Mar 12th 2008 8:17AM The first time I "quit," I took all my alts back to their starting areas and deleted them. Then I sat my main down at the Blue Recluse in SW and logged out.
The second time I "quit," I logged out my main as he bobbed in the beautiful blue sea looking back toward Steemwheedle Port in Tanaris.
Now, when I "quit," I just make sure to log off in an inn or a city.
If you give consideration to where you retire your toons, then there's a 99% chance you'll be back.
Feb 29th 2008 2:58PM Man, I did this the first time I quit. My main was a lvl 41 hunter, and I left him weaponless, bagless, flat broke and in a noob robe. I kept my ram, though.
When I started back, I went out to Dun Morogh and punched wolves and yetis to make enough money to buy Mining, Skinning, a pick, and a skinning knife.
I mined the dwarf and human noob areas for all the copper I could get, put it in the AH with the skins of all the animals dumb enough to attack me. Then I ran SFK and VC, selling the vendor trash and buying white armor in the cities. All the greens went into the AH.
The next day I had 20g and three Mageweave Bags. By the end of the first week I was fully quipped in level-appropriate greens.
My suggestion is to start kill low level mobs, get money to get Mining and Skinning, farm for a day, then head to Outlands. You'll be equipped and questing in a few days.
Nov 27th 2007 9:19AM You said: "Are you happy that Blizzard is cracking down on Win Trading? Or do you think this is just a creative use of game mechanics?"
I don't see why there has to be an "or" there. Yes, I think it's a creative use of game mechanics. And yes, I'm glad Blizz is cracking down.
I used to be a science teacher (how's that for old and goody two shoes). As a scientist, I was amazed and intrigued by the ways kids would use problem-solving skills to cheat on tests. As a teacher, I gave them a 0 on the test. The two are not mutually exclusive.
Oct 30th 2007 12:55PM The answers are all right here.
1. Reduce what you spend.
-a. Drop crafting professions. Get two gathering profs. Find a buddy or guild-mate to do your enchants, and buy needed equipment in the AH. Let some other shlub blow 100g leveling through the 270's in Blacksmithing. Trust me, someone else is making what you need, and all you need to do is spam channel 2 for it.
-b. Stop supporting and/or twinking alts. I'm an alt-aholic as well, and I give each one 5g to begin with. That's it. After that, they're on their own, and I usually have mining on them so that they can buy their own stuff. By level 10, they can almost always pay back the initial 5g investment.
2. Increase what you bring in.
-a. Again, have two gathering professions. The time you used to spend spamming channel 2 to sell your (very expensive to make) uber-shoulders can now be spent picking up stuff off the ground that other people want to buy. Mining is definitely one to choose.
-b. Go out and kill stuff. They always drop grays and cash. They occasionally drop greens or blues.
-c. Do repeatable quests.
-d. Offer to escort lowbie alts. When I was saving up for my epic mount, I'd take folks through VC, BFD, etc. I'd either take cash up front or get them to let me keep any BOE greens they didn't need.
Oct 25th 2007 9:11AM My dad is a Disney fanatic, and he took the "backstage" tour at Disney World a few years ago. The stories he tells of the things that they track at that park are amazing.
For example, the hours the Disney parks are open are based on how many people they predict will visit the park on a given day. In the summer (when more people are there), the parks are open later. In the winter, the hours are shorter. The times are based on a magic number: 13. The parks are open long enough for people to ride/see 13 rides/shows.
Disney keeps track of everything, but they also survey like mad. They survey you in the park. They survey you in the hotels. They email surveys to you at various times after you leave.
Because it's completely online, I'm sure that Blizzard similarly has tons of hard numbers, and I bet that their number-crunchers are on par with the best. But I've been playing for over 2 years, and I've never been surveyed. If the only human feedback that Blizzard gets is when someone contacts them, then I think they may have a skewed view of how players feel and perceive.