Jul 162010

Tolero is asking for suggestions involving the Auction House. I use the AH all the time – really, every day – so perhaps it is not surprising that I am chock full of ideas how it could be improved.

Presented in no particular order:

  • There ought to be guild-restricted auctions, where only your guild can place bids
  • There ought to be a full-length mirror available that shows how your character will look wearing the hat or weapon or (especially!) armor
  • There ought to be an “All” option for simple weapons, and another for martial weapons, and finally an “all” that searches all types of weapons
  • The amount of time remaining should display much more precisely
  • When one sorts, it should sort the entire category, not just the current page. Changing pages should not cause a sorted category to resort
  • There should be a “Reset” button that recalculates time, high bids, etc, so one does not have to log off and on to keep auctioning
  • There needs to be a <<< >>> kind of page control that lets me go to the last page or jump to a page rather than making me click Next 50 times
  • Ingredients need several sub-categories. Perhaps “Devilish altar”, “Traps”, “Seasonal”, “Epic”, “Dragonshard” and “Other”?
  • Similarly, collectables are out of hand. Perhaps “Alchemical”, “Dragonshard”, “Dragon scale”, “Seasonal” and “Other”?
  • Keyword searching should allow at least two keywords, and a choice of AND or OR searches
  • Even better, allow IN searches where I can specify (for instance) ‘Holy’ and anything IN (‘Metalline’, ‘Silver’)

  2 Responses to “Auction thoughts”

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  1. Nice thoughts. I definitely agree on the time remaining… it’s annoying to say the least to have a ‘2 hours remaining’ auction tick after 1 hour and 1 minute. Although that would probably increase the number of last-second snipes. 😉

    And keyword searching? YES PLEASE. I don’t care about all the Flaming of Maiming when I’m looking for Pure Good.

  2. Ctr click on item should show a view of you wearing the item. Sorting entire category, like you said and a text search. Perhaps a moving average of sale price for that item may be nice as well. Lua add-on programing is coming to LotRO, If they make it here, then Some of that stuff may follow. Apparently lua was fairly easy to put into the LotRO game engine.

What do you think?

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