My principal interest is the economy in the game. Second to that, do 5 mans with my wife and a friend. This expansion i have very very very much work to do in the real life (40 years old business owner with 4 LLC ), and i have not yet time to level one any of my 85 to 90.
Anyway i enter in short bursts of time, for business because i love the realities of economies in diff realms. I am an active AH user, more than other thing, for my real life schedule.
A month or two ago, i farm the mats in malfurion horde and pay to get the black panther done. Then others begin to be dupe the black panther and my investment was halfed.
Then i make a deal and change that for a guild level 25 in other realms, as a method of hold my investment. ( By the way i am now the guildmaster of 30 guilds, 6 of them 25, and have three accounts active).
Because the "shared account" mounts, my former moneymakers, vial of the sands and choppers sell less often. In all the guilds i have and in all the guilds i am currently now, ppl as dropping as flies or inactive of friends told me the game is losing subscribers, or they are not logging now.
Well, this is not only in US realms.
i have a dormant account in EUROPE, because my cousin go to spain some times ago and i purchase to play with him. I made some friends there, and recently i get a warrior 80 for scroll of ressurection. Some of the friends in europe told me the community bad behiavor and scammers are rising.
I make a deal with friends and trade a guild in US for one in EUROPE, lvl 25 off course.
I begin to make deals with ppl in europe to get the stay classy acheivements, frostmane server. two of the ppl make threats to call the cops when i explain they need to join my guild for the 2000g tip. ... as example.
And .. i begin to farm mithril and thorium. i do around 100k without much problem.
Then, the guild master of a relatively big guild in frostmane, a guild in i was a member, scammed me 80k , and for the circunstance Blizzard dont help much. My fault for very good reasons.
I begin to see in frostmane and outland announces of guild lvl 25 for 25k. I am now the owner of two (trying to sell one), and begin to get lowball offers insults and similar.
Some ppl trying to purchase my guild 25 for 5k ? my vial of sands for 12 ? what the hell ?
Then i begin to do a comparation of the quality of my guilds in US region and begin a selling spree.
Must ppl in us region want to pay 15k for a guild with 8 tabs and 900 points in acheivements. Other 9k for the choppers.
At the moment i see a very dark future for casual guilds. example this guild in ghostlands was a bargain some months ago for 25k (the old owner want a panther) and i put the tabs, change names et all. Others of my guilds, purchased in cataclysm, was purchased and sold at 110-140k, sometimes i pay 5 vial of sands for a guild with now some ppl only want to pay 20k for.
Is not an investment problem. I am happy of the state of my trade business and my bank guilds drop a substantial part of their value .
The problem i see is, the in game community is in SERIOUS ATTITUDE PROBLEMS. Many ppl trying to offer below the mats for choppers / vial fo sands. And try to lowball for a guild lvl 25. i get offers of 10k frequently for a guild with 6 tabs, legs and 600~ acheivements.
My current plan , as a player, is sell some guilds and cancel one of my accounts in europe and one of the accounts in US.
I bet you are going to other anual pass, giving the pegasus mounts and beta of hearthstone. If pegasus can be purchased in the blizzard store or in anual pass, i get one. But is a no no the option to get an anaual pass for my wife, or my friend.
We are thinking in return to Diablo II to closed games. More difficult. Similar economies and micromganament. But, the facts make me think the communities are now rotten and the economies are in the same way.
1 ) Make the ppl who left a guild, "damage the guild" progress. As example, if a ppl do 100k worth of experience and he leave the guild, (not for erasing the toon ) guild must loss 50% of experience of the gained for that player.
2 ) cut a little the quest xp gained for guilds. is too cheap for some ppl.
3 ) make cross realms auctions and guilds
4 ) do something wioth the black panthers dupe
5 ) if you make new panthers / vial of sands / choppers, dont do that account shared.