Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Auction Houses to go Cross-Faction in Warlords!

Hello everyone. I know I have not posted in some time and after having a new baby and taking several months off from WoW I recently returned. I have not been blogging much and have wanted to start again and today some news dropped that was too big to ignore.

In patch 6.0 the Alliance and Horde auction houses will merge. Thats right. Cross-faction auction houses will now be the standard in all cities. The blue poster, Watcher, says this is due to imbalance issues with factions and the fact that a faction with a smaller population struggles to maintain a healthy economy. I am not sure if I should be excited or scared by this prospect. I suppose in the end it brings up the same arguments that connected realms do, more competition but more buyers. It will be harder to control markets but there may be less need with so many buyers.

My biggest concern is always that guy that does nothing but camp the auction house all day every day constantly canceling and re-posting taking all the sales. I guess if that happens I will have to find a new markets but we will have to see how it plays out.

I also have to wonder what the common player's reaction to this would be and if this system will somehow be abused. Yet another area that will remain to be seen. I hope that beta will help to play out these issues so they can be addressed before going live.

Another question is what will happen to the neutral auction houses? Will the go away? My hope is that they just become regular auction houses in remote areas.

Last, all of our favorite app makers and websites will probably have some work ahead of them to update their software for AH scans. Hopefully it is an easy fix and not too much work. Good luck Sapu.

What do you think about this? I am curious for our community's reaction.

P.S. Blizzard, maybe you can add the BMAH to the API now?


Thursday, July 25, 2013

My final Episode of Power Word Gold Podcast

This week I decided to step down as Jim Younkin's co-host on The Power Word: Gold Podcast. Looking back I only did 9 episodes but I had such a great time.

Ever since I got into gold making I wanted to start a blog and podcast. Many of my friends in the community encouraged me to go for it and shortly after I started my blog Jim asked me to be a guest on his show. We had a great time doing that episode and we had a very good rapport. Jim asked me to be on again the following week and invited me to be a permanent co-host during the recording of that episode. I was more that excited and pleased to accept and so it started.

We did many great shows together and the feedback from the community was great. I was very pleased to see that people liked what I was bringing to the show. As I mentioned many times my wife and I are expecting a new baby this fall and my work schedule has been hectic lately. Real life has really cut down on my free time and I felt that I was holding Jim back from being able to record when he wanted to. Jim however didn't feel that way and was sad to see me go.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone. First to Jim for bringing me on board. Jim also was my catalyst into gold making and taught me a lot of what got me started. I also want to thank Profitz and GoblinRaset for having me on their shows as well. Episode 3 of Profitz The Cross Realm was my very first podcast ever. Goblin, took an idea I had but was too lazy to go through with and has turned it into his own successful podcast which I was privileged to be a part of the first episode of The Happy Hour Round Table. I also want to thank all of you, the listeners for being so supportive.

I am sure I will be back on the occasional episode of Power Word: Gold as well as some other Podcasts out there. I also plan to start a litecast where you can send me your gold making questions and I will answer them for you. So once again thank you all for being so awesome!

If you like to send me questions for my litecast you can hit me up on twitter @Erogroth or email me at Erogroth@gmail.com. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

TSM 2.0 Groups and Operations

Since my last post on TSM 2.0 I have had some requests that I cover some other features which I plan to do but first I thought it would be best to go into some detail on the heart of TSM 2.0, groups and operations. To understand all the other functionality of TSM 2.0 you need to know exactly what a group is and how it works in this new version of TSM and what an operation is and how it works as well. So lets get in to it.

Since many of you have used TSM 1.x I will try and give you some comparison so you can see how the new version differs from what you may be used to.

Groups
Groups are the heart of TSM 2.0. In TSM 1 we had categories and within those categories we had groups. Within the groups we had items. We were able to set posting rules at the category level which would effect all groups within it or we could set posting rules at the group level which would override the category rules if you had set any. Groups were only used for auction post and cancel scans.

