On ALT:ernative, The Godmother posted an excellent take on Blizzard’s new guild mentoring program. I, however, took something else away from the post — her list of questions used when interviewing potential guild members. I always say when I’m looking for people to work with, the only two really important qualifications are that they are cool and smart — most of the rest you can teach.
Hunter Mastery was in my google reader list but it didn’t hit my radar until I heard Focushot on the latest episode of the Power Word: Gold Podcast. Jim Younkin turned a live stream conversation with Focushot and Farli from The Overcut into a very informative podcast. Best of all, Jim is not afraid to tell you when markets or gold earning tactics he tried didn’t work for him. It’s a great listen.
Mommar at Just My Two Copper writes an interesting post about their MoP prep checklist. Good thoughts on token and point prep — you should make your own list like this based on your goals. They also link other posts on MoP prep at the end of the article, all are worth a read.
Kuja at Kuja’s Gold Mine writes a detailed post on how to make gold soloing Naxxramas. This is an interesting way to make gold and change things up if you are tired of standing in the auction house.
I’m away from home this weekend in real life, so I haven’t kept up with my blog reading. Instead of a normal blog roundup I offer this — a re-post of the very first Warcraft Street post, about maintenance window tactics. I’m sure most of you weren’t reading way back then, a whole month ago.
It’s Sunday, so you have time to put this information to use before the Tuesday/Wednesday weekly window. I won’t even make you click — here’s the post in it’s entirety.
Most regular auction house players have a daily routine — Wake up, log in, start a scan, put on some coffee, etc. However each week we’re faced with a regular maintenance window (Tuesday mornings in North America) which can interrupt this cycle. So what’s the best way to manage your routine around this scheduled downtime?
Be aware of the schedule. Recently the server status forum moderators have gotten very good about posting the maintenance plan ahead of time in North America at least. Some weeks there will be only rolling restarts, meaning each realm will be down for only a few minutes. Other weeks there may be longer windows starting at 3 am or 5 am and scheduled for up to 8 hours. Check the service status forum the day before and plan based on the information there. Sometimes the plans change, but lately the information there has been pretty accurate. Also, be sure to note the time zone and adjust the schedule in your mind to your local or server time properly.
Know how downtime affects auction times. The bottom line here is that the clock on auctions keeps ticking during the downtime. This means that if an auction is posted at 9 pm on Monday for 12 hours and there is maintenance on Tuesday morning until 11 am, when the servers come back up those auctions will be expired.
Adjust your auction postings. For items where the auction posting fee is a significant factor in your profit margin, consider holding items and posting them after the servers come back up. After all, why pay a fee for time when no one will be able to buy your items? However for many items with very low posting fees (glyphs, scrolls, enchanting materials, etc) it may be advantageous to lengthen your post times before the downtime to ensure that when the servers come back up, you have items ready for eager buyers. Competitor’s items may expire and you’ll be there to grab the business. Finally, you may want to review auctions with bids pending and make sure you don’t want to cancel them — if your auction expires during the downtime the last bid will win.
Check for bidding opportunities. While the clock may be your enemy where auction house posting fees are concerned, it can be your friend when bidding on items. If you bid on items, be sure to check for good opportunities on items where the auction time will expire during (or largely be eaten by) the downtime.
Accept when plans change. It happens — servers may come back up earlier than scheduled or they may be down for much longer than planned. So if you can keep an eye on the server status, react accordingly.
A lot of what you can do depends on your personal schedule. Not everyone can be online right before or right after the maintenance window. But adding some easy planning around the maintenance window to your existing knowledge of your own products, markets, and margins can allow you to find a new way to optimize your profits.
Part of the process of jumping into blogging for me has been to subscribe to and read as many other related blogs as I can. Every Sunday morning I’ll highlight some interesting posts from the past week that relate to gold earning, professions, or addons in WoW.