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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

No Show This Week

Hey folks - just wanted to let you all know that, despite what the countdown timer to the right on the homepage says, there will be no podcast this week.  Kathroman and I will be back next week with a new episode at our usual time.

With things in WoW slowing down, we're going to kick the show into cruise control and so a show every other week.  I'll sort out a way to get the countdown timer to reflect that (or maybe just pull it down on weeks without a show).

I'm also slacking on getting last week's show edited and posted.  What can I say - work has been kicking my butt.  Hope to catch you next week!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Late Nite With Stede Goldmaking Podcast - Episode 020

Kathroman and I catch up on all the Warlord of Draenor news from the past week and it's potential goldmaking implications.  We cover the removal of Realm First L100 and Profession Achievements, take one last crack at $60 paid boosts to L90, and get down with some in depth discussion about garrisons.  Topics also included a look at how the gearing path is shaping up in WoD given the announcement that Silver Proving Grounds achievement will be required to queue heroic dungeons as well as the Power of Post Frequency on the Auction House.

My Blossoming Ancient giveaway has been extended - you have until the start of the next show on March 6th to get your entries to me via email or Twitter DM - all it takes is a screenshot!  Full details here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Late Nite With Stede Goldmaking Podcast - Episode 019

Zerohour joins Kathroman and I as we catch up on latest goldmaking news following Patch 5.4.7.  We talk about Zerohour's latest escapades, run through some interesting tweets from hwoome, yak about $60 paid character boosts to L90, the ultimate fate of 522 crafted gear with the new PvP season, and the potential for a meta-game with garrisons on alts.  You know with Zerohour, there's always a fun show!

I want to give a special thanks to Jim Younkin of the Power Word: Gold podcast for single-handedly creating an mp3 of the last show after I'd encountered some technical difficulties and didn't think I'd be able to post it all to the feed.  Jim's been a lot of help in a lot of technical aspects with the show and the website, so check out his site when you get a chance!

Also be sure to get in your entries for the Blossoming Ancient giveaway - all it takes is a screenshot!  Full details here.

Technical Difficulties

Well, folks, I ran into some bad news this weekend. It doesn't look like I'm going to be able to post Episode 19 of the podcast to iTunes or Stitcher anytime soon (the curse of Zerohour).  Usually, Youtube gives me the option to download an mp4 of the show and I can make any edits and turn it into an mp3.  But for whatever reason, it's not giving me the option to download it.

I know there are other ways to do all this, but that was easy enough and it worked without much effort.  For now, you can find Episode 19 on Youtube using the links at the top of the homepage (Live on Youtube link should get you to my channel).  I'll have to try to figure something out in time for this week's show, or we might just take the week off.  I had every intention of having a proper goldmaking post ready to go this week, but I spent so much time trying to sort out what the deal was with Youtube, that I didn't get a chance.

I'm still doing my Blossoming Ancient Blizzard Store Pet giveaway - all you have to do to enter is send me a screenshot of a speadsheet you use for goldmaking, or a screenshot of your favorite TUJ profession page.  Details can be found here.  I'm hoping for some more entries as we get closer to the giveaway date of March 6th.

I'll try to get back on track with proper goldmaking posts later in the week.  I've had my hands full with a lot lately, and just haven't had the time to make more content.  Most nights, I get home spent and just want to unwind.  Them's the breaks, though.  Give me a shout out on twitter, in-game, or in the comments with any words of wisdom / encouragement you might have - those always help!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Full Set of TSM Group Import Strings for All Glyphs

Last week, Selltacular had a post on his blog, Copper to Gold, that had a TSM Import String that could be used import most all glyphs into groups based on the class they were for (note that not all 444 were included, but they will be added later).  Selltacular has a great site with loads of good content and I recommend you visit often.  If you've followed me for awhile, you know that I make a big todo about which types of glyphs are the most profitable.  I've talked with Selltacular and I have to say the glyph market on his server is an exception - to say the least.

On most servers, the harder a glyph is to learn, the more expensive it tends to be.  Trainer-taught glyphs are less profitable than Northrend Research glyphs.  It happens that as Selltacular posted his own list of TSM Import Strings, I was working on my own.  Last week, I talked about the difficulties I encountered in validating the data in my Inscription tab of the Spreadsheet Sandbox.  My next step is here now - to make TSM Group Import Strings for all glyphs, by the method in which they are learned.  This way you can make a separate group for each.  This will allow you to easily turn on / off crafting operations in case you, like me, want to skip making trainer-taught glyphs because they're just not worth the hassle.

I've saved these lists as text files to my Google Drive - you can check em out here.  All you have to do is highlight all the text, and copy / paste into the TSM group Import box in the screenshot below:

If you're not really familiar with how to setup groups, you can check out Phat Lewts' video guide on groups for TSM. Hope you enjoy!

My plan is to make a video series that walks through setting up in the glyph market, similar to how I'm setup now, using all the tips and principles that I use myself.  I'll break it down as much as I can for new goldmakers, because I think glyphs are a great market for new goldmakers.

Editor's Note: Thanks to Anders and Phat Lewts in the comments section, I was able to correct a couple mistakes.  Also, PhatLewts provided a single import string that will create TSM Groups for all 8 groups - just import the string to a general "Glyphs" category and can do a one & done import.  I've added PhatLewts' single string import to the files I have available on my Google Drive - in case the pastebin copy comes down.  Thanks to both of you guys for trying these out and giving fixes / improvements!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Late Nite With Stede Goldmaking Podcast - Episode 018

Kathroman and I return from a week off to talk about all the new tradeskill and professions information coming out of the newest Blizzard Professions Developer to go active on Twitter, @hwoome.  We also dissect the most recent blue post on the Art of Garrisons, extracting some neat information on how Garrisons and Professions are shaping up to work together.  We finish off by discussing Inventory and what it means to master a profession.

Hope you enjoy the show!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Stede's Spreadsheet Screenshot Giveaway (SSSG) - Win a Blossoming Ancient Pet!

Hey everybody - I want to tell you all about a cool giveaway I want to do.  I'll be giving away a Blossoming Ancient pet from the store.  This lil guy changes color and features as the seasons change - much like how the goldmaking landscape of each server changes during an expansion - which is why we use analytics like spreadsheets, TUJ, wowuction, and TradeSkillMaster to track what's going on!  The winner will be announced at the end of our first show in March 2014 (currently scheduled for March 6, 2014).

Send me a screenshot of your favorite spreadsheet or websheet in action via either Twitter DM or via email (latenitewithstede at gmail dot com).  I know not everyone has access to Excel, so you can alternatively send a screenshot of your favorite TUJ Profession Page or your own OpenOffice or Google Sheets spreadsheet.  I love seeing what you guys are capable of and what folks have done with my spreadsheet.  If you send a shot of what you've added to my Spreadsheeting Sandbox (download link on the Stede's Signature Tools page), I'll count it as 2 entries.  Entries will be accepted up through the end of February.  Only one screenshot per person will be counted towards the drawing, but feel free to send as many as you'd like :)

I'd love to put together a gallery that showcases the power of analytics, so I hope you'll considering entering as much for that as for the Blossoming Ancient pet.  I'll be looking forward to your entries!