The original title was “Merry Christmas, Goblins”, but I changed it. That said, this is going to be a quick little post about some stuff that is about to go down.
First of all, some exciting news from Blizzard. They are working on an API for features such as the RAH, which obviously offers a great deal of hope for the future of the Goblin Index Rating. The details haven’t been worked out just yet, but the information so far is pointing towards a launch timeframe of the coming “weeks”, so stay tuned. That probably gives me just enough time to learn JSON and get a rough database thrown together – provided I can keep myself motivated.
One thing that would really help is if anyone reading this could make their way over to the forum and voice their support for the availability of “sold” data. I am planning on posting about it myself, so just simply giving some +rep to my post will likely suffice. That seems to garner more positive attention from Blizzard than a spam/petition thread anyway. The Blue poster has suggested that they aren’t looking at offering it, and I don’t know how easily it will be able to be inferred from whatever format they use for the data, but it plays a huge role in effectively calculating the formula for the Goblin Index Rating – to the point where I don’t know whether it is even worth moving forward without it. (And that isn’t even just me being dramatic this time).
In other news, I received a grand total of 0 feedback about future posts, but that is probably ok, since I am notoriously bad at taking feedback without just doing my own thing anyway. This just means I have no other choice but to do my own thing, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to go ahead with the server specific TUJ analysis. I think it will be fun (I’m twisted like that), I think it’s a bit different, and I think it has the potential to be helpful. Especially if you guys request some of your own realms. If you are waiting to see if I actually seem to know what I’m talking about, I totally understand, bear with me and I will try and “prove my worth” for you. The first one might not be my best work, but since these are uncharted waters, at least give me until about the third one before you write me off. Since my server is conveniently the very last server listed (Zuluhed-H), I’m going to start at the top and work my way down. So, I’ll start with Aegwynn-A, then move on the Aegwynn-H, then Aerie Peak-A, and so on and so forth. If you end up with specific requests along the way, let me know and I will jump around for you.
I’m not quite sure about the format yet, but I will grab the XML feeds from Zuluhed to make a nice spreadsheet over the next few days. Once I find a nice way of viewing the data, which will be easier on a server whose economy I am already familiar with, I’ll plug Aegwynn into it and go crazy. Wish me luck.