In TSM 2.0 categories are gone. We only have groups now. However, we can now create sub groups within a group and subgroups of our subgroups. Rules or "operations" as they are now known can be applied to any group and will effect all subgroups within it unless overridden by an operation on one of those subgroups.

I know, its kinda confusing. Think of it like folders on a Windows computer. You have your C: drive. Within your C: drive you have folders and within those folders you have more folders. Its a file tree. If you apply permissions for a user to access a folder all of its subfolders get those same permissions. This is known as a Parent/Child relationship. The child folders inherit the parent permissions. You can override those parent permissions on the child folder by going to it's properties and setting custom permissions.

Look at my screenshot below and you will see my setup. I have a group called "Professions". Within this group I have groups for each of my professions, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting, and Tailoring. I have expanded my Tailoring and Jewelcrafting groups and you can see I have more defined subgroups withing them. In my Jewel crafting group I have MOP Jewelery, MOP Perfect Cuts, Rare MOP Gems, and Uncommon MOP Gems. Then Within those groups I have even more defined groups. Under MOP Rare Gems you will see a group for each type of rare gem.



If I select Imperial Amethyst and then the "Items" tab you can see I have each of the Imperial Amethyst cuts in this subgroup. Under my operations tab I can define my different operations for these items. Also take a look at the "Items" tab of my Rare MOP Gems group and notice that it contains all the items of all it's subgroups. If I apply operations to this group it will effect each of the subgroups beneath it unless overridden and the subgroup's level.



A Little More On Groups
I am going to skip over operations for now since that is the whole second part of this post but I want to show you the rest of the group tabs. First, the "Import/Export tab is used to add items that are not in your bags already to a group. I love this feature because I can pre-setup all my groups with the items I know I plan to add even if I don't have them yet or in the case of crafted items, have not learned them yet. You can either put in the item IDs, comma separated, or you can just use a link (shift click a link to add). This will add all the items you listed to the items of this group or subgroup. Pretty nifty! 



Next is the "Management" Tab which allows you to create, rename, move and delete groups. Although it is all pretty self explanatory I do link the move group method. When you click on "New Parent Group" you will see the full tree of all you groups. Simply click the group you want to move the current group to, click "OK" and your done. Another nice feature.




Operations
If groups are the heart of TSM 2.0, then Operations are the soul. In TSM 1 each of the modules, crafting, warehousing, auctioning, mailing, were all separate and only auctioning had anything to do with groups. You would go into which ever of the modules you wanted and you can setup the parameters of those modules to do what you needed.

TSM 2.0 simplifies all this. Now each module has an operation. Those operations are applied to the groups. So now groups are not just for auctioning, they are are also for crafting, mailing, warehousing, and shopping. I showed you a bit of the auctioning in my last post and I plan to go into each of these in more detail in future posts but you can see here in the Operations section, tabs for each type of operation you can create. Each of these has some rules the you set and then the operation is applied to the groups.



In this next screenshot you see I am on the "operations" tab of my MOP Rare Gems group. Here we can see the sections for each type of operations, Auctioning, Carfting, Mailing. Shopping, and Warehousing. In each section there is a drop down where you can select an operation you created for that type of function.



You will notice here I have my "Mop Rare Gem" Auctioning operation selected. I can select an operation for each of the modules and it will perform it's task based on the rules set in that module.



Here you can see in the operations module under the "Auctioning" tab, a list of all the Auctioning operations I have created. Here also you can see the Post rules for the MOP Rare Gem Operation I am using. For more details on each of the Auctioning Tabs see my previous post.



Summary
So to sum it up, groups are now more of a folder tree with a parent/child relation ship. Operations for each type of function are applied to these groups rather then having separate functionality for each module like we did in TSM 1. Any operation applied to a group effects all of its subgroups unless overridden by a different operation on one of those subgroups.

