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Breakfast Topic: The most memorable raid interruption {WoW}

Mar 18th 2011 1:31PM About a year after I got married, my wife and I were living in a 7 story apartment near my university. We were raiding Karazhan just for kicks and giggles a few weeks after WotLK had come out. Right as we were beginning the trash heading towards Opera, our Internet died. That wasn't unusual per se with Comcast as our ISP, but we were pretty sad, as we had been having a lot of fun and there was no indication that our Internet was on the fritz.

When we stood up and looked around however, we noticed flashing lights outside our window. In fact, they were fire trucks. And they weren't here for the house across the street... A few seconds later, we heard someone running down the hallway shouting "There's a fire, everyone get out!" We thought "Oh boy, someone left their range on too long, burned dinner, and tripped the alarm. Now we get to go freeze our butts off out in the cold for an hour until the fire department tells us it's safe to go back inside.

But I had a bad feeling, so I unhooked my desktop and carried it and my backpack outside with me, and when we turned around, we could say the whole roof on fire. My in-laws picked us up an hour and a half later, to take us to their house to sleep, and in that time, the fire had only gotten bigger. By morning when the fire was finally out, the top two floors and the roof of the apartment were gone, and the rest of the building was unlivable, so we had to move. Worst moving day EVAR.

Turns out, the fire was caused by a cigarette butt that someone didn't put all the way out. And people in my new apartment wonder why I get so upset about them smoking on their balconies...

Addon Spotlight: CursorCastbar {WoW}

Jan 6th 2011 1:33PM For LDB access (also Titan) to profession data for all my alts, I use

Ara Broker Tradeskills
http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info12108-AraBrokerTradeskills.html

I don't believe it shows character levels, but does everything else you asked about, in addition to tracking tradeskill cooldowns for all your toons on the same server as well.

I also feel it worth mentioning that my new favorite tradeskill window replacement

MrTrader
http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/mrtrader.aspx

also keeps all your alts' professions available in an LDB menu. It also has the most functional tradeskill UI I've yet seen (minus the queue feature that hasn't yet been implemented)

Reader UI of the Week: Ráge's UI {WoW}

Oct 20th 2010 12:27PM Admittedly, I have a mouse with 5 buttons, so I can get rather a lot of bindings. Memorizing them once I've set them is really the trick. Plus, my Priest is my newest 80 and it has by far the most click-bound spells of any of my healers. So I'll cut you some slack on that score!

But I don't believe cleanse ticks anymore, does it? I can't find any spells on WoWHead that still tick to remove debuffs. They even removed Disease Cleansing Totem. So that's not really an issue anymore, is it?

As for debuffs that you don't really care about, you're right in that they occur. However, in my experience, it's pretty rare. I see a lot of Frostbolt magic debuffs, which aren't critical like some massive dots, but dispelling them are still beneficial to the poor melee that are suddenly too slow to get out of a fire or what have you. In my experience over time with my current setup, I've gotten to know very quickly which debuffs from which mobs are critical, and which aren't. You learn, and you gain skill very quickly just by having the information available.

This is also why I have all types of debuffs that show on a single inidator on my Grid setup. The information is really nice to have, even when I can't cleanse it myself. When I'm tanking, I can remind my healer to get it off me, or I can see easily why all the DPS are dying, etc. Then the ones that really hurt in raids, GridStatusRaidDebuff will make it very plain to me when there's something that really needs to be acted on.

Reader UI of the Week: Ráge's UI {WoW}

Oct 19th 2010 4:50PM I'm not real impressed with most peoples' UIs -- they're cluttered, don't contain some essential information, sloppy, and / or disorganized. Yours is none of these, so I must congratulate you on what is indeed an impressive work of art. :D

I'd recommend GridStatusRaidDebuff -- just update it every couple of months, and it'll stay aware of all the debuffs that raid bosses dish out that you really need to worry about. I have this information displayed on my Grid's Center Icon indicator. Obscures the player's name, but there's usually only a few of these types of debuffs at a time, so I don't lose the tank or anything.

I've never understood why people get Grid and Decursive. I just set an indicator to show Magic, Disease, Curse, and Poison debuffs so I always know when someone is debuffed, and I know my class so I know if it's something I can dispell. Then I just hit them with the clique combo for the dispel on whichever class I'm on. (I have an 80 of all 4 healing classes.) So maybe look into ditching that? Give you a whole bunch more room.

Addon Spotlight: Leave me alone! {WoW}

Oct 7th 2010 3:03PM Dear Tish,

I recommend you go check out QuestMyMap, see if you like what that does.

http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info16518-QuestMyMap.html

Addon Spotlight: Grab bag {WoW}

Jul 23rd 2010 3:50AM I should've also mentioned this: Armory now also comes with an LDB feed that creates a tooltip with a mind-boggling amount of useful information on all your toons layed out in a very compact matrix format. I don't think I've seen or heard of any other addon that's as useful for keeping track of a character you're not logged into.

Addon Spotlight: Grab bag {WoW}

Jul 23rd 2010 3:48AM I should've also mentioned this: Armory now also comes with an LDB feed that creates a tooltip with a mind-boggling amount of useful information on all your toons layed out in a very compact matrix format. I don't think I've seen or heard of any other addon that's as useful for keeping track of a character you're not logged into.

Addon Spotlight: Grab bag {WoW}

Jul 22nd 2010 3:15PM Oh, and there's a much lighter-weight fishing addon for anyone who doesn't need all of FB's data stuff, that just modifies the way you fish, enhances sounds, and applies lures and hats automatically:

http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info8665-FishermansFriend.html

Addon Spotlight: More broker addons {WoW}

Jul 8th 2010 3:21PM This is exactly the addon Ian's looking for (and I posted it in my list of LDB addons in Part I too...):


Broker_ActionMenu
http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info16539-Broker_ActionMenu.html

It lets you create arbitrary LDB menus, with profession links, spells, macros, you name it. Pretty darn easy to figure out, too!