Poll: Single Toon to Play to 85

Okay, okay… I have quite a few alts and I would like to focus on just one.  So I’m asking my 3 readers to help me decide.

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Non-Raiding? It's not the end of the World (of Warcraft)

Raiding is overrated!  Okay, just kidding (notreally >:3).  Seriously, since I don’t raid (beyond whacking at bosses for which I have outleveled), I participate in various other fun in-game activities.  I still feel like I accomplish a lot and have fun doing it, but I have noticed that there really aren’t too many resources for non-raiding players.  WoW Insider has a weekly column, The Overachiever, that is wonderful — but that only discusses parts of the achievements system.  I want to relay some parts of the game that can be fun and fulfilling, yet are either taken for granted or looked down on as not being the “true game” by some.

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Non-Raiding? It’s not the end of the World (of Warcraft)

Raiding is overrated!  Okay, just kidding (notreally >:3).  Seriously, since I don’t raid (beyond whacking at bosses for which I have outleveled), I participate in various other fun in-game activities.  I still feel like I accomplish a lot and have fun doing it, but I have noticed that there really aren’t too many resources for non-raiding players.  WoW Insider has a weekly column, The Overachiever, that is wonderful — but that only discusses parts of the achievements system.  I want to relay some parts of the game that can be fun and fulfilling, yet are either taken for granted or looked down on as not being the “true game” by some.

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New UI–Again!

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I wanted to give a customized UI another try, this time being influenced by the esteemed Zamir from Planet of the Hats and TotemSpot.  If you’ve not been to TotemSpot, get there NOW.  It’s such a great community for shamans and you’re bound to find something useful there (even if you’re not an awesome shaman or dorf shamlock).

This new UI is a work in progress in that I need to 1) install Reflux; 2) set up all the addons to use Reflux; 3) find mods for my quest tracker and nameplates. I’ve decided that I’m not going to make myself crazy by trying to use Skinner or Aurora or any other mod like that for every little aspect of the game. I just don’t care that much.

I’m also using the following addons:

 

Unit Frames & Action Bars

The basic goal of this new UI is to centralize my unit frames and abilities (via action bar buttons and Power Auras) so I know what the heck I’m doing when I’m doing it.  It’s not too much to ask of myself, is it?

UF and Action Bars

I only have 1 action bar visible and it’s visible so I can see cooldown timers (via OmniCC).  I have two other action bars set up, but they are keybound so I don’t need to see them.  I can page to them if I want to..but I rarely want to Winking smile

The giant space in between my unit frames and action bars is for raid frames.  I have my party frames set as raid frames, so they will also show up there.  As an elemental shaman, raid frames are not that important, but my offspec is Resto and I am too lazy to configure a whole new UI.  Plus, I may need to offheal on occasion and fooling with raid frames is just too inefficient.

I have some class-colored SLData Text under my action bar for convenience’s sake. Memory usage, fps, latency are grouped together; Guild and friend counts grouped together; Bags and money counts are just kinda.. there.  The one thing I wish were available in the SLData Text options is sliders or – + buttons for moving these elements more precisely. I think I got them pretty well lined up but if one is off by even a pixel, I can tell and it’ll bug me. >.>

 

Raid Frames

My unit frames and raid frames are set up to show me only the info I truly need: Name, level, afk/offline status.  As a DPS, I don’t really need to see how much health/mana is there or lost.  I also don’t need to see text for class or race – that’s what the class-colored healthbar and portrait are for.

SUF All UFs shown

If you like my unit frames set up, you can download the export here.  To import: General (left column of options in /suf) > Layout Manager > Import.

 

Buffs, Debuffs & Totem Timers

I’m also using Satrina Buff Frames to show my buffs/debuffs, my target’s buffs/debuffs and totem timers.  Yeah, that’s right. Timers for the totems.  It works pretty well considering Satrina (or whomever created the addon) included a filter for totems. <3

Buffs Debuffs TotemTimers

So far, the SBF totem timers are working pretty well.  They do what I need them to do – Tell me the time left on my totems. I have my totem stomps keybound (F1, F2 and F3 with F4 being Totemic Recall) and I never liked the fly-out totem menus that come with TotemTimers.  It’s a great addon, but it does too much for my tastes.

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That’s it for now!  I’ll try to post an update once I get Reflux set up and this UI configured for my other characters (hunter and death knight).

New UI–Again!

image

I wanted to give a customized UI another try, this time being influenced by the esteemed Zamir from Planet of the Hats and TotemSpot.  If you’ve not been to TotemSpot, get there NOW.  It’s such a great community for shamans and you’re bound to find something useful there (even if you’re not an awesome shaman or dorf shamlock).

This new UI is a work in progress in that I need to 1) install Reflux; 2) set up all the addons to use Reflux; 3) find mods for my quest tracker and nameplates. I’ve decided that I’m not going to make myself crazy by trying to use Skinner or Aurora or any other mod like that for every little aspect of the game. I just don’t care that much.

I’m also using the following addons:

 

Unit Frames & Action Bars

The basic goal of this new UI is to centralize my unit frames and abilities (via action bar buttons and Power Auras) so I know what the heck I’m doing when I’m doing it.  It’s not too much to ask of myself, is it?

UF and Action Bars

I only have 1 action bar visible and it’s visible so I can see cooldown timers (via OmniCC).  I have two other action bars set up, but they are keybound so I don’t need to see them.  I can page to them if I want to..but I rarely want to Winking smile

The giant space in between my unit frames and action bars is for raid frames.  I have my party frames set as raid frames, so they will also show up there.  As an elemental shaman, raid frames are not that important, but my offspec is Resto and I am too lazy to configure a whole new UI.  Plus, I may need to offheal on occasion and fooling with raid frames is just too inefficient.

I have some class-colored SLData Text under my action bar for convenience’s sake. Memory usage, fps, latency are grouped together; Guild and friend counts grouped together; Bags and money counts are just kinda.. there.  The one thing I wish were available in the SLData Text options is sliders or – + buttons for moving these elements more precisely. I think I got them pretty well lined up but if one is off by even a pixel, I can tell and it’ll bug me. >.>

Raid Frames

My unit frames and raid frames are set up to show me only the info I truly need: Name, level, afk/offline status.  As a DPS, I don’t really need to see how much health/mana is there or lost.  I also don’t need to see text for class or race – that’s what the class-colored healthbar and portrait are for. 

SUF All UFs shown

If you like my unit frames set up, you can download the export here.  To import: General (left column of options in /suf) > Layout Manager > Import.

Buffs, Debuffs & Totem Timers

I’m also using Satrina Buff Frames to show my buffs/debuffs, my target’s buffs/debuffs and totem timers.  Yeah, that’s right. Timers for the totems.  It works pretty well considering Satrina (or whomever created the addon) included a filter for totems. <3

Buffs Debuffs TotemTimers

So far, the SBF totem timers are working pretty well.  They do what I need them to do – Tell me the time left on my totems. I have my totem stomps keybound (F1, F2 and F3 with F4 being Totemic Recall) and I never liked the fly-out totem menus that come with TotemTimers.  It’s a great addon, but it does too much for my tastes.

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That’s it for now!  I’ll try to post an update once I get Reflux set up and this UI configured for my other characters (hunter and death knight).

New phone of Awesomeness!

Finally upgrade my cellphone from a Blackberry Curve 8330 to a Droid X. Let me just say: it is so awesome.  Nice, big 4-inch screen, easy-to-use touchscreen keyboard. Of course there is also the Google account integration (I am an avid Gmail/Picasa/Talk user). 

So far I’ve only dropped this phone once. So far.