RMAH, Micah Whipple's Life, Contests and Blues

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    Real Money Auction House
    The Real Money Auction House (RMAH) was introduced into the beta during beta patch 7, it allows people to sell and buy items in Diablo III for real money.

    In order to buy items on the RMAH, real currency will be turned into Blizzard e-balance and for beta testing purposes, everyone in the beta was given 50 free beta bucks, a currency that is only being used to test the system. Players are currently able to both sell and buy items from each other with these beta bucks, player can also sell gold that other players can buy with beta bucks.

    Players are able to buy and sell items through both bidding and buyout options, once an item is purchased, the money will automatically added to your beta bucks/cash balance of your account.





    Blue Posts


    Official Blizzard Quote:



    Currency-Based AH now live
    The currency-based auction house is now available with the release of Beta 7! This new auction house has replaced the gold one for now.

    For more info and how to use the auction house, please visit: http://us.battle.net...opic/3196339628

    For information on the currency-based auction house, please visit: http://us.battle.net...-12_1_2011#blog

    To help us keep everything together we'd appreciate you post any and all auction house bug reports in this thread. If you have any feedback on the currency-based auction house, please visit the Beta Feedback forums.

    Thank you, and happy testing! (Source - Blue Tracker)

    Multiple dyes on one item
    Unfortunately, placing say, red with black and gold on a single item is not possible. You will only be able to use one single dye on an item at a time. (Source - Blue Tracker)

    CE item questions
    • The skull is used as something for housing your USB key. It's not necessarily practical, but I happen to think it looks wicked ;)
    • The dyes that you receive as a part of the Collectors Edition have unlimited usage, so feel free to use them as much as you want.
    • The wings are actually just an item that sits in your inventory which you can enable or disable at will. They have no timer and do not need to be equipped :) (Source - Blue Tracker)
    Killed during Skeleton King
    If you release your body during a boss fight and it is still in-progress when you return, you cannot enter until after the fight.

    What you can do next time is wait for your partner to resurrect you by clicking on your cross without you releasing your body, or stay dead until the fight is over (Source - Blue Tracker)




    A Day in the Life of CM Micah Whipple (Bashiok)
    Micah has offered a view into his daily life working for Blizzard as one of their community managers. Here is just a piece of what that day looks like.


    Official Blizzard Quote:



    1:45 PM
    We also begin collecting questions for the Diablo III design meeting tomorrow. While we're constantly emailing and chatting with the developers, we also have dedicated weekly meeting time set aside to go through community-submitted questions and to get a sense of how the players are feeling. Answers are great, but getting the devs’ candid take on design and the game allows us to actually converse with the community, and not just copy and paste answers.



    Blizzard's Holiday Dessert Contest


    Official Blizzard Quote:



    Most people enjoy the holiday tradition of sharing a meal with family and friends -- and delicious desserts are a big part of the reason why. This year, we're hungry to see you spread holiday joy from your kitchen by cooking up sweet culinary creations -- and finishing them off with a Blizzard touch.

    Simply prepare and decorate a Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo-themed dessert. Take a picture of your creative confection and submit it, and you might just find something special under your tree from Greatfather Winter!

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  • #2
    "As players can't be present in internal meetings or take part in the decision-making process, our job is to ensure that their voices are represented -- so naturally we complain a lot"

    SERIOUSLY!?

    Bashiok is a funny man!
    MONKSPUNK
  • #3
    ^I agree, that fake that he said that is amazing lol
  • #4
    Bashiok just seems to rub me the wrong way and yet again he's stuck a chord with his comment.

    I get that he's trying to be funny, but why has Blizzard allowed him to carry on with his unprofessional and childish behavior for so long is beyond me.

    That being said, this blue post has given me yet another reason to be jelly of everyone fortunate enough to get beta access.

    I have HIGH hopes for the RMAH and hope it turns out to be everything it has potential for.

    I'm looking forward to reading end user reviews on the RMAH in the coming days.
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  • #5
    You clearly don't get that he's trying to be funny. Stop taking yourself so seriously. If his employer allows an employee to act a certain way, clearly they think he's being professional and until you pay the checks, your opinion doesn't matter.

    Not to be an ass but damn. A guy makes a poke at how often players complain and you get mad? That's seems a bit ironic to me.
  • #6
    Quote from bigheaded

    Bashiok just seems to rub me the wrong way and yet again he's stuck a chord with his comment.

    I get that he's trying to be funny, but why has Blizzard allowed him to carry on with his unprofessional and childish behavior for so long is beyond me.


