Is inscription dead?

14 April 2012

Total gold right now: 527k. Still maintaining a pretty respectable rate of growth — roughly 43k/week since last update. Oh, and I bought a Chopper, though that’s pretty minor as far as splurging goes. The amount of splurging will probably rise very dramatically as my main gets closer to finishing the Mountain o’ Mounts achieve.

This week’s gold update is sponsored by the inscription profession. I picked up inscription on my paladin two months ago, when it looked like I might have to make her my new main because our raid needed a holy paladin very badly. I chose it mainly because I really hate Deepholm, but also because I was curious to try it out as a gold making profession. Ever since the start of Cata, people have been in mourning for the inscription profession, citing cutthroat competition, barrier to entry, the devaluing of Darkmoon Cards, the permanent glyph change in 4.0.1, and the high time commitment requirement as the reasons for its death.

Let’s see how well these hold up for my newbie scribe.

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This past week has been exceedingly stressful. We’re a tiny 10-man raiding guild — and when I say tiny, I mean, we have 40 characters in the guild. More than half of those are alts. Of the individual accounts we have, aside from the core raiders, there are four social members and one semi-raider who sometimes fills in when he has the time.

This week, we lost two of those core raiders, including one full-time healer who was one of our founding members, and her friend, our maintank. And not in a nice, “It was great playing with you but we need to focus on our families/work/puppies now” way — it was drawn out (over three days), dramatic, with nasty whispers escalating in abusiveness levelled at the raid leader until I finally gkicked and banned them both from our forums. Then they went away, but not before a final, resoundingly sarcastic, “Good luck on Warmaster without us.”

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The gold making game

25 March 2012

In the latter days of patch 3.3.5, I stumbled upon a blog called Stokpile¬†and ended up reading through all its archived entries in the span of a day. It was written by a Wow player who had reached 1 million gold (back when the gold cap was 200k-ish). I’d never even thought about this side of the game before, but as soon as I found out about it, I was addicted to the idea of gold capping.

Then I had a big falling out with my guild, and ended up server transferring and playing as a guildless vagabond for a few months, before server transferring again, and then losing interest in the game, and then coming back and server transferring yet again, and then starting a tiny friends and family guild which fell apart for way too many reasons to list, and then server transferring a fourth time. Constantly uprooting yourself is a really bad way to make money….

Enough blathering, here are some numbers:

  • December 2011: I settled on Proudmoore with about 50k gold in my bags and decided to start gold making in earnest.
  • Early February: I was at 270k gold.
  • Mid February: the era of gold setbacks. First, the Blazing Drake dropped, and I had to buy it from the guy who won the roll for 65k. Then I started a raiding group with some friends, and bought a high level guild for 80k for us to move into. The excitement of creating a new raiding guild also ate up about 2 weeks of my profits. I am down to 170k by the end of all this.
  • 25 March 2012 (today): sitting at a comfortable 408k right now.

That’s more or less a 40k increase per week since mid February. If I manage to keep these numbers up and curb my mountlust, I should be at gold cap in 15 weeks.


25 March 2012

I am starting this blog because I’ve been wanting a place to put my thoughts.

Why “Clearing Trash”? Because blogs are a place to clear the thoughts from one’s brain. Also, clearing trash is what you do as a build up to fighting a boss. I don’t know what boss it is that my blog is intended to have me fight, exactly, but I like the image — like an artist clearing his studio as he prepares to start on a new painting. Except cleaning isn’t usually so violent, I guess.

Other names I toyed with were “Raiding Real Life” and “Lises are OP” or “Nerf Lise.” I rejected “Raiding Real Life” because it gave the impression of a former hardcore raider who was now tackling big, real life challenges with skills that he gained through Wow, which, while it could make a very interesting blog, doesn’t really apply to me.

“Lises are OP” and “Nerf Lise” come from doing random dungeons with pugs. Every so often, no matter what class I’m playing, I have people who like to tell me that my class is OP. It usually goes something like this:

Lise: *brings an undergeared dps into a random dungeon and proceeds to rip up the DPS meters*
Pug 1: WTF, how is that [class] doing so much dps in ilevel 353?
Pug 2: lol [class] is OP.

I joke to my guildies that these pugs need to get it right; it’s not hunters, mages, warlocks or paladins that are OP, but Lises.

But I liked “Clearing Trash” better as a title in the end. So, welcome to Clearing Trash!