could buy it, and another 10 stack of Essence of Fire was bought up by the same person. Evidently, some level 8 Ally toon was sitting in Booty Bay, searching for items with low bid/buyouts. I bet that little success made him dance for joy……

Since I couldn’t do the transfers I wanted to do, I decided to go out and level Bloodshrike (Darrowmere BElf hunter). She had been sitting at level 23 for a while, and it was time to use up some of that well-rested xp, as well as leveling her pets. I captured Death Flayer (level 11 rare scorpion in Durotar), and I really like the looks of him. I think I’ll keep him, since I don’t see many hunters with a black scorpion with red spots on their claws. I put him in the stable when I went to capture Eche’yakee (sp?), and played with Eech for a while, but he’s too common of a pet.

I think I’ll ditch him, and get my Ghost Saber from Darkshore. Also, the Ghost Saber will be closer to my level, so I won’t have to spend so much time meleeing the mobs to death, since a 8-10 level difference between me and my pet means I grab aggro like that (*snap). I’ll need to level up GavelofPain to 20, so he can start making me some nice leather armor (Barbaric Bracers, Toughened Leather Gloves, and Shadowcat Gloves). Luckily, I won’t need to upgrade my cloak or belt anytime in the next 20 or so levels, since I have the Parachute Cloak with a +12 Agi enchant on it, and the Gnomish Harm Prevention Belt (natch).

Shield Spike, Shield Spike - Gone


Sonuva!!!! The Thorium Shield Spike recipe was on the AH on Darrowmere, Horde side, and I wasn’t able to get it!!! The seller had put it in there with bid only, and I was at work when it went to short time length. I had checked it that morning with Clockwrkmage, and it was on long status, with my bid of 20g still being current. Ah well, it will pop up again, probably long before I get Wartraveler to level 35. Currently, I’ve gotten Bloodshrike (hunter) to 23, Clockwrkmage to 20, Psilentkill to 20, Wartraveler to 20, Didactylos to 16, and Misericorde to 15 or 16.

Not bad for only playing them for the past few weekends, and having them sit at level 10 for a very long time. The well-rested XP and the increased quest XP is really doing a lot to level you faster these days. A lot of my quests in the Ghostlands go green before I’ve had a chance to go over and do them, so …..I’ve stopped doing them. I’m going to bring the rest of my toons over from Silvermoon, after they’ve each run to get the flightpoints in Tranquillien and Zul’Aman (which I didn’t know about for the past year!!). Then, bring them over to the Barrens, and start leveling them up there.

Again with the PUG's, what's wrong with me?


What did I do this weekend? I leveled up Wartraveler & Psilentkill (my warrior and rogue, respectively) to level 20 on Darrowmere. I’ve come to the conclusion that leveling Undead or Blood Elf toons in the Ghostlands is a waste of time. You might as well come over to the Barrens once you hit about 10+, because a lot of the Barrens quests are chained quests, and if you don’t know the game, you might miss out on the beginning of the quest chain.

Wartraveler is currently at about 160 blacksmiting, because I want to see if I can get the Barbaric Iron horde blacksmithing quest items off the AH first. If not, I’ll have to use my own mats, and waste a bunch of gold that I could have sold those metal bars for. I just keep a list of what’s needed, and cross it off as I come to it.

Also, just last night, I got Didactylos from level 11 to level 16, just by running him out to the Ghostlands, and doing the quests that are in line to Golden Mist Village, which is where you summon the Voidwalker to defeat him, and place him in your service.

Oh…oh! I finally had the pleasure of grouping with a newbie/n00b. I’m not sure if he’ll end up a good player or not, but he had some serious issues with playing his toon when I met him. My level 15 Darrowmere paladin Misericorde was running down the coastline of Ratchett, and intending to get the Shipment of Boots and Lenses completed, with perhaps a little grinding of the Northwatch Hold marines thrown in. Well, along the way, I ran into a warlock starting to go into Northwatch. I asked if he wanted to group up, and he said sure, but I was only going to be healing his void walker. I was fine with that, but this guy was terrible! No idea of how to play a warlock, i.e., get your pet to attack the mob, DOT them up, then wand/soul drain to death. Here’s an example. We also picked up a troll warrior along the way, and started killing the marines outside the first tower you come across. This warlock decided to leave us to clear up the remaining 2 marines that we had been fighting, and go into the tower and aggro all five marines/casters inside. He’s level 22, and I’m level 15, and I have to run in there and toss some Heavy dynamite and a Target dummy to save his butt. I think he got the idea of using Attack with the void walker, but he’d usually go in and start whacking them with his staff. And, of course, it was always fun when he would fear everyone, and they’d go get their friends, and make it a fun little whack-a-pally party. On the escort quest from Northwatch, he finally made the ultimate mistake. While we’re walking with the Blood Elf prisoner, and watching out for him, the warlock is going far ahead, and pulling an entire camp at once. Needless to say, he got smacked down hard. By this time, all I care about is completing the quest, so he was lucky to get a rez. We finally made it back to Ratchett, and I asked the warlock if this was his main character. “Yeah, it is. How could you tell?” /facepalm

And I finally got Panzergishi, my dwarf warrior on Daggerspine, up to 300 Blacksmithing! It took me from about 1 am to 2:30 am last night, and I ended up not being able to go to sleep, but it was worth it. I was already at 260 BS, so you’d think that 40 points would be a breeze, right? Well, I’m a cheapskate, and hate wasting materials. Those Thorium armor recipes turn out to be nothing but disenchanting fodder, so I hated making them when I powerleveled Bullkathos. With Panzergishi, I made about 6 or 7 mithril spurs to get to 265 BS, then made a couple of Phantom Blades, 2 Blights, and a Truesilver Champion to get to 270. After that I wasted the 60 Thorium to make Thorium Belt 5x, and I was ready to train Thorium Shield Spikes! Of course, I had to track down all the essences of earth my toons had split amongst themselves, then had to track down more Dense Stone to make Dense Grinding stones, but then I was ready to rock! I hit create all, and went and had a smoke, and came back to find about 30 Thorium Shield Spikes in my inventory, and 300 Blacksmithing in my skills.

