October 31, 2008

Two More Weeks…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 9:48 pm by Andrea

Well, actually 13 more days, but you get the idea. Hubby and I went down to Wal-Mart to ensure the shipment would arrive on time to our tiny island in Alaska. We’re glad we did. Turns out Wal-Mart was late in placing the order and the expansion would not arrive on the island in time. At first, we fretted. No matter where we order from the game would show up late. However, we had a stroke of luck.

A friend told Hubby that our local movie rental store Movie Gallery, was going to take preorders for the game. We showed up and placed our orders. Upon ordering, we asked if they would be having a midnight release party. At first they said no, but Garen and I worked some magic and they agreed! So if you read this blog and live in the Ketchikan, Alaska area, come on down to Movie Gallery for the Midnight Release!

I hope I see you there!

October 26, 2008

Nerf Bosses!

Posted in Raids, WoW tagged , , , , , at 9:38 pm by Andrea

Oh wait, they did. Not that I’m complaining. I don’t mind walking into instances that were once really difficult to learn with a whole bunch of newbies to it, and dropping bosses like they were trash mobs. Which is exactly what we did yesterday. We dropped the Voidwalker chick in TK, then moved on to Winterchill in MH.That was a “by the skin of our teeth” situation. We even took a crack at the second boss in MH, and got pwnt. But I’m ok with that. I ended up with a new belt I wasn’t expecting, so I spent some badges on a trinket. 

Yesterday I managed to complete my Cenarion Circle rep grind and have successfully obtained the title, Pallylust, Guardian of the Cenarion. Which, is just totally awesome. Next up? Ironforge and Gnomeregan Exiles rep for the Ambassador Title, and then on to the Timbermaw, Kuarei and Consortium factions fot thier grinds as well.

Other then that, I’m mostly just waiting time, waiting for the expansion like everyone else.

October 24, 2008

Zombies, Emperors, and Giants! Oh My!

Posted in General, WoW tagged , , , , at 6:03 pm by Andrea

Zombies @ the Flight Master

Zombies @ the Flight Master

Im sure many of you have noticed the zombies by now. They want your brains. If they get you, soon you too will be craving brains as well, unless you meet up with an Argent Healer before you turn. If you do turn, you can pass on the disease to other players and NPCs also. Sound familiar? Thats because back before TBC there was the ZG aids, which was taken away due to the killing of many many lowbies. Now there are healers next to flight points, which will help prevent you from spreading the plague to other zones, but they sometimes end up with more then they can heal…. Either way, the signs are here, Arthas is on his way… are you prepared? (Ha ha ha, Im so funny!)

I logged in last night intending to farm some Cenarion Circle Rep and Runecloth but ended up instead running Fimly’s lowbies and Lady Jess’ alt into BRD with some help from the hubby. Its been a long time since I actually had to do some quests in there and we ended up backtracking a time or two…. but there was very little dying until I had to go AFK and came back to a dead me and a dead hubby priest. By then though we’d been in a few hours and we were getting tired. I believe Fim finished at least five quests. Jess had never seen the place before so I tried to give her what lore I could remember.

During the run however, I walked out with several stacks of runecloth, and took a moment to knock Jack the Pumpkin King off his throne. All in all I hadn’t forgotten how to do most of the instance, and only got lost once on my way back to the bar from the top of the arena event. 

I’ve still got a whole bucket of stuff to do, and with Christmas fast approaching I have that to worry about too. CC rep is still on the top of the list, which when done, will give me like 23 more reputations to grind to exalted. 20 mounts bought, 30 more to go, and the halloween achievements still require attention. I’ll get on that, right after I finish running the Hunter Duo around for their candy bucket XP.

I had pictures for you but due to an unexpected computer error, it will have to wait.