    Dunno, it's not like he's the customer representative for some company with a lot of professional customers. He's a community manager for a game company with majority of customers being gamers. It's kinda expected of him to not be overly serious, since that'd strike a chord, too, in the majority of the gamers reading those forums.
  • #7
    Quote from FlawedHero »
    You clearly don't get that he's trying to be funny. Stop taking yourself so seriously.


    wrong. read my post again.

    If his employer allows an employee to act a certain way, clearly they think he's being professional and until you pay the checks, your opinion doesn't matter.

    Not to be an ass but damn. A guy makes a poke at how often players complain and you get mad? That's seems a bit ironic to me.


    Regardless if he's a door greater or a community manager, name another company that allows an employee to act as if he's dealing with children, all the time. I understand that he's dealing with a gaming community, but a little professional curtsy goes a long way in keeping your customers happy. Sometimes he just needs to keep his comments to him self.

    And when did I say I was mad? I simply stated that he comes off as a dick sometimes and that I disliked his comment.

    That is all.
    i5 2500k - Asus Sabertooth P67 - 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP - 2x Corsair Force GT3 120Gigs - AMD Radeon 7970
  • #8
    Quote from bigheaded

    Regardless if he's a door greater or a community manager, name another company that allows an employee to act as if he's dealing with children, all the time. I understand that he's dealing with a gaming community, but a little professional curtsy goes a long way in keeping your customers happy. Sometimes he just needs to keep his comments to him self.

    And when did I say I was mad? I simply stated that he comes off as a dick sometimes and that I disliked his comment.

    That is all.


    Oh but he is, whether by age or attitude.
  • #9
    I enjoyed the read. I tend not to overanalyze everything that is posted so i take the jokes etc from Bashiok with a smile instead going nuts over it. Thanks for the post, it was needed since there isnt alot of interesting information these days.
  • #10
    I've noticed a lot of people on this site have trouble spelling and forming

    grammatically correct sentences lol.

    Also to get mad at Bashiok is just ridiculous..
  • #11
    Quote from Ardikus

    "As players can't be present in internal meetings or take part in the decision-making process, our job is to ensure that their voices are represented -- so naturally we complain a lot"

    SERIOUSLY!?

    Bashiok is a funny man!

    It's just truth. Have you read the official forums lately?!
    "All generalizations are false, including this one." -Mark Twain
  • #12
    Regardless if he's a door greater or a community manager, name another company that allows an employee to act as if he's dealing with children, all the time. I understand that he's dealing with a gaming community, but a little professional curtsy goes a long way in keeping your customers happy. Sometimes he just needs to keep his comments to him self.

    And when did I say I was mad? I simply stated that he comes off as a dick sometimes and that I disliked his comment.

    That is all.


    A community manager for such a big game with a huge crowd has to be a bit cynnical, sarcastic and takes things lightly.

    Otherwise he just doesn't survive or waste his time caring for haters and trolls.
  • #13
    Quote from Dokuganryu

    I've noticed a lot of people on this site have trouble spelling and forming

    grammatically correct sentences lol.

    Also to get mad at Bashiok is just ridiculous..


    Who cares about grammatics and correct sentences when you can understand them? This aint the university. If you cant accept that people cant write 100% correctly then the internet is nothing for you:P Besides its very offtopic. Have a nice weekend.
  • #14
    People who get mad at Bash do not fully understand his job. He is not a forum moderator, he is the community manager. Even responding in the forums in only one aspect of his job. If you just stop to understand he is taking a light-hearted approach to it, it's not so bad.

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  • #15
    People spew forth all kinds of vitriol at the forum CMs and when Bashiok brings it back people cry foul and claim he is unprofessional. It's a community forum for a video game and people act like they are reading the NY Times.

    Much love to Bashiok :)
  • #16
    Dude i wana hug him and shake his hand. The hate on him is unreasonable, and people maybe should acting like they know how to do his job better. And trust me, haters you are small small minority.
  • #17
    Just a bit of detail on the gold buying aspect of the RMAH - it only gives you one listing per amount you request. But notice from the following screenshots that the Price per Unit goes up as I request more. This is because it starts by finding the best deal for you, moves up until it meets your requested amount - and then the quote is based on the average price of those listing all aggregated together. I imagine when this goes live the Price per Unit will be a lot more stable since the supply with be much larger, but it's still interesting to see that it's taking care of the bargain hunting for you.

    Sorry for the wall of images:


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  • #18
    Apoc: Thanks for the information about RMAH and thanks for the pictures. Its interesting indeed that it does the hunting for you, that was something i really disliked on previous AH models in other games. It saves the player alot of time and enables you to go right back to fighting monsters faster. I'm looking forward to a more detailed post about the RMAH test. Thanks
  • #19
    His name is Micah (not Michah, spelled wrong in the news title)
  • #20
    How is this article posted on the 7th?

    sign of beta
    I never saved anything for the swim back.
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