My plan is still to make some videos to show you all of this but for now I hope this makes sense and you have a better feel for how TSM 2.0 will work. Again this is still all in Beta and some things may change. I also have no idea when a final version will be release. For more information on Trade Skill Master visit www.tradeskillmaster.com. If you enjoy these addons and would like to donate you can do so on their webpage as well.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Back in Black and Testing TSM 2.0


After being on blogging hiatus for a while I am back and loaded with info! As always real life is busy and my wife and I are expecting baby number 2 in October so World of Warcraft and blogging has slipped through the cracks a bit. But enough about me. Lets talk TSM 2.0.

First, if you don't know TSM or Trade Skill Master is an auction house addon which helps to automate posting and canceling auctions as well as crafting, mailing, tracking items between your alts and much more. Currently version 1.6.4 is available for public release and can be downloaded from curse.com or traskeskillmaster.com.

Version 2.0 which is currently in beta and can be obtained by invite only from the TSM devs brings all that same functionality and much more to the table but done with more elegance. For a break down of some of the key features take a look at a post by Phatlewts of Phatlewtsgold.com. He gives you a nice teaser with some of the key features.

To give you a quick summary, the way TSM 2.0 works is you create groups, put items in these groups, and then create operations for each group to handle different tasks such as posting/canceling auctions, mailing, crafting, and warehousing. These operations can be created and added to any group.

Today I want to go over some of the other features Phatlewts doesn't mention or that were not in TSM at the time of his post and my impressions of the addon so far.

There are two main features I want to address because I love them so much. First is reset scans. When creating a auctioning operation for a group you will have for tabs along the top of the operation window, General, Post, Cancel, and Reset. The General tab will set up the name of the operation and some general rules about it. The post tab is to set your minimum, normal, and maximum prices for the items as well as undercutting rules, stack sizes, post cap and other such rules that you may know from TSM 1. The Cancel tab lets you set the parameters for when you want to cancel an auction.


The reset tab is the one that I really love though. Here you can choose to enable reset scans and setup your rules.



  • First set the maximum quantity of the item you are willing to buy in order to do a reset. 
  • Then set the maximum amount of gold you are willing to spend to reset that item. 
  • Next set the minimum profit you want to make per item.
  • Set you price resolution which is a variance in price where an item is considered at the same "price level". For example if you set the price resolution to 1silver an auction at 20g50s20c and an auction at 20g49s45c will bot be considered to be the same price level.
  • Last Set your maximum cost per item. This is the max price you are willing to spend on any one item to reset it.
Once you have this setup in the operation and apply the operation to a group you can then use it at the auction house. You will notice that there are three different scan buttons, "Start Post Scan", "Start Cancel Scan", and "Start Reset Scan". Clicking the "Start Reset Scan" button will run and reset operations you have set. In my case here I am running one for MOP Rare gems.


You can see here that it has returned one result for Steady Wild Jade. There are 6 of them and if I buy them all I will be spending 57g,44s,96c. I will be posting them at 300g for a profit of 290g 42s 50c per gem. I can clicj the buyout button on the botton to buy them out or I can add that buyout button to my normal TSM ctrl-mouse wheel macro that I use for post and cancel scans. Then I can collect them from my mail and repost for profit!




This a very nice and very time saving feature. I think it is particularly useful for markets like gems and glyphs but you can use it anywhere.

The next feature I want to talk about is perhaps one of my favorite and most anticipated. Cross account syncing. If, like me, you use multiple accounts this is a fantastic feature. I craft on one account and send my items to an alt to post for me on a second account. The problem is my crafter's account has no way to know what my seller has in inventory in order to automatically queue the items I need to craft  so I can restock. In TSM 1.x the best method was to use datastore instead of TSM's built in item tracker and use altaholic's cross account feature to sync inventories. The biggest problem with this method was that you had to manual start a sync every time in order to keep your data accurate. TSM 2.0 introduces a method that automatically syncs the data across your accounts in real time. The only restriction is that you must have both accounts logged in for it to work. However, this is a huge time saver and the feature is working great.

