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Still here…sort of!

Posted: November 20, 2011 in Just me
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Me ūüôā

I’m really not good at keeping my blog updated. My friend Tom keeps telling me I should do like him, make a personal blog instead, or in addition. But I don’t see what I would write on there, the things I could write about are too boring and the things I would want to write about, well I am scared they would be a bit too personal.¬†Not that it really matters, not like half the world is reading this anyway ūüėČ But I DO like to write on this blog, and not always about epics or monsters.

I enjoy wow at the moment, I deleted my 40-ish druid just to start over again, and I really like being a cat. It’s still the melee thing that is complicated, I’m struggling with facing the right way while using my abilities. Would like some kind of “stick” ability so I just followed it automatically and could focus on rotation instead. Yes, I know that sounds like maximum laziness, but I am telling you; I NEED it!

Our raids…hmm, not so much to say about it, or I simply don’t feel like it. We have 4/7 heroic Firelands now and I enjoy raiding. I have gone from clicking ALL my spells to keybind about half. It’s good progress for me I think. And there are still so many great people who make the game fun and interesting. Some of them just makes me smile all the time.¬† My real life seems to look more and more like a routine, with studies in the mornings and either wow, gym or work in evening. While trying to see be social once or twice a week by going out for dinner, movie or coffee with friends or family. It’s not very exciting. But could be a lot worse.

I saw a thing at Revive & Rejuvenate, called IntPiPMo, where you are supposed to post 50 screenshots over 30 days (in November). I think I have 3000 screenshots, so I wish I had seen it earlier. I am bit lost for words nowadays it seems, so would have been nice.

Apart from that, it’s already end of November, and¬† I wonder what happened to September and October. Yesterday someone at work told me I looked like what we call a Lykketroll (Happy Troll?) in Norwegian, which made me realise it is really time for a haircut. Usually I keep my hair cut in different lengths and use hair straightener with several products to keep it out of trouble, but lately it has become very happy, long and fluffy and I think I look like Tom Hanks in Cast Away! But at least I have been doing my own version of Movember ūüôā

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It has only been 10 weeks but it feels like more, the incident who remarkably reduced my real-Id activity and made Azeroth a little bit more empty. I am talking about one of my closest WoW friends leaving game, some refer to him as the great hunter Silverhawk, to me he will always be just Tom.

Tom and Epixx

Feels like ages ago the night where our two young paladins ran the down the golden hills of Westfall, our shields reflecting the moonlight, surrounding us in a soft, shimmer glow as we slaughtered everything that was foolish enough to get in our way.

We didn’t make it much further than this, well expected since I always knew Tom’s presence on Bronzebeard was temporary. His hearthstone was set far away, on another realm called Vashj. Some ore, a handful of gems and a stack of linen cloth in my backpack is everything he left behind, but only physically. We may not have faced the greatest adventures together, considering our greatest encounter was a sharp-toothed, furry thief, also knows as Hogger, but there was laughter, fun and most important of all, friendship. Good memories, which no backpack is large enough to carry.

Tom and Tribecius (!)

It is not the first, and probably not the last time I have seen it. It happened with Lord of the Rings, Age of Conan, Aion¬†and now Rift. New games are released, leaving Stormwind‚Äôs trade district a little less crowded. For a while. Then it’s usually back to normal, with a few exceptions, those who don‚Äôt come back at all. Little did i know Tom was going to be one of these exceptions, swapping Azeroth¬†for Telara, without looking back. I am only one of many who feels his absence, but I follow his adventures on his blog, and he also made a little guest post for me, writing about his Rifting. Enjoy!

So, here I am again writing a guest post at my favorite blog… I am one of those who chose to move from Azeroth¬†to Telara¬†(RIFT) and stay there. I went to Telara¬†with a few of my friends but some of them went back to Azeroth. I guess they missed the place… I on the other hand didn’t.

The only negative thing I can think of changing game scene is the fact that you lose¬†touch with most of your old friends as we kind of stop communicating when you move on. I guess gamers are more acquaintances¬†than friends really. 6 years in WoW and then moving on… feels like you left the family behind in search of a new life. The odds for me going back to Azeroth has gone from high probability to zero in less than 2 months.

I was √ľber¬†bored¬†of World of Warcraft when I heard rumors of Rift and the longing for something new and exciting was more than enough for me to sneak by and check out the beta. 2 hours into beta I preordered RIFT and cancelled my WoW account and I haven’t looked back ever since. I giggle to myself every time¬†I get phishing mails about WoW now… Tho now I get both phishing scam mails from Blizzard and Trion (well, people who think I’m stupid enough to believe they are Blizzard and Trion that is).

So why do I like Rift better than World of Warcraft ? Well, first of all I feel like a total noob again since everything is new and all… you know the feeling you had when you first started out exploring the world of Azeroth and all that. It is a good feeling… Secondly I think the professions in Rift are more exciting as you have the possibility to add stats with augments and change the color of the armor.

The fact that they have more stuff to do in-game¬†than Azeroth is also a huge plus. I have only done 2 dungeons in Rift till now because I’m to busy going for Rift event invasions and looking for artifacts. Artifact hunting is insanely addictive and it’s nothing like the WoW Archaeology where you feel like eating a bullet from all the travelling for nothing. In Rift you actually see the artifacts, they are hidden among rocks, in bushes, on mountain tops etc. Basically it’s like puzzles.. when you have all artifacts of a set you hand it in and get rewarded with a lucky coin, a bag with goodies (sometimes epics) or potions. You can also get books with lore which you can add to your collection.