October 20, 2008

The Kindness of Strangers

Posted in Raids, WoW tagged , , , at 5:07 pm by Andrea

AQ20

AQ20

It was a very busy weekend. I have been plugging away at Cenarion Circle rep and trying to get some achievements done. I did the quest chain to summon all the Dukes in Silithus, including the one that used to be a 20 man raid at level 60. It took me 3 days to get all the mats to summon him, and five people less then a minute to take him down. It netted me a whole 1,000 rep, which really is not worth it considering 10 twilight texts give 500 rep a shot. Oh well, it was still nice to finally see that line done.

Durning the weekend I upped my achievements done to 142 thanks to the help of my guild. We went into ZG, AQ20, AQ40 and SSC recently to get some achievements done. They also cleared ZA but I was not online for that one. 

Honesty is a great policy

Honesty is a great policy

As for the title of this post? Well I was in the AH looking at glyphs and such and came across a stack of 4 Scrolls of Recall 2, which I bought for 12 gold. They weren’t red to me and I handn’t read the tooltip fully. I walked away happy with my purchase. However, just a minute later, I got a tell from a nice guy named Xuz, who asked if I was 200 Inscriptioning. I said no, sorry, and carried on my way. He however proceeded to explain to me that I couldn’t use the scrolls if I wasn’t, and he’d buy them back full price, AH cut and all. He didn’t have to do that. I honestly didn’t even look at who I was buying from, and I wouldnt have yelled at him if I had. It was my fault I didnt read the tooltip, but his honesty meant a lot to me. He said he hadn’t meant to decieve anyone, and I know he didn’t. I sent back the scrolls but he could have walked away with my 12 gold without a care in the world. Instead he choose to make sure I understood what I bought, and it means a lot to me. So Xuz, this post’s for you!

October 18, 2008

Getting on the Ball

Posted in Raids, WoW tagged , , , , at 6:32 pm by Andrea

Raptor Mount!

Raptor Mount!

Well, it didn’t take long for the guild to jump right into things. I know that they did a Kara a few nights ago, and I got in on a ZG run. We smoked the place, killing all the bosses but skipping a lot of trash. What trash we did kill we pulled en masse. I gave quick reminders on each of the bosses, and all in all it went very smoothly. However, you will not BELIEVE what dropped off the raptor boss. That only took four years to see!

After the ZG run I had to take off for a bit but when I got back they were in SSC. Apparently Hydross and Lurker bit the big one, and they were standing before

Tidwalker Down!

Tidwalker Down!

Tidewalker when I was invited to the raid. Upon joining I listened in on the strat they planned to use, and realized very quickly that the strat being read was for Leo the Blind, not Tidewalker. So I gave a quick run down and off we went. The first attempt was a wipe thanks to me forgetting about the earthquakes, but the second shot was full of total win! 

Otherwise I spent the day grinding out some repuation, specifically, with Cenarion Circle. I managed to go from neutral to honored in one shot. Hopefully I can finish that off sooner then later, cause you know, I’ve got some hunters that have been ignored an awful lot lately. Anyways, thats about it for now, I’ll try to keep the UI stuff updated and see about writing up about how I like Beacon of Light or not.

October 17, 2008

The Smoke Has Cleared

Posted in UI, WoW tagged , , , at 4:44 pm by Andrea

WoWInterface.com Crashed on me halfway through this post, you will have to search these addons yourself. Sorry.

And I can see a light, I think. Now that the servers are becoming stable, its time to think about where to go from here. I’ve begun working on some achievements (125 done so far!) and I’ve got a new UI. This time I am running Spartan UI with some extra stuff added on. Its a lot less resource heavy then my last UI, but required some .lua file editing to get everything in place. Hopefully though now that its all figured out I can share my mods with you.

 

Solo, with a target and WIM

Solo, with a target and WIM

SpartanUI – Gives me the pretty graphic at the bottom and the target and character frames. The buttons are modded with Bartender 4.

 

Auctioneer – Oh how I love thee. All updated and ready to go

Healbot – healing mod, that Im loving for my pally

Recount – Gotta see my standings

Omen3 – looks cool now, if you ask me

Rating Buster – Not sure if this is working with the new stats, but says its updated

 

Party setup

Party setup

Combustor – Bag Mod

 

Fubar – technically not updated, but not giving me any trouble.

