Road Diary – Keeping Busy

Note: This was a stream of consciousness post that I put together during a commute in my car. Hence the clever name of the post.

I’m back mother truckers!

Five days in Las Vegas, followed by three nights at work. I finally have a day where I can get my head on straight and what do I do? Play Borderlands 2 exclamation point!

Wait, what? What the hell is going on?

I have found that my nerd card is quite full. And oddly enough, I have to blame my family for that. I went to visit my cousin the other day, and he re-introduced me to the awesomeness that is Borderlands 2 on the old XBox 360. He also got me back into the pen and paper RPG world with Pathfinder. Not only do I have a character in the Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign that he’s running, but this Friday I will be running one of my own as well!

I know, I know, calm down ladies. All nerd, all the time.

But what about World of Warcraft? No, I haven’t forgotten about it. I’m doing my usual gimmick where I try to make gold to afford a server transfer. Yes, another one. I also know that I’m going to be spending the next couple of days getting caught up with all things Blizzard that has happened while I’ve been off the grid. Well, at least Blizzard things I am interested in. So maybe I am being generous with the whole two days. Maybe two hours.

I have to admit though, as busy as it keeps me, this real life thing isn’t all that bad. The long workdays and little sleep aside, it does help pay for things like BlizzCon. I’m hoping to pull in a few more overtime shifts because I have a flight I need to pay for. And as of right now, I may be sleeping behind the dumpster at the Super 8 just down the road from the Anaheim Convention Center.

And oh, do I know that dumpster well. That’s a story for another time.

Well, that’s where I’m at right now. Dabbling in a little real life entertainment, a little pen and paper, and a little gold making in World of Warcraft. Oh yeah, Not to mention trimming down and training up for BlizzCon! As well as undoing some of the damage I did to my body in Las Vegas. Not everything that happens in Vegas, stays there.

Again, a story for another time.

Spoiler, I’m talking about food and drink. Not herpes or anything like that. Damn, you Americans know how to make up some tasty treats.

‘MURICA!

Flying High

Okay, so it didn’t quite happen the way I planned.

I logged on with my DK Rokkthor. He was Human, so bonus to rep. Also, he had Pathfinder Part One on lock. All he had to do was get the rep for Part Two, and cue Aladdin’s “Whole New World” (don’t you dare close your eyes.) Easy enough.

So I did my Broken Shore dailies, collected my Broken Shore rep tokens from my Order Hall, and did some math. I was still a few thousand rep away. Darkmoon Faire was coming up, so that would be a nice 10% rep bonus. That would be a good week. But what about this week? I had a day off, so what was I going to do with it?

The OCD completionist in me looked at my quest log and cringed. I had what looked like Class quests to do. They’d been there so long I forgot what they were for. I had the time, so I decided to finish them up. Turns out there was some unseen benefits to finishing the quests. Things like another follower. And a boatload of flight-appropriate rep.

Suddenly, boom. Rokkthor was in the air. Just like that.

So that’s fun. Oh yeah, and in other news…

 

Thanks to Denxce (@angxeladenxce on Twitter) I got a ticket to Blizzcon 2017! BLIZZCON 2017!

#BLIZZCON2017

My Week In Review

Yeah, not really a big week in WoW. Bigger outside the game than inside.

  • Work. Had to do that thing that keeps a roof over my head and the lights on. It was a shitty schedule of nights, followed by an exam (part of my training program), followed by more training days. To say this week kicked my ass does service to neither the kicking nor my ass.
  • Gold. I made maybe a couple thousand gold, all through class hall missions that I accessed through the Legion app. I didn’t restock auctions, nor did I even post any auctions. I was that swamped, both mentally and physically.
  • Logging Less. I really didn’t log into WoW very much at all this week. At the very least, I’d normally log in to do the daily profession cooldowns and/or crank out some hexweave bags. But this week, I logged on to maybe three characters and that was just to spend some Bloods on Order Hall resources. For the most part, I made sure I could run class hall missions. My focus was on Rokkthor, who will be the guy to unlock Legion flying for me. I tried to focus on missions that would help give him Broken Shore rep, to make up for the lack of dailies being done. So it wasn’t a total waste of a week.
  • Muscle Wizard. I’m quite done with leveling alts, unless said alt really and truly intrigues me. While researching classes for the Pathfinder RPG that I started playing in, I came across a class that, of course, got my attention – the Muscle Wizard. I decided that maybe I could summon the strength to level one more character if I could make him that entertaining. And lo, the Orc Muscle Wizard was born.

 

I cast Fist!

 

There’s something else, but for the life of me I just can’t… Oh well, I’m sure it’ll come to me.

Gearing Alts in Patch 7.2

 

I don’t usually pay much attention to patch notes. Just put the content in the game, and I’ll play it if I can. If there’s changes, fine. I’ll deal. I’m a grown-ass man playing a video game. It’s fine.

However, I will admit that Patch 7.2 has had some pleasant surprises for this grown-ass man. It’s taken an expansion and turned it from being very alt-unfriendly to busting out some very forgiving catch-up mechanics for alts.

