Don’t Forget your Knowledge – Darkmoon Faire Profession Quests

If you’re anything like me, you’ve completely forgotten that the Darkmoon faire was this week, and you’re scrambling around trying to figure out what you need to do. If you’re leveling up in Dragonflight you NEED to do the profession quests! They grant knowledge. Don’t forget to do this. Also, be prepared. Here’s a list of items you’ll need depending on your profession.

  • Cooking: 5 simple flour
  • Inscription: 5 light parchment
  • Alchemy: 5 moonberry juice, 5 fizzy faire drink
  • Tailoring: 1 coarse thread, 1 red dye, 1 blue dye
  • Leatherworking: 5 coarse thread, 5 blue dye, 10 shiny bauble
  • Archaeology: 15 fossil archaeology fragment

The other crafts / gathering have no requirements.

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It’s Time for a Change

I’ve been playing on two low pop servers for years now. The first one is my ‘home’ server, and I played there with a group of friends along with my husband. Over the years people moved on, and my husband stopped playing. About two years after he stopped playing I moved my characters to another low pop server to play with more friends.

I’m sure you can see how this story goes, most of them also moved on – which is OK, it’s expected and I would never be angry at anyone for doing what was in their best interest but it did leave me with a bit of a predicament. After spending a few months debating it and thinking about it I finally decided that it was time to move to a server with a higher population.

I want to be able to raid, I want to be able to pay for boosts with gold, I want to see people around and I want a robust server that can offer me more than what my low population servers offer. With the addition of a region wide auction house (for items that stack) it became less of a concern about ‘where’ I play for gold making purposes.

The thing is, I’m nervous about this move. I’ve got no experience at all making gold on a server with a higher population. I’m not sure I can even adapt, or how long it will take me. I do know it’s time. Today is the day. I purchased a bundle of 6 character transfers, and I’m currently in the process of moving my main and some alts. I want my crafters together, after all. At least I can pay for it with gold.

Will I be successful? As long as I’m having fun, that will be a success. I’m really enjoying my time in Dragonflight, and I can’t wait to experience everything it has to offer. As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Weekly Wrap Up [Nov28-Dec5]

Well, TSM had some difficulties tracking my sales this week (seems like ranked harvested material wasn’t tracking in sales, but it did track in purchases) so this week I’m doing my wrap up a bit different since I can’t rely on that data. Instead of showing my overall gains for the week across all servers, I’m just showing the two servers where I have my ‘road to 10 million’ challenge running. I’ll hopefully get back to regular wrap ups next week, but that depends on TSM.

Gold this week! It’s flowing, but you have to know when and where to invest. The better you know your server and how the market works, the more gold you’ll make. Useless information, I know. There’s no secret recipe. On one of my ‘road to 10 million’ servers I made 1,200,000 gold this week. I did not craft. I did not mine / herb / skin. I did fish. I did sell patterns, cards, and packs of soggy cards. I did make a few Darkmoon decks as aces quickly started falling. There were zero decks for sale on my server, and I priced them to move while still giving me a comfortable profit. Remember I’m on two low pop servers (most of the time) so my sale tactics will usually NOT carry over to your server! This is why I say you have to know where you’re selling.

My second server saw gains of 587,000 gold for the week. This server is more quiet, though both are low pop. The first server is an RP server, so there’s more people collecting recipes there. The second server tends to languish behind in almost everything. I bought one crimson combat recipe for 25k, and flipped it for 50k in the early morning to someone who has been trying to flip it for 100k but it hasn’t sold yet. The gear is also just sitting on the AH unpurchased. I’m very happy with my gains considering I didn’t craft, and I just fished on an alt here and there while playing through the quest content (slowly, I’m only on the 4th zone and I just started).

I know there are goblins out there making millions in gold. I admire their attitudes towards gold making, and I certainly learn a lot by lurking in the WoW Economy discord and watching various chats. You might wonder why I’m not out there ice fishing with the masses because those are some pretty lucrative fish farms – and the truth of the matter is I prefer getting the recipes (I’ve been after the rhinestone glasses and FINALLY got them to drop today) and just approaching things in a very casual way. I use other goblins as motivation, admiration, inspiration. It’s not competition (to me). I’m a small player, but again when I consider time invested vs. gold acquired, I’m happy.

I keep seeing people talking in chat complaining that the gold making method they attempted yesterday is only paying 1/2 that amount today – this is simply how making gold works. It’s FAST and LOTS at the beginning, and then it drops, until it stabilizes (vendorsell is a nice floor for that). I think players need to drop their gold per hour expectations slightly. Region wide does mean things don’t sell for nearly as much as they used to – but they certainly sell faster. How is your gold making going? Anything you wish you’d done different? I hope to get into crafting eventually (I did start LW and JC, but I’m only at 50 on each of those) but I’m honestly not in any sort of rush. That’s one of the great things about making gold. There’s no ONE way to do it, and you can almost always find a method that suits your play style.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

[Unpopular Opinion] FOMO is what motivates goldmaking

With the release of Dragonflight everyone is looking for ‘the next big thing’ to sell on the auction house to players – before it gets nerfed. Maybe you were doing seed farms – nerfed. Maybe you were working up that crafting faction – nerfed (and apparently some ban waves along with that one). What I’m seeing a lot of in the WoW Economy discord is one person mentioning an awesome thing they’ve found – and then some people jumping right on that where they can, and then it slowly grows until a large portion are doing it and then it becomes less valuable.

The FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is VERY strong at the beginning of an expansion. How many people wanted to dive right into Darkmoon Decks, investing millions of gold right from the get-go. Apparently that one isn’t paying off quite the way people expected, but I imagine December 12th may tell a different tale.

I love watching the conversations that happen at the start of a new expansion. Everyone is excited, and everyone is branching off in a million different directions. Some pay off, some don’t. Some are temporary gains, some are long term. Whatever your decision, the FOMO seems to hang overhead, just slightly out of reach. When you see other people doing something to make gold, YOU want to do that thing too. It’s almost instinctive.

The community I belong to has been pretty open and honest about their gold making methods, and that’s just another reason I love it. There’s no animosity, and while there IS competition, it’s a more good natured flavour than anything else. I’m reminding myself to keep the FOMO at bay, I don’t play on a high pop server where these sales are happening, and I don’t have the time to dedicate to owning the market. Still, when you see the millions rolling in, it’s hard NOT to want to be a part of that.

Weekly Wrap Up [Nov21-Nov28]

I spent the week relaxing and not doing much of anything at all, which absolutely shows in my gold making graph for this week. I have two strange goops that have been sitting and not selling, and I basically spent any game time I had working on leveling up my alts. I didn’t want to craft a lot of new gear (though it is absolutely still selling) and I ended up buying a bunch of stuff that I probably shouldn’t have bought.

It happens.

I found some darkmoon relic transmog for sale that was pretty cheap, a pet that I ended up taking a loss on because of my auction strings (fixed now, but still, it was a 75k mistake) and bits and bobs that I decided to pick up for whatever reason. Yes, it was a slow week – and I’m OK with that. Like I said, I spent the majority of my time this week leveling up alts and just relaxing before Dragonflight.

What does my plan look like going forward? I’m not one of those players who swaps professions every expansion, I tend to collect recipes, so I have a main set of four characters available who will work on faction. This expansion I’ve decided to go with my Demon Hunter as a main, she’s sporting JC and LW.

Alts include my paladin (Alch/BS), my monk (Eng/Insc), my priest (Tailor/Ench) and then two alts for gathering (a druid and an invoker). Since I cover all the main professions on four characters, those will be the ones working faction. The gathering characters will be more relaxed. Then I have a handful of other characters who can pick up crafting on a whim if that’s what I want / need. I don’t really like to min/max every single aspect of gameplay, and I haven’t settled down on a main in many expansions, so I think this list keeps me close to my goals and gives me the ability to diversify my product. We’ll just have to see how it goes.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Guide: Using Point Blank Sniper & TSM to Snipe VendorSell Items

Have you ever wanted to snipe items that people priced under the vendorsell price? Well, it’s pretty easy to set up, and I’m going to show you how. A few notes first – this won’t make you millions of gold, but if you’re newly starting out on a fresh server, it might give you a starting point. It’s also just something fun to do here and there, maybe as a challenge mode type of gameplay. Remember, this is NOT for regular sniping, this is ONLY for sniping items to sell to vendor.

Addons:

  1. You need to have Tradeskillmaster set up.
  2. You need Auctionator, & Point Blank Sniper.

The first thing you need to do, is you need to make a blank shopping list in Auctionator. I made a 1 item list to begin with, then I deleted it by hitting edit item. Hit enter to save, and then close the edit shopping list window.

It should look like the screenshot above when you’re done. I just called the list ‘vendor’ but you can call it whatever you’d like.

Then head on over to the sniping tab. Make sure you have your new shopping list selected. If you’ve got TSM installed you should see ‘vendorsell’ as a price source.

You’ll want to set the percentage to 99 or lower. I personally set mine to 96, so I’m not dealing with every single copper item out there. You can adjust it to your preference. If you want to catch every single item ever priced under the vendor price, keep it at 99.

Keep the scan mode on blank so that it catches what you want – but buyer beware – at this moment in time, due to scaling issues, a lot of gear that shows up is NOT going to be correctly priced. You should ignore any gear that shows up on this list. If you buy it and sell it to vendor, chances are you’ll be losing out on gold. Eventually, this shopping list WILL start to throttle. It might be best to run it for a few rounds, then take a little break when you hit the throttle, then run it again.

After 15 minutes of running the blank shopping list, I made 1k profit, which isn’t great but it’s simple and a bit of a fun change of pace. If you have access to an auction house, mailbox, and a vendor, this could be something you set up while you’re working or paying attention to other things. You can set PBS to ping you when a deal shows up. Mostly, it’s just another neat way to make use of these addons.

Credit for this method goes to ETW from the WoW Econ & TSM Discord. They spent time yesterday showing people how to set this up and testing whether or not it worked.

