Favorite Places to Visit Before WOD


Warlords of Draenor will change out our view Outlands and life beyond the portal.  Some of my favorite areas that were introduced during the Burning Crusade will be changed come the next expansion. 

It is possible that the 'old' areas will be available through the Caverns of Time in Tanaris,  but there will be a mental change when visiting this area.  The biggest change will be in Negrand.

Negrand took my breath away the first time I entered the area.  From the road leading to the first city,  to seeing the giants that really wanted to stomp me into oblivion.  Going down southeast and seeing all of the animals that needed to be skinned.  Spending what seemed like forever farming leather for our Druid tank gear.  

But the one questline that everyone should complete is the Visit with the Grandmother questline.   Running all over Outlands to finish quests,  run instances and then be introduced to a self defeated Garrosh.  Taking Garrosh to see his grandmother and be told the story of Thrall.   If you look at the entire quest now you see that this was the grand tale of both redemption and a fall from grace.

Now with the speed that players can level through Burning Crusade content,  areas such as Shadowmoon Valley,  staring at the biggest raid at the time which was The Black Temple.  To being able to fly over fire pits and strongholds held both by the Alliance and the Horde.

I can go on and on just how much will change in the game when the Warlords hits the shelves.  Perhaps it is nostalgia,  or how much enjoyment I received from the different story lines that occurred during Burning Crusade, but consider running around Burning Crusade content and see just what brought us to the point that the Iron Horde comes to light.

Good Luck and Good Profit Hunting




Five Computer Upgrades Before Warlords Arrives



With every expansion during World of Warcraft the demands on a computer become that much more prevalent.  More cut scenes and phased areas are going to be added during the Warlords of Draenor expansion.  Even the addition of the new character models can take a good computer system to its knees.

The minimum requirements for the Warlords of Dreanor Expansion end up being:

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System:Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo @ 1.8 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
RAM:2 Gb
Disk Space:25 Gb free
Video RAM:256 Mb
Video Card:nVidia GeForce 6800 / ATI Radeon X1600
Sound Card:DirectX Compatible
Network:Broadband Internet Connection
Direct X:9.0c
 

Recommended System Requirements

Operating System:Windows 7/8
Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+
RAM:4 Gb
Disk Space:25 Gb free
Video RAM:512 Mb
Video Card:nVidia GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 4850
Sound Card:DirectX Compatible
Network:Broadband Internet Connection
Direct X:9.0c

You can get a good idea by these requirements where your computer stands.  Where they aren't drastic in any stretch of the imagination,  even at the 'recommended' settings you will find your computer hard pressed to keep up with a lot of the gaming life that World of Warcraft brings to the table.

Computer parts are very inexpensive if you do some comparison shopping online.    The five items that you should look to upgrade to bring the best bang for your buck.

1.   Ram Memory

Almost every system I've ever owned the first thing I did was upgrade the memory to its maximum.  Even having 16gb of ram on-board can add a lot of improvement to how a game moves.  Especially if you have multiple windows open (One for gaming, and of course one to be reading this journal during your off time).

2.   Video Card

Video Cards is also a very wise upgrade for any system.  Depending on the motherboard you have installed in your system,  upgrading the video card to a 1gb or 2gb model can give you the option of higher frame rates and higher graphic visuals.  Just think how clearly all those half naked Blood Elves (or Night Elves) will be as they shake what they have on the home city mailboxes

3.   SSD (Solid State Drives)

Many of today's gaming rigs come with a Solid State Drive.  They are smaller drives that contain the core operating system as well as a select few programs that give you access much quicker to the information than your normal large Hard Disc Drives.  Where this can be expensive depending on the size you purchase,  it can be a good investment for a system that needs a dramatic boost.

4.   Keyboard/Mouse

Your keyboard and mouse might seem trivial, but even changing from a standard mouse with a trackball mouse can help with stress on the hands and wrists.  Gaming mice can add to your reaction time by giving you more buttons at your literal fingertips.  Be warned that just with any major change of playstyle there is a learning curve.  I wouldn't install that brand new Razor gaming mouse two minutes before your weekly raid starts.  Unless you really enjoy running into walls while the raid leader screams at you for more dots (ahh Vanilla WOW,  how much I miss you)

5.   Your Mind

Yes,  I know very cheesy of me to bring this up.  But lets face facts,  you're a little bored with WOW now.  You probably have been playing with Pandaland (I should have trademarked that name)  for a bit now and need a rest.   Have you planned your WOWcation yet?   Decided to spend some time with that person you are dating/married too within the next two months?  Are they still even talking to you?   But upgrading your mind is just as important as making sure the meals are showing up and the kids aren't running around the neighborhoods.  Now is the time to redo that mental filing system for all those trivial patterns.  Rewriting your mental goals for that balance between gaming life and real life. 

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.


Lessons Learned For WOW while Playing Farmville
Life 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






Lessons Learned For WOW while Playing Farmville


To paraphrase a saying,  man shall not live by Warcraft alone.  

During my off time when I'm watching TV or relaxing I will pop open my tablet and play a game called Farmville 2: Country Crossing. 

It's a pretty simple game of resource management.  You have a certain amount of slots for items you gather and can manufacture into food or supplies to sell.  The more money that you obtain,  the more XP you obtain and the more items/lots you can purchase to expand your farm.  Very simple premise, but can be very challenging from time to time.

The most important aspect that I have learned from this game is keeping all of the plates spinning at once.  When one of my ovens finished after a two hour cook time making sure I have all the materials to put another recipe to cook.  This keeps my preparation skills active since everything has different grown times.  My strawberry patch takes 50 minutes to grow and I need a certain amount of these to make the treats to feed the miners so that I can obtain the quartz for manufacturing bottles etc. (whoo)

So how can a small game on the tablet or phone affect the play style in World of Warcraft?  Because many of your professions have the same concept in what you have to gather.  Each item has a possibility to be sold in its raw state,  or combined to produce another item for sales.  That item you gather while fishing can be converted by your alchemist to sell as a potion.  Even a baseline exists that most items can be sold to the vendor for a little bit of pocket change.

Your cognitive skills determine just how quickly you can convert an item into a higher selling item.  There is not an expectation that you will know exactly how to convert each item into a sale item.  With there being 1000's of items in World of Warcraft,  that is a lot of plates spinning in the air.  Soon players will be entering the portal into the land of Draenor.  New items appearing into bags to buy and sell.  But even now,  with the end of Mists of Pandaria just over the corner,  items can be manufactured into sales items.  Just keeping those pots a cooking and filling orders can keep you busy by itself.

A little bit of repeated knowledge can open up a brand new world of sales.  Warlords of Draenor has shown itself to be a very expensive place to live.  Bringing all of your sales guns can let you be prepared to conquer a new sales world.

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.



Life 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



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.


Life 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





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