To start you open TSM on both accounts and under the main status page go to the options tab. Here you will see "Multi-Account Setttings". All you have to do is simply enter the name of the character you are currently logged into on Account B into this field on Account A, and enter the name of the character on  Account A that you are logged into in the field on Account B. Hit enter on each and the window will close.




You will get a notification that the accounts are syncing. You do not have to do this for each character. Once you do it once all character on each account will start to sync. Any new characters you create will start syncing once you log into them for the first time. Its that easy!


Now you can do your restocking with ease or check to see what character has that item you are looking for with ease. Though not yet implemented, this feature will also sync crafting costs across the accounts as well. With this you will be able to post using % of crafting cost on your posting toon that does not have the profession of the item you are posting. I hope to see this implemented in the near future.

These are just two of the many feature that the Sapu, Bart, and the TSM team are working on. I can not say when the addon will be ready as i don't know. It will be done when it is done. I can tell you that the TSM team is working hard on this every day. They are taking the beta tester's feedback and making improvements daily. On some days I see 4 or 5 updates to the addon. I can assure you that when it is ready you will be most impressed. In the mean time keep your ears and eyes open for more news from myself and other bloggers that are testing it.

You can visit the consortium forums for more information as well as tradeskillmaster.com. There is also an IRC channel where you can ask questions and make suggestions if you like. Also, if you enjoy the addon you can consider donating at there website!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Calculating Enchanting Material Costs & The Enchantment Shuffle

In Mists of Pandaria we were introduced to 4 new types of enchanting materials: Sha Crystals (epic), Ethereal Shard (and Small Ethereal Shard) (rare), Mysterious Essence (uncommon), and Spirit Dust (common). We were also given a way to convert these mats to and from each other. For instance you could use 5 spirit dust to create 1 Mysterious Essence, or you could use 1 Mysterious essence to create 3 Spirit Dust. As you can see its not an even conversion going down from the more rare mats to the more common mats. For this reason its a bit harder to just set up a shopping list or dealfinding list in Trade Skill Master with percentages. Due to this I decided to make a simple calculator which you can enter in each materials current AH value (or what ever value you wish) to calculate material costs so you can maximize your enchanting profits or simply shuffle enchanting mats for profit.

I based my design of this calculator off of Jim Younkin's Simple Living Steel Calculator but modified for enchanting mats. The basis of Jim's Calculator is to figure out what is the cheapest way to make a living steel given current mat costs. My calculator differs in that any enchanting mat can be turned into any other enchanting mat using a series of enchanting spells, so the calculator will tell you the cost to make these conversions.

To use the calculator simply enter the current value of each of the materials in the top row. The Calculator will then due the rest. You simply look for the material you want on the left and read across its row to find the cheapest solution. So if you look at the screenshot below, if you wanted to know the cheapest way to make a Sha Crystal given the prices I entered from my AH you would see that the current AH value of a Sha Crystal is 380g. To make one from Ethereal Shards it would cost you 227g15s. To make it from Mysterious Essence it would cost 609g75s (5 Mysterious Essence per shard and 5 shards per Crystal) and so on.



As I said above this spreedsheet servers 2 purposes. First being to find the cheapest way to get the materials for your enchant (not including disenchanting which you could run a TSM destroying scan for) and second to simply shuffle materials from one type to another to profit in the AH.

Download the Calculator
Here is the link to the Claculator.  This link will open in for you in Google Docs. Once open you can download it via the file menu.

I hope some of you find this useful. I will try to get a youtube video up with the basic instructions as well but it should be simple enough to use. Good Luck!

-Erogroth

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Weekly Recap 5/13 - 5/19. Better Late then Never

This weeks review comes a bit late in the week due to real life getting in the way once again. But it was to wonderful a week not to do a write up. So here we go!



First and foremost this week I hit Goldcap! If you have been following I did a big write up on that already so I won't go into too much detail but needless to say it was the highlight of my week. To top it off, the day I hit it was my biggest sales day since I started tracking gold on a daily basis.



