Sunday Blog Post Roundup: Vol. 2

This week’s Sunday blog post roundup brought to you by the letter g…

Breakfast Topic: How would you change the Auction House? by Robin Torres at WoW Insider

The good, the bad and the addons by Mommar on Just My Two Copper

The Psychology of Diablo III Loot Part 1: Anchoring the Auction House by jmadigan on The Psychology of Video Games

Mists of Pandaria: Tailoring Preview by perculia on Wowhead News

Enchanting without Greater Eternals/Illusion Dusts by Rades on Orcish Army Knife


Stocking Up: Dreamcloth

After thinking about it, and blogging some about it,  I’ve decided to dip my toe into the Mists of Pandaria stockpiling pond.  I have a few ideas to try, the first of which is dreamcloth.

There are six ways you can create dreamcloth, and five of them are on a once per week cooldown.  Dreamcloth is BoP, so once created by the tailor it can only be used to craft other items, it can’t be traded or sold in its raw form.  While this may be less than ideal in terms of options down the road, it means that only tailors can have a ready supply when demand jumps.

The way I’m approaching building up a ready supply is to set a ceiling crafting cost based on the materials required to make dream of destruction, which is the method that has no cooldown.  The materials required for this method are 8 x bolt of embersilk cloth and 4 x chaos orb.  Based on the advice of others, I’ll hold onto these materials in their raw form, and I’ll be able to make the dreamcloth on demand later as needed.

I’ll use the other methods only when their material costs less than my ceiling.   Each of these other methods require 30 volatiles instead of the 4 chaos orbs, so when I can get volatiles for less than 1/7.5 times my ceiling cost for chaos orbs, I buy them and produce dreamcloth whenever that cooldown is available.  In other words, to get the lowest overall cost for my dreamcloth stash, I’ll have to hold some of it already made to exploit the cooldown availability.

When Mists of Pandaria starts I’ll need to be able to craft and sell items that use dreamcloth for my investment to pay off.  Of the 17 items crafted with dreamcloth, four require living embers, and four require essence of destruction, so I may pick up some of those when their price is low.  But there are eight items that require no additional materials, including the illusionary bag, the luxurious silk gem bag, and the two spellthreads for caster pants.

This all makes me nervous.  I’m just not sure if the demand for the items I’ll be able to craft will really be there.  At least I’ll have some of the materials saved in raw form if there is not a huge demand.  I’m going to be conservative and see how it goes.

Reminder: Go to the Darkmoon Faire

Please excuse my tardiness.  It’s my first month blogging, and it didn’t occur to me right away to remind everyone that the Darkmoon Faire is in town this week.  This month the faire ends on Saturday, June 9th at 11:59 pm server time, and does not return again until Sunday July 1st at 12:00 am server time.

In case you’ve never tried the faire before, WoW Insider offers this wonderful guide that explains it all.

Besides being a good change of pace at this time when many players are experiencing an end of the expansion lack of enthusiasm, the faire is of special interest to anyone who has characters with professions below max level.  Faire vendors offer a special quest for each profession that you can complete once per month to receive prize tickets, tokens, gold/XP, reputation, and +5 skill points in the related profession.

  1. You need a minimum profession skill of 75 to obtain these quests.  So do that!
  2. Make sure you have trained sufficiently to receive the +5 skill.  For example, if you are 149/150 in cooking, visit the cooking trainer to raise your cap to 225 before you do the quest.
  3. Some of the quests require materials that you can’t obtain on  Darkmoon Island.  Here’s a list of what to take with you if you have these professions. (The other quests have no outside material requirements)
  4. Make sure you take the items you need to perform your professions if you don’t normally have them in your bags.  For example, grab that fishing pole!  (I’m not sure if you need the items for all other professions, but better safe than sorry.)
  5. Just like a daily quest, when you complete these quests you should make sure to remember to turn them in before the faire ends.  If you are holding a completed quest when the faire ends you lose a chance to complete it for the month.  You’ll be able to turn it when the faire comes back, but that will count as your completion for next month.

Profession quests (primary)

Profession quests (secondary)