Monday, 11 August 2014

Prospecting: My Golden Child

Hello there blog-o-sphere! I'm back with a few tips here and there that I am finding. The first is Obsidium/Elementium ore.

Built into TSM Crafting now is a prospect value. As you can see on my server, this is quite high for these two ores. What is causing it to be so high? Nightstone seems to be selling for an enormous amount. As you can see from the picture above, one stack of Elementium Ore is valued around 576g! Seeing as I buy them for 60g a stack, this is amazing!

So, my tip is to keep an eye on all the ores and see what value you can get out of prospecting. Sometimes, you might just hit a gold mine!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

WoD Alpha Stream Notes #1

These notes are from Alpha streams (CoffeeBird for this one, with Muffinus in the comments)
  • Junk items have a little coin icon in their icon to differentiate them
  • Bag sorting is implemented and works very well
  •  New Void Storage Tab
  • New alchemy items that teach you WoD recipes similar to the 5.4 ones for BS, LW, Tailoring and Engineering
  •  Timelost artifact and Orb of Deception in Toybox
  • Toybox achievements
  • Bags of Draenor herbs just dropped from the mob CoffeeBird killed.
  • part of the fun of the toybox is telling you where to get the items, like battle pets, it turns that entire system into a collection game which means you can get achivements etc. for it
  • Call to Arms spell: Summons helpers from your garrison. Active everywhere in Frostfire from what I can see
  • Quest item tab has been implemented. No more quest items in bag!

  • Garrisons have a portal back to Orgrimmar/Stormwind
  • Garrisons have Monuments, where you can display some of your accomplishments (major stuff)
  • Bank is a specialization/building, auctions are TBD - kind of like you going back to SW (there's a portal in your garrison) and seeing other players
  • Jeremy will we ever see Trade Chat in garrisons? Having to go to Org kills the vibe of the expansionTrade chat? Hmm, interesting idea. 
  •  Garrison PvP Vs Garrison is in the cards for the future, not for launch.
  • Darg - yes there are rare missions garrison rare missions
  • defense missions just give you specific rewards to that building, you can always bulldoze and make that building if you want those missions
  • the garrison system is flexibile, get a new building? bulldoze, make it, do some stuff!
  • How costly is bulldozing? Bam - TBD, kill a few rares and stuff and you should be good  
  • Muffinus: but there are limit choices, some of which may not be a good idea to use, say for example having portals with a mage tower. (daily usage)Zigg: you have a LOT of plots, that's your choice - which things do you HAVE to have? Maybe you really want the Shredder Mark 2 when farming Ogre rep, or the mage portals when doing later patch raids.
  •  War supplies for Garrisons  you get them from rares, treasures, missions - tons of crap
  • @muffinus: (lol so many questions sorry to bombard, I am also loving heroes) Will you guys expand on garrisons in future wod patches? And it's a wod feature, will we see another garrison-eqsue thing moving on in other xpacs? Etnies: that's the plan, we'll see what the players want once they've experienced them firsthand.
  • @Muffinus: I lied one last question, will we do more in the future in the wod time-line, or is draenor the end of it?  short answer yes, long answer no
  • material will be easy to come by, but used for many things to build your garrison