It’s really fun hitting 300 in crafting, because a LOT of recipes become available to you. I had been saving all the ones I found on the AH, and suddenly was able to train almost all of them, clearing up my bank a lot. Heartseeker – Learned! Annihilator – learned! Darkrune helm – learned! Invulnerable Mail- learned! I think I trained 20 recipes in the space of a minute……and that was probably a more expensive minute than the 2 hours it had taken me to get there. :)

Are you sure you want to buy this item? Is that your Final Answer? Positive? Really really sure?


Ha HAH! Yesssss! I’ve been using my friends account to check the opposite factions AH for bargains on mats I need/use, and to check for recipes. More specifically, I’ve checking for the Steel Weapon chain and the Thorium Shield spike recipe, for both Daggerspine and Darrowmere. I got the Weapon Chain recipe a while back for both of those accounts, and last night I finally got it for Daggerspine! I had been transferring over the 12 Alliance cooking recipes for this horde toon to sell on the AH for about 8-10 gold each (the whole 12 set costs about 1g total from the vendor), in preparation for the no doubt hefty price tag on this ultra rare recipe. So, I go onto the AH in Daggerspine, do my usual search for Shield Spike, and lo and behold, it pops up. Not only that, I had to do a double take, because it was only 10g. 10 G!!!!!!!!! I probably would have paid at least 300-500g for the recipe, not only because the usefulness and saleability of the item it creates, but because you can learn the recipe at level 275 blacksmithing, and use it to level all the way up to and past level 300.

Bullkathos, on Demon Soul, has both the weapon chain and thorium shield spike, and after the Arcanite Rod recipe went green/gray at like 285, I wasn’t planning on leveling BS anymore until I got my toons to higher levels. Well, I was doing my usual recipe search with the useful checkmark checked (the one right by the search button), and since I didn’t know the recipe, it popped up for me. It was listed at like 60 gold, but even at that time, that was a drop in the bucket. It has saved me so many Thorium bars, it’s not even funny. Not only that, most of the stuff I made up to that point were kinda worthless Thorium armor, which I don’t think anyone really pays for, so I just had my enchanter DE them. At a 12+ stack of thorium for each thorium recipe piece, that’s a big waste, considering I bought all of them off the AH.

But enough about Bullkathos. Now that I have this on Daggerspine, I can continue powerleveling Panzergishi’s blacksmithing, since I left it at 260. I checked thottbot, and it looks like the Mithril Order recipes stop leveling you at around 260 anyways, so there’s no point in me waiting until level 40 when I do those quests to finish powerleveling BS. I’ll get it done now, and hopefully I’ll be able to find the Ornate mithril items on the AH for cheap, because it’s already an investment of a ton of mithril bars to just do the Galvan the Ancient quests.

Man, I can’t wait to play tonight. I spent most of last night transferring stuff over between each of the accounts, and when you’re paranoid like me, I only put 1-2 auctions up at the same time, then quickly turn to my other computer and bid/buy them out quickly. I say bid/buy because I put the copper value denoting the number of items in the stack as the bid/buyout price, so I don’t have to click YES, I WANT TO BUY THIS ITEM every single freaking time. It also means that the neutral AH returns all the gold they charged upfront for the deposit, since they only take 15% of the sale price, minus the deposit. Well, if the sale price is 1-20 copper, even though the deposit was like 3 gold……you’re getting your 3 gold back.

It’s nice AND annoying when I get these huge transfers from the other side. It’s nice, because it’s an influx of mats that I need, and don’t want to pay overinflated prices on my own AH, since that just encourages the sellers to post higher. I should know, my Arcanite Rod prices keep creeping up. :) It’s annoying, because now I have to find space for all this stuff, and Demon Soul is a pretty full account. 10 toons, all personal bank bags bought, and 3 tabs in my own guild bank, and I still have storage problems. Yeah, I know, the smallest fiddle in the world is playing for my troubles. hehe

But at least I get to play tonight, and hopefully get my Darrowmere warrior Wartraveler up to level 20, so he can make Clockwrkmage a Golden Rod. Peace out!

Time to level professions on Darrowmere


Well, since Clockwrkmage finally hit level 20, it’s time to make him a Runed Golden Rod. But Golden Rods are currently around 7-8 gold in the Darrowmere AH, so that means it’s time to level Wartraveler (my warrior) up to level 20, and get him started on Blacksmithing. I don’t mind losing out on mining, since I know what recipes to use to make the professions pay for themselves. War will be making Silver and Golden Rods, and probably having Clockwrkmage posting some at a higher price to make War’s rods look even more competitively priced.

I gotta say, I love actually getting out of the town and playing my toons. I spend so much time looking for bargains in the AH, I forget how the game isn’t supposed to revolve around that. It’s really fun to just go out and hit monsters, and be geared enough so I don’t have to bandage/eat after every 1-2 kills. When you can clear an encampment within a few minutes, when other people at the same level take a minute for each fight, and have to heal up after…..that’s a great feeling.

When I had Annihilus be run thru Wailing Caverns, I wasn’t passively trotting after the high level. I fought alongside of him, and was able to take down quite a few of the Elites myself.

Leveling a few alts


Well, I buckled down over the weekend, and got my Darrowmere rogue Thrillkiller from 11 to 17, clearing out most of the quests in the Ghostlands. I also discovered that there’s a flight point by Zula’Aman, which I had never discovered before. :)

I also took most of Sunday to level my Darrowmere mage Clockwrkmage from 11-20, finally FINALLY unlocking 160-235 level in enchanting (luv the +10 passive BE bonus). Now I can start putting some useful enchants on my toons, and get them to grind out levels faster.

