Adventures in Azeroth

It’s a Druid’s World (of Warcraft)

Add-On Hell!

As in “I’m in it!”

I haven’t updated my add ons for quite a while, just checking the “load out of date add ons” every patch.  Generally, everything works fine.  However, since it’s been quite a few patches since I’ve really updated, I have started to get some errors here and there with enough frequency to become annoying.  With a couple hours to spend last night, I set myself to the task of updating everything.  Why does this activity take so long and become so frustrating???

Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that Blizzard opened this up to the player community and it’s obvious from the amount of add-ons we have to choose from that that variety of choice would not have been able to be generated by Blizzard.  Add-ons I (and you presumably), can’t live without.  But why does the process of updating them have to be so cumbersome, time-consuming, and sometimes fruitless?  For instance, I use FuBar over Titan and I always have a ridculously tough time finding complete Fu updates, whereas Titan seems to be all over the place.   A couple other add-ons I have I can’t even find on the major sites.

In my perfect world, I see one site for all World of Warcraft add-ons, where they are tested and debugged and put on a central server with unlimited connections and bandwidth.  Blizzard programmers busy themselves to create an add-on manager for the game client that automatically manages the download and installation of updated add-ons.  Additionally, those same programmers also continuously ensure that they add no code to the game that will break old add-ons, even if they are never updated.  If an add-on isn’t updated for a particular patch in a reasonable amount of time, and at least one player uses it, then Blizzard updates the add-on themselves.

/wakes up, shakes head and wipes drool off desk

I suppose you can’t have it both ways: you can’t have the creativity of the player community at large along with centralized management by the game developer (or probably anyone for that matter).  I also know that there are some auto-updaters out there, although I’ve never experimented with them.  I gotta think though that some enterprising player out there has the same gripes, is a lot smarter than me, and could figure out how to solve this issue.  That person would be my hero. 

 How about you guys?  I try to keep my add-on list to a minimum and I still have a bunch.  I know there are some of you out there with tons of add-ons.  What’s your strategy to keep them up to date, yet preserve your sanity?

Forms Bar


October 4, 2007 - Posted by | Interface Add-ons, World of Warcraft


  1. If you use ACE addons, there’s the WowACE updater. There’s also WUU, the Wow UI updater. I’ve only used the latter, and it seems to do a decent job of updating things. But it’s still not smart enough to keep you from having addons that conflict with each other; I’ve done a bit of manual tweaking to get everything mostly working again after patch 2.2.

    Comment by Katy | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  2. Amana, welcome back.

    I use a ton of addons, and the only thing I can do is watch for updates on the major sites for a couple weeks after every major patch. Mostly, they just keep working though.

    I just started using Google Reader, and I was wondering if you have an RSS feed set up for your comments? I haven’t run across any other sites usind feedburner.

    Comment by Finwe | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  3. Personally 95% of my addons are from WoWAce, and I can just double click the little updater icon before I log in to update them. No fuss, no muss. I actually update them almost daily just because I can and it takes no time at all. The authors over there are pretty great about fixing stuff quickly too.

    You might be surprised at what addons they have over there these days. I’d run over and check them out if you haven’t been by in awhile.

    Comment by Halite | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  4. Oh yeah … welcome back!

    Comment by Halite | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  5. I use for all but 2 of my 17 addons, and I don’t update until something brakes. I also keep a separate folder for the zip files so when I do have to update I can just download the updates, delete the old zips, mass unzip, then mass copy the resulting folders. Unfortunately there is no WowAceUpdater for Mac.

    Comment by Brandstone | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  6. I’ll just echo the above comments….. maximize your ACE addons, and you’ll never face addon hell again.

    Comment by Karthis | October 4, 2007 | Reply

  7. there is a ace updater for macos, nearly all the addons i use are ace’s one..

    Comment by ph | October 5, 2007 | Reply

  8. Finwe – good question on the comments feed. I’m not sure and I’ll look into it for you and post the results.

    Halite – thanks. Not playing much again yet, but starting to get the bug… Need new guild.

    Comment by Amanna | October 5, 2007 | Reply

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