Jul 212009
 
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This is by no means an exhaustive post on Inscription and the Auction House, just a run-down of some of my tricks of the trade that I use to make money.  Use at your own discretion/risk :)

I’ve noticed more than a few blog posts and guildies in game asking how to make gold in World of Warcraft.  Since I have a little experience in this, I thought I’d share some of my insight.  I’m sure there’s better ways of doing what I’m doing, but here’s what I do regardless :)

First of all, it all begins and ends in Inscription.  Glyphs will be your bread and butter, and some of the higher level epic Tomes sell nicely as well.  I’m going to base this on having 450 skill in Inscription.  If you don’t just grind it out.  You’ll probably need some cash to get started.  Don’t bother farming the herbs, just buy them on the AH and level up that skill.  Once you get to the Northrend herbs, you’ll probably find that the prices of them go down (at least they did for me with Tiger Lily stacks.  Your experience may vary).  You might even make a small profit while leveling up, provided you make the right glyphs.  More on that later.

Next, the addons.  You’ll need “Auctioneer” and “Lil’ Sparky‘s Workshop.”  The first one is for scanning the AH for glyph prices, material prices, etc.  The second is for displaying those prices in the Inscription skill window.  This will allow you to determine the material cost of making a glyph, and the AH price that the glyph sells at.  I typically will only make glyphs that sell for over 10g each, since the price of making Northrend glyphs is about 5g each.

You will have to spend money to make money.  There’s no way around it unless you want to spend hours and hours grinding herbs.  For me, it’s not worth it.  I spend maybe 30min every two days making and reposting glyphs.  You could maybe do better if you spent more time, but I don’t have it, nor do I want to spend that much time doing so.  So, I buy the herbs.  Here’s the trick tho: 1 stack of Tiger Lily sells for 10g (at least that’s what I’m buying it at).  That stack will product 8-12 pigments, which translates into 4-6 inks, which then turn into 4-6 glyphs. Since we’re only making glyphs that sell for more than 10g, that’s 40-60g produced from each stack of herbs, thus 30-50g profit. And that’s ONLY if the glyphs sell for 10g each!  There’s some that sell for 15, 20, even 30g or more depending on your server.  So, it’s worth it to buy the herbs :)

So, a few more tips. Use the “Post” Screen in Auctioneer.  It’s located in the AH screen after you install Auctioneer.  Make sure to scan the AH every time you go to post glyphs.  I won’t do it for you, and you want to make sure to undercut your competitors.  Don’t worry to much about the undercutting you, just repost your glyphs if/when they expire.  THEY WILL SELL, just be patient. :)  Don’t bother posting your glyphs if they’re selling for less than material cost, just hold on to them and wait for the prices to go up.  In my experience, they always will. (You can force them to buy buying some of the lower priced glyphs.  Not all of them, just enough for you to make a profit on the ones you buy).

As stated before, I’m sure there’s better ways to do this.  This is just my experience, but doing this has allowed me to buy all my flying skills, deck my hunter out all in all the epic gear i have now (click here to see), paid for leveling up my enchanting and tailoring past 400 (buying the mats), as well as all my raid costs (flasks, feasts, repairs, etc).  Plus, as of now, I have about 12k in the bank, of which I’m going to buy the Darkmoon Card: Greatness when the price goes down, probably will cost around 5k.

You can do this, just use your head and be patient.  You’re not going to get rich over night.  It will take time.  I’m making anywhere between 400-1500g a day, but it’s taken me awhile to get all the glyph recipes. But you can do it!

Hope that helps someone, enjoy :)

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Feb 242009
 
Welcoming Warm
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Good days seem to sneak up on me lately!  A lot of good things happened today, and I’m excited about all of them!  Let’s see, I’ll put them in ascending order (least important first ;) )

1.)  So, I’m moderating a friend’s blog today who is a missionary in Peru, along with his wife (www.thechadwickchronicles.com), and I think to myself, “I wonder how much traffic this site is getting.”  Log into Google Analytics, and they’re getting about 20-40 visitors a day.  Pretty good!  But then I notice my own traffic is up over 700%!!!  What the cause, you may ask? Well, I look at the source, and it’s from my favorite World of Warcraft Hunter blog, BigRedKitty.net!  At first I thought it was from a comment I posted there, and since BRK gets a lot of traffic, I’m just getting a little bit off of that.  But no!  BRK put a link to my little ol’ site on his site!  Rock!  (Note to self:  Post more about your hunter!)  So, if your interested, here’s my current hunter, of which I enjoy so much: http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Thunderhorn&n=Redbeered I’ll be posting some of my thoughts about character builds and the new patch notes in the next couple days.  UPDATE!!! I just found out shortly after posting this that the missionary family in Peru that I wrote about in this post just had a daughter!  What a great day!

