Icecrown Citadel for Rep

I'm sure some of you have witnessed the same phenomenon as I have, but for those who haven't I thought I'd share my experiences. Over the past week I've seen a number of guild-based and pug-based ICC farming groups starting up. There are some pretty great items on the Ashen Verdict vendor, including most of the new recipes from Patch 3.3. The main thing folks seem to be focused on are the upgradable rings, since you can get the first one at Friendly reputation and beefier versions at each higher reputation level.

Winter's Veil for Crafters

Winter Veil has started this year and while most of it revolves around achievements and quests, there are a few items that crafters may want to pick up. Some of these recipes will arrive in the mail including a Cooking recipe, a Leatherworking recipe and a Tailoring recipe. These items are needed to complete achievements, so making them will help you take advantage of the Winter Veil frenzy. It's also fun to run around town in your Red Winter Outfit - Ho Ho Ho!

JC Daily Quest Change in 3.3

This is just a small thing, but I haven't seen mention of it elsewhere so I thought I'd write it up. For those of you who haven't noticed, the drop requirement for the Glowing Ivory Figurine has been modified. Previously, you had to kill Shoveltusks to get the ivory. Now you can also get the ivory by killing mammoths.

I have to say, this has typically been my least favorite JC daily. There just aren't any convenient zones for farming shoveltusks if your hearth is set to Dalaran. Now that they've implemented this change, I'm finding it much quicker to finish this quest. It's actually on par with the other dailies now, which you can do in 1 or 2 short hops from Dalaran. I've gotten this quest twice so far, and both times I went to Sholazar and killed a few mammoths. You could also go to K2 if you prefer, there's plenty of mammoth packs running around that place.

Even though this is a small change, I appreciate that Blizzard notices things like this and tries to improve them.

Patch 3.3 is here and we are on it!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I've updated Crafter's Tome with all the 3.3 recipes that went live today. This includes the faction recipes for The Ashen Verdict. Some of the information isn't complete or confirmed yet, but I went ahead and posted what I had.

I'll be working on a 3.3 TradeTrak update this week and will post again when that is ready. Thanks to everyone who sent me an email with corrections, your help is crucial to the accuracy of our information :)

Have fun with the new patch goodies!

EVE Online Crafting Review

This is going to be a hard review for me. EVE Online is radically different from other MMO games I've played. As such, it's very difficult to compare it to other MMOs in a meaningful fashion. One might say this major departure in gaming style is a good thing. For me I'm afraid that really wasn't the case. I was very curious about it, and also somewhat intimidated about certain portions of the game. It claims to be an open-ended game where players can do whatever they choose. For me this turned out to be more of a flaw than a feature. More than any other review I've done so far, this one is going to be touching on all aspects of the game. That's because crafting is such an integral part of the game that it's very difficult to separate them from each other. At least that's the way I experienced it.