Resource Site Spotlight – Curse (Curse.com)

I know what you are thinking – “everyone knows about curse” – and while this may be true, this spotlight ties in directly with my Addon Junkie segment for tonight’s TNB broadcast. And also, there are still folks out there that do not know what addons are, or do not use them because they think they are unneeded or too much trouble. These are the people I must reach out to. I must show them the light. I must bring them to the dark side – that is actually a bad string of analogies… hmmmmmm

Curse.com is a World of Warcraft (among other games) addon and UI site where one can go to find nearly every addon and UI compilation available in WoW. There is one other major player in that market, perhaps I shall write a spotlight on that site soon as well. Curse has a feature, the Curse Client, that is both wonderful and slightly controversial at the same time. I myself resisted using the client for some time because of things I was told about other similar tools like WoW Matrix, and that the addon authors themselves did not like the client and its function. Since then I have come to find that the addon authors are indifferent to it’s uses and that the security issues that had been a concern with other tools seems to not be present with the Curse client.

I run my PC on ultra-paranoia mode. I am one of those individuals that believes someone is always watching – because lets face it, someone always is! I run daily virus scans, malware scans, registry scans, I wipe all cookies and cache data, I defrag at least thrice weekly. I stop short of running a TOR system, but only because I haven’t quite figured out how to yet, but thats coming.

All this is to say that I have never once found the Curse client to be in any way insecure, so in my opinion that is an unfounded claim.

What I do know is that my extreme addon addiction would not be nearly as manageable without the help of Curse.com and the Curse Client – which allows for one to have an alert when any of their addons have updates ready, and with a few simple clicks from a centralized desktop tool, update those addons without having to access the browser or drill down through a file structure with an unzip tool.

Also, the Curse Client allows for an almost shopping cart experience in searching for new addons, popular addons, etc.

If you have been one of those folks that have felt addons are unneccessary, please join us on the dark side and customize that UI of yours. Or, if you are a user of the other major player in the addon site market, I encourage you to check out Curse. Having some competition in the marketplace is always a good thing, and seeing a fresh site with a different layout is always refreshing as well.

Cheers!

~Rilandune

PS. Make sure to tune in for tonight’s Twisted Nether Blogcast as I will be speaking about the Curse Client and handing out some homework – don’t worry, it’s the fun kind. :)

*****Each week Rilandune can be heard on the Twisted Nether Blogcast with his segment contribution, the Addon Junkie Segment, wherein he discusses the UI and Addon aspects of WoW. The weekly Resource Site Spotlight is his contribution to the Twisted Nether Blog in written form. And last, but not least, you can hear Rilandune and the rest of the OverLore’s on the Twisted Nether Networks newest show, The OverLore’s, where five brave individuals level Worgen together and delve the depths of the forgotten bastions of antiquity and lore in World of Warcraft, recorded and sent to your ears in podcast form.*****
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TNB Live Saturday 1/1 – Murloc Parliament

MurlocParliament It’s a new year and we’re back with more, more, more! This week we welcome Zelmaru and ArcaneTinkerTank from Murloc Parliament to the show! If you have any questions for them, please send them to info@twistednether.net !

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday, January 1st at 8pm PT (11pm ET). 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. Don’t forget to register/login to UStream so you can chat with us!
  • 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. We will be monitoring the chat room and if we can we will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but we 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!

Shared Topics: Real Life Intruding on WoW and Pet Peeves

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas and will have a wonderful New Year!

For those of you who participated in Blog Azeroth’s Secret Santa, feel free to post links to the posts you received or the posts you written in the original Secret Santa post. Links will be saved for posterity and Secret Santa participants of the future (should the tradition continue) will click on them for inspiration.

Now for the Shared Topics! We have two again this week since I’ve fallen a bit behind with them.

The first was two weeks ago and was about elements of our real life transpiring through WoW. Our Topic suggester (and we love Topic suggesters! Can’t get enough of our wonderful Topic suggesters!) was Dragonray from Azerothian Life:

Do you think your real life job affects how you see people/situations in game and do you use the same methods in game you would use at work to diffuse situations? For example are you the type to just boot people/leave guilds because this is a game or would you try and sort it out considering you wouldn’t just fire someone/quit your job if someone/or situation was being nasty?