  • Orgrimmar updates are WIP
  • Muffinus I understand you guys plan to release content faster, but I think 5.1 was too fast. Everything was still very new. Are you guys going try and keep that schedule for wod or change it a little? we'll see, WoD is incredibly packed with content, the release schedule should be smoother this time 
  • Pre-expansion event: yes, it is a huge iron horde invasion, they destroy <!> and <!!!> and make it all the way to <HOLY CRAP> before <Thing> happens 
  • Miniature Dark Portal in Orgrimmar leads to Frostfire (temporary? )
  • Karazhan isn't scaled yet health wise, and damage wise apparently (CoffeeBird went splat)
  • Muffinus: Possible that scaling old raids and dungeons up to lvl 100 could be in wod launch? Etnies: maybe, the tech is there, but probably not for launch
  • everyone starts in <***> then alliance goes to SMV and horde goes to FF Seems there is a zone where everyone starts. Old Shattrath maybe
  • @muffinus will there be a level 100 zone that houses the main cities, or are the main cities for horde and alliance in their respective zones? Also will there be auction houses there.    TBD etnies, possibly Ashran
  • Lore spoiler: in ancient draenor, there are two groups that care nothing for the fate of men: the primals and the breakers. The primals are creatures that seek to cover the world in plantlife, the breakers to destroy all life and leave barren, broken rock. In Draenor, you'll see this battle, and shape its future, for better or for worse.
  • dang that sounds like a storyline right up my ally. can you say if it has anything to do with the fomorian (SP?) mobs that were datamined? fomor are actually called Magnaron, the demigods of the breakers.
  • there are only a handful of them, but they can rend the earth like mini-titans, and are ever at war with the over-growing primals 

  •   Muffinus likes the current talent system, combined with the Draenor perks, and hopes it stays
  • talents that aren't being chosen are actively tracked by our team
  • Sub-Races: maybe after char revamps, you've got a lot of new choices for looks now  
  • some textures are causing issues, lots of new art going in
  • is there any new pet species we can tame that hasent already been shown you can spoil for us ? Ross: there are more planned, lots in Draenor already though (boars, ravagers, wasps, Rylaks, etc.)
  • Rares still put skulls on the world map, big plus for rare hunters!
  • Worgen rare called Clawtooth. Whether the worgen is a PH or not, unsure. Save a child from him and get a quest
  • Shaman Ghost wolf looks like the new model!

  • CoffeeBird sounds like Seth Rogan according to fiancee
  • I'm the darkmoon faire trainer I made my mage Muffinus way before classic was launched Muffinus

CoffeeBird has headed to bed. I'll try and sort this up a bit but posting it now so people can see it! 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Transferring gold cross realm

Ever since the dawn of WoW, people have been realm hopping around. And with the addition of cross-realm Normal and Heroic Seige of Orgrimmar in the last few hours it means that people now have more reason to change realm. Trialing new members from other realms or finding a guild to raid with has never been easier!

So, here is a simple guild to transferring your gold across realm.

This post is aimed at people who are either going to be transferring to a new realm or starting on a new realm and want to either transfer all their gold or start again.

Limits are annoying

Level     Max. Gold
10-30     300g
31-50     1,000g
51-70     5,000g
71-80     20,000g
81+     50,000g

These are the limits for transferring gold cross realm. As you can see, 50,000g is the most you can transfer on one character. The reason this limit is in place, assumingly, is to stop gold traders realm hopping around with as much gold as possible to sell.

Guild Transfers

One way to get around the personal limit is to get a guild transfer. 10 extra dollars, and you can transfer a full guild with gold cap inside and the guild master.

That's 1 million sorted.

The guild has to be a certain level, and you have to be the guild master for so long in addition to the regular realm transfer regulations.

Good news is that you can fill the guild with whatever you like before hand, so stock it up!

Mounts and more mounts

Mounts are always in demand, be it Panthers or TCG mounts. They are also a great way to transfer some gold cross realm. Check the prices on the realm you are going to for extra profits!


Pets are a great way to transfer gold cross realm without actually transferring realms. Simply check the prices out, buy some pets to the value of how much you need and learn them. Get on your toon on the other realm and cage the pets from in the pet interface. You just transferred the pet cross realm without spending heaps!

Tips for cross-realm and cross-faction

Both factions have pets available for theme exclusively from certain sellers. If you are changing factions, stock up on these for some nice gold.

Always check prices on the other realm before hand. Things that are worthless on your realm or going cheap might be a fortune on the other realm. Be wise and check out the Undermine Journal entries for some things before you transfer over to make sure you can make gold over there as well!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Character boosts and money!

Level 90 boosts have hit the servers, and it seems that loads of people are going out to get it.

PvP gear will likely go up in price, as people wanna go test their new level 90s in battlegrounds while not being fully squishy.

