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Monday, January 25, 2010

Money making on a new server

One of the not nice things about starting a new toon on a new server is character support and the lack of gold from your alts.

When I leveled Colerejuste on Malygos, he had the benefit of a host of other alts to draw resources from, and supply him with materials like meat, cloth and ore for his cooking, first aid and jewelcrafting. And it was even easier for the other alts, as the number of characters made it to lvl80, opened up dailies, and made saving 5K gold for epic flying mounts an easier task than normal.

However, Blackthorn is going to find this a little more difficult, since he's all on his lonesome, with only Crumpler to back him up as his bank alt.

Death Knights start with a full set of 16 slot bags and about 30g, I think. That's a pretty good start, compared with Crumpler, who started with 1 16 slot backpack and not even a copper to his name. However, DKs will start out with some pretty hefty bills at the start. Profession leveling, possibly flying at lvl60 (or is it 61), and repair bills. As a result, your new DK on a new server probably wants to pick up at least one profession that will earn him some coin.

For BT, that profession is herbing. The herbing/alchemy combo has always been a pretty solid starter for money making and buffs. Mixology also makes the buffs from elixirs even more competitive with extra stats earned via smithing, jewelcrafting or engineering. I figured, why should I level something like smithing when all it's only going to get me access to designs I'm likely to only use once. After all, I've never been one to stand around a capital city and spruik my wares. Sure, if you have the full support of other alts, the combo of an transmute master and JC are a license to mint gold, but I don't think I'll be doing that this time around.

So with herbing in mind, BT has forgone an initial rush into Outland and is working on leveling his herbing and alchemy, so he can collect Felweed when he happens on it in HFP. The first part of herbing is easy enough. Just run rings around Elwynn Forest, collecting all the Peacebloom and Silverleaf you can. You may as well pick up the Earthroot, but it's not really used when power leveling your alchemy.

The next herb that's required in Briarthorn, and you'll need alot of it. I had a little look on our AH to see if I could stag some for cheap. Not going to happen. It was listed at 99g for a stack of 20. Nice to know. If it actually sells for that, I've got myself a little money maker down the track.

The best place to pick up Briarthorn and other herbs is the Barrens. However, it was rumored that Razorfen Kraul was also a handy place to pick it up. BT did a few runs of RFK, picking up Briarthorn, and harvesting the piggies for Boar Ribs, a material used for powerleveling cooking. In the end, I found RFK to be a little slow. It's a big place, and even though a DK can solo it, there was just too much time spent fighting mobs, when I'd rather be moving through to the 3 or 4 points where Briarthorn can be found. However, BT is likely to be back once he hits 70, and can move a little more freely through the instance.

This is my route through RFK. It's a big place, and has three main arms.

The first arm leads to a little dead end, and has at least one Briarthorn spawn. Basically, keep left, run along the root above the piggy chasm until you hit the dead end. Somewhere along there, you'll come across a Briarthorn. There's usually 3 in a loot.

The second arm is the piggy chasm. Running back from the dead end, drop in to the chasm and head east. Your goal here is to kill all the piggies for their Boar Ribs. You may find a Briarthorn spawn in here as well. Depending on your lvl, you may be able to aggro all of the piggies, run them all to the far end of the chasm and AoE them down. At lvl58, that's unlikely. However, it should be possible at lvl70. Once you've killed and looted all the piggies, check out one of the side tunnels for Briarthorn. Its a spot where there is are two quest givers, a goblin and a night elf. Normally, you'd run these guys as an escort if you were completing the dungeon at level , at the end of the run. There's usually a Briarthorn and Fadeleaf spawn in that area. Though if you're just there for Briarthorn near the start of your herbing leveling, you'll probably not be able to collect the Fadleaf.

The second arm is the final boss arm, along which you'll find two spawn points for Briarthorn. From the piggy chasm, run all the way back to the start, and walk up one of the roots. When you get to the top of the root, turning right and a quick left will take you back to the entrance, so make your way left instead. You'll go into a little chasm and as you some out of it, there will be a group of mobs on your right in a little dead end rise. There's usually a Briarthorn spawn point there. Grab that, and keep following the path. You'll cross a bridge to a small mesa that has 3 or 4 mobs on it, and usually a Briarthorn spawn. You should be able to collect it without aggroing the mobs.

Continue along the next bridge, making a right turn on that mesa, avoiding the guards by keeping left and then run along the double bridge. There will be 2 stationary guards and 2 patrolling guards here. You should be able to take them at any level.

Once you're crossed the final bridge, you should be at a cave. The cave is full of bats. Turn left at the entrance, making your way through it, ignoring the mobs guarding the shielded wall until you some to the second group of mobs. You'll probably pick up a group of bats at lower levels. Once you've killed the bats, left to the left of those mobs, and move up the tunnel to the area with the final dungeon boss. There should be a Briarthorn spawn here, too. From here, you can probably take the boss for a little free silver, but you'd probably just jump down into the piggy chasm and run back to the entrance for a reset and do it all over again.

And that's it. It would probably be better form if I had a map, but the place is confusing enough as it is. A quicker run at higher levels would probably be to take the final boss route first, then jump in the piggy chasm, then take the first route with the dead end. I'll leave that up to you. For now, that's my plan for some easy money on a new server at lower levels. Briarthorn and Boar Ribs. I've also been selling BoE greens for 3 or 4g a pop, figuring that some powerleveling enchanter alt will pick them up. BT and Crumpler have managed to pull together 100g so far, from these and excess herbs.

