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BfA Sales

Sales have started to pick up a little bit, and the price of tokens continues to drop (it’s almost dropped below 140k at the time of this post) as people return to game and buy tokens for real world money in exchange for in-game gold. I picked up a few new tokens myself, stashing the bnet balance away for a rainy day.

I haven’t gotten to play very much, my monk (the character I decided to level) is sitting at a comfortable 113. I expect that getting one level a day (for now) is a pretty ambitious goal for me, and I’m content with it. In the meantime I browse the auction house looking for deals. I did manage to level my inscription to 90/150 but even that is pretty slow going. Engineering will take some time because the cost of ore is absolutely insane on my server (it’s 10k for 100) but I expect it should get better over time or I’ll just go out and harvest it myself in the future.

How are you spending your BFA time? Let me know in comments! Also, no spoilers, but the story has been fantastic. I am a huge fan of the opening cinematics.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

A very Slow Day of Sales

Bags, a few pets.. and a very slow day as far as sales go.

They can’t all be winners!

Daily Mailbox Shenanigans!

Not many sales this day, but I did sell a pattern and two medallions which of course add up! It’s not always about getting multiple hundreds of thousands of gold a day, especially if you’re only playing for a few minutes here and there between other happenings. Still, gold growth is gold growth, right? I’m still holding out hope that things pick up at the release of BfA. We’ll just have to see.

More Daily Sales

Netherweave bags continue to be a daily seller, if only the price was a bit higher.. still, it adds up over time. I also sold a few pets, finally, yay! Pets are slow sellers and my supply isn’t that large but I’m working on it.

Medallion of the legion is still a great seller if you can buy them for cheap and then flip them – and there’s even a transmog in there!

August Sales – Day 2

Tiger fang inscription items seem to be selling pretty well, along with my ever reliable netherweave bags. Someone actually re-set the market from 5g to 75g, but I am pretty sure they’ll go back down to 5g before the day is out. Hopefully I sell a few at the re-set market price first, I’d like to ride that as long as I can. There are three people who actively sell netherweave bags on my server, and they’re constantly undercutting one another. I just price mine once a day, and I seem to sell out, so I’m happy with that. The big seller of the day was a scepter that I looted in a burning crusade farm, I’m not sure how long ago I looted it but it was a nice sale to wake up to.

August Sales – Day 1

I thought I’d share my sales – they’re not huge, I’m not pulling in hundreds of thousands of gold a day, but I sell enough to afford a token a month (at least) and a bit extra. It might not be interesting to anyone other than me, but we’ll see.

Netherweave bags are a big seller in multiples for me, but the cash doesn’t add up to too much. Elixir of the Rapid Mind is a nice seller, and I only see this going up. I’ve started stocking up on some inscription items, we’ll see how that goes.

Celestial Tournament – I’m coming for You

Thanks to the wonderful Xu-Fu’s Pet Battle Strategies site, I have a clear & comprehensive list of pets I’ll need in order to defeat the Celestial Tournament. It’s one of two pet battles that I’ve never been able to defeat (the other being Algalon the Observer). As you can see from the list, I own all of the pets that are needed, but they are n0t all optimized. I’m still leveling two of them, and 6 of them need to be boosted to rare quality. The fact that I can’t use the old pet battle charms and there’s no way to earn polished charms at the moment means trying to finish off this list and get going on the actual tournament has been difficult, to say the least.

I did find a few of the tradeable charms on the broker (15k each) if I REALLY want to spend the gold, at least it’s an option.

I have been leveling up the ones I could over on the water striders in Vale of Blossoms, I had 8 that I needed leveled up and in between real life managed to get it done. I’m pretty excited about being able to try this fight, it has always been one of my goals, but I just never had the pets required.

Lets see how this turns out!

If Reality Feels like a Game, Play Along and You’ll Get the Most of It

When you’re a gamer, it is really easy to get lost between reality and the virtual world. Especially in recent years, when games are becoming even more and more immersive each year. You can basically build a whole new virtual life and communicate with your virtual (yet real) friends. I’ve watched a movie not so long ago, called Ready Player One that really portrays what a life of a gamer may turn into and although it might seem a little bit crazy, it may really happen. The sooner you realize, the better.

The thing is, a regular person wouldn’t understand the life of a gamer, so in order to have a successful communication with that person, you as a gamer have to start thinking about life as a game.

