Archive for March, 2012

There’s Some Wedding In My Warcraft!

World of Weddingcraft?

After 4 years, 2 expansions (sort of), 7 raid tiers, killing Deathwing and having the mini druid, Celin and I are getting hitched.

This screenshot pretty much sums up everything about our relationship

We have actually been “engaged” for a long time. Celin is impulsive and a daft romantic so he proposed to me a week after we met, but we never really formalised it and I didn’t get a ring until after mini druid was born. I got fed up of waiting and last year booked our wedding for Halloween this year (we love Halloween!)

Since WoW bought us together, I have been trying to think of ways to incorporate it into the whole thing without confusing the heck out of our families (none of whom even know what WoW is let alone that we met on the game)

So far I have rejected the idea of WoW cake toppers (can’t find a good one) , WoW costumes (just a bad idea, even for Halloween), WoW font wedding invites (means nothing to anyone but us) I do have a massive box of TCG cards that Celin bought on a whim and a bunch of sticky back plastic so that will probably be placemats! I’m also thinking of making tiny hearthstones with stones from the local beaches and putting them as part of the table decorations. Some of the WoW music is great too so we might use it for the ceremony somehow.

I’ll be starting to make stuff soon so I will put some pictures up of my WIPs 😛

2 Million Gold – Goal Achieved

Ok, so I got this last year in fact but it’s been almost exactly a year since I started serious goldmaking!

To recap, last year I wrote about hitting 1 million and my journey to that milestone, from there I carried on, hitting 2 million on the 22 October. Today I sit at almost 2.4 million liquid gold having made some gold heavy purchases in the last 6 months.

First, a few details about my sales at the time (already written on The Consortium forums)

Main Sales:

  • Gems (Cata, wrath rare and epic)
  • Enchants (Cata, wrath and BOAs)
  • Pets (Vendor, cross faction, crafted)
  • Rare recipes (high end – 2k plus value)

Other Sales:

  • BOE flipping (still love doing this the most)
  • Bags
  • Choppers
  • Food mats and buff food

Dropped out of some of the more annoying markets with low turnover i.e cookies, keys (when they went BS only), engineering pets (gone down to 200g some days)

Contributing Factors:

  • Abscence of some major competitors (quit or took a break)
  • Hit slow spot around the 600k mark again as I bought some BOEs for alts and nice pets for main.
  • Moved house so was on limited net access for 10 days
  • Began to stockpile for 4.3
  • 3 transmute specced alchemists for easy managment of gem transmuting
  • Still only working the alliance side, some cross faction trading

My Big Purchases

X-51 Nether-rocket X-TREME (310k)

Reins Of The Crimson Deathcharger (220k)

2 complete Vial of the Sands, plus the sand components for 2 more (around 90k – although they were made rather than bought)

“Expensive” gifts for some of my good wow friends (including above mount parts, 10k pets, donations of choppers to the guild)

I’m also giving away 16k per month in a guild raffle (no entry fee and within the guild so it doesn’t count as gambling by Blizz rules)

Thoughts since hitting 2 million

My actual sold value is over 4 million! Which means I’ve spent almost 2 million, apart from my above purchases, on things such as training costs, mounts, flying (12 alts, 10 with epic flying = 60k ish), random stuff I like (pets for alts), stockpiling mats, vanity items and repair costs!

Wealth on one of my AH characters

Things are definately slowing down. Bot ban waves, people leaving for other games, lack of raid content after Dragon Soul; all these factors are impacting on sales. I will not say it’s all negative as even more of my competitors have left but this leaves the customer base growing smaller as people hit gear caps and stop upgrading.

Every so often I get a new competitor but they burn out really fast. They spam the trade channels buying lots of ore and advertising gems but it doesn’t last (yay!)

I like that I can afford to take a break every now and then when life is too hectic or I really want to do something else (archeology, my cruel mistress!)

Soon I will have to start preparing for MOP. Once the big announcements start happening it’s probably time to get rid of my overstocks whilst retaining enough for levelling proffessions (and keeping an eye out for people doing the same and get some bargains!)

My next goal is 3 million, although it’s going to take longer with no content patches between now and MOP.

