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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Obligatory Schedule Post

Over time I've had many people ask me to post my daily gold making routine. There are two reasons I haven't done so. 

The first is that I've been worried people will take my schedule the wrong way. You see, I'm a total no-lifer in this game. I play day in and day out.  So my "routine" often plays out over 10 or so hours of playtime. I worry that this sends the message that the reason I have a lot of gold is  that I spend a lot of time getting it. While it certainly helps I don't want to send that message. Even with very little play time you can get great results.  I just happen to have a lot of time on my hands so I spend it playing.

The second is that it's difficult! I wanted to make a video but with two accounts going at once it was a nightmare to figure out how to record and edit it into a video that would show what it needed to show in a decent amount of time.  I brought up this issue with flux and he recommended I just keep a written log of my activities and use that.  So here's that log from yesterday. 

The blue text is my main account which houses most of my crafters and max level toons, the red text is my secondary account which is mostly made up of AH/bank toons.  Green text is out-of-game information.

4:50 AM – Log on to Liquidate, cancel and repost auctions. Liquidate is a general purpose AH toon. She handles enchant scrolls, belt buckles, items I'm flipping. Generally most things are sold by her on Alliance. Do a TSM Dealfinding search, no deals right now.

4:50 AM – Log on to Faid to check mail, clean out bags from last night's raid. A friend in my guild has been asking me to get him a Horde Festival Lantern in exchange for his Alliance one, so I need to do that. Sending the Lunar Lantern I received to Tekelili for banking until after the holiday to sell later. My Oracle Egg hatched but I just got aged yolk. :( I'll have to buy another when I'm out doing dailies for Argent Tournament later.

4:50 AM – Check the Consortium forums, e-mail, twitter.

4:56 AM – Put on my Blessed Medallion of Karabor and port to Black Temple to check for Collidus the Warp Watcher.

4:59 AM – Killed Collidus, put on my Argent Tournament tabard and port to Icecrown. Log out after porting, I need to do other stuff before I forget.

5:01 AM – Log over to Andawe, my Horde scribe/enchanter. Check mail, do an Auctioneer+Disenchant scan, and Northrend Inscription Research. I found several items in the disenchant scan. I spent 110g on them and posted enchanting materials worth 478g. It doesn't sound like much but doing this every day has net me about 20k in the past month! I learned Glyph of Frost Armor.

5:01 AM – Log into Verixi, my Horde alchemist/Jewelcrafter. Do the Orgrimmar JC daily, Transmute Water to Air, and check ore prices. (Still bad! Horde are often much more expensive than Alliance, but always worth looking.) The JC daily is Nibbler! No! which is great news since that means I can do it on my level 76 warlock easily. When it's Elemental Goo I either have to dualbox it or must skip it. I trade my JC token for a Chimera's Eye and sell it. (I have all the cuts on my two Alliance JCs and rarely cut on Horde, so I just sell the eyes.)

5:08 AM – Not much going on on the interwebz (Did you know I put my e-mail address up at the top of the blog in case you wanted to contact me? :D I'm lonely.) Switching to

5:11 AM – Do a TSM destroying scan for any Blackfallow, Ethereal, or Ink of the Sea at 6g or less on Horde. I didn't get very much. Since the bots have been banned it's slim pickin but I was able to buy enough to make 12 IotS and 17 Ethereal Ink. I'll bank it; I can use it to make glyphs for Horde or Alliance but I'll keep it here for now.

5:20 AM - Log on to Byakhee, my Alliance warlock. Do the JC dailies for Dalaran and Stormwind, Transmute Water to Air. I still do the JC daily in Dalaran for any JC that's still leveling since it's worth good experience.

5:21 AM - Log onto Klix, my Alliance DK. Do the JC daily in SW.

5: 25 - Rapid succession Alchemist visits. Log to Lexicar, Kendran, and Lockbox to Transmute Water to Air on each. (Two procced x2!)

5:29 AM - Log to Tekelili, my glyph seller. Today is not my day to sell glyphs so I'm taking in the gold I earned yesterday and the glyphs I didn't sell. Finding out what needs to be restocked later today.

5:32 AM - Log to Rixen and do an Auctioneer+Disenchant scan on Alliance. I sell mats I have a lot of and anything I'm often running low on, such as Large Brilliant Shards, get banked. It looks like someone was leveling LW because there are tons of leather crafted greens to DE. Cha-ching. The guy who sold them whispered me and asked me why I bought all his stuff. I told him and he said "If I had known people were going to buy it I would have put it up for more." I'm like "But then I probably wouldn't have bought it . . ." I don't think he gets it.