Think about it… The moment you were born you became a random avatar, then you’ve spent years upgrading, learning and collecting skills, you’ve leveled up and now you can start strategizing. As simple as that. Life is a game strategy. The main goal, of course, is managing your time and resources and surviving the mini-games and challenges that life brings. Competing against opponents, sex, and school, learning to drive, dancing, dating… These are all the mini-games that come along the way, through which you lose or collect points and learn something.

But like in any game, be it an online battle royale game, a casino game at, or a simple bowling game at the mall, what is the most important thing? Time. Time is of the essence. Planning and managing your time thoroughly and properly brings a lot of points.

Unfortunately, the main difference between most games (not all) and real life is that there is no second chance, no respawn. That is why you should drop whatever you’re doing and start strategizing and planning time and resources.

Think of it like starting a brand new game: you’re new to this, but you still have some background in it. You know how to play a game, so whatever this new game brings, you will know how to handle it. You might make mistakes, but you’ll learn from them. What has changed? Your point of view.

As a gamer, your real life will become significantly easier if you think of it as a game. Your family complains that you’re not spending enough time with them? Think of it as a mini-game where you collect points in your family’s eyes, and you collect energy. Your friends invite you to a pool party? Great, another mini-game. Go there, have the time of your life and remember you’re gaining skills, social skills.

Don’t feel confined or guilty if you need your space to actually play a video game. It is just a game within a game. You’re allowed to do that, you’re gaining skills again, a skill within a skill actually.

See? It is that easy. The sooner you start treating life like the one thing you know to do best, the life starts for you.

Xu-Fu’s Pet Guides & Rematch

I’ve been using the rematch addon for quite some time, but what I didn’t realize was that there’s a website that compliments it so perfectly. Xu-Fu’s strategies allows you to import teams of pets through the rematch journal along with notes so you know how to defeat your opponent. You can see lists of pets you own, what pets you need to follow the guides, and discussions with other players if that guide isn’t working out for you. You can customize and adjust all of the scripts to better suit you pet battle needs – and let me tell you this site was amazing when it came to completing the Deadmines pet battle dungeon. It saved me so much time and was completed in a relatively fast amount of time.

You can link it directly to your bnet account so that your pets are imported, and it can provide you with all sorts of handy lists and guides besides importing them into the game. You can search for guides by expansion too, so if you wanted to do that celestial tournament that you keep putting off, this is a fantastic resource.

What I especially love is that I have a number of tabs for each expansion in my pet journal and then just import the battles I want for those expansions from the Xu-Fu site to populate it. No more searching out of game for tactics on each battle or wondering what pets I need.

Importing the battle strings also sets the skills for your pets and it will even load your team based on your target – incredibly handy things.

Honestly, I just can’t recommend Xu-Fu’s Pet Battle Strategies & Rematch enough if you’re any sort of player who does pet battles. If you happen to try them out, let me know in comments what you think.

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

Getting Organized

One of my favourite things to do in real life, is clean and organize things. I know, how odd is that, right? It’s something I take pride in and something I do very well. When I’m stressed I clean. When I’m happy I organize. I just like things being neat and tidy. A messy desk (my work station) will bother me to no end.

Gaming is the same way. This week I took some time to organize my sellers, and split them into 4 different merchants. I have one selling nothing but pets, one selling nothing but recipes, and two selling everything else (a lot of transmog items that I know will be around for a while). I also have my tailor selling bags. There is a practical reason behind this besides my personal OCD, too. One reason is that if you have more than 1k items on the auction house and you happen to use tradeskillmaster it can cause a hit in performance. It’s a known issue that the developers of TSM caution against – as lovely is it may be to see your name up in the stars on sites like the undermine journal for having the most value posted.

It can also take a long time to scan your auctions when it comes to posting, so I like them split for that reason. Then there are my personal reasons. I like to run a cancel scan on pets and bags (and drums) but I leave transmog items up for the full 48h instead of looking for people undercutting. I would just lose too much money if I was checking them multiple times a day to see if any were below mine. I know some people swear by this method and they log in every few hours and cancel all their undercut items but I don’t have the patience for that and I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to be the cheapest for your items to sell. The quick fast sales will go, leaving yours next in line.

All in all, I have about 10-14 million gold worth of items up on the auction house, 600-700 items total, spread between four characters (two accounts), and two servers. That’s just right for me and my gameplay. I know some of the bigger goblins out there are on 20+ servers and making a killing, but I’m just a small fish and I’m content with the way my gold making has been progressing.

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

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