Any PvE gear above 483 ilevel has just become more in demand as people want to try out their new 90's.

There is also more enchants and more gems needed, but I wouldn't expect this market to pick up until late March when people begin semi-gearing their boosted characters.

Previously unconfirmed was the problem of glyphs and boosted characters. From my experience boosting my warrior, Kiba, this morning, you don't get glyphs.

What does this mean? Glyphs are more likely about to sky-rocket in price, and you should cash in on it.

One last train of thought. Eric over at the Golden Crusade made a great post about the math behind the boosts. Go check it out!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Cata greens & other levelling gear; why you need to sell

Lately, the devs of WoW have been making loads of posts over on the wide world of Twitter. One that really caught my attention was posted by Watcher today. Thanks to @StedeWoW for finding this out for us!

As you can see, the gear squish is going to level out the questing gear making it a lot easier to go straight from questing in Wrath to questing in Cata.

Now, what does this have to do with gold making you may ask?

You see, lots of people make gold by selling the Cataclysm levelling gear. It's the gear that people buy to get ahead into Cata questing and make it easier to quest.

Of course, once the patch goes live people won't need that gear. They can just get straight into the dungeons and such.

One of the other reasons for the gear was to get over the mininum ilevel required for the dungeons, which is also going away: (Thanks to @Mrpyrostorm for asking)

So, sell up this gear quick!

Farming: Tauna's pick

Farming; the act of killing mobs over and over again. There are many places in which people go to farm, with each person having their own personal preference on location.

I'm not saying farming is the most efficient way to make money, by far. But this is the place where I have had the most luck.

Potions of Luck are a must if you are farming in Pandaria. The Plundered Treasure chests have a chance to drop off each mob you kill, and you will get loads!

Iriestx over on Reddit posted that he earns a lot from farming the Mogu in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms as well.

I do about 200-250k a week just grinding mogu in the vale in my spare time. For some reason I find it immensely more enjoyable to actually do something with my character than just hump the AH.
Ancient Guo-Lai Cache Keys, Skyshards, and Plundered Treasure make for a profitable time.
EDIT: BTW, Grats OP!
I replied with 200k a week? What are you grinding? Using potions of luck? How many hours?
Sorry about all the questions, I'm always looking for new ways to make gold!
Potions of Luck are a must. Gui-Lao Halls and sometimes out in the 'Vale, depending on how much competition there is out there. I'm a 575 destruction warlock and I still load up on flask and food buffs, anything to make me more efficient. Sac the pet and go full retard rounding up everything I can possibly pull and then AoE blast it down. Most of the people I see fail at farming out there are either using pets, or they're just pulling 2-3 mogu at a time. If you're going to be successful at farming mogu, you have to be highly efficient. Round'em up, as many as you can in a tight group, blow them up fast, loot and speed boost to the next pack. If you don't have a bare minimum of 5 mogu every pull, you're doing it wrong.
Transmute spec'd alchemist too, so making 50+ Living Steel a week from the Spirit of Harmony is a big part of it.
Maybe 12 hours a week (3-4 hours sessions 3-4 times a week) farming? All depends on the free time I have.
EDIT: Oh, and Frenzied Crystal of Rage is a big hit.
His reply suggests that he is highly geared, so it might not work for everyone.

Hope that helps! While farming isn't for everyone, it certainly is fun when you just have to hit something!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Tauna's Road to Gold Cap

Hello readers!

[I forgot to add, follow and message me on Twitter (@Goldtauna) if you have any questions]

As you may have seen from my latest post, I have hit gold cap! One million gold is now mine, and I just have to figure out what I want to spend it on.

So, this post is going to be about my path traveled to reach this milestone and how I went about becoming a millionaire.

I began by looting a 'Blade of Wizardry'. I sold it on the Auction House, and later discovered I could have sold it for a lot more. But this initial 10,000g was what I needed to start. I had been bitten by the gold making bug and the venom spread like wildfire.