Atlasloot – I like knowing

BigWigs – Boss mod

DBM – Also a boss mod. If one misses the other usually catches it

Combuctor – All in one bag

Decursive – Cause people dont like dying, apparently

ElkBuffBars – Fancy buff mod

Icehud – I have no idea why I like HuDs, it seems I dont even notice them most the time

MikScrollingCombatText – Big numbers are fun right?

Pallypower – I wouldn’t know how to buff without it

Prat 3.0 – Chat mod makes my life easier

QuestHelper – Updated and easy to use… but no waypoints until Cartographer is ready to go

WIM- Works like AIM, Get it?

October 14, 2008

A Quickie

Posted in General, WoW tagged , , at 11:06 pm by Andrea

Ugh. Got the patch installed, tried to log in for about an hour, then finally got in. Loaded up Pallylust, threw in some talent points for now, and then checked out the achievements. Ive got 91 already on her….. and then the world crashed. Can’t move anywhere, can’t do anything…. So I give up until a bit later… I’ll post what I see when I can actually see it. Sorry folks! But this is excatly how I remember it going… at least Blizz is consistant XD, and Im sure the job is not an easy one, so I am not mad, just don’t want to sit around waiting all afternoon. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it later.

Three Point Oh Has Landed

Posted in UI, WoW tagged , , , , at 5:56 pm by Andrea

Its black tuesday, and a long one at that. While waiting for the servers come back up, I’ve been giving some thought to my toons. Pally right now is a Holy Paladin with decent healing gear and even better tanking gear. Poofnstab is a Sub Rogue spec’d into shadowstep which I really love. I believe for pally, Im going to leave her as holy, and I was going to use the second spec to store prot…. but while I am leveling I guess I will store ret. As for Poof, she’ll have Shadowstep stored, along with Combat spec for raids. I have not yet decided how the points will go. I guess I will play with it for a bit and post what I settle on when I am done.

As for my precious UI? Oh man was it involved, here let me show you what all I had running (this list does not include the Libs for the mods)

Full UI

Full UI

Auction, Mail, and Inventory: 

  • AckisRecipeList – When this mod is run with a tradeskill window open, it will list all of the recipes for that tradeskill you don’t have and how to get them. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • AHSearch – Allows for quick access to commonly looked up items, filtered into user-defined categories. 
  • Combuctor – All-in-one bag replacement for your bags and bank. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Postal – Allows for quick mailing of items to last recipient (alt-click item in inventory) and bulk open/mail. 
  • Examiner – Provides more information when you inspect someone (i.e. total armor, spell dmg, etc). UPDATED FOR 3.0 (TEST PHASE)
  • FastDisenchant – Auto-loots disenchant and prospecting windows. 
  • Fence – Adds some keyboard shortcuts to speed up auctioning. 
  • Outfitter – Allows you to configure and swap out predefined gear sets (i.e. tank, dps, resistance, etc) and will equip/unequip items on events (such as spirit gear during Evocate or Riding Crop when mounted). UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • PotentialProfit – Displays bid/buyout totals for your auctions in the auction window.
  • qAHImproved – Remembers the last price items were auctioned for and add a per/item column for stackable items. 
  • Skillet – Replaces the existing tradeskill window with a much more intuitive and filterable one. 
  • tekKompare – Compare moused-over or linked items to your own. 

Solo UI

Solo UI

Combat, Casting, and Buffs: 

