I seem to have gotten my Diablo 3 in my WoW! Like chocolate and peanut butter, they belong together. In all seriousness, if you are looking for a lightweight themed interface for World of Warcraft as we approach the Diablo 3 release, this is the one. That way when you are playing WoW, you feel like you are in Diablo 3 and when you are in Diablo 3… ok you get it.
Find it here on WoWInterface (Roth UI by Zork): http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info9175-RothUIDiablo.html
Maybe whining really works?
A few days ago, I got all pompous and tweeted this:
If you recall, there was a fairly large response from the community about Bioware’s implementation of flashing cooldowns. They were supposedly making some people sick. Sick, as in *puking* sick.
This just in: Soon warcraftic.com will be selling pacifiers.
I think we all want Bioware to progress the game’s user interface (UI). However, it should progress based on a scheduled road map of related interface enhancements, not reaction-based changes. Development hours DO matter to a gaming company. To spend more than 30 seconds changing how a cooldown flashes, is simply a waste of time.
Looking back on it now, this whole thing is a process. It’s a path towards “getting it right”, from a UI perspective. Yesterday, we reached a major waypoint with the patch 1.1.4 UI changes:
So, here we go. We have what was previously only available as an addon in another popular MMORPG, now native in SWTOR. I hope Bioware keeps implementing those “must have” features as native components to the game, while still keeping those tasty APIs in the back of their minds.
SWTOR Force Poke: E4 - Let’s Talk UI
Since the last episode, Bioware released some encouraging footage of UI enhancements and customization options coming soon(TM). In this episode, hear my thoughts on why we all want some type of UI customization, how it’s great (yet controversial) for end game players, and why it’s going to take some time.
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
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!
WoW AddOn Spotlight: Tidy Plates
This week’s AddOn spotlight covers Tidy Plates (beta) 6.1. Tidy Plates is a powerful nameplates enhancement AddOn that has unique configurations and themes for DPS and tank roles. It also includes several handy widgets that attach to the nameplate, such as combo points, “tug o’ threat” meter, and party range.
My main is a warlock and I love having *my* debuffs show up on the nameplates. Sure, it’s a bit overkill with Forte displaying timer bars, but it’s all about the timers! I use the “neon” theme, which really isn’t neon (or I wouldn’t use it). Watch the video to see how the bundled themes look.
Extremely powerful for tanking classes, there are “spotlight” options to enhance the scale of nameplates that you have aggro built up with. The opacity of the nameplates can be adjusted so they don’t become too intrusive yet remain visually informative.
Overall I’m a huge fan of the author’s AddOns and design style. Everything he creates is highly usable and clean.
AddOn author: danltiger
Get it at WoWInterface:
Check out some alternate themes for Tidy Plates