A (not) So Typical Weekend

Part 1–

Friday morning: The crew and I started our day with several hours of viewing youtube videos. This journey stemmed from our morning reading session. We happened to be purusing WowInsider’s Reader UI of the Week. It’s a great place to get some visual ideas for UI’s, kind of like a brainstorming bin of sorts. What’s also nice about it is that the UI creator lists all the addon’s they’re using.

In the comments section, some kind person was answering another commenters’ question about the Weak Auras addon, and suggested they go to youtube for some tutorials. Wait! I have a youtube account. Why not browse around and see what I can dig up? Off we went, me and the crew.

In our searches, we came across one “Touchymcfeel.” (site link) Low and behold, he had a series of UI addon videos for a priest. There are others, but the priest one grabbed our attention. This is the link for the priest videos we went through.

It is quite true that most of the addons I have in use are pretty much in their “out-of-the-box” state. Minor adjustments for size and positioning aside, they’re mostly game ready. What this really means though, is that I’m not getting full use of all the possibilities these addons possess. Granted, there is usually more than what I really need, so I found this series of videos both interesting and informative. Integrating all these addons into a productive, effective and interesting UI is another challenge one faces. Overall, I found all the videos, even those slightly outdated, to be very helpful.

Friday afternoon: We spent some time with Thdoria, our brave test subject. I must say, she’s been wonderful risking life and limb in shabbily thrown together armor and braving the world at war to test out our whims. Of coarse, this was after all three adventurers had taken care to harvest and replant their farms, and, made their obligatory visits to the Greenstone Quarry. (Ay has decreed his desire to possess that mining pick, at any costs)

During the testing portion of the afternoon, several bars found they’re way to the far side of the playing field, and duely marked “hidden.” lol! They only show on mouse-over. Ah, the clutter is getting an overhaul 🙂 For someone who just -has to have- everything available somewhere on some bar, this is turning out to be very interesting.

“Good fortune to our friends!”

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UI Working

Added some updates to the UI section. Replaced recount with TinyDPS, and installed a reforgeing mod. Addon page has the links. Also added two screenshots to the visual progression of the new UI build. It’s coming along rather nicely. Add your comments or thoughts anytime!

Today, Aygaren picked up two more of the Pandaran Treasures. I think between him and Dufit, about 15 of the 20 are now gathered. Today was special though. After uncovering numerous polearms, which are pretty much useless for this crew, Ay came up with a staff.

How nice of somebody to leave this behind!

How nice of somebody to leave this behind!

One greatful Belf

One greatful Belf

You know she just had to have it! Since it was actually useful, she kindly sent Ay a few more flasks, along with his daily living steel bar.

With the new patch hitting the PTR, things are “on the fly” for our little team. Having a couple of days off this week did’nt help, but neither did it really hurt. I think they’re calling it “renewed vigor!” lol, strange crew they are. Even Ay turned up with a new weapon today! Massive, mean looking two-handed sword. Those Klaxxi folks sure are kind to their paid mercenaries.

“May your feet find good paths!”

Info Time!

First off, a couple of screenies, “just because.”

Onyx Cloud Serpent-Shado-Pan exalt.

Onyx Cloud Serpent-Shado-Pan exalt.

Lots of bodies!

Lots of bodies!

They almost got him.

They almost got him.

Dufit has been watching several Sha fights to prepare himself. One group succeeded after a couple of wipes. The second group he watched disbanded after some 5 wipes. lol, he also closely watched and made notes about who was in what group, for future referance of coarse.

Second general note: Soon, readers will see an extra new page in the top menu. lol, it will actually be a serious page in spite of it’s somewhat personal aspect. The page title will be simply put, “UI”. And that is why I call it somewhat personal. Everyone has their own opinions and viewpoints about their user interfaces and what works for them.

I’m expecting this page to have a drop-down menu of it’s own, providing I can make it work that way 🙂 I will be going into some detail with it, and it really is a work-in-progress that will build over time. I hope to cover many of the aspects I’ve encountered, some in summary form.

Perhaps newer players will find some of the information useful, or at least thought provoking in regards to their own UI journeys. I expect older, more experianced players will see oddities or mistakes quite easily. Especially seasoned raiders. It’s all good though. I’ve been in one group, and working my way towards the other.

Where ever you happen to be coming from though, I do hope you enjoy this documented journey of mine. Do feel free at any point to voice your own thoughts and comments, they are always welcomed.

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