I even found the time to get a run thru WC for my undead twink Annihilus, getting her what equipment I could from WC, while keeping careful watch that I didn’t get to level 20. I was fortunate that Serpent's Shoulders and [Venomstrike] dropped, but I totally regret grinding rep with Tranquillien. I got 2 cloaks [Glowing Lizardscale Cloak] and Sporid Cape], both of which are better than the cloak you get at exalted status with Tranquillien. I should have just come to Xroads at around level 12, and gotten runs thru WC until I got all the drops I needed. Oh well, live and learn.

It will be interesting having a rogue twink, since I’m used to having hunter twinks. I just need to level Jewelcrafting to 150, get some enchants slapped on my equipment, get GavelofPain to level 20 and turn him into a leatherworker to make me a Deviate scale belt, and I’m set. GavelofPain is level 10, btw. In October I’ll have been playing WOW for 2 years, and I’ve gotten only about 8 toons up to the 40ish level. I wonder why…….

I know I overplan stuff, but I’m a very defensive player, and I like to have the best equipment available. I’m actually proud of myself, I didn’t make sure that all my stuff for my level 10’s were enchanted, and I didn’t make the same mistake as I did on Demon Soul, where the toons banks were totally filled with a succession of gear to wear at different levels. Instead, their banks are filled with recipes for their future professions. :)

The planning of a Twink


I decided to level my future Darrowmere twink rogue Annihilus last night, getting her from level 16 to level 18 in about 1.5 hours. One of the problems I have is trying NOT to accumulate experience while questing, as I only want to rack up reputation with Tranquillien, since I’ll probably have her run through Wailing Caverns and perhaps the Deadmines as well. I know Deadmines has a bunch of blue static drops that are useful for Rogues, such as Buzzer Blade and Buzz Saw from Sneed’s Shredder, Smelting Pants from Gilnid, and Blackened Defias Armor from Van Cleef. From Wailing CavernsI’d want Serpent's Shoulders from Lady Anaconda, Tail Spike from Skum, and [Venomstrike] from Lord Serpentis if I can get them. I also need to run around Stranglethorn Vale to discover Yojamba Isle, get the flight points for Grom’gol and Booty Bay, and then drop mining and take up Jewelcrafting (for the healing stone statues, and to make rings and necklaces for my other alts) once I’m ready to do WSG.

It’s funny, I do all this preparation, and I bet I’ll probably barely play her in the battlegrounds. I just can’t grind anything….except professions, and I’ve gotten that down to a science, whereas before it could take a couple of hours to get from like 150 to 225 engineering, it only takes me about 30 minutes now. Granted, I could use a leveling guide, and have ALL the materials ready beforehand, but I usually am able to pick out what I need from my guild bank, and I usually deviate from the guides as I level, since I’m usually making at least 8-10 of every item, to use on my toons as I’m leveling up.

Take Jewelcrafting, for instance. I’ll be making copious quantities of the Aquamarine Pendant of the Warrior and the Pendant of the Agate Shield, since most of my toons can benefit from the extra stamina, which stacks on top of scroll and well-fed buffs. So, the guides out there don’t really work for me.

My first time main healing

I actually played last night! Not only did I play, I also got invited to a high level instance! I was checking the AH on Daggerspine with Clockwrkmage when my old GM whispered me, and asked what levels my alts were at. I told him that I had 2 level 42 toons, and he asked if any of them were healers. I said that I had a Ret paladin (Kishigishi), and he said that was fine. So, he invited me to come heal for the Temple of Atal’Hakkar (or whatever it is, in the Swamp of Sorrows). Those are level 49-50 elites, so I had no choice BUT to just act as main healer. We had a level 45 NE Fury warrior who wasn’t really helping that much, and my old GM, who was playing a level 65 gnome fire mage. You know, it’s really annoying when a warrior doesn’t stock a shield, no matter what spec they use. All my warriors spec Fury, but I still stock a shield, just in case I need the extra protection while doing an instance, or a hard elite by myself.

Anyways, it was mostly me and the mage, who was trying to kill Morphaz for a quest, and the troll mini-bosses to be able to unlock another boss. We did pretty well, for a mage and a low-level healer. I put Blessing of Light on the mage, and Blessing of Wisdom on myself. I would just spam Flash of Light and the other greater healing spell on the mage after he would engage the mobs, and I didn’t gain aggro enough to trigger the mobs hate. We only wiped when jumping down from the mini-bosses balconies, and I would try to heal the mage from up above. THAT got me aggro, and in trying to avoid it, I fell down, and aggro’d the entire floor. After that, we started clearing from the downstars into the middle, so we didn’t have to worry about mobs coming up from behind. The Dragonkin mob groups getting to Morphaz were more difficult than they were. I didn’t even have to heal the mage while he took both of them down. All in all, a fun time. I did decent healing, didn’t let the mage die once we got into a rhythm, and didn’t waste mana unnecessarily.

An Addict's checklist


I’m getting burned out on the whole making money on the AH thing. With 3 of my own servers to check, each with 1-2 people that sell stuff on the AH, and have a whole laundry list of things to check for cheap prices on, it gets really time consuming. For example, I have Bullkathos & Kukoshakaku on Demonsoul as my main sellers. Kukoshakaku is my LW, who will check for cheap prices on Shadowcat hide, spider’s silk, Large Fang, Heavy Hide, and Heavy Leather. He also puts up 1 Arcanite rod at 75-90 gold, and a Sniper scope at 25-30 gold, to provide a high price for Bullkathos to price multiples of the same item and undercut Kuko’s prices. Bullkathos will check gobl (anything goblin), gnom (anything gnomish), mech (for the mechbuilder’s overalls and mechanical toad recipe), and dragonl (to see if the Arcanite dragonling recipe is being posted, or if the actual trinket is posted). He also scans parts, items, and explosives under the trade goods section, to see if there’s anything posted at a cheap price. Then I type elemental (for fire/air/water/earth), essence of (fire/air/water/earth/undeath), Core of Earth, Heart of Fire, Living essence (for my next engineer who hits lvl 35, so they can powerlevel using the mechanical toad recipe). I also look up simple gems, since that’s all I’m using at the current time, paying particular attention to the Star Ruby and Arcane Crystal prices, since I make most of my gold from Sniper Scopes and Arcanite Rods/Bars.

