I am from the future..... (November AFA)
Managing one WoW account is rough enough on my schedule as is, but now I got a Beta Test account to deal with, too. That is, of course, the future of WoW, and soon to be standard. I'll take the time now to share with you non-gold-making-minded players some tips for the future.
1) Everything I have said so far is a lie.
Ok, not everything, but Blizzard must have read the Azeroth's Farmer's Almanac and became not too pleased with it. Alot of the "hot spots" have changed or is gone. The Defias is no more, so the windmill spot is no longer an option. A couple of land masses shifted, so many of the routes are out, too. In fact, there is so much upheaval scaring the land that farming routes are made difficult.
Do yourself a favor and hit the routes now. Anything listed in the AFA is good until the end of the month, after that, you'll have to wait for updates.
2) Sell! Sell! Sell!......NO! WAIT! Buy! Buy! Buy!
This November, buy, farm, and save. Hit that CIL (Core Items List) and buy all the blue listed items (auctioneer). Save everything you collect and prepare to unload it in December. With a new expansion will come new players and low level toons by the truck load. Everyone will want to level up and skill up as quickly as possible.
Crafters, stock up. Especially you, Mr.Engineer. Hit the essentials this month (ore, leather, dusts, cloth, materials) and horde them. Don't create glyphs, cut gems, or make elixirs. Keep the materials near by to craft out items as they are needed. No need making specially items if they are not needed. Stock up on meats.
3) See the world, sell your soul.
If you have a two person mount (I'm looking at you, with the rocket mount), then now is a good time for a world tour trip. The Dugi's Achievement Guide gives all the coordinates for World Explorer. Might as well give a tour to those that don't know the way. You know, before the world blows up and all.
4) Second Hand Clothing is the new Black.
Did I mention that Defias are no longer. Well, you know that means all that Defias gear is going to be really hard to come by in the future. Do a few routes through Westfall and DM to collect up what you can. Take a look around Caty Website for other gear that will soon be no more. Unload them for after the release at astronomically (but "fair") prices.
5) Hey? Where Everybody Go?
Yes, yes. The sky is falling. The world is coming to an end. But, not this month.
Call of Duty: Black Ops will keep much of the WoW players (the ones with 2 second attention spans and money to burn) off the BGs and DFs. So while they are gone mass pwning each other, farm those nodes. The release of an expected huge game will clear the zones for you to farm, no matter what time of day, for at least 2 weeks. Take advantage of that.
6) Finally, It's a Party!
Grab your friends, party up, switch to Free for All, and cull the lands. Get used to sharing quests, experience points, and cash. When the release date comes out, EVERYBODY will be on the same path to see the world. The Worgen, for example, have one of those phasing events for the first 10ish levels. You will want to buddy up with total strangers to push through this part as quickly as possible, or you will get stuck there for a very long time. (Beta Testers: Anyone wanna kill that old lady's cat?)
That's all I got, for now. High market days start Thanksgiving weekend and will be volatile until after new years. (probably) I'll send out another article before the release on how to DOMINATE! DESTROY! CRUSH! and VIOLATE! your AH competition; you know, for the holidays. Bring the Lube and the First Aid Kit.
Until Next Time.....