That Thing You Do... Revisited



Everyone in their lives has that one person who just doesn't understand why we play online video games.  They come back with something they heard about how games are addicting.  How it can lead to mental health problems.  How even one guy died because he played so long at one point.

I've told my story before when it came to starting playing World of Warcraft.  It was a rehab project for when I was trying to strengthen my body.  I would go to my rehab classes, but end up in so much discomfort it was difficult to find something to do that took my mind off of what was going on.

A friend of mine suggested I give World of Warcraft a try.  She spoke highly of her guild and her enjoyment of the game.  So I loaded up a copy on my computer and jumped head first.

Now, almost 7 years later and I'm still enjoying not just the time I spend playing WOW, but also everything that has developed over the years.  Through World of Warcraft I started writing in journals and on different projects.  Even to the point of taking a position here on JMTC as the chief writer and bottle washer.

So keep in mind exactly why you play this game and what you get out of it.   Does it sharpen your ability to see bargains in real life?   Does it help with your interaction with others?   Does it spark the creative bug in your life?

What you get out of World of Warcraft is completely up to you.   So enjoy the game and enjoy what it brings out of you.  

Good Luck and Good Profit Hunting


Why Run Old Instances?



About a month ago I wrote about why I continue to run old raid tiers.  I went step by step on the different amount of gold,  saleable items and even achievements that could be earned each time you stepped into what seemed like 'old content'.

The one thing that I didn't mention that I work through old raids is because there are certain items that I have been wanting for years.

When I first started World of Warcraft I wanted a horse for my main (Tauren warrior) in the worst way.  I saw that I could buy one in Brill for 100g (this was a long time ago during Burning Crusade) and I drooled to get that mount.   I got my 100g and then ran over there,  only to be disappointed that I couldn't buy one.  Taurens were not able to ride horses.

Devastated, I put on my thinking cap and did a little research.  At this time there were three horses in the game that a Tauren could ride.  The Dreadsteed mount from the Warlock quest,  a drop from the Stratholme instance and one from the Raid tier of Karazhan

At this time my raid group wasn't as strong as it could be so we could barely make it through Karazhan cleanly.  Ultimately we became good enough (with your favorite Tauren tank running point) but alas,  no horse drop for me.  One week I was unable to attend and supposedly it dropped for someone, but to this day I think they were yanking my chain on that one.

After The Lich King expansion became active,  Karazhan wasn't as important to players.   So it became more and more difficult to find old raid content runs.  It was either carrying a group of 5-8 or end up going through another week of horse rejection.  I stopped running Karazhan to put aside my dream of a cow on a horse.

I picked up the runs during the cataclysm expansion and started running them solo again.    By this time I had switched to a full time dps spec and was able to blitz through the content and make a large amount of gold each time.  Even after they nerfed the amount of gold you could earn through old content,  the cloth and epics that dropped more than paid my hefty personal repair bill and put some pep in my step.

Last week I was running Karazhan on a Wednesday and went after Attumen The Huntsman the hunter like usual.   Then the heavens opened up and a light shined on my victim and there it was,   the Fiery WarHorse Reigns were there in my loot window.   My cats were in a state of shock from the yell that came out of me that it had finally dropped for me.

So why was this important to me?   Because taking away all of the gold,  all of the fame,  all of the fortune and everything that people tell you they play for.  The one reason that we keep on coming back to being that personal moment in the sun that says 'I did it'.

So after my required naked run through the major cities on my new mount,  I smiled internally to myself and looked at what my next goal was.   Who knows,  I might just look to get better at PVP and get one of those mounts.

Moral of the story?   There isn't really one,  just wanted to tell you why I keep running old content.  How about you?   What keeps you coming back time and time again?

Good Luck and Good Profit Hunting

Want to get in contact with me? . Email me at Dragonbear @ gmail. Dot com or find me on twitter at "@JMTCMommar" You can find me hanging out on the Shandris Server, chat me up, and I will buy you a glass of juice.


