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Making Money in WoW

I read a blog post yesterday from @sypster about how he was making money in WoW without having to play all day long and without exerting too much effort. I believe his end goal is paying for his subscription with tokens, but it got me thinking a bit. I don’t have a lot of game time and what I do have is often played with a toddler on my lap, but I wanted to optimize my own gains a bit more.

One thing mentioned right off the bat was the class hall champions. For a while I was completely drained of resources so I wasn’t even using them. Their ilevel is hovering around 850 and most are not geared or leveled. That needs to change. My alts don’t even have more than 2 champions, something else I want to work on.

I also use TSM (TradeSkillMaster) but I don’t know how to use all of the features it provides. There are some YouTube videos and tutorials I want to take a look at, it’s just a matter of finding the time.

Then there’s world quests. I’ve been neglecting to do a lot of them because I figured that the gear was not an upgrade and who wants to do a quest for 80 gold – but that gold adds up, and those purple gear rewards can be disenchanted and sold for 250 gold each (give or take a few gold). So there’s certainly methods out there I could be taking advantage of in order to get myself a larger nest egg.

What do I hope to do with mine? Well, I’d really like to buy Overwatch. I meant to pick it up when it went on sale, but completely forgot (it was Christmas after all). I’m content paying my $18.99 CAD a month for my subscription, but there are shop items I’d love to get, and little extras that tokens could make up for. It would be great to buy a few mounts or pets that I’m missing, too.

Have any other gold making tips? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Thoughts on Crafting

I know, it’s late into the expansion to be talking about crafting, but it has been weighing on my mind, so here we are.

My favourite type of crafting is when it’s able to be completed independently from adventuring, or at least doesn’t rely too heavily on it. EQ2 did a fantastic job with this, allowing crafters access to higher level areas and abilities due to their crafting level, even if their adventure level was quite far behind.

I like complex crafting (think of Vanguard) and I like the ability to do something else besides beating in the heads of my enemies. Crafting fills that niche – in some games. This isn’t the case with World of Warcraft, and I feel like the past two expansions have been ‘dumbed down’ even further for those of us who enjoy crafting but who may want a break from adventuring.

First, there’s the fact that you no longer have to do any old world content to level up. You can get from 1-800 using just Legion recipes. They’ve obliterated their own content, allowing players to purposely skip it because after all who wants to do old content and farm in old places when there’s a shiny new place out there.

This was also the case in Warlords, and I disliked it back then too. I was sad to see it moving forward.

Legion also added gated content to crafting, something that I absolutely loath. You have to do adventure dungeons (on their easiest setting, but it’s still a dungeon) in order to unlock some recipes, to progress some crafts, and move forward. You are forced to group up, either with friends or using the dungeon finder tool to complete crafting quests.

I’m sure there are lots of people out there who have no issues with this, but me, I have an issue with it. I don’t mind doing crafting quests to grind reputation, or doing adventure quests to unlock things I need for crafting – but please, don’t force me into a dungeon situation when I may not be comfortable with that.

They also recommend you be 110 for the crafting quests, so that means you have to level your adventure stuff up first. I made the mistake of progressing my crafting first and I was unable to do what I needed to do because I wasn’t high enough level. It left me feeling frustrated and defeated.

Not everyone enjoys virtual killing all day long every day. Having options for people like – crafting – is a great way to keep retention on people who may not typically play your sort of game. The crafting community in MMOs is a strong one, and I dislike to see them being overlooked in a lot of games. We don’t all play the same way, and forcing us to is just a bit ignorant (and lazy).

I’m 778 in tailoring, and questing along trying to find the breadcrumbs that I’ve missed over time so that I can unlock more recipes. I still have enchanting to do and since this is a newer character I’m starting over at square one, which isn’t much fun, but I do want to get my crafting up there. Next? Maybe fishing.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

Barely Gaming, But Still Gaming

With our big move just looming around the corner, almost moving onto the second trimester of my pregnancy, and watching a toddler who spends more time running around than sitting still, as you can imagine I don’t have a whole lot of extra time on my hands to do any sort of gaming, and when I do find myself with a free moment here and there, I tend to close my eyes and instantly pass out. I have been incredibly tired, plus me and my little guy are just getting over the last of a very annoying cold.

