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AddOn: TidyPlates

July 15th, 2009 Comments off

This is my new “cannot live with out” mod.  TidyPlates is a simple mod that replaces the stock blizzard name plates with ones the reflect threat/cast bar/health.  This is when you hit the ‘v’ key for enemy nameplates under the default key bindings.  This mod is a drop in and play mod.  It supports themes, so you can customize it to look how you want.  Granted this does take a little bit of work, however there are about a half dozen or so themes already made.  Some worthless for show and others that are greatly useful.

Here is TidyPlates at a glance with the knurl theme.

I found the need for this mod while tanking, primariy the arena portion of Thorim.  With all the mobs jumping down and aggro’ing on the healers I sometimes lost track of a few.  Now with a glance I can round up the loose mobs with little or no difficulty.  Red means I have aggro, yellow means I am building threat, green means I have no threat.  It is just that simple, most of these states are reflected above.

The mod can be found here: TidyPlates

The theme I prefer and pictured here: Knurl for TidyPlates

Additional Themes: Themes for TidyPlates

The author is danltiger

There are more complex nameplate addons out there, like aloft, however those take up a lot of memory and could use a degree to configure all the options.  This one is simple, does the job, and part of my must have tanking mods.

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Authors of WoW Matrix take some steps to help.

March 25th, 2009 Comments off

Upon the news the other day on the updated mod policy for addons and the users that may boycott it I decided to take what little action I could help the issue.  I saw WoW matrix as a big problem with the mod community and why they might have been upset, there is no real way to donate straight from the app.  I contacted WoW Matrix the other day about this and here was their reply:

Thanks for contacting us.

This is to confirm that the ‘Donation’ link
feature has been implemented.

An example of this can be seen with the
‘QuestHelper’ AddOn within WowMatrix.

We are still in the process of inserting any
Donation links that we are aware of.

AddOn authors can also contact us at any time
to send us their Donation links.

Our FAQ at the website has also been updated
to mention this feature.

Please feel free to help us spread the word
if you are in a position to do so.

Thank you and have a great day!

Best Regards,

This is a great start, and I did confirm it is there.  They also updated their faq section:

In addition, we can (if you like) link to your Donations page from within the updater and on our website, and optionally, if bandwidth usage is a concern for you, host your AddOn(s) on our servers at no charge.

So please keep an eye out for this and support those that help make the game better for us.

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Group Calendar and Outfitter Author upset with new AddOn Policy

March 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Outfitter and  Group Calendar Author no longer has mod’s publicly available

This is a sad day.  One of my favorite mods ever in the the game and almost an essential guild tool, Group Calendar, will no longer be publicly available.  Blizzard saw the need for an in game calendar, however theirs was so poorly done that we still need this addon.

Please support this author and his choices.  He is providing us a service that Blizzard is currently not offering in an effective manner.

I personally believe a donation request in game on their addons is perfectly acceptable, charging for an addon to use, I believe is not.  This seems to me very similar to the mod community for Half-Life.  This is a poor option of Blizzard to eliminate or frustrate a big portion of their community.  Many of these mods make a guild master and raid leaders life easier.

One big problem with this new model is WoWMatrix, with this application, users no longer have to go to the mods hosted location or the authors site to get updates.  This in turn eliminates and banner traffic or donation buttons that may pop up.  Which as you can tell directly effects the number of donations and visits to their sites.  WoWMatrix developers should work with all places they host their sites and add the ability to donate directly to the authors in the description field on the bottom of the app.

Anyway, it is a sad sad day in the WoW addon community.  If you are upset with this policy, please let Blizzard  know.  They have used other users mods, I am looking at you Fizzwidget, and incorperated them into the game in almost an exact same manner as the mod was written.  These are essential to make our life easier and those who do the work deserve the right to soliciate donations for their hard work.  Also, write to wowmatrix and use my suggestion, this will help out the community we need to help make our WoW expieriance a lot more enjoyable.

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AddOn: “Tour Guide” is awesome!

March 5th, 2009 Comments off

Okay for those that don’t know, I am not just a tank, I started out as a rogue a long time ago when I defected from my horde warrior to the alliance.  I am currently in the process of getting him up to 80.  I also have a DK, a pink haired gnome, I am working on since the Paladin may become a healer with the departure of one of our DK tanks.

Anyway on to the mod, this week is tour guide.  Since I leveled one character the old fashioned way I just want to go fast now.  A couple of fellow guildies, Anaheim, Dethkrusher, and Ullwin, recommended I give Tour Guide a shot, and I did.  Tour guide is simple and easy to use.  It is a power leveling tool.  It only works well when you are just starting a zone.  If you are in the middle of a zone and do not know where you started it is not as effective.  FYI, I started in Borean Tundra on the rogue, then went to Howling Fijord all without Tour Guide, so it was really hard to get a starting point.  However when I was ready to start Dragonblight, I loaded up that zone’s guide and have been following ever since.  It tries to give you the fastest optimum path to level your toon.  It tracks quests, hearthstone, and way points.  When used in conjunction with LightHeaded and TomTom you become an unstoppable leveling force.  In about 3 hours last night I was able to do approximately 60% of Dragonblight.  And almost 100% of a level (75->76).   One thing it seems to avoid is difficult group quests, which is nice.  It will also add to the top of a quest a “not in the guide” warning if it is not in the tracking scheme.  These then to be group quests or instances.  So you might want to pick these up as you go on, and track them yourself.  The mods tool tip tries to tell you where to go to complete the mission and or quickest path to get there.  For instance, it had me go to Fordragon Hold well before I needed to for a few reasons, first being it was the closest flight path and it will optimize getting back there later.  When a quest has a special item, it adds a quick hit button next to the tracker window, so you can just hit that to activate, use, or find the required device to finish the quest.

Basically, if you are on task and follow the guide closely, only straying on those group quests, you will find this an amazingly effective tool to help your power leveling.  If this is your first time through Northrend, I do not recommend it, enjoy the content, don’t just fly through it.  If this is your second, third, forth, etc time through, you may find this and incredibly effective tool.

Real quick, TomTom puts and arrow on the screen so you know what direction to go when tour guide gives you your next location.  It also puts pinpoints on the map for you, along with quest arrows tooltips on the mini-map.  If you are not running a coordinate mod, it has that too.

LightHeaded is a mod that parses all the help from WowHead into the mod for quests.  This adds an extra panel to you QuestTracker that will allow you to research information.  This helps when Tour Guide lacks information or you hit a snag killing somehing, ot finding something.

Below are the links to the descriptions and the actual direct download.




My list of AddOns can be found here.  I will post screen shots of my setup later.  If you have any questions or would like me to feature one of the mods I use, let me know.  I am always willing to help.

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