Live and Death? of Undermine Journal
Do You Know The Muffin Man?
WOD:  Saddle Up Your Horses
Light At The End of The AH Tunnel
Grinding Gold Through The AH
WOD:  The Next Step To Beta
Warlords of Draenor Beta: You Have Been Chosen
Patience At Ganking:  All Respect to An Alliance Hunter
Midsummer Festival - Combine those tasks
Gold Making Is An Artform
What I did on My WowCation
Old Vs New:  The Great Debate
Soap Box Derby
Discipline:  The Most Hated Word in Gold Making
Crashing The Market
Pet Battling For Profits





Live and Death? of Undermine Journal





On July the 8th,  the owners of Underminejournal posted up an entry stating that they would be closing at the end of July.  After reading the article there was a small chance that it may come back in a different format.  Needing a different server platform and some upgrades.

For those that have been serious about making gold this is a swift kick in the teeth for information.  Many of the tools that are used by Gold Goblins (Trade Skill MasterAuctioneer) have used these sources for many of the semi-automated posting and brokering to price items on the fly.

First,  everyone should stand up and give the people at the TUJ a round of applause for taking this idea under their wings and making it flourish.  For years, this has been my go to source for items and finding out pricing strategies.  After being introduced to the lunatic prices that come up on Wowhead it was a valuable asset to be able to type in a few words and get exactly what I was looking for.

Websites come and go when it comes to hot to and guides.   Players start journals with the glorious idea of taking over the world,  only to be reminded that it isn't all just peaches and cream to sit in front of a computer for hours updating information.  Even the ones that enjoy their work and the money earned is not as important as being helpful it can be daunting to keep a website fresh.

TUJ wasn't the other main source of information that ended up closing the doors.  Crafterstome owner Kaliope called it a day after many years of offering information to the community.  I cannot count how many hours I used their listings to find the best patterns for my toons.  Being able to take a quick look at what materials were needed for a crafted item made things easier to determine the cost ratio on listing an item on the AH.

There are others that have either disappeared from the WOW universe,  with writers and owners looking at their personal journeys and not finding World of Warcraft to be an integral part of their future.

With Warlords of Draenor expansion probably dropping mid November,  it will be interesting just how many people have depended on these services to give them instant pricing and not being knowledgeable of their server economies.  This could cause a large amount of fluctuation in pricing as servers balance out the supply and demand aspects.   Where this possible lack of information that these websites offered might not directly affect the current tier materials from WOD, it could easily affect items from previous expansions.  That Blade of Wizardry could pop up for a cheap price on the AH simply by someone who didn't have access to the actual proven value of it.

This is why where information is a valuable asset,  your instincts and learned pricing is an even more powerful tool.  It is nearly impossible to know what everything is worth in the World of Warcraft game.  There are another 10,000 items not counting the new ones from the Warlords of Draenor expansion.    But a simple value knowledge can go a long way to spot bargains and pricing your items at the best percentage of profit.

For those that have chosen to move onto more valued pastures.   I tip my hat and a cup of wine in your direction.  You will be Missed.

Good Luck and Good Profit Hunting


Want to get in contact with me? . Email me at Dragonbear @ gmail. Dot com or find me on twitter at "@JMTCMommar" You can find me hanging out on the Shandris Server, chat me up, and I will buy you a glass of juice.


Do You Know The Muffin Man?
WOD:  Saddle Up Your Horses
Light At The End of The AH Tunnel
Grinding Gold Through The AH
WOD:  The Next Step To Beta
Warlords of Draenor Beta: You Have Been Chosen
Patience At Ganking:  All Respect to An Alliance Hunter
Midsummer Festival - Combine those tasks
Gold Making Is An Artform
What I did on My WowCation
Old Vs New:  The Great Debate
Soap Box Derby
Discipline:  The Most Hated Word in Gold Making
Crashing The Market
Pet Battling For Profits








Do You Know The Muffin Man?



Leveling cooking on alternate toons can be tedious.   It is exciting with your favorite toon because you get to check out new recipes and new 'tastes' that an expansion brings.  Even leveling cooking on your backup can be just as exciting.  Mists of Pandaria offered all of the different 'ways' of cooking that you aren't locked into leveling one direction to hit the maximum profession level.