I got into the gem market pretty heavily and it has paid off. I am much more comfortable now with pricing and strategy for posting and resetting markets. I have had some great help from several members of the IRC channel and profits are up! I do have some heavy competition for one person in the gem market but I don't mind it so much. He is obviously a smart seller and knows what he is doing and I appreciate the challenge. I am not sure if he feels the same way about me but I think it makes it more interesting and I definitely respect him/her. I try not to be too big a jerk and I will back off at some point once I am happy with my numbers and let him/her have the market for the day. So far they still remain aggressive but as I said, it makes things interesting.

I also leveled up my tailor this week. Although he is still level 80 I am able to get out to the Silken Fields everyday and do my cool down. I have been making the crafted dreadful gear to get my last few skill points and have been trying to sell them.

Blacksmithing is still keeping steady. Some days are bigger than others but for the most part I can rely on at least 5000g on a bad day.

So I have been growing my business. Expanding into new markets and testing out some new strategies. I am investing heavily again, mostly in ghost iron to support my blacksmithing and JC sales and I am even getting a bit of a stock pile.

Stay tuned this week for some new posts I am working on. As I learn new things I like to share them with you so hopefully you can benefit as well. Good Luck all!

-Erogroth

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

One Million Gold. Reflecting On My Journey To Gold Cap


One Million Gold! Back in August of 2012 I set a goal for myself to hit gold cap. Today I have reached that goal. The past 10 months have been amazing and changed not only the way I play World of Warcraft but has changed my life as well. I want to take this moment to reflect on my journey and share with you some of my thoughts.

When I started out in gold making it was more of something I wanted to see if I could do. An in game friend told me about some of the transmog gear that he was selling and I was surprised at how much money he was making. I did some googling and came across an article about Keelhaul (A.K.A. The Mogfather) and how he had made a million gold in just 45 days. This lead me to powerwordgold.net where I began to learn some of the basics of gold making.

Now I am the type of person that when I find something I like I get very into it. Soon I began finding other gold blogs and eventually the consortium. Here I found so many ideas and resources I was overwhelmed. This was where the pros came and where new gold making strategies are forged. I had found a wonderful and thriving community and I wanted to be a part of it.

I slowly began making gold in flipping markets and did a little bit of crafting. I was still trying to find my footing and understand how the auction house game works. I began using new addons like Autioneer and eventually Trade Skill Master. I started seeing results and felt all the more encouraged. When I hit the 200,000 gold mark I purchased the Grand Expedition Yak I saw this as an investment to save time while killing mobs with Potions of Treasure Finding and Potions of Luck but it was a fun splurge too. Can't say I regret it. I also picked up the Vial of the Sands mount and a Ruby Panther mount.  What can I say, I like mounts.

A few fun splurges aside, I continued to watch my bank roll grow. I started listening to the Power Word Gold Podcast which I enjoyed but I found myself wanting to listen to more podcasts about wow. I began listening to The Instance and All Things Azeroth. These too were awesome podcasts but I found myself getting addicted to them and wanted more. Then one day, Rho posted a link to his podcast livestream guide on Realm Maintenance. Suddenly I found myself in live streams listening to these shows. This is where I feel things took a turn for the better for me.

I was introduced to this amazing community of people. They put on these wonderful shows, interacted with their audiences and made me feel at home. Shows like The Chaos Portal, Tauren Think Tank, Holy Shatt and so many others became a regular hang out for me. Though this has little to do with my gold making, it was my journey into gold making that brought me here. I want to thank all those people from the podcast community for what they do and let them know they not only are entertaining but make a difference in peoples lives. Please keep doing what you do.

