Friday, 27 January 2012

Tradeskillmaster Release Version 1.03 released

Just a quick note the new improved version of TSM was released on Curse a few hours ago.

Get it here:

Make sure and grab all the modules you use, except Gathering, which is obsolete now.

Also, the home site for TSM has moved to:

The release version has a completely redesigned auction interface with a new auction tab replacing the old sidebar, many improvements and some new functionality including a market reset scan function. So much has changed it takes a little getting to used to but once you do it's great.

*** IMPORTANT NOTE *** The Gathering module was split into two new modules, Item Tracker and Warehousing. Make sure you UNINSTALL GATHERING when installing the new version.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Unlimited Maelstrom Crystals

The demand for high end chants has gone up and driven the prices of high end enchanting mats up too (particularly Maelstrom Crystals and Heavenly Shards). Maelstrom Crystals are going for 200-250g or more on many servers now. What many don't know is it's possible to manufacture unlimited Maelstrom Crystals for under 150g each.

To get the best cost per crystal you need an enchanter in a level 24 guild who's exalted with Avenger's of Hyjal. Go to the Firelands vendors, buy cloaks and disenchant them for unlimited Maelstrom Crystals. If you're not exalted you must be at least friendly to buy the cloaks.

Exalted rep with Avenger's of Hyjal gets you a 20% discount on prices with the Firelands vendors
Bountiful Bags (level 23 guild perk) gets you a 20% bonus when disenchanting
Bartering (level 24 guild perk) gets you a 10% discount and stacks with the rep discount

In the best case, assuming you're exalted with Avenger's of Hyjal and in a level 24 guild, your cost per Maelstrom Crystal comes out to about 146g. Shattering crystals will keep your cost on Heavenly Shards to about 73g too. Horde characters of the Goblin race have it even easier, all they need is friendly rep since thier racial gives them a 20% price discount with all vendors (which does NOT stack with rep discounts).

In the worst case, you need to be at least friendly and the cloaks cost 250g each. Guild perks still apply though, you'll get 10% off for Bartering, and 20% more crystals from disenchanting with Bountiful Bags. Bountiful Bags alone brings the price per Crystal down to about 208g and Bartering brings it down a little further to 187.5g per crystal (5 x (250 x 0.9)) / 6 = 187.5. Exalted rep alone without the guild perks will bring the price down to 200g per crystal.

Monday, 9 January 2012

TradeSkillMaster Release Version Preview

Sapu's been working hard on the release version of TradeSkillMaster and it's getting close. Here's a link to the official preview at the TSM home site.

TradeSkillMaster Release Version Preview

Sapu was good enough to send me a pre release version to play with. Here are my thoughts after playing with it for a few days.

The most noticeable change is the auction house part of the User Interface has been completely redesigned. This  is a huge change, everything has been moved around and it takes some time to get used to it.

The configuration window (which opens when you type  /tsm) is mostly the same as before. A few things added or moved but for the most part it's the same old familiar configuration UI.

It's hard to say for sure but it seemed to me it's faster and less laggy than before. I'll be able to say more about that after running it when the server is most crowded (prime time raid nights Tues-Thurs).

A few features seem to have disappeared in the process. I don't know if they've been dropped for good or will be added back at a later date. One thing I really miss though is the ability to manually change post prices on the fly while doing a post scan. (Edit: The author says this feature will be in the release version)

Many of the changes are IMO major improvements. In particular I like how the sidebar window is gone (mostly anyhow) and has been replaced with an auction tab.

There are a few details I'm not fond of but this isn't a review, the new version hasn't been released yet and many of those details could easily be changed by release so I'm not going to get into that now. They're mostly little things anyhow, like a double click where I'm used to a single click with other addons or a key piece of information I want to see missing from a scan list.