When it came to leveling that 4th or 5th toon,  leveling their cooking because as exciting as watching paint dry.  The great search for another point towards getting him (or her) to be able to cook rice pudding or anything.  

Thankfully, there is a method to the madness when it comes to having maximum leveling in cooking.  The new Warlords of Draenor expansion are going to be tied much closer to having all of the professions being useful.  Many of the foodstuffs that are showing up on the PTR's have active ingredients that are tied to other professions.  Fishing will also become a very important part of a well rounded character progression.

Guilds will be emptying their storehouses in the coming months.  A shrewd gold goblin will be keeping an eye for large bargains of food items, not just to finish leveling their own toons,  but sales to up and coming players who do not want to take the time to farm their own materials.  Where the daily food quests cut into the need to buy all of the materials continually,  there will still always be a demand from the impatient player who wants to get that cooking leveling done now.

So watch both the Auction House and trade chat for players emptying their banks and personal collections of raw cooking materials.  A small investment now can both both personally edifying (your quarter word for the day) and add to your bankroll in the upcoming months.

Good Luck and Good Profit Hunting

Want to get in contact with me? . Email me at Dragonbear @ gmail. Dot com or find me on twitter at "@JMTCMommar" You can find me hanging out on the Shandris Server, chat me up, and I will buy you a glass of juice.


WOD:  Saddle Up Your Horses
Light At The End of The AH Tunnel
Grinding Gold Through The AH
WOD:  The Next Step To Beta
Warlords of Draenor Beta: You Have Been Chosen
Patience At Ganking:  All Respect to An Alliance Hunter
Midsummer Festival - Combine those tasks
Gold Making Is An Artform
What I did on My WowCation
Old Vs New:  The Great Debate
Soap Box Derby
Discipline:  The Most Hated Word in Gold Making
Crashing The Market
Pet Battling For Profits




WOD: Saddle Up Your Horses






I like to concentrate on the here and now when it comes to making gold in World of Warcraft.  But some things really cannot be held back from what is seen in patch notes from the beta of Warlords of Draenor.

In the latest patch notes there was hidden among all the talent changes and different calculations a little addendum when it came to mounts.

Tailors since Burning Crusade had the ability to make flying carpets.  For mount collectors, this was tempting because you could fly around everyone pretending you were Aladdin (Or Jasmine if that's your schtick).    But anyone who didn't have a tailor on the payroll was out of luck to ride the carpet lightning.

Til now that is,  because if things hold up with the PTR,  flying carpets remove the tailoring requirements to use.   Now understand this is still the a possibility.  Things can always change in an update.  But this is the important part of looking at all of the builds from the PTR and taking advantage of the changes.

The materials are relatively easy to purchase farm (Netherweave,  Frostweave,  Ore to prospect for the Monarch Topaz stones needed).  Multiple runs through soloable raids can net a lot of the materials needed quickly.  Just another good reason why you should be soloing old raid content on your off times.

It never is too early to start saving items for the next expansion.  With the changes in how professions are leveled (boosted points,  using current expansion materials for leveling) there will be a definite shift in just how much old world materials will be in demand.  Any new areas of sales will be a welcome companion to your wallet.

Keep your eye on the prize and a hand on your wallet.

Good Luck and Good Profit Hunting


Want to get in contact with me? . Email me at Dragonbear @ gmail. Dot com or find me on twitter at "@JMTCMommar" You can find me hanging out on the Shandris Server, chat me up, and I will buy you a glass of juice.


Light At The End of The AH Tunnel
Grinding Gold Through The AH
WOD:  The Next Step To Beta
Warlords of Draenor Beta: You Have Been Chosen
Patience At Ganking:  All Respect to An Alliance Hunter
Midsummer Festival - Combine those tasks
Gold Making Is An Artform
What I did on My WowCation
Old Vs New:  The Great Debate
Soap Box Derby
Discipline:  The Most Hated Word in Gold Making
Crashing The Market
Pet Battling For Profits







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