2.)  (Remember, ascending order, this is more important.  Stay with me ;) )  A good friend of mine and his wife had a baby today!  A reason for rejoicing on any occaision, but this is pretty miraculous, IMO.  When this couple first got married, the wife was diagnosed soon after with non-hodgkins lymphoma, and soon after went into chemotherapy.  After a lot of prayer nights, sickness, and all that is involved with being on chemo, she was finally declared cancer free!  So, thinking that the cancer had ruined their chances of getting pregnant, they decided to adopt, which worked out really well for them (didn’t have to wait too long).  This was probably a year and a half ago.  So, imagine their amazement when the doc told her she was pregnant 9 months ago!  Truly a miracle, and I couldn’t be happier for them!

3.)  Last but not least, and most important.  I’ll give you some backstory on this as well, otherwise this will make less sense than I’m already not making. :)  About 3-4 months ago, my wife and I stepped down from a ministry leadership position at our church.  We had been at it for about two years, and the 4-5 months before we stepped down had really worn us down for a multitude of reasons.

So today, I’m sitting at my desk, and my wife gives me a call.  Very excited, she tells me that one of the members from our previous small group decided to get baptized and dedicated his life to the Lord!  I was shocked!  At the time, I didn’t know what to say really!  But the more I thought about it, the more I really thought that God was at work in our small group, even while my wife and I were being lead to other opportunities.  To me, this was a real testament to the power of God, b/c at the time I really felt I wasn’t doing a good job of leading our small group in prayer, Bible study, etc.  So I know it wasn’t me that had any impact, but rather that God did it all!

So, all in all, an exciting day.  Can’t wait for tomorrow!

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Jan 072009
 

I haven’t posted in awhile, and that’s not right.  A lot has been going on, so it’s time to share! :)

My job at AT&T is going well.  It’s a lot different than what I was expecting.  Going from a small business to a large business has definitely been an eye-opening experience.  Working with a large team on a single project has really been awesome, and has helped me learn a lot about coding methods and review.  I was so used to kind of doing everything on my own!  Kind of a system shock!

Working in the city has also been an exciting experience.  I wasn’t really looking forward to it. A long drive in, along with cold weather (which I hate), made me really dread having to take the train in.  I’m really glad a good friend of mine, who lives two blocks away, works right next door!  We’ve been driving in each day, which really helps our expenses.  What a blessing!

I’ve also been playing some World of Warcraft in my spare time.  I really enjoy it!  I’ve found a Christian guild to play along with, and they’re a really great bunch of people (“Narrow Path” on Thunderhorn server, if you’re interested :) )  I have a lvl 63 mage named “Mustachio” (because of his extraordinary mustache), and it’s really a fun time.  Ok, here’s where I’ll get really nerdy :)  He’s a frost mage, specced especially for AoE grinding, which is a blast.   It’s awesome to take down 12 or more monsters in the time it takes the lesser classes (lol) to take down one.  Couldn’t enjoy it more I don’t think!  Here’s the spec tree I’m going for, of which I’ve filled out the entire frost side so far, and am working my way down the fire side:

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/classes/mage/talents.html?tal=00000000000000000000000000000023012303100230010000000000003033033313233100032120231050

I’m thinking of not taking “Chilled to the Bone” and taking more fire talents, but we will see.  I think it will be a great AoE spec.

Anyhow, that’s what I’m up to!  Enjoy!

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Nov 112008
 

I’ve really been enjoying WoW lately (probably too much) so I thought I’d update on my progress, of which I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for with baited breathe :)

So, I’m a level 50 hunter now, which is still 30 levels away from maxing out my leveling.  I just love the hunter.  I can take on 3-5 monsters at a time with my awesome gorilla (pictured below), and do very well in PVP as well.  I’ve specced in marksmanship (which is a talent tree, go look it up on www.worldofwarcraft.com :)) after a brief stint with beast mastery.  I feel that marksmanship makes me and my pet a lot more efficient,  while not making me too dependent on my pet for my awesomeness.  The “Go for the Throat” ability really lets my pet shine, and all the other talents in the tree just give you more and more pwnage.  Still gotta figure out how to use “Volley” properly (an area-effect damage spell), so far just using it again groups of mobs, I think I should be using it against single targets as well.  Who knows.

Last night was particularly fun, as there was a world event in Stormwind (one of the capital cities) where a huge undead force attacked part of the town, and we had to defend it.  This was all in preparation for the latest expansion pack, Wrath of the Lich King, which should be out today or tomorrow methinks.  I’ve taken some pictures, hope you enjoy! More to come.

As for my job search, it’s going well, but I don’t want to get too much into the details.

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Oct 142008
 
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In an effort to waste more time online, I’ve gone back to an old favorite: World of Warcraft.  Yes, I am that lame, and yes, I do need to waste more time.  But ya know, I work a rough job with long hours, so at the end of the day I need hobby, and it can’t be gardening in the winter.  So, I’ve been play some WoW an hour or so a day, and I’ve got a Dwarven Hunter named “Redbeered” on Thunderhorn.  He’s level 27, so I’m enjoying my noobness :)  I’ve found it fun to do two gathering professions and just sell everything I find (except for meat, I’m a master chef!).  It’s a lot of fun, and a good way to meet people.  I joined a Christian guild with a lot of really cool people.  All in all, it’s been a really fun experience! Come join me!

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