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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What Transmogrification Means for Us

At last the players have received something they've been clamoring to have for a very long time: The ability to make your gear look like a different piece of gear for cosmetic purposes.  In 4.3 transmogrification will allow you to change your armor and weapon's appearances to look like something else, with limitations.

One of the biggest limitations is that you'll need to actually own the item you're attempting to appear to be wearing.  (This is the only thing keeping half the server from wearing Warglaives, I assure you!)  Though everyone has their own tastes there are certain items that many will agree are fan favorites, such as legendary weapons or tier outfits, particularly sets like Judgement and Bloodfang. (I was looking for a shield to match my Judgement earlier today.)

Now a lot of players collect and save old gear but there are far more that never got it, or got it and threw it away.  With the ability to transmogrify I predict we'll see an influx of people farming old content for gear they want. 

What I anticipate happening is going to be an odd upheaval for old trash drops, particularly Sulfuron Ingots and Elementium Ingots.  More people will likely be farming MC for Bindings and Eyes of Sulfuras or tier gear, likewise with BWL for tier sets.  On the other hand, we'll also see a spike in demand for people who acquired their bindings or their Eye and now need the trash drops to form it.

It could honestly go either way so I wouldn't recommend making huge investments just yet, but I'd say keep an eye on these markets as well as those for other items. (Watch for BC epic gems to cut and vendor for profit when all the DKs, Rogues, and Warriors start farming Warglaives, for example.)

Edited to Add: Fox Van Allen on Twitter sent me a follow up blue post stating that legendaries will not be able to be used in Transmogrification (which is ridiculous since they clearly have the classic Sulfuras right in one of their Transmogrification screenshots.)

This changes things in the sense that now there will be people farming tier gear but not legendaries so it makes prediction a bit easier.  Without a huge increase in demand for legendaries but more people likely farming the content for tier items you'll probably see a rise in supply for Ingots and the like with a mild increase in demand from people who just happen to pick up the required items en route.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Faid Plays

Hi guys!  After my previous post a comment or two as well as some e-mails I received have enticed me to start up a new general-gaming blog.  I hope you'll give it a look!  (Don't worry, this blog won't be left behind!)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bored. Bored. Bored.

Just wanted to give everyone an update on what I'm up to lately. I've grown very bored with WoW. I go through these ups and downs with the game so I'm sure I'll be back eventually but for now WoW holds absolutely no interest for me.  I still log on for raids but that's about it and the only reason I do that is because I made a commitment to the other players in my raid, not because I'm dying to raid.

I've been spending a lot more time outside walking around town and such during the day and at night I've been playing other video games. Contrary to what I assume is popular belief I'm not a huge fan of RPGs.  My favored genre above all else is Survival/Horror.  Sunday was my birthday and I bought Dead Space 2 and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. I couldn't recommend either of them highly enough.  Dead Space was just as good as the previous if not better and Amnesia was just phenomenal.

(This is coming back to WoW in a moment, just humor me as a belated birthday gift.) Amensia is unlike any game I've ever played.  It reminded me of a cross between Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem and the "Room" browser-based puzzle games with an atmosphere as scary as Fatal Frame.  If you like Survival Horror please give it a shot.

Anyways, I beat both Dead Space 2 and Amnesia already and tonight I sat down to probably go back to WoW. I logged onto my bank toon and my scribe to restock glyphs and . . . I just sat there. I stared at the screen and couldn't think of a single thing I wanted to do in-game.

I've always been goal-driven.  In games the goal is to beat the game or to get 100% completion or to get all the endings. In WoW there is no "I'm done" moment; it's an endless grind to get you ready for the next endless grind and right now I'm  just not feelin it.  Maybe it's because I reached my 1 million goal and so now I'm looking for another one and just not seeing anything appealing. Not sure.

So I've decided to take a step back.  Faidian Slips, for those who may not remember, were originally on a weekly schedule of . . . Tuesdays I think.  But as I tried to conform to that schedule I would often find myself with nothign I cared to talk about and the videos would end up being dull blather that I doubt many found interesting.

I don't want my blog to end up like that as well.  If my heart's not in it I don't want to put out lackluster posts just for the sake of posting.  If I can't post quality I'd rather not post at all, ya know?

I'm not going to announce an official break and I can pretty much guarantee you I'm not quitting the blog scene, but I do think you'll probably see posts from me less often though I hope that when they do appear you'll find them interesting, helpful, and/or thought provoking.  Regardless of what happens thanks for being a terrific readership. =]

Unrelated side-note: If anyone wants to be BFFs on Steam (As most of the games I'm playing lately have me on Steam) just post your info and I'll add ya.