5:46 AM - Finished bringing in my glyphs/gold. I spent some gold yesterday on my glyph toon (I needed it for the other account but didn't want to log to my general banker, so used GlyphGold. Had I not done that I think my take from yesterday was about 16k for glyphs.

5:47 AM - Log onto Kickback, my general auction house toon on Horde. Most of my Horde selling is cross-faction pets and recipes, so mostly this is just cancelling and reposting those. I also am checking the price on Festival Lanterns and buying any under 6k. Looks like my competitor's auctions have expired on most cross-faction stuff, cancelling to raise prices always feels good. :D

5:57 AM - Log onto Neutrality, Kickback's Alliance counterpart. She mostly deals in cross-faction stuff, as her name implies, but she's also my "old stuff" bank. Any crafting materials and such that aren't from Cataclysm are in her guild bank <Your Self Storage> and if anyone gets the reference without looking it up I will give you so many Faid Rep Points. Both of my cross-faction banks are looking pretty empty, I will need to go on a recipe run later today.

6:00 AM - Done doing the DE stuff on Rixen. Most of teh other toons on this account have no real daily purpose. A level 60 PvE twink rogue, a herb/skinning druid and that's about it. This account's now on hold until I finish with second account maintenance and can plan the rest of the day.

6:05 AM - Logging back to Liquidate to do another Dealfinding search. If I can find cheap Runecloth or something I can give the main account something to do while I finish up second account stuff. I found some cheap Runecloth. Hooray. Also buying and banking a bunch of cheap Volatiles while I'm here since I'm running a bit low. Also bought 7k gold worth of Elementium, sending it to Klix.

6:11 AM - On Rixen turning Runecloth into bolts, then headbands, then DEing the headbands and selling the materials.

6:22 AM - Logging onto Croft, my Horde glyph posting toon. I can post any day on Croft, I don't have a deal on Hordeside. But I'm also much less interested in the Horde glyph market so I usually just recycle the glyphs once a day or so.

6:29 AM - Hold everything! Someone on Hordeside is selling stacks of Elementim for a decent price and selling in bulk. To the bank toon!

6:40 AM - Deal complete! I bought 102 stacks of Elementium at 110g per stack (Average on Alliance is 140g/stack) so I've got lots to prospect! I'll prospect all of it on Verixi and then send the raw gems cross-faction. Logging back to Croft to continue flipping glyphs on the second account.

6:43 AM - Logging onto Verixi to start prospecting all that ore. Hooray for macros!

6:56 AM - Taking a good bit of time to flip glyphs on Horde even though I don't have very many of them. I have issues with TSM Warehousing so I have to do it with BankStack. It takes longer but at least it works. :D Hoping to get to the bottom of my Warehousing problem soon.

7:07 AM: Woo, finally finished Horde glyphs. Just one more bank toon to check. Off to Kickstart. (Not to be confused with Kickback) Kickstart has two purposes: She's my transmog seller and also is the guild leader of my guild experiment Lackadaisical. So I'm going to flip my mog pieces and spam Super Guild Invite invites. I'm going to spend a lot of time reworking some pricing tiers for transmog today because I've been unhappy with my results lately.

7:21 AM - Finished prospecting all of Verixi's Elementium. Send the raw gems to Andawe to move across the neutral AH later. Right now I'm going to Klix to prospect the smaller amount of ore I bought on Alliance.

8:18 AM - Finished prospecting Klix's ore and turning the green gems into jewelry.

8:18 AM - I'm not done managing my transmog settings but I'm going to get off Kickstart temporarily to move the raw gems from Horde to Alliance. This way the main account can continue to shuffle while I'm dealing with mog stuff. Also, my feet are cold. :(

8:30 AM - Haha, someone just sniped 4 Hessonite from me. I am so amused because they just missed about 7,000g worth of Inferno Rubies a few seconds ago. Ah, that's hilarious. Anyways, finished moving the stuff across.

8:32 AM - Back on Kickstart finishing up some mogging management. Now Klix can start making jewelry and such. :D

9:19 AM - Finished making jewelry with all my green gems and mailed the jewelry to my enchanter. Now time to cut the blue-quality gems.

9:50 AM - Finished doing my mog list management, switching back to Liquidate to cancel and repost.