AFKing In Style: Simple Rules For Making An Impact With Transmog

AKA not looking like you’ve gone back in time to Outland gear matching

I’m going to get a little psychological (and a bit girly) with this post today and talk about how you can make a good statement about your characters with transmog gear. I have recently gone back to uni (via online learning) for a course in visual merchandising for fashion and this made me think about ways you can apply some simple styling and visual rules to your transmogging.

Rule 1 – Think about what you want to say

In RL, we use a mix of signals to express to others what we want to say about ourselves (clothing, hair, spoken language, body language) but in WoW, this is down to the one visual medium – how your character looks. How many times have you stopped and inspected someone just because of the gear they are displaying? You can get a lot of information about someone from their gear; “I raid hardcore” “I love to pvp” “I have no idea what I’m doing” “I’m dancing naked for gold and attention!”

WIth transmog you can make those messages even more specific; “I raid hardcore but tier x was my favourite raid tier in the game” “I love to pvp but I don’t want people to know so here I am in level 20 greens” “I worked hard for this level 60 rated battleground gear” “I love this hat!”

Rule 2 – Choose one aspect and build on it

Whether it’s a single piece of armour or a weapon, or an entire set, this can be your foundation for transmogging. There’s lots of resources out there showing matching sets and complementing items.

Rule 3 – Less is more

So you found a great weapon, some awesome shoulders, the biggest hat in the game! Alone, they look perfect but together they create a myriad of colours and shapes. Anyone looking at you is instantly transported back to that dark period of levelling, spoken in whispers, as the outland style, where plate crop tops on male characters clashed with wide brimmed hats and tiny black hotpants. Shudder.

Awesome photoshop skills :3

Many players have slated Blizzard in the past for their uninspired tier designs but they certainly know that you can’t make every piece of armour stand out. Head pieces and shoulders are the most elaborate pieces with the rest complementing the look.

This goes back to Rule 2, if you have a beautiful weapon/head piece/shoulder piece, make that your focus and construct a simpler set that belongs with it. You can always rotate pieces around (transmog is relatively cheap I think) It is possible to go for a dramatic weapons and armour but it’s important to make sure that they don’t overshadow one another.

Rule 4 – Highlights, contrasts and filling in the blanks

Highlights can make an outfit stand out and most armour has more than one colour. Sometimes this doesn’t work so well, but on some pieces you can use this to complete the rest of the outfit. An example of this is the robe I have on my priest at the moment, which is light blue with silver. You could then find matching items that are silver/grey. Another example is using different shades of the same colour.

Contrasts are using a different colour to accentuate the focus of your outfit. They work best when they are of the same type (hot colours such as red, orange, yellow, cold colours such as blue, purple, dark green)

If you really can’t find anything to match you can always fall back on the basics: white and black. They are also good colours for shirts as they are not too strong.

Rule 5 – Don’t forget the accessories

As mentioned above you can use shirts, but there are tabards (they can also hide a part of the outfit you don’t like), ranged weapons (if you aren’t a hunter), footwear and even companion pets

Rule 6 – Thinking outside the Tier sets

I am sure the majority of players transmog to tier or specific sets but I think you can get excellent results from places you might not consider; starting area quest rewards and greens, low level AH buys, craftables and pvp gear (or pve if you are a pvpers)

My Characters Transmogged: Natsuko

I made a look for my priest using a blue and silver palette focusing on the weapon and chest piece. The only thing I’m not 100% happy with is the gloves. I’m seen a lot in this outfit as she spends so much time crafting or in the AH. What do you think of this outfit?

Head: White Bandit Mask (crafted by tailors)

Shoulders: Not transmogged (LFR Tier)

Cloak: Seer’s Cape

Chest: Shroud Of Spiritual Purity

Shirt: None

Wrist: Not transmogged

Hands: Twilight Gloves

Waist: Not transmogged

Legs: Not transmogged

Feet: Not transmogged (all Draenei feet is legwarmers >>)

Weapon: Exodar Life Staff

Ranged: Antenna Of Invigoration (sparkles!)

Companion Pet: Lil’ Tarecgosa (alternates: Elementium Geode, Baby Blizzard Bear)