Thursday, May 20, 2010

iPhone Auction House

Looks like World of Warcraft has their Auction House iPhone App out in open beta. The application is for seeing and making bids on the Auction house on the go. Apparently it's free to browse, but you'll have to pay a subscription ($2.99 per month) if you want to make those bids... though, of course, it's all free right now during beta to get you hooked. You can also check it out on the Armory, which is kind of cool. Sure enough, I could log on (though only one of the two servers I'm on are in the beta) and see that I made over 58 gold on auctions I put up last night... and even claim the gold (this will be a pay feature unfortunately)... saving me some precious mouse clicks and trips to the mailbox next time I log in. It seems like that has a real danger of OCD behavior ("Did I sell that recipe yet? No. How about now?"), which I'm sure is exactly what they want.

As far as creating auctions, from the FAQ:
You can sell any transferable item (excluding account-bound items) from your bags, bank, or mailbox.
Which is pretty handy (I thought maybe it would only be stuff in your bags, not the bank). The main problem I see (besides $2.99 a month) is that you won't have access to Auctioneer to know the going rate for things... but it would be really nice not to have to log in and run around Ironforge or Thunder Bluff just to sell stuff.

I wouldn't be surprised if this thing does really well.

On a semi-related note, the Armory has gotten really awesome since the last time I checked... here is character I've been playing for years (i.e. he has a PvP title), and only managed to get 63 levels on:

His attire is a little embarrassing... and reminiscent of this Penny Arcade classic... but the fact that you can export the character models is sweet enough for me to endure the ignominy. I imagine it's a bit cooler when it's with some level 80 in Tier 8 gear, but whatever... I have lots of alts, o.k.?

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