Participating were:

RestoDude from RestoDude

Jaedia from Jaedia’s Menagerie

Amaranth from Specced for Drama

Violet Scribe from The Violet Scribe

Tzufit from Tree Heals Go Woosh

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

Iamstillwater from Games and Geekery

The second Topic was from last week, where Amaranth from Specced for Drama asked about our in-game pet peeves. (Now that’s one Topic I wish I had taken part in… Ophelie’s pet peeves? That would be an incoming wall of text!)

What is your biggest pet peeve? What is the one thing you just can’t tolerate in game. Is it the loudmouth in trade, the guy who keeps god-modding when trying to RP with you, the gold farmers, the….

Oh my, the list could go on. Tell us your biggest pet peeve, or make a list, or maybe tell us about the quirkiest thing that irks you.

Or, maybe if you are a roleplayer, you could do this one in character and explain what your character’s biggest pet peeve is in general. Could it be how uncomfortable the griffon saddle is, or how bland Night Elf food is, or the exorbitant price of buying anything from a goblin?

Some of you were really creative with your replies! Check out:

Amaranth from Specced for Drama

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

Tzufit from Tree Heals Go Woosh

Violet Scribe from The Violet Scribe

Dubsy from Rejuvenile

Mirandinn from Mirandinn: A WoW Journal

Fannon from Dwarven Battle Medic

And for this week, get your character into a holiday state of mind in our RP themed Topic: Winter Holiday Feast. What will your character be doing this holiday season? Will he or she take it easy and curl up in front of a fire with friends? Or will he or she work overtime killing monsters to compensate for all the other heroes taking time off? (Or if your character is from the Dun Moroe or Winterspring areas, will he or she be soaking up the sun in the luscious tropical Stranglethorn Jungle?)

Share your story with us by posting a link to it in this week’s Topic thread at Blog Azeroth!

And remember! We love Topic suggesters! If you have a great idea for a Shared Topic, let us know on our forums!

Episode 112 – Merry Cataclystmas

great_father_winter Hydra is away but Fimlys has brought a few friends over to play. It’s a Twisted Nether Christmas. A rousing discussion of Cataclysm (of course) ensues and, amazingly enough, continues for 2 1/2 hours! Join Fimlys as he welcomes Brajana from Mend Pet, Maerdred from Treebound, Tristan from Elitist Podcast, Seven from the Raid Warning Podcast and Daewin from the Polygamerous Podcast! It’s a Holiday Round Table of Cataclysmic proportions (that will never get tired, will it?)

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Resource Site Spotlight – WoW Dig Site

Diggers of the dirt, finders of the fossils, surveyors of the sands – I promised you in a previous Spotlight that I would feature an Archaeology site as soon as I found one. Thanks to our good friends Medros and Shade, hosts of the All Things Azeroth podcast, for mentioning this site in a recent episode, I have found one, so to speak.

WoW Dig Site is content rich, well laid out, easy to navigate, and pleasing to the eye. It is quite literally everything I wanted to see in an Archaeology resource site. The posts are informative, written well, feature great screenshots and photo’s. There is a great deal of news relating to the profession, to addons concerning the profession, and to the general Archaeology community.

The content creator, Uriah, has done a fantastic job with this site and has given a great deal of consideration to the overall layout and design of the site, in addition to the content, which is the hallmark of a good, well-rounded web 2.0 (I actually hate this terminology) website.

If nothing else, you owe it to yourselves to check out WoW Dig Site for the guides Uriah has written. They do well to explain the profession and it’s “ins and outs” to avoid those unfortunate frustrations at the beginning of learning any profession and not fully grasping the mechanics. So whether or not you plan on leveling your Archaeology, you truly should head over to WoW Dig Site, just to get a taste for what this amazing new secondary profession in the World of Warcraft can do for you in game.

Cheers, and a Very Merry Christmas!!

~Ril

***Each week you can hear Rilandune rambling on about his Addon and Mod addiction in the Twisted Nether Blogcast, usually at the end of the show where Fimlys and Hydra put him in hopes that everyone will stop listening by then. Just kidding. Well it’s kinda true. You can also read his ramblings at Heroically Random and follow him on twitter (Twitter.com/Rilandune)***

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