  • Antagonist – Enemy timer bars for mob spell/ability cooldowns (bottom-right under HUD) 
  • DaHud – Heads-up-display that shows player health and mana/rage, as well as target health and mana/rage in side-by-side vertical bars with percentages. 
  • Autobar – Configurable button bar that allows quick use of all items you’re carrying in specified categories (i.e. food/water, mana/health pots, food buffs, etc) 
  • Elkano Buff Bars – Bars with timers for player buffs, debuffs, and weapon enchants. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Clique – Allows you to bind spells/abilities/macros to button presses (supports modifier keys like Shift, Alt) UPDATED FOR 3.0 
  • Chronometer – Timers for effects/abilities that are currently active, such as Root, Winters Chill, Sunder, etc (bottom-left under HUD). 
  • GrimReaper – Detailed combat info on what happened to someone.
  • Hourglass2 – Self timer bars for your own spell/ability/trinket cooldowns (bottom-center under HUD). 
  • MobHealth – Estimates target’s total hitpoints based on damage done and displays max/remaining hitpoints on the health bar. 
  • Quartz – Player and enemy castbar (also displays latency on player castbar for use with stopcasting macros). 
  • Mik’s Scrolling Battle Text – Will display damage/heals/effects that you receive and perform around the HUD. 
  • ZOMGBuffs – Easy assignment and performing of buffs for you/party/raid. Will also buy reagents based on you what specify.
  • SpellBinder – Allows you to map spells and macros directly to keystrokes without wasting actionbar space. 

Class Specific: 

Hunter: 

  • Fizzwidget’s Feed-o-matic – Allows you to choose criteria for food choice and bind a key to quickly feed your pet. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Fizzwidget’s Hunter Helper – Shows you what skills are trainable by an animal in the tooltip when you mouseover them. 
  • Fubar_PetinfoFu – Quickly shows a great deal of info about your pet(s). UPDATED FOR 3.0

Warlock: 

  • GrimoireKeeper – Keeps track of what Grimoires you’ve purchased and reflects that when you’re at the vendor. 

Chat Frame, Minimal

Chat Frame, Minimal

Informational and Misc: 

  • ACP – Adds an option to the in-game menu for loading/unloading addons specific to that character (supports load-on-demad mods) and also adds a reloadui button. 
  • Align – Gives you a grid to help align UI elements. 
  • Aloft – Allows you to replace the existing overhead nameplates with much more informative and configurable ones. UPDATED FOR 3.0 (BETA PHASE)
  • AMP – Answering machine that notifies you of any missed tells or AH updates while you were AFK. 
  • BugGrabber & BugSack – Grabs any UI errors and tosses them into a sack for review later. 
  • FishermansFriend – Makes the life of a fisherman a little easier (double-click casting, autoloot, etc). 
  • Fizzle – Adds colored border for rarity as well as durability information to gear on character tab.
  • FluidFrames – Allows dynamic resizing and positioning of any frame (currently only used for Combuctor). UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • GemQuota – Displays total of each gem color currently equipped on the character tab.  UPDATED FOR 3.0 
  • Healbot – Healing Mod of Awesomeness  UPDATED FOR 3.0 
  • Mendeleev – Displays extensive info about the moused over item in the tooltip (i.e. what it’s a component in, such as recipes/patterns). 
  • Message Redirect – Redirects error messages (i.e. “Out of Range”) to a chat window or combat log (or disable them altogether). 
  • Mybindings2 – Redsigned keybinding interface, configurable per-character. 
  • nShakedown – Allows you to quickly display sample GUI elements (i.e. timer bars) for easy adjustment of UI.
  • PallyPower – Buff Mod for Paladins UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Prat – Offers extensive configration of chat frames. UPDATED FOR 3.0 (BETA PHASE)
  • RatingBuster – Shows what stats on equipment equate to in the tooltips (i.e. how much % hit/crit comes from the stat, how much dodge the agility equals, etc) as well as a summary of the net gains/losses of the item compared to what you have equipped. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • SLDataText – Condensed onscreen info containing server time, FPS, latency, and mod memory usage. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Talented – A replacement to the default in-game talent window. 
  • TankPoints – Will calculate the effetiveness of gear in respect to tanking (also has a built-in calculator for performing your own calculations). 
  • TekJunkSeller – Automatically sells grey items when you open trade with a vendor.
  • TipTac – Improved tooltips. 
  • XPBarNone – Highly customizable XP/rep bar. 

