Resource Site Spotlight: Elitist Group

Hi folks! Today, I’m going to spotlight an addon recently profiled by the always effervescent Nibuca, of Mystic Chicanery.

Elitist Group is an unfortunately named addon that gives you information about the members of your group. Specifically, it gives you a short summary of various character metrics, as well as lets you write yourself notes about people.

Here is an image (originally from Nibs’ site) showing a summary people in a group:

Note that there’s an easy to understand check or X beside various entries for each character. You can earn an X by doing things like mis-enchanting your gear or rocking your resilience set in a heroic.

While I am not a huge fan of automated character judgment, I find that there is some value in knowing what you are working with before you start. It may change your play-style.

That said, the fact that a group of 80s in holiday garb and pvp weapons would probably be able to (eventually) finish a heroic makes this addon’s automated assessments of slightly less value, however the ability to write yourself notes and rate your group-mates (without using up a precious friend slot) is the real killer feature:

This would automate something I think a lot of people do already- keeping a list of people so terrible (attitude, skill, whatever) you aren’t interested in playing with them, but not so terrible that you’re willing to add them to your ignore list. It would also add something I think we should all do- keep a list of awesome people.

The resource site spotlight (aka wiki tiki utility posts) should happen every week, but is written by Euripides from outdps.com and the Hunting Party Podcast, and endeavors to fill your favorites bar with an unmanageably large quantity of WOW resource sites. So much knowledge that it hurts. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.

Episode 72 – Dwarves in the Hall

Can’t Believe it’s already 2010! A new year and TNB is still kicking. At the ripe old age of 72 episodes, the TNB team welcomes Ringo, and by proxy Beli, from Flinthammer Hall. We talk RP, Image editing, raiding.. Well, EVERYTHING! There is also news about WoW Radio closing up shop, ruckus about Gearscore and we read/answer a TON of listener emails.

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Shared Topic – Year in Review

After a holiday hiatus, the Shared Topics are back! Saresa is currently off touring the world, but the show must go on!

Some time ago, Anexxia from Bible of Dreams suggested we look back at our year in World of Warcraft to answer a few questions.

In the spirit of the annual RL year in review meme I have completed for the better part of this decade, I created one for Warcraft that I thought would be a good potential shared topic.

My Warcraft Year in Review Meme

Instructions: Please leave a link to your meme post in the comments at (http://www.furlinedteacup.com/bibleofdr … -meme.html). Please tag 5 other folks to complete the meme and copy these instructions and the questions into your blog with your answers.

  • What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?
  • What was your favorite new place that you visited?
  • What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
  • What was your biggest achievement of the year?
  • What was your biggest failure?
  • What did you get really, really, really excited about?
  • What do you wish you’d done less of?
  • What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?
  • Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

The topic ended up being quite popular! Included here are all the links that were posted in response to the topic on Blog Azeroth plus a few others I came across. I did my best to be inclusive, but I’m sure I missed a few. If you participated in the topic or know of some who did and who isn’t listed here, feel free to add the link in the comments.

Check back next week for a shared topic on Looking Back on Wrath.

If you would like to to participate in the Shared Topic, or post a new one, please visit the Blog Azeroth Forums!

This was Ophelie, filling in for Saresa.

TNB Live Thursday 1/7 8pm PST – Flinthammer Hall

Happy New Year! Please join us in our live chat room as we chat with our special guest Ringo and Beli from Flinthammer Hall.

Listen in our LIVE chat room and we’ll take questions (and hopefully answer them if we can).

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Thursday January 7th at 8pm PST (11pm EST). Not sure what time that is for you? Use this handy-dandy time converter!
  • Where do I go? To participate on the live show, you will need to go to the TNB Live Show page to connect with the stream. See, totally easy. If you are having issues then go to the Ustream page.
  • Some general ground rules:
    1. Be nice. If you say very inappropriate things be aware you will be kicked from the room. We are doing this to have a great time, come with a beer, come during a raid, come how you wish, just don’t come to cause trouble.
    2. You may ask questions to the participants during the show, but we reserve the right to use them if and when we can. I will be monitoring the chat room and if I can I will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but I will have to weave them in. Even if it isn’t asked, we all appreciate your questions

Outside of that, we will love to have you join us and partake in an enlightening discussion that is sure to follow! Hope to see you there!

Addonation – Healbot

Despite it’s name, HealBot (Now called HealBot Continued) is by no means a bot. HealBot is a raid frames addon that collects your party or raid information into a small localized window that can be reshaped and moved around your screen at your will. It has numerous skins that can be customized depends on your needs. Mine is the default list of five or ten names. It fits snug right next to PallyPower.

Healbot.3As a Holy Paladin, I absolutely adore HealBot. It turns the button mashing of healing into an art of keyboard and mouse combinations. There are numerous combinations of buttons available. Personally I use the left, middle, and right mouse buttons. I customize this to include the Shift key with any of these buttons. That gives me Flash of Light (Left Click), Holy Shock (Middle Click) and Holy Light (Right Click) for my most used spells. Along with these I include Beacon of Light (Shift Left Click), Sacred Shield (Shift Middle Click) and Lay on Hands (Shift Right Click). You can also use the key combinations to target other party members, or even setup a one click Assist command. 

Healbot.1Speaking of Beacon of Light, one of the things that I like the most about HealBot has got to be that it tracks who I’ve casted Beacon on. In fact, it can also track Sacred Shield and the Flash of Light Buff. In addition to all of this, it even counts down so that you know when to reapply these spells! This has been extremely useful to me in raids and dungeons.

Healbot.2You will also no doubt notice in the screenshots another cool feature of HealBot: It tracks raid marks. Whenever a party or raid member gets marked via Deadly Boss Mods or another addon, HealBot updates to show the marking. This is awesome! When Lord Jaraxxus casts Incinerate Flames, I don’t care what the name of the person is; I care about getting them healed up. With this feature, I don’t have to waste time trying to find a name in a list, all I’ve got to do is blow up the skull with a bunch of heals. This also helps if you happen to be in a PUG or just started raiding. Ask the raid leader to toss some marks onto the tanks you’re supposed to be healing and you will have no problem keeping the tanks up.

Healbot.6HealBot has a great number of features, and to talk about them all would make this review go on and on. There are some healers who swear by Grid or Clique or any other number of raid frames. For me, HealBot is the number one choice for my Paladin healing. I encourage any healers, especially first time to healers, to give HealBot as fair of a chance as Grid or Clique. If you learn how to use it correctly, this addon could become a staple in your raiding interface.

Addonation is brought to you by Casual Adam of Casualcraft. Each week we strive to uncover Addons that may or may not already be a part of your UI, as well as some Addons that you probably shouldn’t be without.

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