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Can The Consortium be considered the “1%” of WoW?

I started a discussion on The Consortium’s forums about the comparison between them and the current ongoing global protests that started with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #OWS is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to expose how the richest 1% of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.


As far as I can see – keeping in mind I haven’t given it too much thought or research – it’s about exposing how 1% of the population owns and controls the majority of the World’s wealth and power, while the less wealthy or less fortunate suffer to pay their daily bills.

I got some great feedback from the forum and here are some fun quotes to read through:

I’m corrupt in WoW. The amount of anti-competitive practices I engage in while playing would land me in a federal penitentiary for 20+ years in real life.I was once told, “Dude, if there was an SEC in WoW, you’d be perma-banned.” To which I responded, “Dude, if there was an SEC in WoW, I’d send them all a chopper, a stack of fortune cards each week, dwarven kegs, and blood elf strippers.” Don’t rage; be the 1%. – Stede.

The biggest difference that I can see is that the OWS movement seems to take their biggest issue with the way that money seems to be directly linked to political influence and “power”. Are we perhaps in some sort of economic 1%? maybe, but we are by no means calling the shots as far as the entirety of the World of Warcraft is concerned. We can’t bend the TOS or bribe GMs into giving us favourable ticket decisions. At best – we have a strong, unified voice as an informed, reasonable, and well-intentioned community.

– Kathroman.

We bargained with the most vicious of sellers, took advantage of the weak, sought out the most rare of recipes, and constantly insured the lowest possible prices for the people of WoW while making a measly 100-3000% profit for our troubles. We are the prime movers of the server economies. They complain endlessly that things are overpriced, they don’t have enough gold to buy my Swift Spectral Tiger and it isn’t fair, or that getting gold requires work and that they should be given more! And without us they wouldn’t have access to very much of the things that make the game fun, for a price. So how’s it feel to be part of the 1% in this game? Pretty damned good. You?

– Zerohour

It’s nice to be part of the 1%, but you don’t have to be corrupt or egoistic to keep up. Sure, if you want to max out your potential, you don’t take hostages and everyone’s your enemy. But on the other hand, if you are TOO aggressive, things like on my server will happen: the “working class” gets pissed and flames every of your chars.

– Thanateros

I also made a poll on the forum where people could vote about how much gold they had. It’s quite a fun idea to get a very rough estimate of how much gold we “collectively control” between us on the forums, and I must admit the results were quite surprising.

So far we have had 122 voters, which is only about 17% of the active forum base, but pretty impressive for only 1 day duration so far.

The poll options weren’t ideally created, it was done rather hastily and just for fun by me, but by adding up the maximum possible result per category (so 500,000 gold from the 100,00 gold – 500,000 gold option) and then only the minimum possible result for the last category (4 million gold maximum even though we have some members with 4-6 million gold *cough* freaks *cough* haha) this was the result:



Update: My Current WoW Progress and Gold Situation

Previously I made a blog post about My Current Situation back in April this year, and boy have I come a long way. Funny thing though is that my main character’s gear has hardly changed at all!

  • Unholyshield – Level 85 Warrior – Jewelcrafting and Blacksmithing
  • Sinshroud – Level 85 Shaman – Inscription and Enchanting
  • Duskshroud – Level 85 Death Knight – Herbalism and Alchemy
  • Lightshroud – Level 85 Paladin – Mining and Engineering
  • Shadeshroud – Level 85 Priest – Leatherworking and Alchemy
  • Moonshroud – Level 70 Druid – Tailoring and want Enchanting
  • Unholypower – Level 70 Mage (second account)
  • Volksworgen – Level 66 Rogue
  • Unholyfury – Level 60 Rogue (second account)
  • Shieldshroud – Level 55 Warrior
  • Some other bank characters that you don’t need to know ^.^
Currently I’ve passed the gold cap and am sitting on 1 Million 109 Thousand liquid Gold and approximately a net value of 1 Million 360 Thousand gold overall.
 My L70 Mage, L70 Druid and L60 Rogue are all twinks, so I tend to keep them at that level. I may decide to level the druid since I’m getting really addicted to instant flight form. I plan to level the L66 Rogue to L85 when I have time, and possibly delete the L55 warrior to level a Warlock to 85 too.
That’s it for now, more updates coming soon though.

I’m back!

Hey guys, I didn’t get very far with my blog previously. In fact I never actually released it to the public and was still busy creating posts and queuing them up before I decided I didn’t actually have time for all of this.

Anyways I decided to start the blog up again, and going to leave the old posts on so my blog doesn’t look like a deserted Fukushima. The last post was made on the 18th of April, and I will slowly be writing updates on some of the old posts and showing my progress so far.

Check out the About Me page and What this Project/Blog is About page at the top of the blog if you want to find out more about what’s going to happen on here.

See ya again soon!

How not to get scammed when prospecting/DEing/Milling

Not everyone has access to every profession in game, and often people opt to have crafting professions over primary professions because they can just buy the primary professions materials and craft with them for a profit.

Let’s face it, the amount of subtle scamming that goes on like this is pretty high, especially when its something small that can be passed off as an “accidental mistake” so that Blizzard cannot easily punish the person.

Well there is a way! I use an addon called Xloot, which is actually an awesome tool for dealing with loot, especially for raid leaders.

I forgot to add in the above screenshot that “Unholyshield” is the player that is receiving the loot.

I currently have these components installed:

  • Xloot (core addon)
  • XlootGroup (minimalistic item roll frames – very nice)
  • XlootMaster (highly configurable master loot drop down menu)
  • XlootMonitor (a live monitor of loot picked up by yourself and party members)

For this specific solution, you will only need Xloot and XlootMonitor, but I would recommend getting the whole set because they work so darn nicely 🙂

Fadeout Timer:

First you will want to adjust the timeout option, basically the loot fades away over time from the list which is handy during raids because you don’t want an entire dungeon list of loot clogging up your screen. But you don’t want the items to fade away before your friend is finished prospecting or milling, etc.

