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    The Consortium Competition is HERE!


    So I hope that my Pre-Competition Post has gotten you all excited and your creative juices flowing. - I know it was a while ago, and half of you probably forgot about it eh?

    As promised, this competition is going to be rather interesting and a little bit complex. It's going to take you time to complete it, but it's a balance between hardwork and innovation/knowledge. So even complete new players to making gold do actually stand a chance in winning against seasoned entrepreneurs.

    Essentially the competition is a documentary/journal/diary style competition, where you will be closely recording everything you do for the different stages of the competition.

    Sterling has kindly made a new forum section called Competition Entries where you must post your competition entries instead of having to mail it or have them all scattered about in different forums. The best thing is that only YOU can see your own threads and posts in that section. When the competition is over we will open it up for everyone to see.

    The Competition Stages:
    Stage 1: You will start off with 10gold and you need to then turn that into 200gold. You can farm - but you must find a way to incorporate that 10g into your farming, you can flip, you can vendor, but you cannot use professions. You can flip profession items but you may not craft or make anything with professions (your professions or anyone else's). You cannot however use any other gold other than that 10g and the subsequent amounts that you earned using that 10g.

    Stage 2: With this 200gold that you have now attained, you need to pick one specific niche and turn that 200gold into 2000gold. It can be a professions niche, it can be manipulating a market niche, etc. You cannot however use any other gold other than that 200g and the subsequent amounts that you earned using that 200g.

    Stage 3: Reflection. A big thing about this competition is I want it to show new players how easy it can actually be to make gold when you have next to nothing. For the last stage I want you to explain to us if you think that the niches/methods that you chose were effective and if you would recommend it to others or not.

    Some things I want you to take into account:
    The reason being is I will be issuing an additional award to the entry that to me has the most detail - regardless of voting poll results, without coming across like an essay/thesis and has the most effort or creativity put in. So just because you don't have an entire blog community backing you up in the votes, you can still win a significant prize!
    • Screenshots
    • Own comments / describe what you are doing
    • Detail! Record EVERYTHING, dates/days, time of the day or length of time it took, repair bills, postage costs, lost deposit costs, auction house cuts.
    • Item links, link any items involved so people can check out the item in more detail.
    • Addons
    • Mistakes made


    Final Comments:
    • If you are able to make more than 2000g with that method then keep going. You do not have to stop at 2000g if you don't want to.
    • Don't cheat and do something like, putting up a bottle of milk on the AH for 200g and getting a friend to buy it for you, in order to complete stage 1. - It's a simple example but you get the point.
    • Have fun, really we make these competitions so that we can increase the interaction amongst the community and for people to have fun. Don't be shy and decide not to enter because you are new to gold making, or because you maybe don't think you have enough time. Be enthusiastic and optimistic!


    Prizes:
    We have a couple of prizes lined up ranging from specific wow orientated (legal) services, to TCG pets, and other funky stuff.

    If you would like to donate a prize (for example pet codes or gametime or just plain cash) you are welcome to speak to Sterling or myself - it does not have to be a lot at all.

    So far we have had donations for this contest from:

    Saate @ Massively Obsessed (www.Saate.net)
    KuRIoS @ Massively Multiplayer Owned (www.MMOwned.com)
    Xerenetit @ The Consortium Forums

    And some left over cash from the previous contest.

    (Thanks)

    Competition ends on 10th May

    P.S. Please don't use ImageShack to host your screenshots, for some reason it blocks me due to my country.
    I recommend using www.imgur.com, it's an awesome image host and very very fast.
    Last edited by Sinshroud; April 16th, 2011 at 11:05 AM.
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    This seems very interesting; I haven't participated in one of your competitions before. Tell me, would videos, either as the entry itself or supplemental to the entry, be allowed? I like frapsing things. :3

    Edited to add: I'm confused about the profession rules. Is it correct that farming with professions (Mining, skinning, herbing) are okay but crafting are not? What about smelting? Archaeology and other "crafting style" secondary profession types?
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    Don't cheat and do something like, putting a bottle of milk on the AH for 1c and getting a friend to buy it out for you for 200g in order to complete stage 1. - It's a simple example but you get the point.
    There are viable ways of making money by buying vendor stuff and selling @ ah, are you saying thats not allowed? I wont divuldge what items, since its a competition but I hope its allowed to take advantage of lazy people sitting @ ah not bothering to go to a vendor.
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    Yes it would be nice if you could clarify the gathering professions rules. I am a bit confused aswell.

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    @Faid, videos as a supplement would definitely be nice, though I recommend having the majority of your work written down or screenshotted because its easier to keep track of what all was done etc. It also prevents us from being too dazzled by someone's amazing video editing skills instead of focusing on what really matters.

    For Stage 1, no professions gathering or crafting, etc. I want to see how imaginative people can be, a lot of new players complain that they can't make gold because they don't have any professions or don't have the correct ones. By enforcing this rule it helps show that professions aren't everything.


    @Sponsor, Limited Supply items and vendor sold items are find, no problem at all. I personally sell hundreds and hundreds of different recipes myself and it works nicely.

    I accidently worded the bottle of milk thing a bit wrong.

    Don't cheat and do something like, putting up a bottle of milk on the AH for 200g and getting a friend to buy it for you, in order to complete stage 1. - It's a simple example but you get the point.
    That is how it should have been phrased (will go edit). It just means that don't cheat. Like putting a piece of linen cloth (or anything really) and having a friend / second account buy it for an abnormal price of in unusual quantities.

    P.S. remember it will count in your favor if you do something original. For example farming volatile air for 2 hours in order to make 200g is a bit boring. Use this opportunity to explore more out of the box niches on your server, it just might end up making you thousands in the future anyways.
    Last edited by Sinshroud; April 13th, 2011 at 08:40 AM.

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    Hi Sin,

    Are there any rules on character lvl?

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    Will this use the same voting system as the last competition?

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    In stage 2, can you use a maxed profession, or start over with a new one at 1 skill? I'm guessing start from skill 1, but its better safe than sorry, right?
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    Only to understand it right for the first stage, is it allowed to level a profession if you start with a new toon and dont sell the things you gather or produce or do I have to break 200g first than start leveling the profession, for making it more realistic I would start with a new toon and as gathering yields xp it would make it a bit faster

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    Quote Originally Posted by RavenC View Post
    Will this use the same voting system as the last competition?
    Yes, we will use a poll like last time.

    In all stages you can use characters of any level.

    In Stage 2 you can use what ever professions and levels you wish.
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