Thursday, September 23, 2010

What would you change in World of Warcraft?

I read an article today from where the author was asking in a nut shell “what would you do to make WoW a better place to play and enhance the gaming experience”. After reading the article I got to thinking about it as my day went on and in my free time as I got it. I know some things I would love to see in World of Warcraft, and I feel would really make game play. It could get the veteran players back into the old content and if nothing else give us something to do besides dailies.

To give a very brief history, before I played World of Warcraft, I played Star Wars Galaxies (SWG). SWG was my first MMORPG and I absolutely loved it until the developers totally trashed the game. Originally SWG had some amazing features that made the game stand out from others. The first one was houses! You could buy a house and you could even decorate it how ever you saw fit. Imagine this in World of Warcraft, you buy a house and ride out on what ever your favorite zone is and build your house. In case city living is more your style then go into your favorite capital city and rent an apartment and decorate it how ever you saw fit. For decorating it if tier gear is what floats your boat, then go into to the instances and get your older tier sets to display on your wall, or show your cunning skills by displaying the sword you used when you downed the Lich King, or when you downed an opposing faction leader. This would clear up your bank and your bags of all those BoP items you worked so hard to get and then they got replaced on your first run into ICC, and you can’t bring your self to delete them because of the work you put into getting them. 
The second feature is Shops! This is an absolute awesome feature and a great way to make gold. Now in order to do this the dynamics of the WoW professions would have to drastically change. Imagine though making a lot of weapons, armor or other crafted items and putting them on sale in your shop. I don’t think it would smash the WoW economy, if anything I think it would drop some of the outrageous prices we see on the auction house, because a new type of check and balance would be introduced into the  player based economy system. As long as you kept your prices fair and stock available you could make gold hand over fist.

The third and last feature, Points of Interest! That’s right POI’s it doesn’t sound very interesting but believe me it could be if done properly. Let me pitch the idea first, if you log onto tonight you go play your toon and low and behold it’s one of them days that when you get on you just don’t feel like doing anything. You don’t feel like questing, nor do you feel like farming, raiding, doing dailies, and pvp so you just log off and go watch TV. Imagine if you could visit some of the places that built the World of Warcraft lore. What if you could go visit the home that Thrall was hatched in, or go visit the battlefield in Blackrock Mountain where High General Turalyon defeated the orcs. The point of this is can give you something to do in your bored time, and believe it could be fun and it could help you get that explorer achievement that your dreading doing because of the amount of time running from place to place. You could have two types of POI’s, faction specific and neutral. Faction’s specific of course would deal with the lore of your faction and neutral are where you can learn the lore of neutral races and towns.

This of course is just my two cents. Unfortunately we’ll never see these things. By all means I’m not going quit play World of Warcraft because these features aren’t in the game but it gives me something to think about and how awesome it would be to see. I’ve been seeing more of these types of articles and they all seem to suggest that they would like to see more puzzles and stuff like that. While that stuff is good, I think I would like to see this game continue to change the face of MMORPG’s and keep the rest of the gaming companies on their toes because you’ll never what they will think of next. Anyways I’ll finish this rant. I hope you enjoyed the article and thank you stopping by.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Breakdown of Auctioneer

I wanted to post something today on the use of auctioneer. So this morning when I was checking my auctions I took screen shot of an item that I was getting ready to post. I decided that today we would break down the information screen that auctioneer provides and help you decipher the information. I feel that if you’re going to do something that you have to know what tools to have, as well as how to use them. Stepping into real life for just a second, I’m an aircraft mechanic by trade; I have a tool box full of tools. Everyone one of them has a set purpose and design to do what they are used for. If I didn’t know how to use them, they would just be a bunch of shaped pieces of metal that would never get used. I’m here to help teach you how to use your tools to repair your gold breakdown.
Ok stepping back into Azeroth now. When buying and selling in the auction house one has to be able to make an informed and accurate decision if they are in the game of buying and reselling. If you already have a good idea what items go for on your server than you should be good to go. With the new expansion on our heels though; it’s going to be hard at first to accurately price new items that be introduced into the game. That’s what brings me to this article today to help start making gold, and help decipher the information that auctioneer is going to throw at you when you look for items. Let’s take a look at the picture below, and start making you some gold so that you’ll be ready when cataclysm gets here.

Market Value
Looking at the picture the first thing I always look at is the market price. Looking at the item in the picture, Flask of Stoneblood. If I took one Flask of Stoneblood and posted it for it’s market price of 25 gold 60 silver and 65 copper. That item would be at 100% market value. This is useful in determining what kind of profit you can expect to make on an item when you buy it. If I’m cruising through the auction house tonight and some flasks up for 18 gold per flask, I can expect to make about 6 gold profit from that. The Market price is listed as an individual item, so when your looking at buying a stack of 20, providing you have auctioneer you can check the box down in the lower right hand corner marked “Show Stacks as per unit” to see what the seller has priced them at individually. On a side note make sure you uncheck if you’re first starting out. You may forget that you have it checked and see a stack of 20 titanium ore and think it’s only 7gold, when it’s actually 140 gold. Once you get some more gold you can be a little lenient with that, but I usually uncheck it as soon as I get done looking at an item.

Moving Price
Below market price the next things I look at is moving price and I look at the percentage that it list next to it. This kind of correlates with the market price, again the market price on Thunderhorn for a Flask of Stoneblood is 25 gold. If it reads that it is 26 gold for a moving price you know that it’s above 100%. However, I try my best to keep all of my auctions below 100%. So I would price my flasks 1 gold or so below the market price just as long as I make a profit. Above the moving price where it says undercut: and then says “cannot undercut” that is auctioneers way of telling you that it’s going to be a tough sale with these items because the market is already priced pretty low. If the Market is like this on an item, this could be a good time for you to just buy what you want or need, and just stick them in your bank as a stockpile for a later date when the market is back up. Above the moving price is simply auctioneer suggesting some pricing option depending on how you decide to stack them or unstuck them.

Taking the last part of the picture, I set up my auctioneer to show me the sales statistics of everything. I should add here that while these aren’t super important numbers to me, I do look at them, however, these numbers aren’t keys factors on weather or not I decide to buy something.  Using the numbers here you can see a picture of the market and how many of them are posted and sold through the auction house. It says that over 75 days that 6,264 Flasks of Stoneblood have come through the auction house. This tells you that there is a market for these items. I chose to display the 7 day, 3 day, and Average median buyout(MBO).  These is just old school math here, it simple tells you the average buyout of an item was over a 3 and 7 day period. Then in the last part of that it shows me average buyout for the current day and how many have sold on the auction house. As you see it says that 22 had been sold in the auction house for an average of 20 gold 48 silver 23 copper, then it suggests a minimum buy out of  20 gold even. I view these stats as optional, my brother decided to display the bare minimum on auctioneer, as where I like to see more information about the goods. My honest suggestion would be to take a look at them and see how they fit with you and decide if it is something you like.

I hope that you’ve liked this explanation of one of the many features of auctioneer. I’m going to get a lot more in depth with it. I really want show you all the correct settings and everything you need to know to be successful in the auction house. It’s going to be a drawn out process because I got work and real life to deal with, but this is something that I really want do. I haven’t been able find any sources of information like this on the auction without having to pay real money and even then I’m not sure if they provide the information I’m going to be giving out. I can say that the couple of gold guides I have gotten like an idiot just turned out to be a waste of time and money. Please leave any comments or questions you may have about this article I will certain answer them and help get you to earning the gold you want to have.  See you all in Azeroth!