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Breakfast Topic: AV play style poll {WoW}

Feb 25th 2008 3:48PM The problem in AV ...and other BGs...are the players who are completely silent..the ones guarding IBT who never tell you 7 horde just showed up, so you don't find out its threatened until you get the message that the horde have claimed it.

@20 raises an interesting point...I was added to one of these style pre-mades vs. PUG in AV halfway through and at 20 minutes in, the score was like 500 to 0.

Not sure how the explicit addition of pre-mades in 2.4 will affect this.

Details on the WoW Minis game {WoW}

Feb 25th 2008 3:10PM "Remember that the minis are 40mm scale, compared to your typical 28-30mm scale D&D- or Heroclix-style mini. Larger mini means more detail in scale compared to the other plastic minis games out there (and an increase in price)."

Well, I wouldn't venture to second-guess someone with your experience in this industry, but so far there's been nothing about the scale here. This *would* be very expensive IMO if ehse turn out to be 28-30mm figures.

Anti-gold-seller FAQ page goes up at the official EU site {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2008 11:58AM This FAQ was insanely stupid. It reminded me of those "your SUV supports terrorism" commercials. I don't buy or sell gold but don't care if others do.

OTOH, getting 5,000g for an Epic mount is easy.

"If we assume 75g/hour as a base line for legit moneymaking (questing,grinding,dailies), then epic flying skill takes over 65 hour to obtain - a long time! Now blizzard wants you to play (that is how they make money) - but because the cost is in gold, not rep or honor etc, it can be bought(with dollars) from gold sellers."

This analysis is faulty. First, you should be able to push to 100g/hour easy with gathering professions (it took me about 50 hours of grinding to obtain mine, and was well worth it). Second, Blizzard doesn't make any more or less money from me if I'm on for 10 hours or 50 hours this month. In fact, I imagine the ideal would be like my wife who maintains an account but hasn't actually played in a few months.

Personally, I'm glad it is a gold grind rather than being some reward for an end-game instance. Blizzard seems to use items like this as a way to take gold *out* of the realm economy, so the point seems to be anti-inflationary, though given how easy it is to earn lots of gold in Outland, it seems they created the problem in the first place.

Forum post of the day: BOE Vortexes {WoW}

Feb 17th 2008 8:34PM @13... "4. You seem to have a different opinion of "capitalism" to most people, your view is that monopolies of people who have the blind luck to be able to acquire a drop are worthy of making silly money through charging stupidly high prices? Thats not capitalism, thats a bloody monopoly."

This pretty much took the cake for economic ignorance. We have plenty of real world examples of people who win the genetic lottery and thus are able to charge stupidly high prices for their services. We call them professional athletes.

In act, capitalism in the real world assumes that talents and resources are not distributed evenly. If they were, there would be no reason to trade.

See Adam Smith "Wealth of Nations" for an economics refresher.

Are daily quests leaving casuals behind? {WoW}

Feb 12th 2008 1:27PM "(Only if you have your epic flying mount, and there's been enough debate over whether anyone truly casual can raise 5000 gold)"

Hmmm...I play no more than 10-15 hours/week, don't do raids, and belong to a guild that constitutes must myself and my wife. I managed to get 5,000g for my epic flying mount. It was eazy peazy.

So I'm not sure what the debate is about. You just find something that you can farm that results in 100g/hour and do that for 50+ hours.

Breakfast Topic: Who's got the most HKs? {WoW}

Feb 8th 2008 10:05AM One thing to remember is that before the change in how Honor works, people who wanted to get the Grand Marshall or whatever the top title was in PVP pretty much had to do constant PVP in BGs to get there. I know several people IRL who literally had multiple people playing the same toon so their toon was literally doing PVP 18-20 hours per day to try to get to the top rank.

Does anybody pay attention to World Defense? {WoW}

Feb 5th 2008 4:40PM I'm on a PVP server and follow both local and world defense. As far as I can tell, however, almost no one else does since the expansion. Both of those channels got a lot of traffic prior to Burning Crusade, but now hardly at all.

Under Development page updated {WoW}

Feb 4th 2008 4:43PM "New repeatable Battleground quests"

I hope these address the rep grind issue for AB and WSG. I know they want to make the rep grind to Justicar difficult, but the current setup makes it all but impossible to get exalted with those two factions (whereas rep grind for AV is, OTOH, trivially easy).

Addressing time issues with Warsong Gulch {WoW}

Jan 29th 2008 4:49PM I hate Warsong Gulch with a passion. There are regularly folks on my server who put together premades to intentionally let Horde win so they can farm marks, and that seems the best strategy to me. Just get the damned marks and do one of the other three BGs.

Breakfast Topic: Old school world PvP {WoW}

Jan 28th 2008 10:25AM "I must be doing the wrong battlegrounds then, because it took a me a week to get enough honor for my first epic. "

He's not talking about BGs. He's talking about Arena matches. Though his observation fits the BGs as well.

I'm on my elite mount flying around Nagrand farming ore and killing (or trying to kill) any horde I come across. I earn about 400-500/honor/hour that way. I can easily make that in a 15 minute AV. Since World PVP is not only *not* part of the PVP progression system in a meaningful way, and can in fact limit your progression (since you're getting far lower honor/hour), it is largely ignored even on PVP servers (though only PVP I get into that I don't initiate is toons who want to fight over nodes, which doesn't happen that often).

What they need to do is add some sort of Mark of Honor system for general world PVP like they do, say, at that crappy World PVP objective in Nagrand.