BT is also likely to level cooking, and take advantage of fishing pools where ever he finds them. Hopefully, he'll come across the Find Fish spell, and put that on a macro with Find Herbs. There's money to be made in fishing and cooking dailies too, but it becomes alot easier at level 80, with the Dalaran quests.

Tracking Dawnx

Leveling Blackthorn is likely to be long and arduous, however, tracking his progression and the progression of other people who started at the same time keeps it interesting.

When Blackthorn was completing his DK intro quests, he did a little bit of questing with a DK called Dawnx. Dawnx was someones alt, since she already belonged to a guild during the intro quests (), and while Blackthorn has been running around, leveling his herbing and alchemy, Dawnx has been spotted in Molten Core and Zul'Gurub. Dawnx is currently up to lvl61, while Blackthorn (hence known as BT for brevity) has barely completed his Outland intro quests, and is at lvl58.

Blackthorn will also loosely be tracking the progress of Vonmalefic of Barthilas. Von is also known as Vonmalefic of Malygos of the OOO guild.

As we enter the calm before the Cataclysm, the focus off our primary characters tends to waiver, and we look for other things to do to keep us amused. Well, it's the calm before the storm for non-raiders, anyway. The latest ICC 5-mans still offer a considerable challenge, but by and large, I'd probably rather get my teeth into Diablo 3.

Anyhow, back on topic, Von on Barthilas is Horde. Now, it just so happens that Barthilas and Aman'Thul share the same battlegroup, so it's likely that BT and Von will meet on the battlefield, in a fever pitched AV. Von is currently lvl62, to the meeting is impossible at the moment, but I'm certain it will happen.

Since most of the OOO on Aman'Thul are new characters of players from the Malygos chapter, they're also DKs. There'll be a certain amount of competition in there, or at least tracking of progress as well progress our toons through Outland and Northrend with a faceroll and a giggle.

Introducting Blackthorn

It seems I'm a glutton for punishment, and it's all self inflicted.

Since the announcement of Cataclysm and the introduction of the Worgen and Goblin playable races, I've been wondering how I was going to fit a character of each race into the play rotation. You see, I've filled my ten slots on Malygos with an alt of every class already, and I'd like to have a Worgen something on there, even if it only makes it to level 20, just to experience the intro quests. Same goes for the Goblin race. I had resigned myself to the fact that I'd just have to start on a new server, and he would start on his lonesome. The goblin could start on Barthilas, since I've only got Misnomer on there, plus a handful of alts that haven't had that much work put into them.

Recently, one of our prominent guild members moved a considerable amount of his toons from Malygos to Aman'Thul, an Oceanic PvE server. He's quite the raider, but was finding raid time difficult on Malygos given that it was a US based server, and our prime play time was the wee hours of the morning there. The pastures are quite green on Aman'Thul with Dalaran being quite full on a weeknight, just like Malygos is on an early Saturday morning.

So Teg established an OOO chapter on Aman'Thul and invited us over to join him.

Now, I'm still not much of a raider, so there was no real reason to move. Other than Malygos being quite quiet, guildwise. We're a pretty small guild as it is, and we've all got different motivations for play. Very rarely do we all group up for an instance, and with the introduction of the Looking For Dungeon tool, there's even less of reason for the guild, with the exception of the social aspect. So I thought I'd complete my goals with Dubh, and then start leveling Chivers. But that changed this weekend.

On Friday night, I started a Death Knight on Aman'Thul called Blackthorn (Blackthorne was taken). He's human and very dark. I went for human because I do so hate the rep grind, and 10% rep gains are very handy. The Every Man For Himself racial isn't too shabby for PvP either. My goals for Blackthorn are to level via tanking instances and doing battlegrounds. And since he's new to the server, he's taken up Herbing and Alchemy. The herbing is part of the strategy for money making, and alchemy is so he can get some buffs on his buffs via Mixology. It's highly likely he'll be an Elixir Master.

So far, Blackthorn is still lvl58, though he's done quite well in leveling his herbing and alchemy up to 175 and 169 respectively. I really want to hit the ground running when I start doing a few basic quests in Outland. Once I get some basic gear upgrades, it'll be tank time on the Ramparts.

I also have a new bank alt on Aman'Thul. He's a dwarven priest called Crumpler. I did want to go with Bags, but that was also taken, so I went this my favourite brand of bike bag instead. His job will be to run between the mailbox and the AH with occasional side trips to the bank, and make a bit of money from the BoE drops that Blackthorn finds. As a precaution, he has picked up Tailoring and Enchanting as professions, but I don't expect he'll take those very far. I've no desire to level another toon from lvl 1 for the moment. He might make it to level 10, but not for a while.

And this brings me full circle. I now have a home for my Worgen when Cataclysm is released. By then, I should have Blackthorn fully leveled, and hopefully strutting around in T9, earned via heroic emblems.

Current play rotation is to do
  • the daily cooking and fishing quests on Dubh,
  • do the Outland cooking quest on Dubh
  • do a daily heroic on Dubh (slowly getting there with a full set of T9)
  • level herbing and alchemy on Blackthorn

Dubh is still doing those Outland cooking dailies because she's two goals short of getting her Chef title. She's waiting for Soup for the Soul to come up, and waiting for the Kibler's Bits recipe to drop. The Northrend cooking and fishing dailies get done because they're so easy, and provide a little bit of income to keep things interesting. She really should work the Kalu'ak dailies in there too, for the fishing rod, but the round trip between the 3 zones is too much of a time kill. Perhaps when she has her Chef title, she'll work on her Salty title.

There's more to ramble on about, but I might make that a separate post.