Setting it to 0 will remove the fadeout timer so it won’t fadeout. (I recommend this setting for when getting things prospected or milled, etc)

Stack Threshold:

This setting allows you to choose how many items you want to be displayed at once. In a raid you might only want say 3-5 items shown at a time (typical amount of boss loot). But on for prospecting and milling you might want to set it to 10 or even 20 to be safe.

UI Scale:

Lastly the UI scale by default for this is very small so it’s not too obtrusive in your UI, but you may wish to increase it quite a bit.

Enjoy  🙂

Guest Post: Set your Hearth to Profit, A Travel Guide

Thomus from The Consortium Forums made a great post titled Set your Hearth to Profit, A Travel Guide, and I thought I would give his post some love.

I won’t spoil the post by writing about it all here, but to me the most intriguing thing was the use of a special quest in Silithus that teleports you to Blasted Lands.

So you might be thinking “Thomus, thanks for bringing up the port in Silithus, I’ll try that out, but I’ve got my hearth set to *Capital City* and I can just use the Cata ports to get to Uldum and therefore Silithus, so what’s the big deal.

Well the point here is to allow someone, like a lvl 5 character travel at great speed and distance without having to level to 83. Well, technically lvl 5… or I should say lvl 60 DK, but that’s a topic for another guide =D

Check out the original post for the full route and all these neat little tips and tricks that will improve your dull life of “Hearth to Stormwind, Portal, Do task, Heart to Stormwind, Portal, Do Task, repeat”.

Cataclysm Jewelcrafting Daily Guide + Profiting Other JCs Doing The Daily

Similar to the WOTLK JC Dailies, there are several different possible quests (in this case 5), of which 1 appears randomly each day.

The quests range from crafting and handing in 3 uncommon Cataclysm gems, to killing Cataclysm mobs for item drops to running around making people sparkle.

On completing the daily you get given a gold coin reward as well as an Illustrious Jewelcrafter’s Token. These tokens then allow you to purchase JC related items and designs for new cuts.

The 5 JC Daily Quests are:

  • A Present for Lila – In this quest all you need to do is cut and turn in three Timeless Nightstones.
  • Nibbler! No! – In this quest all you need to do is cut and turn in three Solid Zephyrites.
  • Ogrezonians in the Mood – In this quest all you need to do is cut and turn in three Jagged Jaspers.
  • Elemental Goo – In this quest you need to collect 10 Elemental Goo from Elementals that are scattered all over the new Cataclysm zones and dungeons.
    • This often can be completed by simply queuing and completing your daily Heroic or Dungeon since most Cataclysm Heroics and Dungeons will contain elementals of some sort.
  • The Latest Fashion – In this quest you need to test the Stardust No .2 on 10 humanoid subjects.
    • My personal favorite because it can be completed in a matter of seconds, just run around spamming the Stardust on yourself, the quest gives in front of you, any other players doing the JC quest/standing near by and the closest pair of Stormwind Guards if need be.

Some things to note:

  • The JC Dailies are the same for Alliance and Horde, I just happened to link the Alliance quests above.
  • Minimum JC level to unlock the dailies is 475
  • The “A Present for Lila”, “Nibbler! No!” and “Ogrezonians in the Mood” quests require you to cut the gems after you have acquired the quest. You cannot pre-craft them or buy them off the AH (it only completes half the quest objectives).
  • Perfect Gems do not count.
  • Everyone on your server gets the same daily.

It should be quite clear to you now how you can take advantage of this.

  1. Keep a full stack or two of Nightstone, Zephyrite and Jasper in your bags or bank.
  2. On days that the daily is the one that needs Nightstone, Zephyrite and Jasper, be sure to throw a good chunk of yours up on the AH for inflated prices. Post most of them in groups of 3 for increase convenience of your buyers as well. Most people are willing to pay an extra 10-15g for a chunk of 3 than have to buy them 3 times.
  3. Try stock up on Nightone, Zephyrite and Jasper on days that they are not the daily (prices will be much lower) or from prospecting ore. If you follow some form of Elementium/Obsidium/Pyrite Ore shuffle, then subtracting a couple of gems here and there from your profits shouldn’t affect it too much, and you will get those profits back from selling the gems on the daily day as well.

Catching up on Achievements

A RL friend of mine ingame and I have decided to put a little bit of time aside each week to catch up a bit on some of the achievements that we have missed out on in the past. For me my character was a RAF Boost Baby just intime for Cataclysm and for him, he quit wow during TBC and came back first week of Cataclysm (on a different character).

So we have both missed a significant amount of achievements, some of them really simply too such as the Classic Dungeon Master, etc.

Past week I have achieved in my spare time now:

  • Of The Shattered Sun Title (woop di doo 1000g downt he drain haha)
  • The Guardian of Cenarius Title (I was already exalted with CE, just had to do the CC grind)
  • The Diplomat Title (That’s Timerbaw, Sporeggar and Kurenai Factions Exalted – I was already exalted with Kurenai)
  • The Explorer Title (After exploring just about the whole world,then realizing that when in the Draenei starting area + their next zone, the BE starting area + their next zone and Ghostlands, you cannot use your flying mount…really suuuucks)
  • Some Ulduar Achievements
  • Some Naxxramas Achievements
  • Some ICC Achievements
  • Classic Dungeon Master
  • And a couple of other smaller ones

I have many more lined up and will post some of them as I go along.

It’s a nice way to de-stress, just flying around peacefully snagging all these easy achievements or reveling in nostalgic memory of all the old instances.