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Waiting For The Train

Not much content this week. We’ve got company and that makes playing WoW tricky. Haven’t even seen the new instances yet!

While I did all the holidays on my mage, I realized recently that my paladin only has two titles: Patient and Jenkins. And really she needs something else. “The Noble” seemed about right, so I’m working on the holiday stuff. I’ll have a good bit to finish up this weekend but she’s made good progress so far.

She got the “dress up and kiss a bride” achievement with some help from a guildie who loaned her the clothes. She gave them back when she was done but neglected to put her own stuff back on. And of course she’s dual wielding the basket and flowers to get Noblegarden stuff done…

I’m not sure where she’s going but I think she’ll be popular when she gets there.

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Like a lot of raids we’ve been having issues with attendance lately. We have our core raiders: Reversion and Logarithm as tanks. Me and Kerick as heals. Cyla’s enhance shaman. Grom’s ret pally. Ado’s hunter, Falahla’s mage. It’s a really really solid core and I love it.

Problem is, Log has Army duty once a month or so and is a college student so occasionally he can’t make it. Everyone else has RL issues too, just not seemingly as frequently as Log. I’ve brought in a third healer twice now, tried to make them a permanent member of the heals team, only to have their schedules change. One’s hip-deep in wedding plans and trying to get a raid of her own going in a time that works better for her. The other is apparently taking a break from WoW. All understandable but when it comes on top of losing my original third healer to job issues a few months back, the healing team has just felt weak.

And when Log’s away, I have to find another tank. I can bring someone in but our guild is really lacking in tanks right now. Or I can have Grom go tank and bring in another dps – which works really well – but this Friday neither Grom nor Log could tank so that meant I asked Repgrind to bring in her DK Kalyon. So now I had to find TWO healers.

Fortunately this week both Jhudora and her sister could help heal, with the exceptions of Halfus and Magmaw. Jhudora offered an alt to help get past those two guys and since we can one tank Magmaw I made Rep switch back to Kerick, help down the boss, and then we brought Kalyon back in.

Side note – Jhudora’s sister Annaliese is a super pro disc priest. She’s rocking all blues and killing me and Kerick with raw HPS numbers. Her mana’s weak, sure, so I glyphed my Innervate and gave it away all night which worked well. But she inspired me to go back and look at my gear this Sunday and I reforged into a lot of haste; I really hadn’t reforged since upgrading most of my gear and I had a lot of useless crit and mastery to turn into yummy haste.

Still, I don’t like the situation we’re in. As a druid and a paladin pair, we can use almost any third healing class we get. But finding someone who can make our schedule is hard.  I’m not sure what we’re going to do. Saturday night neither Jhudora nor her sister could help out so I asked around in guild until I finally found someone who could heal. Brought him in and while he did fine, he didn’t know the fights and wasn’t picking up on them that well. We got a total of 7 bosses down this weekend, which was a disappointment.

Hopefully we can get some really solid attempts in the next few weeks. Although I may refuse to do Chimaeron. I totally hate that fight in every way.

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Analogue notes: Reversion wrote this companion piece to my post earlier in the week about the launching of my Death Knight’s career.

“Hey there.” A voice spoke from the nearby alley. “I hear you got a guild bank to unload.”

Interest looked up at the stranger and then looked up again. He was hunched over but he was still very tall…. And hairy. ‘Oh great,’ she thought, ‘one of those dog/humans.’ Still, she had always felt a pang of kinship toward the other outcasts and refugees that the Alliance had taken in. And she was DEAD, so she could hardly complain about their smell.

The rogue’s shoulder pads were almost as wide as he was tall. They looked like hand-me-downs and his pants looked as if they had been stolen, from a hobo…. A dead hobo… a re-killed undead hobo… that someone’s dog had slept in. That last part made sense.

“Look, I won’t ask how you got it but I can give you a good deal on it.” The rogue flashed a disarming grin. It failed because she had no weapon equipped. She frowned in annoyance at the implication.

“I will have you know I built this guild myself and everything in that bank is mine via honest business transactions.”

“Yeah, yeah, sure.” The worgen growled something under his breath. It might have been ‘they all say that’ but she was not certain. “That is your business. Mine is to keep things safe for people. I will sit on your guild until you are done leveling or whatever you are doing.”

Her frown deepened. “How did you… I mean what makes you think I am leveling? Who ARE you?”

“A little birdie told me that you need to lose your guild for a bit. I told her I could keep it safe for you.”

“A little birdie?” she asked.

“Well it might have been a druid. Who can tell?” The Rogue grinned again. She wished he would stop doing that. He had a bit of murloc in his teeth.

‘That must have been Analogue,’ she thought. ‘So nice of her to get everything arranged for me.’