Same thing with Clockwrkmage and Tsuris on Daggerspine, and Clockwrkmage on Darrowmere is my only seller. I open all my mail from the previous day, repost stuff that didn’t sell, and make stuff if I have the mats assembled. Then, I go to the opposite factions AH, using Kevin’s account, and do pretty much the same thing. I can get home at 5, and maybe finish up with checking the AH by 8 pm. It’s no kind of life, especially since I don’t really need gold much anymore. I’ve got packed guild banks to draw upon (3 tabs on Demon Soul and Daggerspine, 2 on Darrowmere), I’ve bought most of the 1-300 level recipes for ALL my toons, and yet it’s still hard to stop checking for bargains. I originally started this because I wanted to have enough to buy mounts at level 40 for all my toons on Demon Soul. Well, now that they’ve lowered the price to 35 gold for training, and about 8 g for the mount, I’ve got about 15x25=375 mounts (G15,000).

It HAS worked out for me getting recipes that weren’t posted on my own factions AH, like the Steel Weapon Chain BS recipe. I’ve gotten that for both Daggerspine and Darrowmere from the opposing factions AH, because it’s never offered on my own. I still want the Thorium Shield Spike recipe for those 2 servers though, because it’s so cheap to make, and makes it very easy and cheap to level from 285 to 300 Blacksmithing. Not to mention it’s almost as damaging as the Felsteel spike, and way….way…way cheaper to make.

Onto giving updates on my toons. I’ve gotten 2 level 44’s on Demon Soul, and 2 lvl 42’s on Daggerspine. I also went down the list and got all of my toons to at least lvl 11 on Darrowmere, having them each run to TB when they hit level 10, so they could get all the weapon masters and waypoints along the way, do the quest for the Kodo hide bag recipe, and then fly to Ratchett to powerlevel engineering to 150.

I have it down to a science now. Do about 40 rough stones to get to about 30+ engineering, then do about 80 copper bars to make 80 copper bolts (needed to make target dummies). Make enough copper tubes (usually about 5 or so) to level up enough to make copper modulators, and make them until you get to 75 engineering. At that point you have a choice. You can either make 20 Coarse stones into 20 Coarse Blasting powder, or continue making copper modulators. Either way, continue until you can make Target dummies, then start cranking them out. I usually end up with about 20 target dummies at level 105 engineering. I usually make some bronze tubes or EZ-throw dynamite (for my priest) or small seaforium charges at this point, in order to level up to 125.

At 125 you can make Heavy Blasting powder, and then turn around and use it in making Heavy Dynamite. That pretty much takes you up to 150, where I’m able to equip my Green-Eye Goggles (the ones that give +8 stamina and spirit), which provides a big boost to any level 10 character, no matter the class.

A new Paladin emerges

Hehe, I finished my graphics work here early this morning, so I basically have the rest of the day off. With the Arena Season 4 update coming today, hopefully people won’t be around the neutral towns in Gadgetzan and Winterspring, so my lvl 1 toons can transfer stuff in peace.

On Sunday, I actually played another toon on Darrowmere! Misericorde, my lvl 2 Paladin, needed to get leveled up to at least level 5, which is where most of my other toons are. Level 5 is where the magic happens, and you’re able to take up a crafting profession for the first time, as well as taking up fishing. She will of course be an Engineer/Miner, as all my paladins are. Spec Gnomish first to get the Death Ray and other goodies, then respect to Goblin, natch.

I have to say it’s very handy having my own guild bank, so all toons can access common Engineering mats, then put the excess back when they’re done powerleveling. Misericorde easily blasted thru the starting area, then the 3 quests at Falconwing Square, and now she’s finishing the last quests at Fairbreeze Village. She was able to get to level 9 in a few hours, so once I hit lvl 10, I’ll get over to TB, take up LW to get the Pattern: Kodo Hide Bag recipe (to sell for 30-40 g on Ally side), then hearth back to Silvermoon City, and go to Undercity for my Engineering powerleveling session to lvl 150. When you can stand on the counter, and train recipes as well as make stuff, it makes powerleveling a lot easier. When you have the engineering trainer halfway across the city (cough, Ironforge, cough), it makes it quite annoying.

I start teaching others how to make monies


Well, I’m out here working on the Controls for a certain fruit-shaped computer company, trying to gather my thoughts about what’s happened since my last update of the blog, while my brain is stewing ideas over for my actual job here today. I’m making the graphical user interface for the HVAC system here, but I’m still a little hazy on what to do. I find it helps to just go for a smoke, or work on something else, and my brain will continue thinking about the problem in the background, and come up with something later.

Inflation continues to rise in all….six of the servers I’m currently playing on. “Six servers!?!” Yup, six servers. Demon Soul, Daggerspine, and Darrowmere are my main ones, and I started a few toons on Lightbringer to maybe get around to hanging out with my buddy Francois one of these days. I also made some toons on Gurubashi and Draka, just to help Francois and Kevin (both are coworkers) powerlevel their gold reserves on their new servers.

On Thursday, June 5th, Francois had 38 gold on his level 35 Horde hunter on Gurabashi. After I used 8 gold to buy a Recipe: Elixir of Giant Growth, he had 30. I had already started making money on that server by buying Coarse Blasting powder, and selling it on the AH when I reached a full 20 stack, which is how I usually start out on a new server. Anyways, he traded me the Giant Growth formula, and I gave him about 3 sets of the Ally cooking quest recipes, and told him to put them on the AH for 8-10g each (the full 12 set costs about 1g total for an Ally). The recipes sold out by the next day, and kept selling like hotcakes.

