Ok well first off, have they turned up gem rates or something? because I have gotten about twice as many as I usually do the past few days of mining. Anyway to start an intro, I always mine the same area; trinsic passage and delucia in Fel. First I stripmine the mountain around the passage, then inside the passage, and then delucia. After a full cover I simply run around to veins that I need every 10-15 mins to finish up. Always go with 1 prospector and 7 200 use sturdy shovels. Takes usually an hour and 15 mins or so to go through them. Anyway today's yield: 3591 Iron 360 DC 274 Shadow 70 Copper 317 Bronze 688 Gold 52 agapite 22 verite 64 valorite 2 fire rubies 3 dark sapphire 1 eccru 4 blue diamond 2 turquoise 1 perfect emerald 1 blackrock Anyway I was mostly wanting gold as my supply is low, but back to my topic of mythbusting... 1) Human vs Elf Elves definately get more gems, but I have noticed absolutely NO difference with colored ore vs iron. Colored ore spots seem to be either strong veins or weak veins, for example there is one spot in the trinsic passage, where I have managed to mine agapite for the past 2 months. It hasn't changed, and its always a weak vein. I'll get about 30% agapite vs iron all the time. But strong veins are different. If you put a grid over the resources, say XXXXXAAA XXxXXAAA X X is a gold mining area, A is normal iron next to it if mine anywhere in the X area I can get gold, but if I mine where I put the lowercase X, I'll mine up about 90% gold vs 50% anywhere else in the gold mining area. I always notice this with strong color veins and try to remember exactly where to click as I mine every time. also its usually not worth prospecting weak veins. Every time I do, I usually get 1-2 whacks up upgraded ore and rest is iron, where if I prospect a strong vein itll give me proper yields. anyone else notice this? Also, what is with failing bronze at GM mining? It happens very rarely but its quite annoying.