PvP / Combat Text

PvP / Combat Text

PvP mods: 

  • Capping – Timer bars for BG objectives, BG/arena queues, etc. UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Proximo – Small unit frames for enemy units in arenas (allows binding of functions or spells such as interupt, set as focus, etc). UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • BattlegroundFu – Battleground information available via a Fubar plugin.
  • AreanFu – Arena information available via a Fubar plugin.
  • Fubar – A top bar (much like Titan) with an extensive collection of drop-in modules. It displays the following info at a glance: 
  • Money
  • Durability 
  • Number of guildies/friends online 
  • A micro menu (i.e. buttons for character sheet, LFG, Help, etc)
  • Reagents on hand 
  • Currently equipped gear set 
  • Number of accepted quests 
  • Free/Total bag slots 
  • And if you have mail waiting. 

It also displays the following detailed info if the icon or above info is moused over: 

  • Your status with all factions, colored by reputation level 
  • Experience information (i.e. XP/hour, estimated time to level, etc). 
  • Amount of money spent/earned that session/day/week as well as money available on other characters within the account. 
  • Durability status of each item equipped. 
  • Guildies/Friends that are online, their level, notes, and location (guild-only). 
  • Skills list and level, including weapons, tradeskills, etc. 
  • Farming info (i.e. keeps track of items farmed, such as cloth, motes, etc). 
  • Multitude of icons for mod configuration (also, right clicking on blank space will bring up the Rock Configuration, which gives direct access to config options for 95% of the mods installed). 
  • Top score (tracks your highest hits/crits of your spells and abilities). 
  • Specific info about mail awaiting pickup (i.e. auction’s won/lost). 

Unit Frames and Actionbars: 

  • Bongos3 – Actionbar mod with a generic predefined layout and basic keybinds/paging (the mod supports advanced paging based on stance/form, keybinding, and virtually any button layout). 
  • DrDamage – Shows estimated-average damage/heal on the buttons, taking into account +heal/dmg, crit, AP, etc. 
  • KGPanels – Used to create the backdrops for the chat/button frames. 
  • OmniCC – Shows the cooldown of a spell/ability on the button. UPDATED FOR 3.0

  • Pitbull unit frames with the following features: 
  • Player, Player Target, Target of Target (ToT), Pet, Pet Target, Focus, and Focus Target unit frames with castbar, class coloring, name, incoming estimated heal amount, and buffs/debuffs that you can cast/cure. 
  •  25 man and 40 man raid layouts with display of health, mana/rage, class coloring, name, incoming estimated heal amount, and buffs/debuffs that you can cast/cure (also colors the unit frame red if it has agro). 
  • Party frames that also show pet, the target player and pet, castbar for each, class coloring, name, incoming estimated heal amount, and buffs/debuffs that you can cast/cure (also colors the unit frame red if it has agro). 

Navigation: 

  • Flight time to locations displayed in castbar. 
  • Ping Direction – Will show a large red arrow on your screen showing you where and who is pinging the minimap. 
  • Chinchilla – Square, scalable, movable minimap. 
  • Cartographer – A robust map replacement that shows the full content of zones (including unexplored areas). Also has the following features: 
  • Waypoints – Using “/way x,y” you can create a waypoint on your map (adds an arrow with distance remaining on your screen directing you towards the coordinate). 
  •  Notes – Using “/note x,y info_here” you can create a permanent note on your map with info to refer to later (can also – right-click to set as waypoint).
  • Routes – Allows you to define a route based on herb/ore/etc information for a zone that overlays on the minimap for quick and easy gathering.
  • CorpseWay – Will add a waypoint to direct you to your corpse (or instance portal) after releasing. 
  •  Gathering Info – Will overlay the map with known node information (mostly-complete database included) on various gathering professions (by default will only show locations for gathering professions you have). 

