Saturday, July 4, 2020

Don't Call it a Comeback

Okay. You can probably call it a comeback in this case. I've been gone a long time.

So if you follow my Twitter you'll know I recently logged back into WoW for the first time in ~3.5 years.

Been taking things slow, leveling up my characters, trying to get my bearings with WoW, gold making, and TSM again. Leveling up my main & professions, probably for not much since we're in a pre-expansion lull currently. My main made it through legion to 110, but my next alts were all at 100 sitting in their WoD garrisons when I logged in to them. I played a bit of legion content, but did not do many of the raids and missed most of the storyline of Legion. Got my main up to 120 pretty quickly with the 100% XP bonus + rested. Now to relearn how to play a Disc Priest...ugh.

Although a lot has changed, a lot has stayed the same. Seems like the overall plot is still naive good meaning Warchief appoints new Warchief with questionable motives > seems alright but different at first > Horde leader becomes ultimate evil bad guy by ripping a hole in time and space. It's Midsummer Fire Festival and I see people complaining that the ilvl of the cloaks hasn't gone up since the first Fire Fest in the expansion. Blizzard is still planning on server merges, and people are still complaining about them. There's an overpriced vendor mount that everyone's scrambling to get. The TradeSkillMaster team is hard at work creating a new iteration for TSM, in the form of TSM 4.10. 

Luckily that last one I'm currently working with. Believe it or not, I never really used TSM 4, I kind of missed a whole generation there. I've been using 4.10, and so far I like it. All seems different, and getting used to it, but again a lot is the same. To learn more about TSM 4.10, check out this blog post by the TSM team to learn about the changes and sign up for the beta test. Unfortunately I don't think I'm the right person to comment on how the changes effect the user experience as I really don't have experience with the prior version. Coming from TSM 3 however, it seems like a great upgrade. 

Not sure how serious I'm going to be playing WoW moving forward. Enjoying it so far, but I feel like I don't have the same amount of time to dedicate to it anymore. When I first started this blog I was in college and had loads of free time to wax poetic about the auction house. Now, not so much, even with working from home during the quarantine. Anyway just wanted to make a post to say "I'm still alive". More to come on the blog front for sure, I'll at least be complaining a bit, no doubt, and might make a few videos if I find the energy. Still need to get back into the groove though, so yeah. Hope you are all well, looking forward to being back involved with this community again. 

Phat Lewts

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Xmog list Update Feb 11, 2018

Just an FYI, I've updated the Transmog list as of  2/11/2018. The link is in the navigation bar above. As per the usual, I've just refreshed the groupings to reflect the most up to date pricing.

The Auction House API's that TSM uses to keep your in game prices up to date, which feeds my source of data to refresh this list and reorganize the pricing groups has been down for quite some time. You can check on the status here with this neat page Erorus from TUJ made. TSM has been doing manual pulls, which I assume are feeding their own API. If they're not this update is about 26 days old, but still more recent than my prior update.

Phat Lewts

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Updating the Xmog list Oct 22, 2017

Hey guys,

It's been a while.

I've gone through and reorganized my Xmog groups to show current US Region pricing. The updated import list can be found here. I've been getting quite a few requests about this via email and various social media channels, so figured it was time. Glad to know people are still using the lists. The pricing was truly out of whack, but it should be good now. Please import and let me know if there's any issues. I resubbed just to check it though, so pretty sure it works.

It's an exciting day for Gold Makers. The TradeSkillMaster Team has officially announced TSM 4 and it looks great. Check out the full blog post on their site at this link. The new interface looks amazing, and like something out of a different game entirely. You can tell from what they have there that there's been a lot of reworking of the addon. I'm excited to see how TSM 4 develops, not sure yet if I'm going to get back on the saddle and back into gold making. Only time will tell.

At this link, you can sign up for the TSM 4 beta. This is a great opportunity to test out the new features, provide some valuable feedback to the TSM team, so I highly suggest you do it if that's something you're interested in. Of course, it's going to be buggy, so know that.

