Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Confessions of a Botter (Part 3)

In this series, I am recanting a conversation I had with a friend on a Friday evening. We continue that conversation...

How much does it cost?
“What do you mean `How much does it cost'?” I reply.
“The bot. How much is it?”
“Oh. It really depends on which bot you get and what license you choose. You can pick a pay-as-you-go model which takes a ticket after about 32 tickets of trades, or you get pick time-license from one month to lifetime. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

That choice will also be influenced by which bot you choose. The LITE bot is very inexpensive and a good way to get started into botting with little risk. The PROFESSIONAL bot is not cheap but you can really see the rewards as you can plainly see.” I continue while showing up a nice stash of $20 bills.

“What about maintenance?”
“That could be a problem for you.”
“What do you mean?” my friend asks.
The bot is well written and fairly stable. You do not need to babysit it so you go to work confident that the bot will run correctly."

But the bot is not something that is a `set-it-and-forget-it' thing either. Many get into this thinking they can run X bots and go on vacation and when they come back, Y tickets will be waiting for them all ready to post on Ebay. You do need to do some maintenance on the bots.

Mostly, it is more Windows than anything else. You need to run Windows Update and you need to check and see if there are any MTGO issues that need attention. And that's the daily maintenance. There is the weekly maintenance and some work you need to do when a new set comes out. Since we both know your sixty (60) hour a week job, this is something you have to decide if you wish to commit to this.”
What does my friend decide? Tune in next time and let's see where this goes.

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