Through all this I continued trudging my way through. Sometime in February two things happened. I hit 500,000g and I meant a wonderful person whom has become a good friend, Profitz (wowprofitz.com). He started his blog and put out his first podcast, The Cross Realm, and in episode 1 he talked mostly about how he got into gold making and what he was doing with it and his plans for the future. I find myself listening to him and thinking "this is totally my own story". I contacted him and we began chatting on a regular basis. He asked me to be on his podcast as his first guest and I was more than excited to do so. Profitz started an IRC channel to bring some of the community together. There was already a gold making IRC channel at the consortium but the idea of this channel was not to just talk about gold but to bring the community together. At first it was Profitz and I and maybe one or 2 others. But then it began to grow and grow. Today we have around 20 people in the channel on any given day (maybe more) and we have many regulars. Through the channel I have made so many friends. People like GoblinRaset, Thairus, Rennick, PhatLewts, Ayshayz, Socowow, and so many more. We even have been joined by a Consortium Wind Trader, Mithrildar who has been a huge help to me in the past week, with fine tuning my jewel crafting and gem selling. These people are all amazing, fantastic individuals who I count as friends. I have made more friends in the past 4 months of playing WoW then in all my 8 years. So again, a special thank you to Profitz for setting up that channel and to all the people who are a part of it.

As my climb to Gold cap continued I finally decided to expand into new markets. I had only been flipping greens and transmog, and doing my Blacksmithing as I only had one level 90. I got my rogue leveled up and picked up JC and Alchemy and started getting my feet wet in new markets. I enjoyed the challenge and the extra income. Then Jim Younkin of Power Word Gold asked me to come on his show as a guest. I was more then happy to do so and afterwards he asked if I would like to co-host. I had been wanting to get into podcasting for some time and this seemed like a fantastic opportunity to do so. I have done several episodes now and the listeners have given me some wonderful feedback. So thank you Jim and the listeners for your support.

The cap came closer and closer. I was over 700,000 when I finally got off my butt and started this blog. I love doing this. Even if no one ever reads this I get to put my thoughts out there and it feels good. So for those of you who do read it, thank you. It means a lot to me. I began tracking my sales with the blog and was able to really break things down. I love that I do this now and recommend it to others. I ended my last week at 968,558 gold. It was time for the home stretch!

This week started off strong. I had nearly 19,000 in sales on Monday bringing me up to 983,686. I figured I would hit cap by Wednesday at the latest. However Tuesday turned out to be one of my biggest sales days to date. I sold a ton of blacksmithing items and my gem sales just blew up. I ended up with over 26,000 gold in sales, more then enough to put me over!




When I realized that I had done it, I just sat there with a smile on my face. It was late at night so most of the IRC people had logged off and my wife just doesn't care about wow. Luckily at least GoblinRaset was around for me to talk to. Thanks Goblin! I had promised I would live stream the actual collecting of the Gold which I did today. I am happy to say that as of the writing of this post I am sitting at 1,006,576 gold!



Everyone keeps asking how it feels. Well, it feels good. Damn good! But accomplishing your goals always does. Now I need to set a new goal. So I am making a push for 2 million gold. Once I am there I will wait for Mimiron's head to show on the BMAH and snag that up! I would like to try to hit the two million mark in 5 months, half the time it took me to hit one million. I think at the rate I have been going, I can do that. So here we go again!

Moving forward I want to make some changes. I read a great post this week by Zerohour and it made me think. I do not feel that I am providing my readers with anything original or something they can't get a million other places. I want to challenge not only myself but those of you who visit my blog. I want to do something different. That is easier said then done. So perhaps my posts will become more infrequent but I hope they will also become better quality. I want to hold myself to a higher standard. I hope you will help me do that.

My family is growing as well. My wife and I are expecting our second child in October so time will become a factor at some point. But for now I will continue to podcast and blog and make some gold. I have another project in mind as well but it will take some time and energy to get going. That is a limited resource for me but I really hope it comes to fruition.

So to wrap up this lengthy post, I want to thank you all again. Gold making may have been how this journey started but the people along the way is what made it memorable. Thank you so so much my friends!

-Erogroth