When I first began gold-making, my mindset was that the only way I would earn gold was through farming. I would farm herbs or ores, just selling them on the Auction House. Any green items or blue items would just be sold to a vendor. One of the first things I changed when I began gold-making was this mentality. Everything has a value in game. No matter how worthless something may be to me, out there is a buyer. I began looking at the prices of everything using the TSM AuctionDB and WoWuction modules, which made it a lot easier to decide what I would bother trying to sell.

So, how did I make the money? Simple, yet effective methods.

I began with the Fortune Exchange Market. These Mysterious Fortune Cards made me a killing when I first started gold making, but now I can barely be bothered making them. They are great for if I am going AFK for a few minutes though.

Alliance to Horde pets and flipping inks also made me a chunk of gold. The pets are time consuming if you don't have Alliance characters, but certainly worth the effort.

Checking for cheap deals and making sure I listed things for the right price were both valuable lessons, and I certainly learnt them after a few mistakes early on. If you don't list things for the right price, either they won't sell or people will pick them up far too cheap and you miss out on gold!

Jewelcrafting Panthers are one of the things that I love making and selling. Definitely one of the things that made me a lot of money, and still does today. Making batches of 1 or 2 panthers of each colour and barking them in trade chat, I can sell them in 48 hours or less.

I made sure to investigate various markets; with three I liked being Inscription PvP trinkets415 Crafted Gear and Drums of Rage. I also never made a blog post about it, but Mammoth Mining Bags. These things are easy to make, with the pattern being gated by Sons of Hodir rep. If you don't mind doing the half hour grind, then you can easily make thousands of gold off of them.

Never rule out some gear to sell, as I learnt. The epic items that most people will sell off cheap because they are no longer 'relevant' will sell very well still.

You need the right mentality to make gold with four simple lessons I taught:
- Flipper's remorse is suffered by even the hardiest goldmakers
- Nothing is 100% profit
- Honey catches more sales than vinegar
- Assets before Gold

Adding on to them, I find loyalty is the best way to get things cheap. Get regular suppliers to send you materials at a discounted price. If they know it's a guarenteed sale, they will go with you.

Loyalty to other people as well. I have found a group on my server selling carries for Normal and Heroic SoO and Challenge Modes. I get a discount with them because I always use them for my needs and am loyal!

There were a couple addons that I covered, along with my pending TSM guide.Getting prices in your tooltips and auto-barking in trade chat were big helpers in my gold making needs.

Did you know there is a lot of money in level 25 guilds? The Darkmoon Faire also offers great opportunities for gold making.

One of my major gold makers was flipping Trading Card Game mounts and pets. I would buy them cheap in trade chat, or off the Auction House, and sell them higher. With a few, I suffered temporary flipper's remorse. Putting 200k into an item, and watching your gold drop is a weird feeling. But in the end, every one paid off. This handy list should help you see the true values of most mounts and pets!

Here is a list of helpful links and resources that I used to reach my million:

PhatLewts' TSM guides. These are invaluable. If you need to learn TSM, go here! (at least until I finish my guides :P )
PhatLewts' Transmog Groups. When I first started transmog, these weren't available, but I wish they were! Simply amazing transmog set up, that will help you set up your own retail store.
- The whole Consortium site. Amazing forums, with amazing people. Any questions you have, go there!
- Gold Making 101: Intro to Goblineering. Just getting started in gold making, go here! My own guide to starting up
- Power Word: Gold. Jim is a legend, and his podcasts and livestreams are great for advanced and basic techniques
- WoWProfitz stream. Great guy, with a great stream. Gold making and more.
- GoblinRaset's stream. Great guy, once again. More gold making techniques, with drunken fun.
- WoWuction and The Undermine Journal are both great for finding deals and cheap items.
- TSM Sniper tool, real time scanning the Auction House for deals! Brilliant!
- Profiting from Pets, you may be sitting on a gold mine right now!
The Official TSM Development forums are a great resource, just please read the stickies before posting!