The ship smelled of dank lumber, steeped in years of trading winds and salt. The sky was dark as the ship drifted, sails lowered; waiting for the coming caravels of the crowns that still dared to fly their banner. The sea began to tremble, building quickly to rabid furor. "Man the cannon!! We're besieged by the depths!" "The Krakken!" came the cries of the watch. The watch - where was he? Why wasn't he at the crow's nest where from his voice called?
"Cap'n - cap'n!" a voice whispered as the shaking woke him from
sleep. "They be coming, my cap'n - Frew can hear the ruddeh." First
light had broken, but the unseasoned would not have realized, as The
Revenge sat at the edge of the heavy fog, just outside the bay. Stealth
was imperative as the captain's spies had recently reported the
landside fortifications had been upgraded to rifled cannon, putting The
Revenge well within their range.
"What be the orders, captain?"
"Ready the men for boarding."
Riches and Plunder
Aleithia has a great post on how to make gold with Alchemy. This is a
quality post, and is worth a read for anyone who's looking to maximize
their potential revenues from an alchemist.
Alerick takes us back to the old-world bread and butter of scrolls - BoA
Enchants. Since BoAs have an item level of 1, they cannot be enchanted
with most of the enchants in the game. A lot of the best enchants are
gated behind old-world reputation, that's only a modest grind. This
creates a nice niche market with high profits and decent volume.
Alerick gives a good recap of what enchants are best for folks
Cold has a better index of all recent posts concerning epic gems than I
do. Just don't expect to get rich on patch day - blue posts indicate
that epic gems will be h-e-a-v-i-l-y gated. The current shuffle will
live on quite some time. There's still no word on how to obtain the
transmute recipes, and that will have the largest impact on the supply
of these. In the meantime, keep doing your dailies
Basic stuff is basic. Right? Well, yeah, but basics are fundamental to
gold-making. When you've been around as long as Cold, you can dig up
quality posts and re-use them on a Friday. A good discussion about
selling at normal prices and how to find 'normal'.
Kuja has a nice idea, but I think you guys are going to want to check
the math on your server. The mats for this novelty potion
aren't universally cheap, and depending on the competition, the margins
might not be there. Still, a decent, original tip from Kuja.
(The Consortium is the single best gold-making discussion site in the
history of WoW. The amount of in-depth discussion and detailed guides
rivals many paid guides that you see advertised around the blogosphere -
except that the Consortium is free.)
Making Gold from Hallow's End
Grey gives a nice breakdown on how to make some gold on the side during Hallow's End.
Icy Prisms, WotLK Gems, and Reviving the Saronite Shuffle
Rabbel opens a good discussion on prospecting saronite to feed icy prism
production in his/her WotLK Epic Gems market - which seems to be highly
As you may know, my main is a Rogue. Scroll down to see Vodka's
screenshot of the entry-level daggers for the Legendary Quest Line.
Breaking us down with your lies, lies, lies - when will you learn?
Blizzard once again proves to us all that, too often, it is completely
full of shit. First, let's take a deep breath and realize that this was
written by Blizz's PR department. That is, the Karl Rove of
Actiblizz. Now, let's rip into it.
Are accounts targeted to be hacked? Depends on who you ask in
Blizzard. My brother was hacked two weeks ago and specifically asked
the GM in live chat if he might have been targeted due to barking a
Mottled Drake for 150k in Trade Chat. The GM assured him that hacks are
almost always random.
Are Farmers a small percentage? Probably of the playerbase, but they're
definitely not a small percentage of the AH-Cata-Mats economy. Any
goblin knows this to be false.
Is most gold sold for real money the result of account compromises?
Highly doubtful. Of course, Blizzard is in a better posiiton to answer
this than I am, but I keep tabs on the WoW undergound, and I can tell
you that most gold is sold by farmers to goldsites who sell it back to
buyers. A majority of the transactions aren't "scams" - the entire
system is built on trust, since a single report or trojan would scare
everyone away. Is it safe? Hell no - buyer beware. Is there a "legit"
underground gold market? Of course, and it's thriving. You don't
develop a 100-million-dollar business sector by screwing over your
And then at the end, Blizzard pretty much says, "Yeah, it can be called
gold-selling, but it's legit and safe, and a poor noob doesn't get his
account hacked in order for you to buy this." Give me a break.
Translation, "Our Activision overlords decided that we were leaving too
much money on the table, and figured this was the easiest way to get
more cash. It also figures into our continuing strategy of
monetization, and gives suckers the idea that we're 'working against the
bots'." More spin than a Roger Clemens testimon- err... curveball.
Gevlon asks if "the dance" has a place in hard modes, but I wasn't able
to see a clear answer. I'd say "yes". Being able to dance while maxing
damage is a good indicator of a deep degree of skill and understanding
of your class, its utility, and its priority. Gevlon made the
pointearlier in the week that Normals should just be tunneling a boss,
so I'd like to think he agrees that the dance has a place.
Clearing the Smoke
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