Archive for the ‘Random Musings’ Category

We are Moving!

September 20, 2009

Sorry for  the delay in posts folks – we are in the process of moving and I didn’t want to add to the virtual clutter!  Hubby has been working hard this week to shift us over to Blogspot, where we can have better control over the layout and content of our site.  We were also able to put the new Crafter’s Tome face on the blog, which makes me very happy!  You can see the new version at:

crafterstome.blogspot.com

The web site address should stay the same for those of you who come straight to the main page.  If you’ve linked to a particular article, we can’t redirect you so you’ll have to update your links.  I’ll be posting future articles at the new site and this post will stay here to remind you to update your links.  We’ve also changed the RSS feed, so you’ll need to update that as well.

Please update your reader to our new feed URL:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/kaliope-blog

See you at the new site!!

Aion: A Crafting Review

September 15, 2009

Last week Aion had an open beta event where anyone could sign up for an account and try the game.  For those of you who missed this in our Comments, my husband convinced me to try other MMOs to experience their crafting systems and see how they compare to WoW.  Presumably by doing this, I can get a better understanding for the good, the bad and the ugly.  I have to say that my time in Aion has certainly helped in that regard, and I think this test has turned up some valuable information.

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Neo-Crafting Pt 2: Uniqueness

September 12, 2009

One of the things that comes up time and time again is the idea of uniqueness.  Every crafter wants to offer something that no one else has – to be able to stand out in the sea of sameness.  This desire to be unique has spawned some arguably bad behavior.  Auction House speculators who buy out competitors and repost at their favored price.  Stockpiling items that are scheduled for modification in some way to capitalize on buying frenzies.  Racing to be the first person with access to the newest pets/dungeon drops/raid craftables/etc so you can charge out the wazoo for it.  The driving force behind all of these behaviors is our need to be the first or only crafter offering a specific item so we can price it however we want and make oodles of gold.

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More New Website Goodies

August 19, 2009

I just wanted to let folks know that in addition to the new design that went up earlier this week, we also put up some new content.  The Blacksmithing and Cooking guides were both updated for WotLK.  Also, we put a new version of TradeTrak on Curse.com and WoWInterface.  The new TradeTrak has all the 3.2 recipes except for dungeon drops, it now matches the current web site lists.  Make sure you get the newest copy! (more…)

Crafter’s Tome Gets a Facelift!

August 16, 2009

That’s right folks, we are very excited to debut a new look for the Crafter’s Tome web site.  Our old look was a bit tired, in addition to some layout problems that we wanted to address.  So we put our heads together and came up with a new design.  Most of the credit goes to my hubby Mikros for coming up with the core concept and doing all the hard work to make it happen :)

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Those who can’t do… fake it

July 27, 2009

Ok, so I have no actual news to report.  No new investigations or anything exciting like that.  But I still want to put posts up so I’m going to delve into seldom-charted territory.  I’ll just share something that I personally found entertaining.  I know that we get our weekly infusion of WoW comics and WoWInsider makes sure we don’t miss any bit of news that’s even mildly relevant to WoW. Even so, just happened across this on Wired and thought I’d share:

Sam Raimi’s Warcraft Movie Production Diary

Enjoy!

Vacation Notice!

June 29, 2009

Just want to let you all know that I am going out of town today and not returning for two weeks (7/13).  I am taking a small netbook with me and will be checking in when I can.  I also have the Test Realm software installed and I’ll do my best to stay on top of PTR updates.  Posts may be sporadic though, just wanted you guys know what’s up :)

Midsummer Guide Repost + Update

June 23, 2009

For folks who missed this last year or don’t want to go digging for the link, here’s our Midsummer Festival Guide from last year.

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It’s all about the Space Baby!

June 9, 2009

In the last post I touched on space issues in WoW and the impact they have on our gaming experience.  There were a lot of points that I left unsaid, so I thought I’d delve into that a bit more as a separate post.  Space is something that affects all of us and I think we all struggle with it at one point or another.  We start out with one bag and very early on we start purchasing additional bags.  Then we start segregating our junk between the bank and our bags.  At some point we realize this isn’t sufficient for our needs and we start creating alts to house our extra stuff.

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What’s Your Style?

June 4, 2009

I read this entertaining post over at WoWenomics the other day, and found this horribly accurate description of myself:

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