Even though I have barely any time, I do still manage to log into WoW almost every day, even just briefly. I’ve been playing the market, and working on my crafting. Sometimes I manage a little bit of fishing. Now that I have flying in Legion I don’t feel too pressured to do a great deal – though I know I have a ways to go if I want to unlock the new races that are being released. By then maybe my husband will be playing, and I am incredibly excited about that.

I’ve been trying to sell some trading card game pets for a few weeks now with no luck. I know it’s highly unlikely that someone wants to plop down 50-150k on a pet but I keep trying anyway in the hopes that one of those rare collectors will swoop down on it.

I’ve also been selling my tailored goods as I level up that skill. I picked up a bunch of quests I need to do that I wasn’t even aware were available. Sometimes tucking quests away in Suramar is a bad thing Blizzard!

I’ve also been participating in a beta that I can’t talk about for a little while yet, but it has been fun and I’m looking forward to sharing that with readers a little later this month.

It has been a really hectic time, but I’m glad for things. I might be tired, but life is pretty full. As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Vrykul Story, Bro

I did it. I managed to kick and claw and pull my way through the 11 story lines of Suramar and I got them completed. The final task I have in order to fly in Legion is finishing the story line in Stormheim – and honestly at this point I’m just glad to be out of Suramar. That zone took forever and while parts of it were interesting I spent a whole lot of time playing fetch for elves which really got old.

So I have a bit more to go and then I’ll be able to fly. This whole process has been so that I could start working on some alts and leveling them up to 110. I want to be able to fly with my characters, it just makes things so much more enjoyable and comfortable.

Last night I was going to start my adventures (New Years Eve) but alas, as soon as 8pm rolled around my eyes started to close. I have been under the weather with a particularly horrible chest infection so I decided to call it an early night and went to bed. Thankfully Llama Bean let me sleep in until 4am instead of getting up at his usual 3am. Now he’s happily eating cheerios and watching some Paw Patrol so I can make this blog post.

Anyway. I’m excited to FINALLY be able to fly. I feel like in comparison to past expansions the faction grind was the easier part of this task, I’ve had the Broken Isle Diplomat for some time now. The armies of Legionfall faction was a pain but not too difficult, and the Suramar zone was the place I spent the most amount of time trying to complete because I never completed it when I was a fresh 110, but skipped on to newer content. Hopefully Stormheim doesn’t take me quite as long.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Exploding Kittens and Munchkin Presents

Before leaving for depot my husband expressed an interest in starting a collection of board and card games, and eventually making some friends where ever we ended up who would want to play these games (presumably with us). So for Christmas I bought him the NSFW version of Exploding Kittens and the Deluxe edition of Munchkin. We played a few rounds of Exploding Kittens together a day early because we had no internet – it was a blast. The game is easy to learn, has very few rules, and the images on the cards were hilarious (there’s a whale boner card, need I say more).

I was going to pick up the Canadian edition of Cards Against Humanity, but I wanted to start out small so it will have to wait for another time. Exploding Kittens can be played with two people which was perfect over the holidays. Munchkin requires more, but we’ll get there before too¬† long.

Have any other board game suggestions? Two players or more is perfect! I can’t wait to add more games to our collection. We’re also hoping to start up a D&D game or two but that will depend on whether or not we can find anyone local willing to play. It should be exciting!

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Merry Christmas

My husband is home for 8 days this Christmas, having been gone for the past 8 weeks (I saw him for 36h and he was gone for 16 weeks prior to that) and then he’s gone for another 4 weeks before we’re finally done with our RCMP depot adventure and head to Saskatchewan to begin two years of a new adventure – as a family, at least.

I’m still playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 as much as I can, I’ve done a few runs now, I went to the bank and got a loan and bought myself my very own truck, decked it out for Christmas (again) and managed to save the game without things breaking which is excellent. What wasn’t so excellent was forgetting to pick up the cargo I was supposed to be hauling, and driving across most of Poland without said cargo. I’m not used to driving from my own garage, and that means the cargo isn’t just waiting on the lot for me and it’s certainly not already hitched to my trailer. Whewps. So I quit out for now (to write this post, and look over my husband and son who are taking a nap together) and then when I log back in I’ll drive backwards a bunch to my garage and try to fix the mistake.

