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I was starting to pack up for the day and logged in just to see what comments you all left during the day. (And thank Bruennor, for making me feel better about my Clefthoof set).
Anyway – I hit the blog stats page and saw 1,000+ page views today? Huh??!!??
WoW Insider linked to my story on checking the Auction House every night and I’ve got close to 200 views just from them since 2pm. That’s 200 referrals in just two hours. Wow.
All I can say is welcome friends. I’ll put some more Sporeling Snacks in the fridge and fluff the pillows. Come in, stay a while, and tell us what’s on your mind. You’ve probably figured out by now this place is for Druids, but being peaceful, nature sorts, we are very tolerant of others. Unless of course, you start getting rowdy…
The Armory is up and running on the Blizzard website. The Armory is Blizzard’s online character and guild profiler application. It’s in “beta”, but is worth checking out.
From what I’ve been reading on various blogs, the application is generally be received well. There are various comments that it’s slow, but then again it is in beta and has the curiousity factor going. Honestly, I find the entire wow site to be slow and I’m not convinced it’s due so much to site traffic as much as Blizzard’s technical platform and coding standards.
The other big issue being discussed is that of privacy. I’ve read a couple posts that people are up in arms that there is no option to turn off display of gear or talent builds. The reasoning is that a pvp player could gain an upper hand researching you ahead of an important arena competition.
Now I agree there should probably be a way to turn off display of my character. I don’t know exactly why, but that does seem fair (even though I’d bet you that if you really read the EULA it says that Blizzard owns all character data and can do with it whatever the hell they want to). But let’s get real here: are you really that conceited that you think people are out there looking up your character just to see what gear you have equipped or your talent build because that’s the only way they can get an upper hand on you? Come on. Any player at that level already understands the differences between classes and builds and could probably guess most of what you have equipped jut by how it looks. Plus, IMHO, success in this game comes not from what you wear or your talent build, but your personal skill in playing the game. Put me up against a veteran PvP player, tell me what gear he is wearing and what his talent build is, give me better equipment, and he’ll still clean my clock. Sorry if I’m offending anyone here, but folks it ain’t gear and it ain’t talent builds – it’s good ole hand eye coordination and innate talent.
/climbs off of soapbox
The Armory is pretty basic, compared to alternatives like ctprofiles and rpgoutfitter, but it does have some interesting features. However, given that rpgoutfitter requires an add-on, active participation to generate toon pictures, and doesn’t support multiple outfits, and ctprofiles still hasn’t recovered from The Burning Crusade, maybe Blizzard senses an opening that they can fill.
You can search on character names, guild names, and arena teams. You can also see arena ladder information although I haven’t played around with that any yet.
Here’s a link to the basic display using my main character Amanna. Yea, yea, I know; I need some equipment upgrades, lol. As you can see, it’s a fairly complete display with some neat features. I like the fact that it displays your current buffs on the side, but I wonder what that snapshot is based on. It shows me with Omen of Clarity and Mark of the Wild, and I always also have Thorns up to. So it would appear that all that is displayed is some sort of snapshot in time. My guess is that it’s the last time you logged on or off, or they take a snapshot every x minutes.
Also, it would appear to display just your currently equipped equipment. I have three outfits and there are no links to either view them or set them up for display. I’ll have to play around with this one. I bet if I logged in, switched to my healing outfit, then logged out, my Armory display would change to that outfit. It would be cool if Blizzard allowed us to configure different outfits ala ctprofiles. Maybe there could be a link on the main display to log in with your account credentials, and define alternate outfits based on your online inventory. Since this is a Blizzard application, they should have access to anything you have in-game.
The possibilities are endless – this could become your out-of-game, I’m-at-work-and-bored portal for checking your in-game mail, bank and inventory, auction status, etc. My guess is it will stay pretty much the way it is, but only time will tell on that one.
So, it’s in beta and it’s pretty basic, but it’s also kind of cool. Check it out.
Thanks to AFK Gamer for pointing out this fun new site. WoW Item Creator lets you create your own items and spells. As if that wasn’t fun enough, you can search and rate previously created items/spells.
Roll Haxx is a great example of some of the fun items that have been created. The site is obviously geared to drive traffic to ads as there is an ad about every 5 items in search results, but the items and spells are just so much fun to search. Plus with the ability to create your own, who can’t resist this guilty pleasure?
As in the Staples commercial – “That was easy!” I got to use that phrase 3 times last night:
- First, since I had logged last night at the gates of the Dark Portal, it took me about a 1/2 minute longer to log in due to the action at the portal. In that time, I was targeted by a Hordie and an Invading Voidwalker. Tried to run, but response was too slow. 3 or 4 hits later – dead. THAT WAS EASY!
- Of course the graveyard for the Dark Portal is clear on the other friggin side of the zone, so it takes forever to get back to my body. The good news is the Portal is nowhere near as crowded as last night and I’m thinking I can kill 6 Invading Felguard pretty easy for the tabard quest reward. NOT. Still in PvP mode and some horde druid has a target on my back. Kills me 3 times in a row. THAT WAS EASY!! (Although painful, he finished me off each time with mangle. Not sure if they were crits but were hitting for around 700-900 each time. I love mangle).
- Sooooo……, make my way back and hide in a corner until PvP turns off. With the thinned crowd, it was pretty easy to hang out at the bottom of the ramp and moonfire a Felguard as he spawned and made his way down. Even easier was killing him as all the Argent Dawn NPCs at the bottom of the ramp rushed to my aid once we engaged. Hail – Argent Dawn! THAT WAS EASY!!!
So, turned in the quest and got the tabard (and almost 5G to boot). Screenshot attached of what it looks like equipped. (And yea, I know. Those Blademaster Leggings are embarassingly ugly. My #1 goal in Outland is to find something to replace them.) Nothing spectacular, but kind of cool. Too bad my guild has a really fun tabard also – I’ll have a hard time deciding which on to wear. The Dark Portal tabard also has a cool effect. You can use it to set off this golden aura around you. I’ve read in some posts that it also causes area holy damage, but I haven’t tested that out yet. If so, that might be the argument for keeping it equipped for a while.
I thought I had a pic of the tabard tooltip, but can’t find it right now. I’ll get one and upload it to this post.
So depending on your server, if your Dark Portal was too crowded Tuesday night, it might have already thinned out a bit. Ours (Eldre’ Thalas) did for sure.
BTW – Any WordPress bloggers out there that know how to embed gear links in posts that show the item box as a hover over the post as opposed to linking to the page? I’ve seen it on a couple other blogs so I know it can be done, but can’t seem to get it down. Just leave me a comment.
I don’t read a lot of WoW blogs, but Not Addicted is one of them. The link is in my blogroll.
One of the reasons I read it every couple days is for posts exactly like this one, wherein a player (we assume she really is a girl irl), tells about her problems trying to convince other players she is really a girl. It’s only mildly amusing talking about her fellow guildmates, but I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when she gets to the part about buying epics off the neutral auction houses at 3am from chinese gold farmers. You have to check this one out.
Feeling like your class has been overlooked by the Blizzard developers? Getting pwned by Hunters on a regular basis and need better talents? Do you think you have what it takes to design your own system?
Well, here’s your chance.
I just stumbled across this really cool tool over at Unleashed Gaming (website for a Horde guild on Lightning’s Blade). It basically lets you build your own talents trees. I’ve not got too in depth with it, but I did play enough to see that it seems well thought out and a lot of fun.
Take a shot at developing a new talent structure for your class. Post a link to your build as a comment to the post. I may give a shot at a new feral tree myself…