Add-ons Seriously Needed
I could really use some in-game tools or add-ons to help manage the furniture shop I’m running in EQ2 Extended. An in-game calculator, notepad and permanent wallet history, ala EVE Online accessories would be very nice in deed. I use the player made notebooks to keep track of inventory, customers and orders but it’s a hack attempt at best. I was using a spreadsheet but I didn’t like alt-tabbing out of the game. It breaks the RP feel of what I’m doing. Not that I’m some big RP person but I like how connected this character feels to the world of Norrath – like she lives in that world. As a result, I don't want the jarring exercise of popping in and out of game using programs.
Besides having something like the WOW add-on, Auctioneer for seeing the range of prices for an item, a permanent list of your sales crate information would be very useful. Right now what we have is a scrolling log of past sales where things fall off the list as new items are sold. The information provided such as the item sold, cost and purchaser is very valuable. First off, it helps me to understand my optimal price points so I can adjust accordingly. I rarely price items based on what everyone else is doing even though I often check our of curiosity. I prefer go by the tier, whether or not there was a rare component and the uniqueness of the item. If I went by what I see many others doing, I’d be selling for less than the fuel costs, which I simply do not understand.
More importantly for me, is the list of who bought what. I maintain a premium customer list which includes anyone who purchased a 1Plat or more, in a single session. 1 Plat in EQ2 is about 1K gold in WOW. Some players say it’s much more but I go with 1K. The other numbers people were quoting me were astronomical. Perhaps someone currently playing both will comment. Regardless, spending 1P in a single purchase session warrants some appreciation.
When a customer spends the 1P with me, I send them in-game mail expressing my appreciation and a small gift. If it’s the first time, I’ll send a plant or flowers. If it’s the 2nd or 3rd, I’ll send a vase or lights. I take a guess at their tastes based on what they purchased. This has proven very successful. Most of them will end up visiting me in the shop at some point after receiving the mail. Everyone replies their thanks. I also see them again and again, in my sales logs. It’s important to me to maintain the customers I have since I’m far from the cheapest carpenter. I don’t low-ball when I see others dropping prices, I just stick to what I think is fair compensation. So far, so good, it works for me.
What I can’t do with the scrolling list is recognize customers who’ve spent 1P over a period of time. I notice names spending 50G and 75G a session, and it’s likely next week I see their names again but don’t know the former amount. And I’m certainly not going to start keeping a list of all purchases, since you can’t download the data. You can copy/paste but there’d be dups and clean up. I have way too much to do in-game without adding out of game work.
Friends Joining EQ2X
Two internet friends have also joined me in EQ2X. Sister Julie, from the No Prisoners No Mercy Podcast, transferred her monk over a couple of weeks back. I hope to see her online again soon. She was recently bitten by the WOW Cataclysm BETA. Dave, aka Abraham in game, has been reading my blog for over a year and he’s joined me on EQ2X too. Veteran WOW player, he’s finding it a nice change in between WOW. Like me, he’s very intrigued by the crafting and player housing. We both keep wondering why Blizzard hasn’t added it to WOW yet.
Several of my customers have become my in-game friends. They visit me, I visit their homes and we chat regularly. I’m still operating solo most of the time because of the nature of what I’m doing but it’s extremely pleasant to have chat and voice-chat companionship while crafting or harvesting. I still get a kick out of customers who come into the store in character and stay that way. I roll right along with it and play my part. I’m still having a ball and have a mile-long list of things I want to do next.