Phat Lewts

Saturday, January 21, 2017

TradeSkillMaster Celebrates it's 5th Anniversary

I know it's been a while, but in case you didn't notice, the TSM team is wrapping up celebrating TSM's 5th Anniversary from it's launch. During their 5th anniversary they've encouraged people to Tweet about their favorite TSM experiences. As you may know I'm not a man of 140 characters, and I don't think that many characters could ever do TSM justice, so I had to come out of semi-retirement to write about my favorite experience with TSM.

TradeSkillMaster 2 Development
Back in the good old year of 2013 TradeSkillMaster 2 was just being developed. Now I'm not going to say it was my favorite TSM, the improvements the TSM team has made in TSM 3 have been amazing, but it was definitely the time I was most involved with TSM and the TSM team. During the development stages of TSM 2 I would hang out in the TSM IRC chat for hours complaining to Sapu and Bart about how this button didn't do exactly what I wanted, or how I thought they really should reconsider their decision not to add X to TSM. X being something that would really only benefit me and a small amount of players who used TSM in a specific way. On occasion I'd even open a bug ticket or two and add something productive to the team. The environment with the TSM team was always fun and jovial. During that time I did a livestream and TSM's Lead Developer Sapu came on my server and used latent code in the Dev version of TSM to change the color scheme of my TSM to pink. I didn't understand what was even going on for 20 minutes. You can watch the clip here, one of my favorite things that ever came out of livestreaming.

Not only does the TSM team know how to have fun, they know how to work hard. This addon is a labor of love, and the TSM team all have day jobs. Some do not even actively play WoW anymore for anything other than testing TSM. It's a lot like gold making really. We're all playing this game that has a lot going on - leveling, raiding, PvP, etc., but we all play some sort of meta game by flipping/crafting to make gold in the auction house. The TSM team also has a very niche passion, and we are all grateful for it. They're also very open to constructive feedback, and extraordinarily helpful people. If you've ever hopped in IRC chat for a question on TSM, and been patient enough to wait for someone to answer, you've likely been answered with detailed answers and followup questions, and an abundance of resources.

Most importantly TSM is the reason we can all bare to make gold. I used Auctionator for a good deal of time before TSM was released, but once it was out, I could never imagine going back. So thank you to the team that makes TSM possible, and for everything they've added to our niche little community! Congratulations on 5 years, and I hope there's many more to come.

If you're interested in some more TSM 2 nostalgia, you can check out my TSM 2 Teaser post from June 2013 here.

Phat Lewts

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tiered Auctioning Operations

Just wanted to make a quick post to point out my latest YouTube video. This one is on "Tiered" or "Stacked" Auctioning operations. What the method basically is, is layering auctioning operations in a way such that you can sell the same item in a variety of ways, depending on either when or how long you've been posting the item. Want to post 5 stacks of 1 and 10 stacks of 5? It's possible. Want to sell X item for Y price for the first 50 times you post it, but Z price after that? Also possible. Be sure to check it out!

Be sure to let me know here or on the comments on the video what other types of things you'd like to see, and I just might make your video! As always, I like to aim for videos that are helpful to a wide variety of watchers, but you never know! :)

Phat Lewts

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Learn TSM 3 Series only 5 Months in the Making!

So I finally managed to finish my TSM 3 series, publishing the final video today, Part 4 - Shopping. You can check out the video here. Moving forward I want to focus on more advanced strategies, especially going into Legion. I've been playing with some different ideas, but my main goal in this is to find one that I'm going to stick to and can commit a regular schedule to. This weekend will be an indicator of how far I can get with that, I'm going to spend a good amount of time creating some content, and trying some new things out, and I hope you will all check them out and find them interesting/helpful, and provide some honest feedback if you think it's trash! :-)


Phat Lewts

Friday, May 6, 2016

Transmog List Update May 6, 2016

Hey all,

I've gone through and taken the time to reevaluate my list, and it's posted at the normal link as seen above. Some time in the near future I will start releasing the import as an import with operations, as having the operations included would be advantageous to new users, but until we hit the point where I set aside the time to make a new video, you'll just have to wait!

Phat Lewts

Don't Call it a Comeback

Okay. You can probably call it a comeback in this case. I've been gone a long time. So if you follow my Twitter you'll know I recent...