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    Default My ASAH Minigame

    Objective: My objective is merely to see how many astral shards I can earn without actually purchasing any from the DDO store.


    Reason: For personal enjoyment. I like playing arbitrage and investment type games for some reason. And when I first started DDO I used to play the AH game a lot; however, once I maxxed plat (or close enough) on enough characters, the plat game lost its appeal. I played the crafting game until I got to 150/145/145 and could craft whatever I wanted. So since shards are new I thought this might be a fun diversion for a bit. I thought I'd post it for my own reference and to show anyone who is interested that despite what the chicken little's are chirping about, a player doesn't HAVE to spend 'real money' to accumulate shards.


    I started with 90 shards before patch 17.1 sent the ASAH and daily dice rolls live. I crunched the five or six astral diamonds I accumulated over the last three years. I think I earned some from the MM achievements. I also got some as an extra from an Otto's Box kit I purchased. I can't remember how much came from which source.


    I suppose I technically 'paid' for the shards from the Otto's Box even though I didn't want them or realize it was part of the purchase, but as I said I had a stash of shards in double digits before that purchase. (If anyone remembers how many shards you get from the Otto's Box, please let me know).

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    Subtracting the Otto's Box shards, I started with a total of 25 free shards.
    Last edited by Postumus; 03-19-2013 at 01:39 PM.

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    You get 65 astral shards from an OttoBox.

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    Default Day 1.

    U17.1 goes live.

    Starting shard count: 25

    My free roll (don't remember the number rolled) results in a combo of some vanilla collectible I don't recall the name of and 2 astral shards. I thought it was an odd reward combo, but I thought the 2 shards were ok.


    I looked at all the stuff being sold on the ASAH and it appears people are throwing everything out there to see what sells. Looks a lot like the current AH but with some really crazy prices.


    I dig out an Epic (normal) Leaves of the Forest and a Heroic Leaves of the Forest that were collecting dust and I post those. I can't remember the price, but the Epic Leaves sells pretty fast and I get 15 shards from that. I also post a bunch of Cannith shards of potential for 4 AS buyout, some shards of melee alacrity for (I think) 9 shard buyout, and couple of blue bordered BtCoE for single digit buyouts. So I spend 1 shard per post on those.


    All in all I think I posted about 15 items just to see what sells. I kept the prices low because I want to slowly build a reserve and I was just going to vendor, crunch, or let the stuff keep collecting dust anyway. I'm also guessing that a lot of people will have a small number of shards they have left over for free as well, and the low prices might actually get them to spend them.


    Ending shard count: 28
    Total TPs spent on shards: 0
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    You get 65 AS from the Otto's Box.

    Edit: Lol. Ninjaed. Sorry for the repeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilbar View Post
    You get 65 astral shards from an OttoBox.
    cool thanks. I'll update my starting free shard total.

    I must have used some shards for something in game before patch 17.1 then. I think I repaired some armor in a quest or something because I know I had at least 25-30 from astral diamonds alone.
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    Default Ok lets play

    Started with 17 Astral Shards (I have 9 diamonds in the bank).

    For me the goal is to get enough to buy an airship.

    I assume all shards must come from the ASAH ?

    Does winning on Daily Dice Roll or MyDDO lottery count ?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightInDark View Post
    Started with 17 Astral Shards (I have 9 diamonds in the bank).

    For me the goal is to get enough to buy an airship.

    I assume all shards must come from the ASAH ?

    Does winning on Daily Dice Roll or MyDDO lottery count ?.

    I'm counting any source of shards that I don't have to spend TP on. So even MM rewards would count.

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    Default Day 2

    Starting shard count: 28


    Daily dice roll = 01. 1050 plat.

    Sold Archaic Device for 30 and received +21 shards.

    Posted Slaver's Hand, Whisperchain, and Shadowmail. (-3 shards)

    Bought EH Skyvault for 15 and flawless white scale for 5 and reposted them. (-22 shards)


    Ending shard count: 24
    Total TPs spent on shards: 0

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    Since it went Live a guildies has not bought any at all, just sold on the ASAH and have a grand total of 77k now.

    Yes, 77 thousand!


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    I heard the devs hate all wizards, bards, clerics, fighters, and fuzzy bunnies and only want us to play halfling barbarian/paladin shuriken specialists!

    It's totally true, I have a reliable source. You better reroll now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hendrik View Post
    Since it went Live a guildies has not bought any at all, just sold on the ASAH and have a grand total of 77k now.

    Yes, 77 thousand!

    Says it all doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hendrik View Post
    Since it went Live a guildies has not bought any at all, just sold on the ASAH and have a grand total of 77k now.

    Yes, 77 thousand!

    That's about $4,000 worth of shards.

    People are nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knockcocker View Post
    Says it all doesn't it?
    Yep, people will pay for rare EE items that they want vs running the content.

    I'll stick to running the content.


    Quote Originally Posted by hsinclair
    I heard the devs hate all wizards, bards, clerics, fighters, and fuzzy bunnies and only want us to play halfling barbarian/paladin shuriken specialists!

    It's totally true, I have a reliable source. You better reroll now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hendrik View Post
    Yep, people will pay for rare EE items that they want vs running the content.

    I'll stick to running the content.

    You 'n me both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilbar View Post
    You get 65 astral shards from an OttoBox.
    Wait...I think that seller got ripped off.

    Didn't it work out to about 6 TP/AS? If so, that's 390 TP equivilent for a box that cost 5000 TP. The AS value should have been 850+

    Or did my brain melt and I dropped the math?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gkar View Post
    Wait...I think that seller got ripped off.

    Didn't it work out to about 6 TP/AS? If so, that's 390 TP equivilent for a box that cost 5000 TP. The AS value should have been 850+

    Or did my brain melt and I dropped the math?
    IIRC, when you open the box you can take a pet certificate or 65 shards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hendrik View Post
    Since it went Live a guildies has not bought any at all, just sold on the ASAH and have a grand total of 77k now.

    Yes, 77 thousand!

    While you are a believable person... I don't believe your friend. SS or it didn't happen.

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    Sold some stuff haunting my bankspace for a long while but could bring myself to use, up to 362, halfway to my goal of 600. Had a quick look but didnt see anything for good value, not enough time to really get down until the weekend.

    Cannot believe someone has 70 k, that sort of number would suggest Turbine is making a killing from the ASAH, and that some people who play DDO have **** loads of money.

    As a side point are the shards per server ? cause I have a hole lot of stuff on Khyber when we played there before they moved my Euro trash to Gland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knockcocker View Post
    IIRC, when you open the box you can take a pet certificate or 65 shards.
    Ooooooh....I misread that. I thought they meant they got 65 shards from SELLING a box on the ASAH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gkar View Post
    While you are a believable person... I don't believe your friend. SS or it didn't happen.
    Hehe, was waiting for that G, I'll see what I can do to comply.





    Ok, was off by 2k.
    Last edited by Hendrik; 03-20-2013 at 04:47 PM.

    Quote Originally Posted by hsinclair
    I heard the devs hate all wizards, bards, clerics, fighters, and fuzzy bunnies and only want us to play halfling barbarian/paladin shuriken specialists!

    It's totally true, I have a reliable source. You better reroll now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hendrik View Post
    Hehe, was waiting for that G, I'll see what I can do to comply.





    Ok, was off by 2k.
    /blinks

    Well, since I refuse to believe someone would drop $4500 on the game all at once... damn he's been busy selling lol

    I don't even know what to say... wow... I would never have guessed it possible.

    /runs off to see what else I can sell on the ASAH

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