The rewards you get (like surprises from chests, achievements and artifact bags) are always an item that suits the class you play when you loot it. This means that you’ll never get plate or cloth if you play a rogue. Sure in dungeons it drops randoms¬†as it does in Azeroth and you can be unlucky with drops… but not on the single player scene.

Right now there is a 3 stage event going on in Rift and they had to postpone stage two of the event with a week because the server couldn’t¬†handle 100 people in the same zone fighting the same boss… not really a big surprise. An epic fail event if you will… I personally was a bit disappointed with constant disconnects and stuff but I don’t care. I still love the game (which is new so you have to forgive the few flaws the game has as it will be even more awesome in time). Trion is way better at hot fixes and updates and service than Blizzard is. The servers are down in shorter periods and the updates are not set to one day of the week. They added new content less than a month after release… now that was unexpected.

I still don’t have a clue why some of the people would go back to boring Azeroth¬†after trying out a day or two in Telara. I guess the main reason is they miss the people back in Azeroth. Personally I’d rather have fun in Telara¬†than be bored shitless in Azeroth, friends or no friends. I wish I had 4 more friends playing tho so that I could get to see some dungeons.. but for now I’m more than happy to be an artifact/Rift hunter.


I promised my friend, Tribeca, to write a little guide on how to make gold in World of Warcraft. Personally I live to farm ’cause it’s the part of WoW I like the most. So far I’ve spendt about 300k gold on my main character from running gdkp runs (gold runs where you raid and bid on items that drops). I’ve also spendt about 150k gold on my main alt. I have about 90k gold on me at the moment and I’ve never bought gold from gold sellers because I hate them immensely.

The key to making gold in WoW is choosing the right professions or having a lot of alts so that you cover all professions (like me).

But if you only have one character you still can make a lot of gold. The main skill you should have is mining in my opinion. Northrend mats does not sell all that well but Old school mats go for nice prices. If you consentrate your mining in Outland you can make a lot on selling ore and bars. I’ve made a lot of gold on selling khorium bars (as they are used in mounts and quests) and fel steel bars. But fel iron and adamantite sells at good prices as well. You get more gold back from your time spendt farming in Outland than you ever will in northrend (well, maybe after Cataclysm that will change). Motes of fire sells at like 5-10g a piece and you get loads of those from farming fel iron. On my server one Khorium bar sells for 50-80g a piece… and if you’re lucky you can sell stacks of fel iron ore and adamantite ore at 60-80g pr stack. Another cool thing about mining is that Un’goro is filled with thorium and you can pretty much fill up a 32 slot mining back with stacks of it withing 1-2 hours of farming.

Tom ‚ô•

If you are a jewelcrafter together with your mining skill you can do like 2 hours of farming ores that you sell on AH then 2 hours of farming ore that you melt and put on AH and then 2 hours of farming ore you prospect and put on AH. Then you have really covered your bases. You see the new trend in WoW the last 6 months has been that players have dropped their gathering skills and only have crafting skills and therefore have to buy the mats from AH. I have made close to a million gold this last year just from selling mats on AH. These days I even make 10k a week from 4-6 hours farming pr week (as I’ve mostly played Starcraft after it came out). A hot tip for you jewel crafters is farm adamantite, prospect it and sell mercurial adamantite at 60g a piece or sell 4 adamantite powder at the same price. It sells very well. Also prospecting Classic and TBC mats earns you shitloads of gold from AH. Don’t waste your time in Northrend (would be my tip to any profession).

If you are a blacksmither you should really have all enchanting rods on AH every day as I make about 5k a week just on selling those. The other things you should make as a blacksmith is eternal beltbuckles and the melee pvp gear (lvl 78) as it sell very well, on my server each peace of the pvp set goes for 80-100g a piece.

If you are a engineer you can make money as well. My main income on my engineer is the pets which sells for about 120-250g each and the Khorium powercores that sells for 350g each. Sometimes I also sell adamantite frames for 60g a piece but the power cores is my most steady income. If my engineer was one of my raiding chars I’d probably make a lot on selling arrows (from ICC) as well.

If you are a skinner you make most of your gold on selling rugged leather and knothide leather. If you farm in ZG you can really get a lot of rugged (it’s my favorite farming spot for my skinner). I didn’t really think leather sold until I started putting it up 3 months back and now my skinner is one of my richest characters. Rugged leather can go for up to 100g stack if you’re lucky. Knothide the same… Even the lower types of leather has a great earning potential these days.

If you really want to make gold you should stear clear of professions like Inscription as glyphs barely sells (I put up 300 glyphs a few weeks back and I sold 4).

Another way to make money is to grind instances. Deadmines is one of my favorites as 1 run can earn you like 500g. Selling the pets you get from there, the defias set and wool. Guess you have an advantage if you’ve got an engineer as you can use mailbox and a greater plus on top of that having the argent gruntling from tournament giving you yet another mailbox.

Anyway… These are my favorite ways of making gold and I’ve made a lot from it. You can take it a step further and try owning the market on AH by buying up a lot and repricing it (a friend of mine makes like 50k a week just from buying and selling on AH).

Ahh… I forgot to mention enchanting. The enchanting patterns dropping in Molten core (healing power and spellpower, 29 sp and 30 sp, sells for 400g if you put scrolls on AH). Actually the 22 int and 22 spi also sells for 300g each on AH but you have to farm revered or exalted with Thorium brotherhood to get them.. that’s easy.