I supplemented his sales with the proceeds of what I got on the opposite faction, and as of last night, he was up to 1100 gold. Plus, I have about 300 gold on the Ally side, just waiting to get a price difference between Horde and Ally enchanting mats. I usually buy from one side to convert my gold to untouchable currency, transfer thru the neutral AH at 1 copper or so, and sell on the other side. Well, it rankles me to lose money, so I’m not going to buy Void crystals on the Ally side at 45 gold, and only sell them on the Horde side for 38 gold.

I’m also doing the same for my other friend Kevin. He’s on a PvE server, so I wasn’t quite sure if it would work, but it did. He had 5 gold, he bought me a set of the cooking recipes, and I sold them within the hour for 6 gold each. He’s now up to 300 gold. I was worried that someone would tumble to my trick, and make a toon on the Horde side to buy the recipes, give them to a friend, and have the friend sell the recipes to them. I guess other peeps just aren’t as devious as me.

I can haz gold?

Panzergishi just finished up Duskwood last night, dinging 33 when he turned in the Embalmer quest, after killing the Embalmer’s wife. I have to say I like the lore in Duskwood, but I hate the running back and forth. At least you can fly over to Westfall for an easy journey to the west side of Duskwood, but it’s still annoying.

Holy smokes…..I just got over 10,100 gold on Demon Soul last night, and I only have 5 lvl 40+ characters on there. I have about 7,700 gold on Daggerspine, and buying Void Crystals and Large Prismatic shards on the Ally auction house with my 300 gold worth of Elixir of Giant Growth sales, bringing them thru the neutral AH, and selling them on the Horde AH, got me to 2000 gold on my new Horde account on Darrowmere. My Toons there range from 2-12, but I like to make gold first, level later, so I’ll always be able to afford anything I need/want. Since he’ll be getting to 35 soon, and unlocking the 225-300 level of Blacksmithing and Engineering, I’m going to need to level Gwiddonyon to level 35 soon, so she can transmute the 60 arcane crystals and Thorium ore she has saved up in her bank, making 60 Arcanite Bars. That’ll powerlevel her to 300 Alchemy I’m sure, and give Panzer plenty of Arcanite to make Arcanite Rods with. I also need to level Clockwrkmage to 35, so she can get her Enchanting up to 300. I’ll be needing a lot more high level enchants on my level 40+ toons, and I don’t feel like tipping to get them done.

Panzer is almost out of well-rested, so it’s probably time to send him over to Southshore, since he only has 171 fishing, and I need 225 to get the fishing quest at level 35. I also need to make sure to talk to the fishing and cooking trainers in Ironforge at that time, to get the travel quests to Nat Pagle and the cooking quest guy in Tanaris. They’re not needed to get the quests, but it’s an easy 1000 xp each.

Smuggling stories


Clockworknyt just dinged 40 last night! This is my usual stopping place for my toons, once I get a mount, so it forces me to work on other toons. I did have some fun along the way, dealing with Allies with my mixture of Goblin and Gnomish trinkets. Pally’s are perfectly designed for the Gnomish Death Ray and Goblin Flamethrower, both of which have 5 minute cooldowns, which matches the cooldown on their Divine Protection bubble shield. At level 37, I attacked a level 36 Ally mage, and a level 45 Draenai shaman who were killing spiders outside my favorite spider cave in Dustwallow Marsh. I suppose I could have waited for them to go away, or gone to the cave, but my guess is that they would have attacked me anyway. I used the death ray to get the shaman down to half health in the first fight, but got sheeped and beaten down. The second time, I hid behind a tree and equipped my Gnomish Mind Control Cap, and waited for the cooldown to elapse. That didn’t work so well, malfunctioning and making me the pet of the Shamanan (my original plan was for the shaman to become controlled by me, and beat down the mage.

Another memorable encounter was in Desolace, doing the Corrupter questline. I had just gotten over to the Satyr area, and was peacefully mining some Iron ore, when all of a sudden I was charged by a level 36 Warrior (I just, just turned 40). He was accompanied by a ??? Druid, but I figured I was gonna get clobbered, so I might as well do some damage. I hit him once, then bubbled up and let loose some Death ray damage in the amount of 2299. What the ??? It used to only crit at about 1900 damage, but I guess they upped the damage level. Anyway, the Warrior crumpled, but the druid killed me in 2 hits.

Kukoshakaku has now dabbled in PvP as well. I took a couple hours, and got him from 26-28, doing quests in Ashenvale. After I did the “kill water elementals and discover the gazebo” quest, a level 25 Warlock attacked me as I came out of the water. He DoT’d me, and Feared me, but it didn’t FAZE me! I had hit him a couple of times, and set up my fire totem, and hit him with my DoT fire spell before he feared me, so after I came out of running out of control, I hit my only trinket that I had equipped. Gnomish Cloaking Device…..awww yeah. As I had expected, it took me out of combat, and I was able to run around to behind where the warlock was standing, and once I came back from the ghost world view, I quickly beat the warlock down. “Is it a rogue? Is it a paladin?” Nope, it’s an engineer, baby!

I am now a smuggler…of sorts. For Demon Soul and Darrowmere, I am the only supplier of 15 Ally only cooking recipes. 12 of them are from Ally cooking quests (don’t bother getting Curiously Tasty Omelet, Horde can buy from their own vendors), and can be purchased from the recipe vendor in Old town, above the basement where the Cooking trainer is. Loch Frenzy Delight is bought by the fishing trainer in Loch Modan (A little east of Thelsamar), and Clam Chowder and Fillet of Frenzy can both be bought in Darkshore. Fillet is bought at the Inn, and Clam chowder is bought down the coast, from the fishing supplies vendor there. Why bother with all this smuggling of enemy recipes?

