MuttersomeTaxicab's forum posts

#1 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

@Sign said:

I always sell cheap, the way I see it, it is easy money and I have a fast turn around. I usually end up with several rares per session and they were starting to crowd my stash. If my choice is vendor for ~400 gold, salvage for a few mats I won't use or sell it on the AH for 5-8k, then the choice is easy. I could probably get more for the stuff I find but I'd rather it be gone fast and help someone else out. Also, when selling, always list a buyout price, as others have said in the thread the 2d wait can be brutal and wasteful, give people the option of getting the item immediately.

Yeah, adding in a reasonable buyout seems to be absolutely key to keeping your shit cycling. The worst is sitting on 9 auctions with zero bites and having to wait those two days before you can adjust pricing or sub something else in. Meanwhile, your stash just piles up with more and more crap.

#2 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

@Jeust said:

So I think professional reviewers are partial and I don't trust them.

It's unrealistic to expect anyone to be purely objective about, well, anything. Getting up in arms about it seems kind of silly. A good reviewer will acknowledge their potential biases, either by explicitly stating them or by implicitly suggesting them through the tone of the review and their word choice. In cases where there's a chance of egregious conflict of interests, then ideally the reviewer has the good sense to hand the game off to someone who maybe doesn't have as many dogs in the fight.

What would it mean to have an impartial review? By this I mean someone writing to explicitly remove their personality and any chance that their personal interpretations would colour the review. If we assume that reviews are evaluative, then it's kind of impossible. If you want a list of the bullet points of things you can do in the game and what the game is about, then that's what the bullet points on the back of the box are there for. If you need someone to say whether the company actually pulled off the stuff they claim is in the game, then you have to at least partially trust the reviewer's judgement. It's more on you as a reader to figure out if your sensibilities match up with the reviewer and whether you trust their judgement. And, yeah, read reviews that you disagree with. I can go on any site and read about how great Diablo III is. I'm WAY more interested in that one review that's shouting down the others. I'll probably disagree with many of its points, but those kinds of reviews are always the most fascinating. At least until I get to the comments, then they're just saddening.

#3 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

@alternate said:

Sexy prawns?

Oh christ. You broke the game for me. Now every pawn I make has to be named after a different crustacean.

#4 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

@Tennmuerti said:

Or if you are a low level char for example high level Hell difficulty gems sell for dirt cheap, far cheaper then crafting them, and with no level restrictions you can put them on low level character. Spend 500g on a couple of socketed items at lvl 15 and put in a couple of Square Rubys, voila you have lvl 30 equiv dps at lvl 15 for next to nothing, everything just melts away.

This is a really smart idea. I just started a monk in hardcore - they have a separate stash and gold pool. First thing I did was just outright buy a couple solid rare fist weapons. I'm pretty sure they're both socketed, too. Will totally pick up some gems for 'em. Cuz, y'know. Hardcore.

#5 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

@Panpipe: The economy is the biggest concern I have, and partly the reason why I started this thread. There really doesn't seem to be too many permanent cash sinks in this game. Like anybody else here, I barely buy anything from vendors (unless it's for achievement purposes) and I typically come across enough health potions that buying those isn't a significant sink. I don't know how far down the rabbit hole levelling up artisans goes, but I doubt that will occupy me for longer than a month or so, unless you can get them to the point where they're producing legendary items for vast sums of gold - and at that point, why even have an auction house? From what I've seen, the price of rares will probably drop a fair bit but yeah, anything worth really having will be expensive beyond reason unless Blizzard has already anticipated this stuf and has corrective measures in place. Taking 15% commission doesn't seem to be enough to offset gold auctions at very high levels, but who knows.

#6 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

@wmaustin55: Yeah. That's my situation right now, too. Probably thanks to how much I've churned through in the past week. My entire stash is filled with Rares that will probably do okay on the market, but the inability to adjust timing or to take auctions down when it's clear nobody is biting is a little frustrating. I'm thinking I'll start putting relatively low buyout prices soon just to get this stuff moving.

#7 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

So, real money hasn't been attached to the auction house yet. Thank god.

Right now, it looks mostly swarmed by goddamn lunatics charging $45k for a shitty rare that you'll out-level in an hour or two. I have picked up a few reasonable pieces here and there that have helped me along. Thanks to the overblown pricing on 85% of the other items in the auction house, I've managed to eke out a respectable business getting rid of some rare items I just don't have a use for anymore. The biggest frustration I have right now is the mandatory 2-day timeline for any auction. Since my fiancee and I did a pretty crazy marathon over the weekend, by the time I'd won the auction, I'd already found four or five better pieces of gear. Obviously now that I'm back to a normal routine that won't happen as frequently, but the lack of a buyout price on a lot of auctions is a little crazy.

Still, given the ludicrous prices, I'm curious to see what the real-money auction house will do to the game's economy.

Has anyone taken a peek? Found any awesome deals? Found pricing strategies that work pretty well? Only focusing on items with a reasonable buyout? Spent a staggering amount of gold already on a drunken flight of whimsy?

#8 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

So, real money hasn't been attached to the auction house yet. Thank god.

Right now, it looks mostly swarmed by goddamn lunatics charging $45k for a shitty rare that you'll out-level in an hour or two. I have picked up a few reasonable pieces here and there that have helped me along. Thanks to the overblown pricing on 85% of the other items in the auction house, I've managed to eke out a respectable business getting rid of some rare items I just don't have a use for anymore. The biggest frustration I have right now is the mandatory 2-day timeline for any auction. Since my fiancee and I did a pretty crazy marathon over the weekend, by the time I'd won the auction, I'd already found four or five better pieces of gear. Obviously now that I'm back to a normal routine that won't happen as frequently, but the lack of a buyout price on a lot of auctions is a little crazy.

Still, given the ludicrous prices, I'm curious to see what the real-money auction house will do to the game's economy.

Has anyone taken a peek? Found any awesome deals? Found pricing strategies that work pretty well? Only focusing on items with a reasonable buyout? Spent a staggering amount of gold already on a drunken flight of whimsy?

#9 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

I'm thinking I'll probably roll a hardcore character for a while. I doubt they'll be my main, though. Thinking I'll main a non-Hardcore Witch Doctor and try a Hardcore Monk

#10 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (681 posts) -

@p00rdevil said:

@MuttersomeTaxicab said:

I used to play Diablo 3. Then I took an error to the knee.

No one else acknowledged your wit? I will, pretty funny :) Great take on an old joke, he he.

Hahaha, much obliged! Though, I imagine it would have fit better with the Error 37 thread.