Weekly Wrap Up [Nov14-Nov21]

Another week, more gold making – this week the numbers are quite low because I made some big purchases. I bought two tokens, I bought a few battle pets, and one of those was the Dragon Kite (non twitch version) for 150k. Since you can’t cage the twitch version I’m hoping it was a good buy. Sales came to just shy of 500k for the week (remember I stopped restocking a few weeks back so I’m just selling off what I already have) and it was a very slow week for Strange Goop sales, I only sold 2 compared to the prior week when I sold 5.

Now that mission tables and other things have been nerfed, I’m spending even less time in game focused on gold making so I’m still pretty happy with my gains. I’ve been working on alts, leveling pets, and just relaxing before Dragonflight. I see a lot of others doing the same. Thanks to the invasions and a few fantastic rounds of pet battle trainers, I think I’m close to 30 level 60 characters. What will I do with them all? Well, for now they’re still parked at the covenant tables, farming pet charms. I’ll move them in Dragonflight when something else more profitable comes up. I’m not sure what that will be yet, but I’m confident Blizzard will add some sort of system for casual players to make gold.

In the meantime, I’m having fun just keeping busy and leveling up those alts. Since all of my neglected accounts are active right now I’ve been going through them to see what other treasures I might have hidden away.

As always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!

[Casual] Road to 10 Million (Day 117/365)

We’re so close to the 7 million mark on one of the low pop servers! I’m excited about this. I sold a few strange goop but where most of my gold came from was from jewelcrafting and leatherworking. 233/262 gear has been flying off the shelves, and even the lower level stuff has been moving pretty well. I spend approx 1h a day working towards ‘gold making’ and this includes crafting, putting stuff up for sale & in the past, doing my covenant tables. On one of my servers I have all of my mains, and they’ve unlocked all of the crafters marks and the profits from that have been enormous. On my second server, while we’re over 7 million now, the profits have slowed down a HUGE amount. I have no crafters there with any reputation, and they have no crafters marks unlocked.

Both servers are low pop, but it’s significantly easier to make gold on the server you actively PLAY on instead of a random one where you’re not established. I had hoped to expand and establish myself on multiple servers by now, but that wasn’t to be – I simply do not have the time.

These two servers are my main ones and include my casual road to 10 million goals, but I’m also on three other servers where I make gold. These servers are more populated, and I tend to sell goops there, or flip transmog. I consider the gold there my ‘play money’ to put towards whims. The gold on my challenge servers I tend to just hoard and save for a rainy day. I believe that gold should be spent, after all we already work so hard to pinch and save in real life, doing it in a video game can’t possibly be any fun – but there is a little fun in watching it accumulate.

This was day 117, and the ‘goal’ is slightly over 3 million, so to be past 7 million on one server, and almost there on another, makes me very happy. I know I don’t have enormous amounts of time to spend, so I do my best with what I have. If I can make this amount on low population servers, with one hour a day of investment, I am truly confident that players can make gold anywhere, especially if they just want to be able to afford game time.

Weekly Wrap Up [Nov7-14]

A little over 600k profit for the week, sales started slowing down – but they didn’t really. What actually happened is that I stopped restocking my two main crafts (LW/JC) and then I came down with a cold and spent a bunch of time doing nothing at all while I tried to get over it.

Sometimes, looking at the profit of other players simply doesn’t tell you the whole story. It’s easy to see a player pulling in millions and think “dang, I wish that was me” – but you don’t know how long they’re playing for. How long they’ve been working towards making gold. How long they invested. How long it took them to learn their market. It’s much nicer to focus on your own habits and improve upon those when and where you can. What everyone else is doing as far as gold making goes, doesn’t pertain to you. Some will make more, and some will make less.

No real surprises this week. I sold only four Strage Goop which was a bit low, I sold some laestrite ore that I found in the bank (rather use it than just save it up at this point in the game) – a great sale of some crafted transmog, and some flips (abyssal fragment). I also attempted to flip some exotic leather, but then decided part way through that I wanted to keep it and use it for my LW character. It happens.

Tomorrow is pre-patch! I’m excited. I don’t think I will be doing much (if any) gold making, but we’ll see. I have simple plans of leveling alts and making a Dracthyr, but it’s all low pressure fun. I am out of battle pets to level at the time of this post, so I may even level the old fashioned way.

Any big plans? Let me know in the comments, and as always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself.

10.0 QoL Changes: Fishing (Fish without clicking your bobber)

This video from Kraken Latte is going around about how you can now fish without having to click your bobber (it’s lovely). For someone like me who spends a lot of time fishing (when I have bad MS days it’s one of the only things I can do) this is a HUGE quality of life change. You still have to click the button you’ve bound to trigger the interaction, but it doesn’t have to be lined up perfectly over the bobber itself.

Just turn on the new ‘interact with target’ option. When fishing, you will automatically face your bobber, and pressing the key when you hear the bobber shake will allow you to reel it in. You no longer have to hover your mouse over the exact little bobber sitting in the water. YAY!

Big thank you to Blizzard for this much needed quality of life change.