Well, Burizadokyanon went from about 300 gold to 1500 gold, mainly from selling the 12 cooking recipes for about 6-7 gold each. On Darrowmere, Misericorde went from about 3 gold to about 500 gold, doing the same thing. One player even went so far as to write me a letter thanking me for putting the recipes on the AH, and asking if I could get him the Moongraze quest recipe from the Draenai starting area, the Kaldorei Spider kabob quest recipe from the Night Elf starting area, and Tasty Lion Steak from a level 34 quest. He wasn’t stingy either, offering 20 gold each for the quest recipes.

Rethinking my bags


Clockworknyt just hit level 36 last night! Ever since I respecced to Goblin, I’ve had a lot more fun with her. I’ve started making my toons have their second bag from the left be a Engineering bag, so they can hold all their trinket, helms, bombs, Compact Reaper kits, telescope, seaforium charges, parachute cloak, Gnomish Harm Prevention belt (when it’s on cooldown), and anything else engineering related. I realized I spent way too much gold buying bank slots, when I should have only had about 2 tabs in a guild bank. It costs way less to do that, and makes it a lot easier to have mats available to all toons, at all times.

Now you see me (poof), now you don't


I’m having Thrillkiller and Aosdanasaoi camp the spider cave in Dustwallow Marsh, on their respective realms. I need Mithril Bars on both accounts, especially since Panzergishi is about to get to level 35, and I’ll need to powerlevel both Engineering and Blacksmithing for him. I have to say, I have a new appreciation for some of the engineering items. The Goblin Death Ray one-shotted a level 37 spider in the cave, doing 1799 damage, which is impressive considering Aosdanasaoi only does about 100 damage per Sinister Strike normally.

Also, while leveling Clockworknyt to 240 Gnome engineering, before respeccing to Goblin, I made about 8 Goblin Cloaking Devices. At level 24, Morticide put one on before doing the dreaded corpse jump run to the demon merchant Vi’el in Winterspring, and had surprising success. I hit it right before the Elite demons noticed me at the outskirts of the canyon, and even without Dash, was able to get to the cave entrance before it wore off and I got killed. I ran back, resurrected, and was able to start camping Vi’el again. The reason it works so well is because it grants TRUE invisibility, not just stealth, like a rogue/druid has. Stealth is level dependent, so if the enemy is higher than you, he’ll most likely see you pretty easily. Invisibility works on any level mob (afaik). It only lasts for 10 seconds, and has a 1 hour cooldown, but it can be worth it in certain situations. That saved me about 2 additional corpse jumps, as well as a savings in armor repair. I need to level Morticide to 26, to get Dash, and see if I can run all the way to the cave before it wears off.

Also, I need to test to see if it works in combat situations, like a Rogue’s Flash Powder, to disengage from combat. It doesn’t say that it can’t be used in combat, so……. watch out for the amazing stealthing Tauren Warrior, coming soon to your neighborhood! You could use it to run up the ramp in Warsong Gulch, grab the flag, hit your Gnomish Harm Prevention belt, and then use Swiftness Potion/Rocket boots to run off the cliff in front. Hit your Parachute Cloak, and you’ll be way ahead of any pursuit.

I suppose I should start leveling in Tanaris, since that’s where Thorium veins spawn. The price of Thorium Bars on the servers have doubled, no doubt in keeping with the massive influx of monies that players are getting from doing their daily quests. Well, I don’t have a 70, and probably won’t have one for a long time. I earn my gold, a bit at a time, just by being good at spotting bargains, and knowing what crafteable items sell for big bucks. Heck, I don’t even use Bottomscanner, since I find my bargains by bidding/buying on stuff for my own characters.

Account summary

Back from training in Phoenix, so it’s back to posting. Since my buddy let me use his account to buy the faction specific recipes, I’ve made a ton of money from the Alliance cooking quest recipes. I’ve gotten up to 7k gold on Demon Soul, 6k on Daggerspine, and 1.3k on Darrowmere (my newest account). I post the 12 recipes for 4-5 gold each on Darrowmere, and log back in a few hours later to find them all sold out. I’ve also made all of my accounts into their own guilds. Demon Soul has Wraith Flight, Daggerspine has Warshrike, and Darrowmere has Psychrometrics (it’s a term used in heating and air conditioning).

I’ve also narrowed down the amount of items I sell. I only do big ticket items now, like Arcanite rods for 65g, Sniper Scopes for 16g, and since I just made my pally into a Goblin Engineer, she can make Goblin Jumper Cables XL for 70-80g.

It’s hard to find cheap mats for the blue items in Leatherworking now. Large Fangs are going for 1g each, Small lustrous pearls for 50 silver to 1g, Spider’s Silk for 1g, Heavy Leather for 3-4g a stack…It’s not economical to make Toughened Leather Gloves, Barbaric Bracers, or Shadowskin Gloves very often.

The Addiction multiplies!!


It’s been a while, but I haven’t had a lot of time to write. The last week before I came out to training in Phoenix, I was out in the field, so I didn’t have a lot of time to post like I did while I was at the office. Once I got to Phoenix, it was either classtime, or WOWtime. A classmate/buddy of mine lets me use his account, so I made some toons on Darrowmere, Daggerspine, and Demonsoul, of the opposite faction.

Now I can finally get most/all of the faction specific recipes for each server I play on, rounding out my collections. On Demonsoul and Darrowmere, I’ve already gotten the Red Whelp gloves and Herbalist glove recipes, as well as doing the leatherworking quest at level 8 to get the Moonglow vest recipe. I also ran my level 8 Night Elf toons up to Arathi, to get the Raptor Hide belt recipe. All of these have been safely transferred over to Horde side.
I only need to do the Blacksmithing recipe quests in Ironforge, then go out to Redridge to turn in the Gearing Redridge quest and get my Ironforge Breastplate recipes, as well as buying the Black Whelp Tunic recipe in town, and getting the Black Whelp Cloak recipe up in the hills. Finally, down to Duskwood, to get the Bright Yellow shirt pattern, and I’m done.

