Also, although I did say below I would never ask for your gold (so I can shop and buy the items for you, then give them to you) - I have taken to doing that sometimes, because it just saves SO much time. If you're OK with that, we could save quite a bit of time, but I totally understand if you're not.
EDIT 1 :
Wow, this has proven quite a bit more popular than I would have thought. But hey - since I absolutely love going gear shopping, that's awesome! =) It means I have a lot of awesome gear shopping to look forward to. But it also means that, if you've added me, you might have to wait, and for that I apologize. I like to take my time with the guys, walk them through my decision-making process and tell them WHY I'm buying the gear I'm buying - akin to either giving food or showing how to grow it. =) Therefore, I'll use this thread as a repository for myself, and the guys who have requested help, to keep track of who's in the queue. Most recent additions at the bottom, top of list is next up. (If you have any objections to having your name here, just send me a msg and I will replace it with "Anonymous X". The order, btw, is based on the order in which the friend requests I received were listed.
Here we go :
If I am forgetting anybody, please do mention it in this thread. Looking forward to going shopping together!
Over the last week or so, I've found myself helping a few guys with their gearing, and I have realized that I absolutely LOVE doing that! =) As I have told all of them, it's the puzzle aspect of it, and the "Eureka!" moments, that give me the biggest kick. That, and seeing people play on MP8 who could barely handle MP3 before. =)
So anyhow - seeing as there are many threads out there from people looking for gearing advice, I just thought I'd put the word out there. My gearing philosophy is very largely based on Nameless' and Piffle's guides, and my targets are always 40K life, 5K armor, 600RA, 1000 LOH and 2.X LS, for about 420-440K EHP. I also prefer the "fast" gameplay, so I'll always go with 24 MS and 2.00 APS or thereabouts. With that in mind, I would say my "specialty" (though I am loathe to call it that) would be taking guys from 50K-ish DPS to 100K-ish. I do best when the budget is 50-100 mil, and/or when you're not in a hurry (take advantage of bid auctions!).
I fully realize that, as per Piffle's guide, 50 mil is not necessarily a requirement for an MP8-capable toon - but it sure helps. =) If you're looking to break past the 120K-ish DPS, I certainly have ideas, but they're not proven - I haven't been there myself. Same goes if you have a budget way over 100 mil - past 100-110K DPS, the math just changes. Again, I have ideas, but I'm afraid that my usual gearing philosophy would lead you on a path that you'd eventually have to undo in order to eke out maximum DPS, leading you to purchase gear twice and waste money. Again, I have ideas, but they're not proven.
I am not doing this to make money, just to have fun. Like I said, I actually really enjoy this, as much as the game itself if not more. =) Some vouches (who expressly gave me their permission to include their name in this thread) :
You can add me in game at Silver32#1142 anytime, with something in the message about gearing help, and if I'm on, I'll help you. =) I will NEVER ask for your gold to go shopping for you. My M.O. is usually to search ah and point out good buys, which you then go find and buy yourself.
Looking forward to hearing from you!