Instances: 

  • Atlas/Atlasloot – In-game display of instance maps, boss drops, and an assortment of other lootable items (i.e. badge items, craftable recipes, etc).
  • BigBrother – Fubar plugin that allows you to quickly query the consumable status of everyone in your party/raid.
  • Omen – Displays party/raid member’s threat for your currently selected target (will also parse KTM data that it receives). UPDATED FOR 3.0
  • Recount – Damage meter mod that tracks more information then you can imagine (capable of creating graphs and side-by-side comparisons). 
  • XLoot – A loot window replacement to the default blizzard frame with more options. 

The following raid tools are installed: 

  • Big Wigs – A boss mod that includes boss-related timers, notifications and a proximity window for certain events (i.e.Gruul’s Shatter). 
  • Loggerhead – Automatically turns on combat logging (to wowcombatlog.txt) when you enter selected zones/instances (preconfigured to record combat data at a 200yd range in all 25 man instances and Zul’Aman). 
  • oRa2 – A lightweight replacement to CTRaid (responds to all CT commands/requests). 

Questing: 

  • nQuestlog – Lightweight quest log replacement with quick view of watched quests and their objectives. 
  • Lightheaded – Adds comments for each quest from Wowhead so they’re viewable in-game (database downloaded and installed – does not query Wowhead each time). Many coordinates in quest log can be clicked on to set a waypoint via Cartographer. 
  • MobMap – Clicking on an objective in the quest window will (in most cases) automatically show an overlay on the map/minimap of where that objective or mob has been found/killed before (database included).          
  • Quest Helper – Quest Log tracking system that works well with Cart Way Points UPDATED FOR 3.0

My UI has been disabled for now, as things update I will try to reload the thing, but for now, I’ll grab the few updated mods that are essential to me and carry on in the world. Please note that I did not find all the websites for the addons, nor can I always tell if an update is 3.0 ready. Those marked as updated are because the website said they were ready. Those not marked could still work. You will have to try them and let me know.

For an all in one update, however, I recommend WoWMatrix.

HAPPY PATCH DAY!

[EDIT] I FOUND THE SS OF THE UI THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO IN WITH THIS POST, HELPS A BIT, DOESN’T IT?

October 10, 2008

The Grind!

Posted in General, WoW tagged , , , , , at 6:16 pm by Andrea

Oh man it is upon us, the last four weeks before WotLK hits us. I am franctically trying to finish up everything I wanted to get done, including leveling the hunters, leveling the warlock, topping off professions, crafting the Roflcopter for poofnstab, and grinding out repuations.

For the profession stuff, I have a few more points in fishing for Pally, I got Wife up to 338 tailoring in one shot and 80 herbing, (I DE’d all the tailored stuff btw, sold it, and made nearly 500g!). I had hoped to get the shaman started on some jewelcrafting… and I haven’t even picked professions for the hunters.

The sudden reputation grind comes about due to achievements. One of them is to achieve 40 exalted repuations…. and I have 11. It’s not a bad start really. There have recently been an influx of articles talking about repuations and the grinds… be sure you check it out.

On top of all of this, I tried to take some screen shots of my bank for you lovely readers, but they didn’t take, so I will try again. In the meantime, I’m off to get started on the long grind ahead of me…. how much do you think I can get done in this short amount of time?

October 7, 2008

3 days, 3 hours played

Posted in General, WoW tagged , , at 6:45 pm by Andrea

Is what it took for my darling warlock duo to hit 60. There was a lot of AFK’s though, and I shall hope to do better on the next set. So what is next? Well we’re back to Hugz and Kissesz. They are all transfered over and guilded and ready to go. They will be the next project and starting at level 41, I don’t assume it will take me long. I have no idea why I am leveling all these toons so fiercely. I guess I just want to have some options so once wrath hits, I can just level away.

I’m sorry for the no post in so long, I predicted I was going to be very busy and I was. This Sunday is my 6th year wedding anniversary, but other then that, nothing going on, so hopefully future posts will be better….

 

So until next time…

Oh and if you wanna get to know me and my husband personally, you can find our family blog over at http://www.loveathome2002.blogspot.com and if you have a personal blog that you’d like added to that blogroll, let me know!

EDIT — Copy and paste the link, i have no idea why it wont click through -.-