I also had my little truck driver take their first sleep, I noticed an icon of a dude in a bed that was white, then blue, then red, and I could hear sound effects of someone yawning (presumably me). Pulled into a truck stop for the night and all was well the next morning.

I also took some amazing screenshots of a sunset that was happening as I was driving away from it. The game is just so absolutely beautiful. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and even though I’m still finding the controls a bit picky and awkward, I’m having fun which is of course the most important part.

So from all of us here at NomadicGamersEh we wish all of our readers a VERY Merry Christmas, and a happy new year. I’m excited about what this next year will bring, it’s certainly going to be an adventure.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

A Desire to Drive

In real life my anxiety has always prevented me from getting my full drivers license. I’ve had my beginners a few times but the idea of driving around a city just absolutely petrified me. This year I decided it was time to beat back that fear, and I once again have my beginners. The idea of driving still scares me, but the fact that we will soon be living so remote and I may not have my license scares me even more.

Anyway. With the real life driving taken care of (or at least decided upon) comes the odd fact that I have always really enjoyed driving games or racing games. I love Mario Kart, I enjoy speed racing type games and even though I have owned Euro Truck Simulator 2 for a little while now, for some reason I had never given the game a go! I watch quite a few streamers who play, and it always seems so relaxed and comfortable, two things that really appeal to me. Plus you get to explore and drive through some absolutely amazing places.

I decided since I’ll soon have two hands free to game (at least over Christmas break) that I’d like to give the game a shot and see if it’s as enjoyable to play as it is to watch. On the suggestion from (many) friends I plugged in my controller and have decided not to play with a keyboard / mouse. In fact if I enjoy it enough, I may even invest in a wheel.

I ran through a pretty quick tutorial, promptly forgetting everything they told me to pay attention to, and was on the road doing my first ‘mission’. I don’t actually own my own truck yet, I have to run missions and save up to buy one – which is awesome! It’s like earning your gear in an MMO. Anyway, my first trip out was… interesting. I forgot how to break, and I couldn’t turn my windshield wipers off. It was a nice bright sunny day in (where ever I was, I have no idea I was too excited to remember) and there I was, running into pretty much everything because I couldn’t slow down, and with the wipers going.

It was hilarious, relaxing, and I had so. much. fun. Now, I won’t be playing multiplayer any time soon – but I DO want to give that a go once I’m more comfortable driving. My reasons for not playing it right now are pretty straight forward, I’d probably ruin something for someone else with my really (REALLY) poor driving skills. So for now I’m doing the solo gameplay stuff. I don’t own any of the DLC but I do also want to pick those up over time, too. Right now thanks to the steam sale I could get everything I’m missing (and then some) for about $50 CAD. There are a ton of DLC for the game, it has been out a while after all.

It’s a beautiful game, too. Thankfully I have a navigation system in the truck so I can at least see where I’m going and if I need to do something special like move to one side of the road or something like that. As a non-driver, it’s really interesting to me to learn this stuff, and I can familiarize myself with street signs too.

I probably need to tweak my controller a bit (I’m using an xbox controller) and familiarize myself a bit more with the controls (like changing camera view so I can see what the hell is up with my trailer), but I’m thinking this is another one of those perfect games for me. I can’t wait to dive back in and play some more.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Gaming While Holding my Toddler

My little guy is 15 months old now, and there’s nothing he likes better than hanging out with Mommy. All. The. Time. Keeping my mental health up is just as important to me as taking care of my son is, because if I can’t function like a human being, I’m of no use to either of us. So sometimes I try to get a little gaming in at my desk (we’re talking 15-20m spurts usually) and I’ve had to get creative with how I play – and what I play.

See, my little one may WANT to be sitting there with me, but he doesn’t actually. What he wants is to wiggle around and get into everything. He is pretty much never still. I have to use one hand to hold him steady so he doesn’t go tumbling to the floor, leaving one hand free for gaming (typically on the mouse, if I’m within range of the keyboard the kid is going to eat it, bash it, or want to throw it).

That’s why I’ve taken to playing games like RimWorld, where things are fairly automated and require little interaction from me – I can also play it easily with one hand on my mouse.

