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Karend Northizhan

So, a combined post today.  I’ll start with stuff about last night and then move to some Beta crap. :P

Kara went fine last night.  We had a group with 3 healers (since we are trying to gear at least one of them up, if not 2), 2 tanks (both need gear) and 5 DPS (not as many need gear here).  We did pretty good with the time and got all the way to the Shade (skipping the Maiden) before calling it. We had a few issues around Moroes timeframe with one of our healers having connection problems.  We had to slow down and wait for him on a number of occasions (including before taking on Moroes).  We one shot all the bosses we had (including R&J Opera event) and moved along at a pretty quick pace. Only 1 thing was D/E I believe in all the loot that dropped, which was also pretty awesome.

After Kara, I got Fizz up to 59 and granted level 40 to Frannk (my warrior who hasn’t touched a mob or quest since lvl 22). I now have only about 1/2 a bar of xp to go in the Refer a friend program for Fizz and Furis now.. I also got my Warlock/Shaman up to level 22 each. I was getting tired though, so I called it a night shortly after that.

WoWScrnShot_091708_181826 Before Kara, though, I logged into the beta of WotLK. If you don’t want to hear about it, stop reading.. :P

I spent about 45 minutes in the Howling Fjord last night running around on my druid and picking up the next level of herbalism and alchemy. There are some pretty nice new elixirs and such and food/drink is pretty amazing with the # of mana/health they regen. I also ran around and took some pretty screenshots (as I do sometimes). I have to say that Northrend is just.. just.. gorgeous!

WoWScrnShot_091708_183127Oh, I was at some scaffolding going down a cliff on the S end of the Fjord. I was stealthed as my kitty on the way down and was jumping from section to section.. I missed a jump and fell and ended up getting the “fall x feet and live” achievement.. Of course, I ended up “bouncing” and died anyway, but I DID get the achievement first.

Ok.. Well, tonight is more Kara and then maybe some more leveling for the Warlock/Shaman. I am getting the hang of it I think now. Almost time to leave the Draenei starting area and make my way off to “somewhere else”.. LOL.. Have a good one!

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Patch/Beta Addons – Part1

On a more serious note for this blog, I would like to write a few things I have discovered while playing with the WotLK Beta. These “things” are nothing of the sort, I suppose. Truly, I should name them more fittingly, Addons.

I believe (and I think I am not alone) that Blizzards decision to make the UI of WoW customizable with user created addons was one of the best decisions they could have made. Part of the reason I am still playing is that “pain” derived from the UI not suiting exactly my playstyle can be alleviated through clever use of third-party customizations. However, with all this comes the price we pay every time Blizzard makes large changes… BROKEN ADDONS.. BROKEN UI.. ERRORS ERRORS ERRORS….

So, I am hoping that many addon developers out there have gotten a chance to get into the beta (although now they can use the PTR) and tweak their addons to work correctly with the new changes that are incoming.

I use many addons currently although my most important are my Action Bar Manager and Inventory Manager. I also rely on Fubar, and its many plugins, extensively. Upon joining the Beta, I transferred all my addons to the new program folder. I then logged in to a chorus of errors galore! So… I went in and removed a bunch of addons that I didn’t “need”.  Generally I try to use addons that are ACE compatible and can be updated automatically using their updater. However, at this point, I went out to Wowinterface’s WotLK addon List to see what was new.

I use Bongos action bar replacement in live but this is broken in beta. I switched to using Dominos in beta as it is by the same author and basically the same program with a few tweaks. I use ag_UnitFrames as a unit frame replacement and there is a version of that which works also. I use ArkInventory for my bags and there is a beta replacement too! (ArkInventory (WotLK))

Here are some links to other addons that I like/use that have WotLK versions:

There are others, but these are the ones I’ve been playing with so far.  By the way, if you use GuildGreet, it seems to cause issues with the WotLK chat windows.. Had to disable it.. :(

I would think stuff like Deadly Boss Mods and/or Bigwigs should still work, just not have the information for the new places yet. Also, I think Auctioneer is supposedly now compatible…

Also, WowAceUpdater will not be usable at some point in the near future. The WoWAce file repository will supposedly be going away and you will have to update your addons from somewhere else.  I am currently checking out WowMatrix and the WowInterface UI manager.  If anyone has any suggestions for alternatives, let me know. (I also use the Curse client)

Slow Pokey

Ok.. My rogue has the “slow” flying mount. Ok.. The two peeps I quest with on him have the “fast” flying mount.. Can you see the problem.. My name is now Pokey.. They get to the site of the quest about 95% faster than i do.. It’s pretty embarrassing.. What isn’t as embarrassing is that we picked up over 400g last night just doing quests in Netherstorm. Yep! 400g! I.. Like it!

My Paladin/Mage didn’t get all that much play last night either so they are still sitting at 58. Tonight we are going to head into Magtheredon. Wish us luck!

Additionally, Episode 17 of the Twisted Nether Blogcast is up and ready for your listening pleasure.. :P

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