On Daggerspine, I’ve already gotten the Savory Deviate Delight recipe on Gwiddonyn, since she’s my alchemist, and I’ll be getting the Elixir of Giant growth recipe from the Horde Auction house. I’m also getting the benefits of 3 Auction House scans, being able to find good deals on Horde/Neutral/and Alliance, and then transferring/keeping the results to the side I actually play on.

A few observations: If you’re going to do this, do it in a few stages. You don’t want to have a lot of time running around, so make a few alts. Send the first one to Booty Bay immediately, so you can sell your shirt/item to your main account for some startup capital. I’d usually transfer over some recipes at that time too, so I can sell faction specific recipes on the opposite sides AH, and eliminate the middleman buying them off me in the neutral AH. For example, I can get Elixir of Giant Growth for 1-2 on a Horde Auction House, since it’s a Barrens only drop, and there’s a lot of questing for level 10-20 toons in the Barrens, so it drops quite often. On Demon Soul, I put 2 of them up for 50-60 gold in the Alliance AH, and sold them out almost immediately. Yet, on the Neutral Auction house, I was lucky if I could sell them for 8-9 gold each. I’ve gotten 300+ gold on the Darrowmere recipe account, and 130+ on the Demon soul recipe account, just by selling faction specific recipes.

On actually leveling, I’ve gotten Aosdanasaoi on Daggerspine to level 40, and gotten my first Nightsaber mount. She spent a bit of time in the Dustwallow Marsh spider cave, but since I had gotten so much Mithril Ore when Kishigishi was in there, I didn’t have to spend much time there to get to level 230 mining, where I could smelt and mine Truesilver Ore. I sent her back to Darnassus to get the Nightsaber and her skills, then did some mining around the Charred Vale while I was killing harpies for the Reclaiming the Charred Vale quest, then went on to Nijel’s Point. She had run out of well rested by that time, so it was time to have her chill in the Inn.

On Demonsoul, I’ve been leveling Clockworknyt, since she’ll be my Goblin Engineer. On the forums, it says that if you read the book Soothsaying for Dummies BEFORE you drop engineering, you won’t run in to the problems I have with Kishigishi, I.E. not being able to renew my G.E.E.K. card, and not being able to get the pet Bombling schematic. So I’ve renewed it at 2g per pop about 5 times with no luck, but I renewed about 12x yesterday, so we’ll see if I get the Lil’ Smoky schematic.
Edit 5/12/08: Still couldn’t read the Soothsaying for Dummies book before dropping engineering, so I made the same mistake as Kishigishi, and read the book once I got up to 200 engineering again. I think my last Paladin on Darrowmere will drop engineering, read the book, THEN take up engineering again.

Sneaky sneaky, Sir

Wahoo!!! It’s nice to be able to post enchanting mats again. Banesidhe posted a bunch of Vision Dust, Small Radiant Shards, and Lesser Nether Essence on the AH on Wednesday night, and came back on Thursday to find a cool 150 G in his inbox. The previous sellers must have underbid themselves into the ground, and stopped posting, leaving me an almost free market. There was virtually nobody posting nether essence or small radiant shards, and I’m used to seeing a lot of other sellers in the market.

I decided to take Thrillkiller over to Gnomeregan, since I wanted to get the [Schematic: Discombobulator Ray]. Very easy for a level 42 rogue to get in there. I’m going to have to charge in with Clockworknyt though, and learn the schematic at around 150, so I can get some skill points for it, once I respecc from Gnomish to Goblin. I figure I should be able to do it by about level 36 at least, since they’re only level level 27-30 elite. It’s a huge instance, and I’m glad I was able to stealth, because it wouldn’t be fun to fight through. The irradiated troggs spill tainted blood on their fellows when they die, turning them from normal mobs into elites, making it harder to kill them. You have to target the normal mobs first, then take down the elites. Well, Thrill didn’t have to do any of that. I snuck around, pickpocketed some of the mobs, then went and killed the Mechgineer boss in the final chamber. You’re supposed to have someone run around and hit the switches to disable the bomb pipes, but it’s not needed when you’re high enough. I cheapshotted him, used the lowered defense attack, hit my Gnomish Harm Prevention Belt, and immediately used my Death Ray. I tossed in a Fel Iron Bomb, and with a few smacks with my maces later, he was dead.

On Darrowmere, the price for the gems is a little skewed. On my other servers, Talasite and Star of Elune usually sell for about 50 gold each, making the decision to buy them for 12 gold an easy one. But on Darrowmere, they sell for only about 8-10 gold, meaning that I lost money on buying them. Luckily I was able to sell the Living Ruby for about 35 gold, giving Gimmershred a bit more buying capital to go back and camp the Faire some more.

The Spirals of Addiction


Darrowmere is very, very low pop. I have Morticide on Demon Soul camping the Darkmoon Faire, and I have my level 1 Gimmershred doing the same on Darrowmere. Morticide can log in at any time, and always find other people camping the 2 vendors, hoping for motes to spawn. I don’t really care, they’re a bonus, but I’m usually camping it for the herbs/scrolls/potions anyway. On Darrowmere, it’s a ghost town. Are all the people on there new to WOW? Not that it’s a bad thing, I have free rein over buying everything, I’m just wondering how well the motes and gems (Living Ruby, Talasite) will sell, if I want to do so.

Maybe it’s just that I’m stuck at work doing boring self-study reading, but I always have an anticipation of how great it will be to get home and start playing WOW. Then I get home, and get dragged down into my endless circle of checking my toons auctions, and reposting what didn’t sell. I need to quit that, and just get out and level, and have fun! On Daggerspine, Clock has 1100 gold, Panzer has 1600 gold, Tsuris has 1000 gold, Hang has 400 gold, Gwidd has 300 gold, Prey has 170 gold, Kishi has 150 gold, Ryo has 80 gold, Aos has 50 gold….even Doom has about 20 gold, and she’s only level 19.