A friend of mine mentioned that Hearthstone just came out with their latest update – a solo dungeon. The best part about this is that you’re not timed, so if you have to randomly AFK to say, pry a lemon leaf out of your kids mouth before they swallow it, you won’t lose your game. Games like this are absolutely perfect for me, they require only one hand to pick my cards, and I don’t have to give it my full complete attention. Lets face it, there’s only so much of me to go around. I’ve beaten three of the eight dungeon bosses so far, and it’s quite fun. I’m not particularly good at Hearthstone though, I love playing card games and I hate organizing or creating decks (and I know absolutely nothing about how to produce a game winning deck). Still, it passes the time.

Gwent is another card game I’ve been playing in a solo method – but you’re still timed there, so it’s not perfect. Cities: Skylines was another game brought up, but I find I need to interact with that one quite a bit, especially if the city isn’t very well established. Sims 4 was one I was attempting, but again there’s quite a bit of interaction required for that one.

I know that all of these stages right now are short phases in the grand scheme of things, and eventually I’ll be able to game with both hands again, but in the meantime, if you have suggestions for me please feel free to comment below! I think Civilization may be another one that I could potentially give a go, I played when llama bean was first born and then stepped away because there are just so many games out there.

Our kids are important, but again, if we cannot function or take a minute or two to ourselves here and there, we’re of no use to them. It’s important to take care of ourselves, and for me, that means squeezing in some gaming here and there so I can remember that I’m more than just a parent.

Closer to Flying in Legion

Thanks to finally getting a major quest chain done, and a few weekly quests, all I really have left in order to fly in Legion is a few points in faction, and quests in two zones. My priest is sitting at a comfortable 894 ilevel, and lately I’ve been playing her in her discipline spec for both heals and DPS. Survivability in the newest zones is much easier this way and mobs are dying without too much trouble.

I’ve also been trying to work on my crafting professions a bit. This character is one I boosted a while back, and is sorely lacking. If you recall, I’m waiting to play my “actual” main until my husband is done with depot so that we can play and explore together. In the meantime though I’m still trying to keep busy while my little one sleeps (and relax a smidge). I am over 700 now in tailoring (finally) but my second profession is enchanting and that one is going much slower. I’m also working on fishing and cooking, two relaxing and fairly simple back up professions. Of course then there’s also pet battles which are some of my favourite ways to spend time in game.

I’m finding that even with my limited time, I am still accomplishing things and there’s just so much content, I love it. I don’t feel pressured in any way, which is a nice change of pace. I’d like to start running old dungeons and raids for transmog pieces, but that will have to wait. Flying is first and foremost on my list. Then leveling my druid and my paladin. Playing WoW these days? What are you up to? Let me know below in comments and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Armies of Legionfall Faction Work

I really want to fly in Legion before I level up any more alts. It makes it easier, and a lot more fun. Especially since I’ve already leveled up three times (I realize many people have done this many more times, but this is my personal experience). So I’ve been grinding away on my priest who is the furthest along with the achievements.

One of my hangups has been getting Legionfall Commander – where you need Armies of Legionfall faction. The problem is one huge chunk of this faction comes from a quest where you defeat the legionfall armies. For whatever reason Blizzard has this on a really weird schedule that you have to do on their time and being a solo mother with an active one year old who doesn’t let me game with two hands I have just not been able to meet their schedule until yesterday. The assaults take place maybe once a day, sometimes twice a day really spread out. Never more than that. They occur at odd hours, and the easiest way to see if a legion assault is going on is to check out Wowhead because it’s on their main page. At the time of this post (4:30 PT) the next assault is at 3:30pm – no way could I make that one. Then the following one is 10am tomorrow, again another one I couldn’t make, and 4:30am on Thursday. Nope. It was by pure luck that I happened to make the one yesterday. When the assault goes on you need to go to the zone it’s taking place in, and complete four legion assault world quests. Then you need to do two more smaller quests, and a scenario. you defeat a commander boss, and you get a chunk of faction.

Now you don’t NEED to do this to work on flying, but it’s the difference between 1500+ faction, and whittling away at faction 83 points at a time. It was INCREDIBLY frustrating, and I absolutely dislike this mechanic. Lock things behind time walls all you want but let it be on MY time, and not your own schedule. Or at least make them more frequent!

I am very glad I got it done. Now I just need to keep grinding away at the weekly and daily quests and eventually I’ll get there.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.

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