Oh, it’s just the Burning Crusade! Har har. Nice post up on Terra Nova this morning about the new WoW expansion, asking for “observations and discoveries” so far. I posted screenshots and some of my thoughts on the beta on my WoW blog, but I’ll elaborate here.
For one thing, I never thought of gaming the system or coming up with savvy new ways to make money off of people entering Outland based on my beta experiences. Well, okay — I did think that maybe I should take up mining, because with all the people trying out jewelcrafting, minerals, gems and stones are in high demand. However I didn’t really follow through because 1. I’m more of an “idea” person and not a “follow-through” person, and 2. I have a very demanding real life named Veronica who’s almost seven months old.
I’ve started my Blood Elf hunter and Draenei shaman and I have to admit I am having a blast so far. (I called my shaman Pammy. Pammy the Dranny Shammy – get it?) To date I haven’t even gotten my main 60 into Outland, figuring I’d give it a week and go when things calm down a bit. I shouldn’t be too far behind my guildmates and I know they’ll still run Blood Furnace and Ramparts with me until we’re blue in the face. As a mostly Discipline priest I’m pretty popular in groups, and I have intention of respeccing to Shadow for the grind to 70. Speaking of the grind, I’m going to take my time and not stress out about it (see notes on real life above).
I’m intrigued by what the post on Terra Nova refers to as “…massively geared-up level 68+ characters doing it [the current level 58-60 instances] for shits and giggles in bizarre combinations, much the way that players have been experimenting with killing Onyxia with the smallest possible number of uber-geared characters.” I have to admit, in my guild we’ve talked about doing just that. As a guild we’ve only recently begun running Molten Core together, and it’s a pretty big deal for us (a lot of us aren’t hardcore raiders in any sense). But already we’re talking about getting to level 63 or 64 and having MC on “farm status” in an only half-joking way. I think it will actually lead to much fun and hilarity, and I look forward to seeing the machinima evidence all over YouTube soon.
One thing that got a lot of discussion during beta was the high quality of the level 57-60 greens that were dropping. We rightly assumed that once BC went live, we’d all end up replacing most of our blues and purples with these green items, which is what is slowly happening. Some folks in beta general seemed to think that prices on the AH would be extreme (the TN post hints at this as a way to make money if you had beta experience) but so far on my server I’m relieved to see that prices are quite reasonable and realistic. I think people realize that while you might be able to sell some green cloth for over-inflated prices in the first few hours, by the time a weekend has passed the market will be flooded with them, and prices will normalize. MostÂ folks are just skipping the initial gouging attempt and going with what the market will eventually bear.
I have more thoughts on things like jewelcrafting, socketed items, the current state of enchanting prices and materials, and more…but duty calls. Film at 11.