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World of Warcraft : How to Make Gold with Leatherworking

Most people will always tell you that gathering professions are the only way to make gold, and that most often crafting professions are going to lose you money because you’re going to be much too interested in gaining levels and will spend gold trying to make gear.
The thing these people don’t understand is that first of all, the gear you make does have an economic value. You can get back what you paid for in materials by selling the gear on the auction house. Also, you get to level your profession through the means of buying auction house materials and crafting more gear. The higher level the crafting profession, the more gold you can potentially earn through the use of it.

Once you can make some rare (blue) gear, this is where the money can really start flowing in. Of course making these equips is going to cost much more, but so does buying it off the auction house. If you’re the only one selling the equipment, you can easily make tons of gold through this way. Sometimes, grinding for the materials when they’re not on the auction house is the best way to make the gold. Grind on stuff that you can skin for the gear, or run a search on for the mob that drops the particular item you need. Of course this can take some time, but the gold outcome is often well worth it once you find one that works well.

I’ve noticed that one of the easiest and most reliable ways to make smaller scale amounts of gold is to change materials. For instance, buy stacks of light leather and convert them to medium leather and resell. Buy medium or light hide, cure, and resell for more than you paid for the salt. Also, another good way to make money through this is to buy ruined leather scraps, turn into light leather, and resell. Of course you need money to make money through this method, but you can still make a decent profit in the long run.

Taking Advantage of Trade Channel
The trade channel is a great way to make the gold flow in as well, because people that might not even check the auction house for the gear you can create might be tempted to view what you can craft them. Now, with the convenient feature of being able to link your profession to anyone, people can easily see every item that you can possibly craft for them, as well as the materials they will need to provide you with in order to create it. They will also know a rough estimate of what they should owe you after the whole transaction is complete if they used your own materials.

There are a few other ways to make money with leatherworking, and with crafting professions in general, but I would say these strategies are some of the best ways to make gold through the use of crafting, and leatherworking in specific.

Taking and Locating Screenshots in World of Warcraft on Windows Vista

We see many screenshots of the world sensation mmorpg World of Warcraft. In forums and PvP videos we get to see players performing amazing achievements in gameplay. It could involve killing a whole lot of players in a battleground like Warsong Gulch or getting a group of friends together to make a dance music video in Ironforge.
But there are many times when you probably have killed a rare monster, trained in epic flying for the first time, or made it to the top of the charts in a battleground match. How do you take screenshots in World of Warcraft? How can a guild leader make sure his first successful raid can be something his guildmates won’t forget soon? Many players would want to keep memories of such things.

World of Warcraft isn’t the only game where taking screenshots is popular among players. Many veterans of Star Wars Galaxies before its Combat Upgrade would agree that shots taken of the game in 2003-2004 can evoke tears. Guildmates can relate to this the most, especially if they still remain in contact with each other.

MMORPGs in general are a hub for social interaction of the virtual dimension, which makes screenshots that much more compelling. Anything is possible and when you are able to direct your friends on where to stand, what to say, and what to wear for a screenshot, it’s a lot like being a director.

So how do you take a screenshot in World of Warcraft (and most major online multiplayer games)?

The answer is simple.

Step 1: The monitor is the camera. Whatever is on your screen is what is going to be in the screenshot.

Step 2: Click the Prnt Scrn button (Print Screen), which is located at the top right of most keyboards. This is the button you press when you want the screenshot taken. Think of it as the button on a camera.

If you want your interface to temporarily disappear so you can get maximum detail in your screenshot, press Alt + Z. This will immediately remove the interface (the hotkeys, bags, tabs).

Then click Prnt Scrn to take the screenshot, without any interference.

Click Alt + Z again to bring back the interface, everything back to normal.

It takes practice to perfectly time the Prnt Scrn button to capture a moment. Here is a screenshot of my Night Elf Warrior on an NPC gryphon mount flying towards Stormwind. I knew the mount was going to make a close pass to the waterfall, which was a shot difficult to do on a personal aerial mount. It was simpler to let the NPC gryphon move into the perfect position so I can time the press of the button.

Now you know how to take screenshots but here comes the tricky part. If you want to send these pictures to friends or post them on your blog, you need to know where the screenshots are saved. From looking at the forums and general knowledge about WoW, very few people actually know where screenshots are moved. The folder in which they are located is difficult to find without prior information of what type of folder it is.

The folder location is:

C:\Users\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Screenshots

The ‘Name’ folder is simply the main folder your system is based on (ex. John, Mary, etc.). It is usually the name of the computer’s owner.

There we go. AppData is impossible to locate visually because it is a hidden folder. To do this the quick way, go to the start menu (on Vista) and search for “appdata” and it should show up in the search results – but slightly transparent. This means it is hidden.

Enter the folder and keep moving through the list till you get to the Screenshots folder. To create a shortcut, right click on the Screenshots folder and click on “Create Shortcut.” A shortcut file copy of the folder will be created. Click and drag this file out into your desktop or to any location you wish.

When World of Warcraft was first launched, taking screenshots was a tedious process. The files were saved in .tga format, which must be converted to a viewable file such as a .jpeg. Programs like Irfanview were useful in converting the files. However, the developers realized the problem and facilitated the entire process by allowing screen shots to be automatically saved as JPEG files.

All gamers need to know how to record memorable moments not only for themsevles, but for their friends as well. It feels good knowing you can look back years from now, seeing the hilarity of influencing so many real people with a simple virtual avatar. Players can email their screenshots to friends through email attachments or they can post them on forums where many people can see them. Some guilds, in an attempt to preserve memories of games that are no longer considered popular, create long memoirs of screenshots where their guild history is chronicled in great detail and depth.

Memories are priceless.

Think you’ve taken a superb screenshot? Blizzard can be the judge of that. Enter your screenshots into their reviewed gallery, located here. The page has information and rules that your screenshot must follow to be judged. Blizzard is currently looking for many screenshot entries, especially environmental, for their new upcoming WoW expansion – Wrath of the Lich King.

It’s a bright future for artistic eyes in the virtual world. Be a part of it.