9:54 AM - Finished cutting blue gems and mailed them to Liquidate, now off to the enchanter to DE the jewerly. Totally playing Plants vs. Zombies while I DE this crap. :D

10:25 - Alright, all the jewelry's DEd. I've been selling a lot of enchants recently so I'm going to restock now. Time to do a TSM scan on Rixen, queue up profitable enchants, and hope there's enough materials to make them. :D

11:25 AM - Finished restocking enchants, still just AH camping on Liquidate. Going to run to the first boss of H MgT on my mage for a mog dagger I'm hoping to get.

11:28 AM - No dagger, again. :(

And now this is about where I "drop off." I start most days strong, doing gold making tasks as you've seen above. But then once all the basics are taken care of I start a task. Like, today I'm going to spend the afternoon visiting vendors for recipes and pets. So I AH camp on one account while working on a project on the other and that's about it!


  1. Thanks for posting this. Always helps to get a little insight into the life of a gold addict. :)

  2. @Alberthus9999: I log on when I wake up. My schedule's pretty lax so sometimes that's 5 AM, sometimes it's 5 PM. :D Just whenever I get up.

  3. I see, so in a point I envy you there, =).
    Since I only arrive at home from work at 20:00 pm, I only have 3 or 4 hours max game time, but have to sacrifice sleep time for it.
    How many Toon s you have in total I have lost count lol.

  4. @Alberthus99999: On Argent Dawn I use 18 toons. I have two more but one is holding my boyfriend's storage guild bank and the other is intended to be a farming toon some day but I haven't leveled it yet. (I refuse to give up the name though. Tauren herbing/mining druid named Nodes.)

  5. Holly crap I am tough my 4 toons are to much, Even if I only have one at 85.
    With some many Toons you have yourself there a full time "job".
    How do you are bale to manage so many?

  6. My take-away from your schedule post is (brace yourself) that I will never be able to do that… Yes, success can be found without that many hours… but to manage a well-rounded conglomerate takes just that, and I’ll never have those hours available (insert /sigh here)… That said, there’s always room to sharpen the sword and your post did serve as a /facepalm in one regard…

    I straddle the fence about 65/45 in my gameplay preferences… I think the 65 is, “actual game play” on my main – raiding, cheevos, etc., and the 45 is gold making… That said, my game time is probably 75/25 gold making to gameplay… ironic… I have only one, “main,” an 85 ass rogue (love to say that) that I play on… another 85 that was my very first toon (man did I suck with that guy), which never sees actual game play any longer but is my JC/enchant workhorse… all my other toons are various AH/mules…

    My main is herb/alchemy and while the bulk of my vast (insert /sigh here) empire’s gold making efforts go toward supporting his endeavors, he contributes a relatively low percentage of the overall pie… Anecdotally, I’d say he’s at about a 2:98 spend:earn ratio… Most of the gold he generates comes by way of xmute Carnelians to Inferno Rubies… sure, he saves me mucho goldo being able to craft his own Flask of the Winds, etc… but all in all, his maxed alchemy goes unused… Your xmute water-to-air task was my /facepalm… I have stacks of the water that only get sold when there’s a nice spike in prices… the airs on my server remain relatively stable and high relative to the water… I’m so stupid… thanks for the smack in the face, I’ll be xmuting tonight! I need to find more ways to leverage his alchemy to increase profits.

  7. What exactly do you mean by a disenchant scan?

  8. @Alberthus99999: It's not so hard. I'm just so used to having all of them that the routine's just second nature.

    @Rabbel: I do a get-all scan and then search for items I can DE at a profit. I go over it a little bit in this video:

  9. As always all things Faid are just beyond wonder...this why we must nerf her!!! Unless Faid is short for financial aid then we should buff her and go live on her porch!

    The most fascinating thing about Faid, IMO, is the fact that she has a boyfriend LOL! ;P

    (followed on Twitter)

  10. Hey Faid, did you get the email I sent you yesterday?

  11. Sounds similiaer to how I played back when I had a lot of time on my hands... but usually mine would be after raids and contiue until about 5am... buy stuff cheap on the AH... and from people who obviously were hacking accounts... but I didn't care as it would get refunded anyways... now however... I've vastly streamline my endevors... taking roughly an hour or so...running a disenchant scan... buying deals... posting auctions... I'm staying away from cata gems and glyphs... they're too unstable on my server

  12. Once my accounts running, i think i might do a post like this, I don't even know what i do myself lol :P


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