On Demon Soul, Blood has 300 gold, Bull has 2600 gold, Bane has 200 gold, Kuko has 800 gold, Thrill has 50 gold, Mort has 300 gold, and my level 19 twink neutral auctioneer Sansetsukon, spending time in Booty Bay, has amassed 400 gold.
I think it’s time for a break from making gold, and just start leveling. It’s a lot more fun, even though I’m still finishing up grey or green quests, and I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile (virtually). I have been examining my gear on Bloodshrike and Bullkathos, and made them slightly more battle ready. On Bull, I replaced the Green Iron Helm with a level 42 plate helm, and decided to buy 12 stamina, 12 str plate leggings that had a +30 stamina and 12 Agi armor kit on it, for 65 gold. The cost of the kit itself was about 50 gold on the AH, so it wasn’t that much more for the leggings. Plus, getting a level 60 to attach it can become annoying. So, Bull will have those leggings for a loooong time. He’ll need better weapons too, as his are from level 37, and he’s 42 now.

------- Brainstorm!!!! (multiple exclamation marks, sure sign of a deranged mind). I’m thinking of turning my Twinks into Engineer/Jewelcrafters, or at least the ones on Daggerspine and Darrowmere. That will delay me having to have someone else take up the Jewelcrafting profession for a while, and I think I might actually have Doom be the permanent JC on my Daggerspine account. That will let Preyonyou continue to be a miner. Maybe, maybe not. I do want my priests to have some sort of attack trinket, but you don’t get to use it until level 30 anyways…. so many choices, arrggghh.

Neutral Auction House and recipes


I didn’t get around to ghostrunning in Outlands last night, but I did come to a realization that you can make a lot of gold by selling recipes on the neutral AH. Not useful recipes, like the Herbalist glove or Red Whelp glove, but the ones that completionists look for, like the Yellow Shirt from Darkshire, or the 2 Barrens recipes that Allies can rarely get. I’m talking about the Savory Deviate Delight and the Elixir of Giant growth, both of which only drop from mobs in the Barrens.

Even on a low pop server like Darrowmere, I can buy the Deviate recipe for 15 gold on the AH, and turn around and sell it for 50 gold. The Giant growth recipe I buy for 2 gold, and sell it for 10 gold. All you need is an alt posted in Booty Bay (the easiest neutral AH to get to), and a few minutes a day. I usually log out in the inn, so I don’t have to wait for 20 seconds to log out. Once I log in, I go to the leatherworking supplies vendor to look for the Shadowskin gloves recipe & the Gem-studded belt recipe, which I’ll sell on neutral AH or my capitol city AH for 5-6 gold and 3-4 gold, respectively.

Once I buy them, I jump off the ledge to talk to the engineering vendor, to buy Coarse blasting powder and occasionally the Accurate scope recipe (can sell for 1-3 gold in your own AH). Then check the guy at the end of the building who’s selling parrots, since he also sells the Black Swashbuckler shirt recipe ( can sell on your own AH for 3-5 gold). Then you head to the Auctioneer, and post the Savory Deviate Delight and Elixir of Giant growth recipes, and wait for the money to roll in.

Mote Extractor? We don't need no stinkin' mote extractor!


Good morrow, gentle readers! I just discovered something very cool on I’ve always advocated camping the Darkmoon Faire for Motes of XXX, as well as the mid to high level herbs. Well, you can do that all the time now! I was looking at Mote of Fire, and it said that Dealer Najeeb, Dealer Tariq both sold Motes at 16 silver, in limited supplies. Adamantite frame was sold at 4 gold, Elemental Blasting Powder at 20 silver, Felsteel Stabilizer at 4.8 gold….. I smell a profit potential here. Not only that, I hate making mats and wasting the raw material if it doesn’t give me a skill point. I’d rather buy the item at a lower price, and sell the metal on the AH.

PUG? Uggh is more like it

I’m really liking the lore in Duskwood. I had Aosdanasaoi complete every quest there, and now I’m going to have Panzergishi do the same. At level 29, he had no problem doing the remaining group quests in Redridge by himself, even taking down Gath'Ilzogg and his little dragonling Blaze.

Granted, I had virtually no health left, but a Solid dynamite and a target dummy really helped to bring them down faster. After that I flew to Darkshire, and picked up all the quests available, then flew over to Westfall to log out and be ready to go when I play him next. Before I finished the quests in Redridge, I also main tanked Deadmines.

At level 29, that shouldn’t be a problem, but the pickup group I hooked up with weren’t the most experienced. I had a warlock who kept sending his voidwalker to pull enemies, then Fearing them when they aggro’d him because of his DoT’s. This would cause them to run away, and pick up adds, which made it even harder for me to keep control. The priest was putting Shield on me for a bit, until I realized it, and asked them to stop, because I wasn’t getting any rage. They just didn’t seem to get the point of instances, where you concentrate attacks on one monster at a time, maybe 2 or three. You don’t aggro the entire area, like what happened in the Smelting Room. We get down the ramp, and I start taking on a goblin engineer. He summons a harvest reaper, which is expected. What isn’t expected is the other members aggro’ing more engineers, who summon more reapers. I’m fighting about 6-7 elite mobs by myself, since they all got themselves killed off. I probably used 3 bombs and a target dummy, as well as a health pot, but luckily I survived.

After that, I started trying to aggro as many enemies as I could, well before the other group members could get to them. This served us well, up until we fought Captain Greenskin. They aggro’d a lot of mobs, and a few of the group got killed off again. Luckily our priest seemed to be doing the smart thing, and kept back, so they were able to rezz easily. I charged in at VanCleef, and started hacking away. He summons quite a few adds, but the smart usage of a Goblin land mine and a Target dummy helped to mitigate some damage, as well as dish out a bunch of my own.