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Breakfast Topic: What is your city of choice? {WoW}

Sep 17th 2010 9:22AM Aesthetically, I like Stormwind the most on live. The amount of detail put into that city is just really amazing, and it has some really good vistas such as looking up from the docks. From what I see from the Beta, New Org might make me switch over.

Hordeside, my fav city for auctioneering is Undercity. My fav city as a pitstop before raids to pick up stuff (porting in from Dal) and to chill out afterwards is Thunder Bluff.

On my ally toons, my fav place as a general hub for activities is Ironforge, mostly due to its layout which is convenient for my bs/miner dwarf warrior. It's also nice that it's centrally located between Stormwind and the Wetlands for dock access.

WRUP: Sickness and heat {WoW}

Aug 14th 2010 10:11PM I've gotten the flu twice this summer, and both times I find myself AFK'ing out with my face in a pillow more than playing anything. When I do feel fine enough to sit up for several hours while under the weather, I'm usually levelling yet another alt.

Cataclysm Beta: Login screen music {WoW}

Aug 14th 2010 12:38AM Wow. I know Blizz has always been good with their music, but... again, wow. They really outdid themselves here.

Breakfast Topic: Hacked off by hackers {WoW}

Aug 5th 2010 12:36PM The shipping charges to Canada sure do hurt a bit (I had to pay them too). However, it's also totally worth the extra security. Never been hacked as a result, nor has my brother. Most of me guildies also have authenticators and if I was running a serious raiding guild I would also probably require that my guildies have them (or gtfo), considering that just about every guildy I have that doesn't have an authenticator has been hacked (and we always give the "I told you so" line too).

Addons 101: The basics of customization {WoW}

Jul 22nd 2010 1:49AM I definitely agree with the OP that there is a certain "zen" in UI building. Learning what you really desire in a UI, and implementing it, takes some experience. There is a large amount of frustration when you cannot get what you want out of various addons, and equal satisfaction when something finally "clicks." It's unfortunate, but the vast majority of users probably never go beyond the download and tweak stages and really explore beyond that. They are missing out on a lot, getting functionality and personalization that the vanilla UI simply doesn't afford.

In that vein though, I do acknowledge that the incremental progress that Blizzard has made with the UI has been very interesting to watch. They have picked up on quite a few things that Addon Authors pioneered (see Objectives Tracker and Map updates for example). Sometimes the new functionality that Blizz introduces can break or obviate the need for multiple addons. That's okay, addon authors and users will move on or find new niches, and the game is better off for having another officially supported feature (as buggy as they can be sometimes).

Cataclysm screenshot of the day {WoW}

Jul 19th 2010 11:55PM The Forsaken are my favourite race and I absolutely love that we are getting more of the architecture that we started to see in Vengeance Landing and Venomspite in Northrend. It helps to add a sense of permanence to the race (we are the Forsaken and we are not going away). At the same time, it's fairly clear that the undead architecture is a reconceptualization of human architecture (we are formerly citizens of Lordaeron -- but we are different).

World of Warcraft Tap Chat now available {WoW}

Jul 5th 2010 6:36PM It's a neat idea, although not necessarily new. Unfortunately, I'm the type who's not likely to purchase much hardware unless I see it in a brick and mortar store.

Addons 101: The basics {WoW}

Jun 30th 2010 5:33PM "The automatic way involves downloading an addon management utility like the Curse client, a great resource that allows you to search for addons on from the application and instantly install them to your addons folder."

It wasn't mentioned in the article, but another feature of addon clients like Curse is that they will also show you if there is an update available for an addon you are using, both in the main window of the program as well as in the notification area on your taskbar (provided you allow the program to idle in the background).

This is a particularly handy feature for everyday usage and especially so right after a patch drops. Otherwise you really have no way of knowing if there is an update unless you go to each page of each addon you use and check the latest version number.

Sam Raimi discusses Warcraft movie {WoW}

Jun 25th 2010 8:02PM Hopefully Raimi succeeds with this venture, if or when the movie finally gets produced. IMHO, one of the biggest problems with attempts in this vein of filmmaking is that where they fall short on story, they likewise fail to carry on the spirit of their source material to cover those gaps. Knowing that the director, and much of his partners, actually play the game is a huge source of relief.

The Light and How to Swing It: How to keybind your holy paladin {WoW}

Jun 20th 2010 8:24PM I myself have a Saitek Eclipse keyboard and a Razer Naga. And boy would I love to have a similar keyboard where that Caps Lock button (rarely, if ever, used) is not in that easy-to-hit position rather than being squirreled away to some other corner out of easy reach.

I've spent a lot of time configuring and reconfiguring my UI to get what feels the most natural, displays the most information, and at the same time cuts down on excess baggage (or simply hides it away behind another toggle or menu) as much as possible.

My keybinds follow a similar philosophy to the UI... they should be within easy reach (ie. no stretching of fingers of moving of wrists), "flow" seamlessly between specs (ex. "R" is almost always some kind of AOE across all my toons, and "F" is some kind of CC), and be in as few as possible (ie. use of lots of macros with modifier keys and combining different effects that are off the GCD.

The Naga helps immensely with the goal of having things within easy reach, since it replaces the 1 to = on my keyboard. I have mouseover macros for all my main "rotational" spells (flash of light, judgements, holy light, beacon, sacred shield, etc.) all under my thumb, and I merely have to hover my cursor over Grid to use abilities. I don't use Clique at all as mouseover macros suit me just fine.

A suggestion to people new to keybinding... experiment, experiment, and experiment! Find out what feels good to you. And be as consistent as you can across toons, as that will help a lot with muscle memory.