Need answers with cited proof of the following:
1) Best method to fame farm for solo guildless players with zero risk, or even reasonably low risk. I found this that shows a near max geared player using an 8.3 satchel and combat fame credits AoE'ing down mobs meant for groups of players and making massive amounts of combat fame credits, which when converted to a weapon specialization came out to 20 million fame per hour, allowing the individual to 0 to 100 a weapon in under 2 hours. I have yet to find a better method anywhere else. Yes I am aware this drains silver from the satchel and auto respec but it's still cheaper than card swiping and buying tomes of insight, and some of us have crafting alts that make way more than the cost of the satchel so it's totally worth it. Anyone know of a faster and better method? Yes, you could use similar gear in a black zone but that runs far too much risk as the gear is worth probably 50 million or more.
2) I want to know exact numbers of how faction warfare works. For example, if you use the test realm and solo a faction outpost, you get 10,000 faction points. If I do it on the live server, regardless of the time of day, i get 2-3k instead. Why is this? The stars of the zone don't matter, and yellow / red zones don't matter either. What determines "defense of the land" bonus points being awarded? On East I downed a few people in a blue zone and got 13k points. Later that week I'm barely getting 900. There is no spreadsheets, formulas, or wiki articles about any of this stuff.
3) Everyone always harps on "risk vs reward" and I've been cross referencing several youtubers results (Only videos showing uninterrupted footage of gathering with no edits or cuts) compared to their murder ledgers. I see black zone gatherers are making 1.2m to 1.8 million per hour but accounting for their deaths every single one of them are only averaging about 800k per hour at best. When I compare youtubers who farm yellow and blue zones I see a wider range of 800k per hour to 2.2m in some extreme cases of RNG (Tome drops, baby drops, multiple 4.3 nodes being specifically timed for respawns.). When I compare both safe and risky content it doesn't make any sense to ever bother gathering in the black zone as a solo guildless player. The numbers simply don't lie. I've tried both and the leisure of listening to music and watching youtube while gathering in a blue zone outweighs being hyper vigilant to my surroundings in the black zone. So why do so many people say that risk = reward? Are they just newbies themselves or is there some super secret method they're not sharing?
4) Can we get mob respawn times, node respawn times, and so on? I've only found one youtube video where someone bothered to time respawn rates but what about open world mobs, static mobs, and so on? Is there a wiki page for that?
Hey, thank you for your questions.
I checked the video you mentioned in your first point and there's an error in the calculation. To convert fame credits into actual fame gained you would need to divide it by 1,6 since auto-respec converts 80% of your fame into credits when you are max spec but also 80% when you are max mastery so that's a total of 160% fame credits for 100% fame. With an offhand that would even be 164% so we would even need to divide by 1,64.
That means the calculation would need to be 5242188 / 1,64 * 2 which equals 6407546 fame per hour ( about a third of what was mentioned in the video). Additionally a satchel of insight was used which approximately doubled the fame so the actual value is closer to 3m fame per hour.
Additionally you were lucky enough that there was a daily bonus to static dungeon fame of 15% and 10% for the special event food. Those events or the mists of albion buff can happen regularly so I won't take this away from the calculation.
Given that you can get this amount of fame from a single red boss in the avalonian roads (without using a satchel) or about 10% of it from a spiky boss in the open world I would say that this is definitely not the most efficient way to fame farm.
Is it good fame? Yes.
Is it the best fame possible? No.
Does it completely drain your silver due to the satchel and auto-respec? Also yes.
To point 2 I can't comment much since those are mostly game mechanics that work in the background. There's certain reasons to why they won't expose them in detail so that it's less likely to be abused.
I can't comment on the blue/yellow zone silver rates but I can assure you that top tier gatherers can make upwards of 5m silver in resources when gathering just a couple enchanted T7/T8 nodes. Same or more is possible for gathering in high tier zones in the roads of avalon.
The node respawns have a certain time range in which they respawn. For example I recall hearing that a flat T8 node has a respawn timer of 12-24 hours. But that information is provided without guarantee.