SWTOR Force Poke: E1 - Don’t Feed the Seh-run!?
In this first episode of Force Poke, my lvl 11 Sith Inquisitor is about to head to the Empire Fleet to meet with his new master. Before that, he has to go feed Seh-run. Not sure what will happen here, but hey, he’s hungry and is short on acolytes to eat.
Epic Skyrim: E1 - Three Must Have Mods
New episode of a new series! I’m looking to do a mashup of Skyrim commentary and a review or two of various mods in each episode. Let me know what you think.
Skyrim Werewolf Transformation Ceremony
Thought I’d throw together a quick video on the werewolf transformation ceremony.
Please be aware - *spoilers ahead*. After you become part of The Companions guild, you speak to an NPC called Skjor at night, and he takes you to the ceremony. I haven’t yet romped around as a werewolf, but will have more footage on that soon.
So I was tooling around before the Skyrim release and decided to put together a few simple iPhone wallpapers. The resolution is optimized for retina displays.
WoW AddOn Spotlight: DockingStation
DockingStation is a display platform for LibDataBroker (LDB) based plug-ins. The display is provided through panels, each having sections (Left, Center, Right) corresponding with how a plugin is justified within it.
AddOn author: Vrul
New Job. Coming back soon.
Hi all. I have been severely absent from the WoW community lately. This is something that most everyone probably didn’t notice, but it has been a crazy time IRL.
The past couple months have been fun, busy, and stressful - mostly in my professional life. The company I was working for decided to lay off 90% of the Boston-area office in May. It was a relatively typicalÂ acquisitionÂ scenario, but the extent of the layoffs caught most byÂ surprise. While I was sacrificed, many of those on my team and extended teams were let go. Gradually those who remain have been (smartly) moving on. For me, a few opportunities arose and I landed a great position at a fast paced, growing enterprise (IT) security company right near where I used to work. Good stuff. Yay me.
So, all is crazy busy and my schedule is completely out of whack. I hope to be back this summer participating in the ever so whacky Twitter conversations and of course back to making UI videos (and more outside of just WoW).
Patch 4.1.0 - Back to Warlockery?
If it isn’t obvious enough, my main (and original) WoW toon is a Warlock. After I got him to 85, I started playing my 73 Rogue alt religiously. Mostly because I wanted to push her through the low 70s and finally hit 80, which I did the other day. I have to say, during that time I had a blast. She tears through everything in her path. It was a very nice change from being frustrated by the pet swapping mess that has riddled Demonology Warlocks lately.
The upcoming Warlock patch 4.1.0 changes look reasonable and haven’t morphed too much over the PTR patches in the past few weeks. Here are a few notables that I’m excited about.
Rain of Fire damage has been increased by 25%.
Does this mean I can stand back and cast RoF like the old days? No more rushing in and Hellfire’ing? Hmm.
Soulstone can now be used in combat to resurrect a targeted dead player.
I guess this is the Warlock-branded battle rez. Part of the homogenization of WoW, right? I really don’t want to deal withÂ resurrectingÂ players. This is for the healing classes, not damage dealers.
Mana Feed now restores more mana (four times as much) when the warlock is using a Felguard or Felhunter.
At first glance I got excited. Ever since Felguards became the secondary pet for Demo Warlocks, I stopped playing my Warlock. Felguard needs to be *the* pet that a Warlock uses 100% of the time. Running with a Succubus felt un-natural. Especially having to swap pets to take advantage of the A0E offered by the Felguard. With this Mana Feed buff, I thought we were closer to being able to use the Felguard most of the time, but after a bit ofÂ research, I am completely wrong.
Shadow Bite (Felhunter) damage and effect has doubled.
Demo Warlock, meet Felhunter. Felhunter, meet Demo Warlock. End of story.
Enjoy the new patch, everybody. I think I might just be sticking with my Rogue for now.
WoW AddOn Spotlight: ForteXorcist
ForteXorcist is a powerful utility AddOn that tracks spell timers, cooldowns, warlock soulstones / healthstones, party and raid messages, cc interrupts, and more. It was primarily created for Warlocks, but several other class modules are available such as Priest, Druid, and Paladin. The Warlock module is the most mature out of all of them, but I regularly use the Rogue module and hear most others are very functional.
AddOn author: Xus
Browse more spell timer and cooldown monitoring options at Vranx.com
WoW AddOn Spotlight: Threat Plates
This week’s AddOn spotlight covers Threat Plates. Threat Plates is an extension of Tidy Plates. It provides extensive nameplate configuration options for DPS and Tank roles relative to threat management. Overall, I enjoyed these nameplates so much that I will most likely keep them active over the default Tidy Plates layout.
Note that the current state of the AddOn requires Tidy Plates *beta*. You can get that here.
The video opens up with me on my 74 Rogue. The tank pulled a few too many and i’m immediately faced with a potential high threat situation. You can see my health drop quickly, aggro move to me, and then move away as the tank pulls it back. Most important thing to notice is the color of the nameplates. When you are DPS’ing using Threat Plates, they turn red when you pull aggro and green when you are safe. For tank classes, the colors are reversed.
I take you through most of the configuration options, there are a ton of them.
AddOn author: suicidalkatt
Get it at WoWInterface:
Check out my Tidy Plates AddOn Spotlight!
How to Make Custom Frame Borders (featuring PocketPlot)
The intent of this video was to be brief. Kind of like a “quick tip” style video. Well, that failed and it ended up longer than I would have liked. One thing I need to work on is brevity!
Featuring PocketPlot, a mini-map customization AddOn by Seerah at WoWInterface, I show you how to modify the default frame borders in WoW to something a bit nicer. This involves a small AddOn called “!Beautycase”, found in Neav UI. Here are the basic steps:
- Download Neav UI. You are not using this UI, but only the !Beautycase AddOn inside of it.
- Extract the UI into a folder anywhere outside of your WoW directory (just do desktop to be simple) and copy/paste the !Beautycase folder into your /Interface/AddOns/ directory.
- For each AddOn you want to modify, open the main .lua file. In PocketPlot’s case, it’s pocketplot.lua.
- Inside pocketplot.lua you will need to look for the frame name of the main frame you want the border to wrap around.
- In this case it is called “minimap”.
- After the part of the code where the minimap frame is declared, you want to place the !Beautycase code (see screenshot):
CreateBorder(Minimap, 12, .6, .6, .6, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1)
- If you are currently in-game, be sure to save the file and /reloadui.
- Tweaks may be necessary to make the border larger/thicker or perhaps move it off x/y axis a bit in the corners. This can be done using the !Beautycase code above.[gallery link=”file” columns=”2”]