Resource Site Spotlight: Macroexplain.com

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Oh my goodness, this is cool! Some frood named Fitzcairn coded an awesome site called macroexplain.com that allows you to paste a macro into it, and then it explains what it does, line by line! Here’s an example of the site at it’s finest: a link to its explanation of a hunter misdirect macro I use. I can add a title, a class, tags, comments, and attribute it to an author if I want. explanation

The tool is dead easy to use. One warning- it doesn’t speak LUA (the wow scripting language) so if you tell it to explain a complex script you use to, say, mail all your greens to another character, it’s explanation will run something along the lines of  “Run LUA” and then the code after the “/run” command. Still, for those complex non-LUA macros, this is a godsend. No more trying to parse the code in your head and remember how conditionals work (wait, will holding shift while pressing this macro shoot or feign death?).

On behalf of the internet, thank you Fitzcairn. Thank you.

The resource site spotlight (aka wiki tiki utility posts) should happen every week, but is written by Euripides from outdps.com, 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.

TNB Live Thursday 9/3 9:30pm PST – Tharion Greyseer of Lorecrafted

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Join us Thursday evening at 9:30PM PST as we are joined by Greyseer from LoreCrafted, Netherbane, and Hearthstone tavern (@greyseer) as we chat about Blizzcon (some more.. come on you knew 3 hours wouldn’t be enough), lore and more!

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 September 3rd at 9:30pm PST (12:30 am 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!

Episode 56 – A 3 Hour Tour: Blizzcon ’09

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Catch up with our spoilerific Round table. Fim and Nib are joined by Brajana from Mend Pet, Brigwyn from WoW.Com and The Hunting Lodge and Hydrargyrum from Almost Evil in a fascinating look into Blizzcon and the news of Cataclysm.

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TNB Live Thursday 8/27 9:30pm PST – Blizzcon 09 Round Table

Mike Morhaime Join us Thursday evening at 9:30PM PST (yeah, I’m posting this on Thursday.. It’s tonight!) as we are joined by Brajana from Mend Pet, Brigwyn from WoW.Com and The Hunting Lodge and Hydrargyrum from Almost Evil. They all attended the event this year along with Fimlys and Nibuca. Lots of talk about what we saw, what we heard and what we did. 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 August 27th at 9:30pm PST (12:30 am 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!

Resource Site Spotlight: Talentchic (now called WowPopular)

wowpopular_headerHi again! Today we’re going to talk about a very popular site that used to be known as Talent Chic. They have since moved their site to wowpopular.com and cover more than talents now. Basically, this site allows you to be a better sheep. Some people don’t want to have to trawl through 150 pages of guile and stupid questions on popular theorycrafting forums just to find the new “best” talent build, and figure that they will do just fine going with whatever’s popular. There’s a certain logic to this- any really popular spec must be popular for a reason, right?

The site is very easy to use- the left bar allows you to drill down to the info you want, and the right area displays the builds, enchants, gear, or gems. dataThis info is listed by popularity, and for builds, you can even see a short description of the differences between each of them! If you want to see the whole build, just click on the wowhead or wowarmory icon which will link you to the complete spec. When I ran hunters, I was surprised to see how few marksmanship specs there were- less even than BM! For the last few months, the spec of choice has been marks. The popularity data might be because of a recent survival buff, or proof that hunters are stubborn and obstinate players who will run with they spec they like to play, regardless of whether it’s the most DPS they can get.

This segues quite nicely into my one warning about this resource- it’s awesomely accurate, but be aware that just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it’s the best for you. If you’re looking for a spec to get started with that will allow you to develop your own experience and make your own decisions, this can help.

If, however, you’re a raider or arena player who is doing well already, don’t assume that if you’re doing something differently than most players, they’re right and you’re wrong.

The resource site spotlight (aka wiki tiki utility posts) should happen every week, but is written by Euripides from outdps.com, 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.

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