Captain Fun had just reached 110, and I’d been wondering how long it would take for him to be, well, not so far behind everybody else on my character roster. Luckily for me, Bellular had recently released a video that addressed that very issue. In fact, it’s this video right here!

HERE!

 

It’s a great step by step process in setting an alt up for success in a Patch 7.2 world. For example –

Artifact Knowledge

  • Get the compendium from main that boosts alt to AK 20.
  • Do five quests that the AK guy will have for you @ 500 resources a pop, and voila AK 25!
  • Do not do any Artifact Power quests yet, tiger!
  • Now go ye forth and do the Broken Shore scenario. Follow the breadcrumb quests. Khadgar will have a quest to use a tome in three different locations. Continue on the quests until they send you back to your Order Hall. Hand in your quest and be rewarded with a tome that will bump you up to Artifact Knowledge 26 (100k% bonus to AP, as opposed to the 25k% at AP 25).

Gearing Up

  • Either pick up the crafted gear (which now starts off at an iLevel of 835 rather than 815)  or run some Normal/Heroic dungeons.
  • Run through the Broken Shore, kill rares & farm Sentinax and get some Dauntless tokens.
  • Khadgar will give you a quest for the new dungeon, Cathedral of Eternal Night, which rewards a nice relic.
  • World Quest gear scales from your current iLevel, and should reward gear at around 855-865.
  • World Quest Dungeons rewards 865 gear.
  • Nighthold LFR should fill in any slots that are lacking.

 

Artifact Power

  • Three Emissary caches and dungeons should be enough to get your Artifact weapon to Rank 35.

 

And did it work? Well, Captain Fun went from an iLevel of around 780, to running Heroic dungeons (iLevel 825 needed) with his Artifact weapon at Rank 34. Total run time, maybe four hours.

Well played, Blizz. Well played.

Spend a Little to Lose a Lot

Work work work


I don’t know why I do this. I make a game within the game, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to win. There is no winning. There is just playing. Maybe that’s the victory in it. Maybe I’m writing this on the tail end of a night shift and my brain is running on nostalgia, alarm bells, and coffee. Who can say for sure at this point. 

I like making gold. But I’m a simple man with simple needs. I don’t raid, so I’m not spending thousands of gold per week on consumables or repairs. I tend to reuse transmog sets, so I’m not spending gold on making my toons look pretty. And while I can appreciate a good looking mount, the novelty doesn’t last very long. I’ve got a couple hundred mounts, but I use maybe six of them and those tend to be more utility based (mounts with vendors, mounts that walk on water) rather than “oooohhh pretty” (mounts that are pretty).

Function over frills. 

But like I said, I like making gold. I enjoy having the option to lose my mind every once in awhile and buy a piece of gear, maybe twink out a leveling alt. Throw the WoW tokens onto the fire, and I’m motivated to have a steady stream of gold coming in. Covering contingencies and so on.

Back in WoD I set up my sweat shop, stacking alts in such a way that they could generate some passive gold for me without having to invest much time in the proces. I enjoy making gold, but I don’t enjoy spending several hours doing it. I’d rather be inventing other ways to spend my time I guess. The whole thing seems a bit fuzzy. When did I sleep last?

Captain Fun, my new leveling alt, may be moving to a new server once he’s finished the whole leveling up thing. I wanted to have things set up for him on his new server once he got there. Even though he probably won’t be raiding, should he join a raiding guild I want to contribute in the two ways that will benefit the guild the most – mats and gold.

I decided that his welcoming committee would consist of three alts, with professions I could use to generate gold without much time investment – three tailors, one with a barn and two with trading posts. Hexweave bags still sell, and sell well. To move the alts, I bought three tokens and took advantage of the WoW services sale. Naturally the token price spiked just before I decided to buy them. Rather than wait to see if the price would go down, I dove into the Scrooge McDuck vault with a mighty cry of YOLO and paid just a top hat and monocle over 100k per token.

That… stings.

The tailoring trio landed on their new server, and like cheap labor in a third world country they started cranking out Hexweave bags. Satisfied with the starter batch, I put them up on the Auction House. The next day I checked the mailbox, expecting envelopes fat with gold. Instead, I found the Hexweave bags I had posted. Odd, but these things happen. I reposted them and came back the next day. Again, just bags.

Dubya Tee Eff?

I started to panic. Had the Hexweave bag market collapsed overnight? Had I just wasted 300,000g moving characters that would generate a whopping total of zero gold for me?

It was at this point that I was reminded of a little Gold Making 101 knowledge. It’s not just about knowing a certain market and what to post. It’s knowing when to post things. At this stage of the expansion, people were buying bags for their alts. I posted my bags just as patch 7.2 went live. People were not interested in, nor focused on, their alts. They were attacking new content with their mains. Therefore, items being used by alts would naturally not sell. Things like Hexweave bags.

D’oh.

I know that sales will pick up again. The gold, she will flow. But even in a click and go world, it still pays to stop and think a little. I hadn’t given much thought to the new patch, and that could have cost me a small fortune. I think the point of this post is a “look before you leap” message. It’s been a rough night and I wanted to get this down before I forgot. 

Content! Legion! Patch 7.2! Now where the Hell is my flying?