“Thanks!” She smiled genuinely. If Analogue trusted him then he must be reliable. “I will let you know when I need it back.” She hummed to herself as she Ginvited him. “Now how do I transfer… Oh there it is.”

“How much…” The worgen’s eyes widened as the guild leadership transferred. “You don’t wan… Eh…”

“Thanks so much!” Interested said. “Now I am off to level.” She turned to leave and then remembered something. “Oh my, I almost forgot to get your name..”

The rogue was standing there with a surprised look. Slowly it transformed into another toothy grin. He did seem in rather good spirits. She supposed he was a nice guy despite his looks. After all, Analogue trusted him.

“Abscond. My name is Abscond. Nice doing business with you.”

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Bags of Gold

That icon you probably instantly recognize as a Netherweave bag. Most people have a few of these on their alts or alts’ banks. You main has no doubt been upgraded with bigger bags but it’s hard to beat the price on these guys. For anywhere between 6 and 20 gold you can get a 16 slot bag.

They’re also the foundation of my fortune. Oh, I’ve made some good money selling mats, or things we pick up while questing; top end gear, enchants, glyphs, etc. But Netherweave bags are the bonds of my online stock portfolio; not huge money makers, but you’re pretty much guaranteed to make some gold.

I’m not writing this post to convince you to invest in making Netherweave bags. In fact anyone on Winterhoof who is reading this should stay out of the market entirely, ok? 🙂 My point is that everyone who wants a little money should find a niche market that they really understand, and own it. Let’s look at the Netherweave example again.

A Netherweave bag has really simple mats; Netherweave cloth, and one vendor-purchased thread. The conversion between Netherweave cloth and Netherweave bags is easy. One stack of twenty Netherweave makes a single bag. That makes figuring out costs easy!

Netherweave drops from Burning Crusade mobs, and drops pretty well too. But if you want to make money on these bags, don’t farm the mats. It’s just not worth it. Buy the cloth from people who are farming it, or leveling through Outlands.

What I do is I have a ceiling for Netherweave cloth purchases, and both a ceiling and a floor for Netherweave bag sales. I’ll buy stacks of cloth for less than 5 gold. Any Netherweave out there cheaper than that, I buy, even if I’ve got a good stock. Netherweave tends to have nasty spikes and I don’t want to be out!

When the cloth arrives, I turn it all into bolts of Netherweave right away. That takes up a lot less bag space than all those stacks. Then I make just as many bags as I want to sell, for the same reason. Also making bags is slow. A dozen or so at a time is about all that’s reasonable.

I’ll sell my bags for between 8 and 12 gold.  If someone’s selling for less than 8, I’ll skip my listings and wait til his bags are gone, then put mine up. If the lowest priced bag on the AH is 15 gold, I still won’t list mine for more than 11g 99 s 99 c.

Why those numbers? I don’t have any real data to back me up. I don’t think the profit is worth my time for less than 8 gold. And after 12 the sales drop off. Who is buying these bags? Mostly people leveling alts. They’ll drop 40 gold on a set of four bags, no problem. Much more than that and they buy fewer, or grind rep with a city for the cheap 16 slot bag you can get that way.

I post lots of bags. The listing fees aren’t that much. I like to have at least 8 bags up at a time, more on weekends. Of course if you list a bunch you’re risking someone coming and undercutting you but the demand on the bag market is really steady and my bags will sell. It’s just a matter of time.

This week I’ve been using the Mobile AH app on the Armory to monitor my sales, to buy netherweave, and to repost auctions. It’s awesome and now that they’re adding Guild Chat I’m hooked. It’s just really handy to be able to do boring AH stuff remotely. Now there aren’t any helpful addons, so I only use it for markets I know really well – like Netherweave bags and cloth.

That was overnight. 17 bags sold at 12 gold each, means a minimum profit of just under 7 gold.  120 gold profit. Invariant isn’t my usual banker, so I just sent her enough money that she can buy the cloth auctions remotely. That way I don’t have to log into my banker to send the cloth first.

I don’t sell 17 bags a day; there are some days I don’t sell any. But I sell enough to provide a constant small gold influx. For something that takes me less effort than doing a few dailies, I’ve got my raiding repair bills covered. Yes, in a given week I make more from selling one Tol’vir keystone than all my bag sales; but the bag demand is constant and nothing else I sell is.

Again, the real key is NOT making Netherweave bags. It’s knowing other WoW players enough to identify a steady need. Raid consumables are a good one. Then analyze the components, decide if you can actually make money or not, and go to it. Even people who don’t play the Auction House can pick one or two commodities to provide, and make a nice little income. Give it a try. You don’t even have to read gold blogs!

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