Give the Gift of Warcraft (or get yourself a Recruit a Friend mount on the cheap)

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Blizzard is running a promotion on World of Warcraft and all the expansions up until the first of January. If you don’t have a recruit a friend mount yet this is definitely the time to get one.

With the WoW Battlechest for $5 (or 5€ / £4) you can get your very own [Obsidian Nightwing] mount very cheap.

In order to receive a RaF mount you will need to recruit someone or just yourself (even works on the same battle.net account). The recruited person then has to activate their trial account, upgrade to the battle chest and then add 60 days of game time to their account.

If you / your friend uses a game time card to add game time you will get your mount almost instantly, if a credit card is used you will have to wait two months. As another incentive you will also receive 30 days of game time.

Recruiting yourself will cost you about $20. $5 for the battle chest + $30 for the game time – $15 since your main account gets 30 days of game time.

Bonus Experience and free levelups oh my!

Should you choose to recruit yourself don’t forget about the insane triple bonus experience leveling two toons together can give you. Even better: every two levels the recruited account can grant a character on the main account a free levelup which could speed up your leveling immensely.

To receive the bonus experience two characters need to be within a certain level range, in a party and within a certain range of each other. The easiest way to get triple experience by yourself is just to log in on both accounts, party up and then put one character on /follow while you do your regular questing on the other character. Every somewhat modern computer should be able to handle two instances of WoW at the same time. If you really want to take full advantage of the experience buff you might also want to look into Multiboxing software.

If you have any questions about how Recruit a Friend works check out the Battle.net FAQ Page or simply ask in the comments.

Pandaria Update

Alrighty it’s time for a short update about goldmaking, pandaria in general and this Blog

Goldmaking in Pandaland

Unfortunately I didn’t really do a lot goldmaking in Mists of Pandaria since I was focused on getting my new main, a restoration and elemental shaman leveled and geared up. This also cost me quite a lot of gold since I wanted to get geared quickly and that meant having to buy very expensive crafted Leatherworking items.

Since I want to be able to help out our second raidteam I also leveled up a retribution/protection Paladin (my main in Cata) which I had to gear up as well.

All that leveling, running dungeons, doing dailies and of course my education didn’t leave a lot of time for goldmaking which is why I am actually down about 70.000 gold since the start of Pandaria. I am very determined to get all that gold back though.

At the moment I am working the Ironpaw Shuffle and the traditional Jewelcrafting, Alchemy, Enchanting Shuffle. Furthermore I am looking into moving to the 83-84 Pandaria leveling item market. I’ll give some more updates when I get some nice results.

This Blog

As you might have noticed this Blog looks a bit different than before. I finally migrated back to WordPress after having used Jekyll for quite some time.

I still love Jekyll and I will most likely continue to use it for other sites but with the setup I used I was only able to maintain the site when I was using linux (I am running a dualboot setup). Since I was usually too lazy to switch operating systems I wrote less and less content for the site.

I hope the move to WordPress will change that and you will see some more content from me in the future.

GuildOx Alt Detection

 

As reported by MMO Champion on 09/18 the Website GuildOx announced Alt Detection as a new feature for their site.

If I understand correctly how this works this could potentially help you to get an advantage over other goldmakers but it could hurt you as well.

GuildOx will apparently try to match up your characters by comparing Achievements which should be the same on all your characters thanks to the account-wide achievements.

How can this help or hurt me?

Linking Bank alts to main characters can help you immensely in your gold making efforts (see PhatLewts’ Post about the value of keeping tabs on your competition).

If you know your main competitor is in a progress guild and will be raiding during certain hours you can take over the market in that timespan which gives you an edge over him or her.

But as I already mentioned this feature is a double-edged sword and can hurt you as well.

How can I avoid being hurt by alt detection?

It’s actually pretty simple, as GuildOx describes in their post you just have to check the “Display Only Character Achievements to Others” option in your Interface/Display menu ingame.

That will prevent Guildox from linking your bank alts to your raiding mains.