has Iron Ore gotten a lot more harder to get lately?
Short answer: no.
Long answer: find the Item ID for iron ore in http://gitorious.org/tmw/tmwa-server-da ... tem_db.txt
. (It's ID 640.)
Look in http://gitorious.org/tmw/tmwa-server-da ... mob_db.txt
to see what drops Item 640. (Yellow slime drops 450/10000 or 4.5% chance. Terranite drops 500/10000, or 5% chance. Huntsman Spider drops at 3%.)
P.S. In total you need 150 Iron Ore, and 360 Coal for the Best armors
Warlord Plate requires 75 Iron Ore and 180 Coal.
Crusade Helmet requires 30 Iron Ore and 72 Coal. (Same defense as Warlord Helm.)
Steel Shield requires 30 Iron Ore and 72 Coal.
Total: 135 Iron Ore, 324 Coal.
I can gather about 30 ores per hour of grinding yellow slimes. To get the ultimate armor in the game, I'll say 6 hours on slimes. Coal takes longer, but Mogguns aren't that hard for a low-level archer and they give decent XP. I don't know how many hours that would take.
6 hours of killing almost defenseless slimes to get the best armor in the game is too long?
P.S. Well, I'm impatient too. I usually use an Infantry Helmet or Candle Helmet, Forest Armor, and Wooden Shield, then save up for the Steel Shield (+14 def increase). After that I get the Light Platemail (50 Iron Ore, 120 Coal) for +5 def increase. It's 92% as good as Warlord Plate for 2/3 the price. Finally I get the Crusader Helmet (+2 or +3 def increase).
I don't even worry about Warlord Plate until after I have the Setzer.