Shared Topics: Group Relations and UI Changes

Welcome to another double edition of Shared Topics. Now that I’ve moved back to the East Coast for another semester of school, where I get to spend long hours at the library watching computer screens, I’m expecting to be better at keeping up with these topics. Yes, finally, each topic can get it’s very own write-up as it so rightly deserves.

Before getting down to business, I want to shout out that

WE NEED MORE TOPICS

We’ve received a few suggestions lately, but we’re dangerously close to running out. So head on over to the Share Topic forum at Blog Azeroth and suggest what you’d like your fellow members of the Blogosphere to discuss in an upcoming week. WE WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT! (And while it helps to have a blog when suggesting a topic, topics from non-bloggers are still welcomed)

So two weeks ago, our Topic was suggested by RestoDude of the blog RestoDude was on how to assist other players in the raid.

how you (as a rogue or warrior for example) would protect an other member in your group, or how you would assist him to help do his job, or as dps and working together to achieve higher dps

the other way around is also possible (which is the thing i’ll write about) as a tank/dps/healer how other can help YOU in various ways

Offering some pointers were

Relevart of Relevarts Druid Reliquary

RestoDude of RestoDude

Aunna of Bandage Spec

Malevica of Type H for Heals

Elkagorasa of Elkagorasa the Casual

Sarinde of Through the Eyes of a Tree

Sionel of Eight Paws

Aura of Priestage

PVE Rogue of PVE Rogues

Manroth of At Runtime

Windsoar of Jaded Alt

Typh of Point Blank AoE

Zan of Altoholics Anonymous

Hydra of Almost Evil

And for last week’s Topic, Elkagorasa brought up the UI and the changes we’d like to make to it in Cataclysm.

I don’t know about you, but I run a ton of add-ons. I run add-ons for fighting, I run add-ons for rep tracking, I run an add-on for auto-selling grey items and repairing when I go to a vendor. Blizzard, in the past, has taken some of the favorite add-ons and rolled them into the game (loot window follows to mouse, integrated quest map).

One thing that has always bugged me was the “looking for” interface. When out on my warlock in old zones, I like to search for ‘low-level quests’ in addition to pick herbs. On the current interface, this is an either/or option. You can’t do both, while logically, my orc could.

If you could provide input into the game, what would you have added to the Cataclysm interface?

Speaking up were

Elkagorasa of Elkagorasa the Casual

Windsoar of Jaded Alt

Zahia of One More Alt

Stumps of Raging Monkeys

Manroth of At Runtime

Sarinde of Through the Eyes of a Tree

As for this week (what’s left of it), we invite you to look through your bags and bank and discuss those items you’ve been keeping in their sentimental value. Your first epic maybe? Or the item given to you by some random orc in front of Ogrimmar while you were fumbling around on your first character? Talk about as many or as few as you wish and let us know by dropping off a link to your post in the thread at Blog Azeroth!

Also check out our future topics:
Reflection-What was your favorite ____ in WotLK?
Design your class

Episode 100 – The Amazing, Incredible 100th Episode Special of Blue Bawls and Tea Lights

100_01 We’ve made it to Episode 100 but we’re not done yet! Don’t let the length of this show fool you it is STILL full of awesomeness! We have some amazing Round Table guests: Rilandune from Heroically Random, Bre from Game Loving Geek Chick, Matticus from World of Matticus and the one, the only, BRK joins us also! We’ve even got some super secret special guests that stop by to chat with us at the end of the show. You really don’t want to miss this epic TNB! (And no, you don’t want to know what the title means)

Spoiler Alert! We Talk About Cataclysm

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We’re Turning 100!

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Yes! It’s true. Episode 100 is just around the corner (actually, tomorrow) and we just wanted to remind all of you that we’re having a really awesome Round Table/Guest Appreciation show! We’ve got a great lineup of guests for the round table discussions. BRK from (of course) Big Red Kitty, Matticus from World of Matticus and Bre (the ORIGINAL cohost of TNB) from Game Lovin’ Geek Chick have agreed to join Hydra and Fimlys for a great bit of discussion around, of course, Cataclysm and possibly some other topics brought up by.. who? YOU! If you join us in the chat room during the show you can let us know of topics you want us to talk about and/or questions you have for our guests.

What about this “Guest Appreciation” thing? Well, we’re hoping to have a bunch of our past guests (there have been a LOT of them) in the live chat channel come join us during a special segment where we see how things are going with them! Ask a few questions, etc.

It’s going to be a great time and we really want you to be there to enjoy all the festivities.. Oh! And we’re going to be giving away a few Tickets to see “The Raid” documentary screening and after party at Blizzcon! If you are going to Blizzcon and are interested in going to this event (Saturday night of the conference) send us an email and let us know. You need to be present in the chatroom during the show to win!

When: Saturday, September 4, 2010 – 8pm PDT

Where: Our UStream Channel: http://ustream.tv/channel/twisted-nether-blogcast

Why: Because we’re having a PARTY! And you are invited!

Thank you all so much for all the support you’ve given us over the past episodes and years. We’re eternally grateful and we’d definitely not be where we are today without you, our listeners (and of course everyone that helps with the show, sends bumpers, asks questions, guests, etc).

Resource Site Spotlight – Rawr

Even if you aren’t a hunter, you may have heard of the famous Elitist Jerks Spreadsheet for hunters. It’s a handy tool for identifying gear upgrades and seeing what combination of stats yields the best dps. It is also a source of occasional controversy, because there are those who swear by nothing but the spreadsheet even in the face of dissenting opinions. Regardless, it is a powerful tool, and one that I use frequently.

The EJ resources, however, are not the only source of such information. Rawr is a program that performs a similar function, and does so for every class in the game.

http://rawr.codeplex.com/

Many gear upgrades are clear. The stats on one item are better, ergo that piece is an upgrade. However, navigating gear decisions becomes trickier when you begin to reach hit or expertise caps, or various soft and hard caps for other stats (Armor Pen. hard cap exists, as do various soft caps for classes on things like crit. and haste). That’s where Rawr comes in handy, doing the math for you. A tour on the front page will walk you through the basics, and it’s not hard to use.

The other thing that Rawr does is show you exactly where your upgrades are in dungeons or raids. Keeping track of every boss and their loot tables on 10M, 25M, hard modes, etc. can be a chore. Rawr can show you exactly what you need, and exactly where it is.

Hardcore numbers junkies may protest such programs or spreadsheets. The formulas aren’t always 100% correct, and the information can occasionally be a little off. However, for the other 99% of us, tools like Rawr can be a godsend, and will do far more good for our endeavors than we could on our own.

On a closing note, this is my last article for Twisted Nether. Real life aggro that prevents me from updating this blog in a timely manner has become a long-term thing. This is a good thing for me, but it means that I have to cut back on my other responsibilities. So my thanks to Fimlys for giving me this gig, my apologies for not being able to fill it longer, my thanks to anyone who has ever read or commented, and a premature congrats to Fim & Co. on their upcoming 100th podcast. Cheers!

The resource site spotlight is a “weekly” blog written by Arthemystia from warcrafthuntersunion.com, in his quest to find every useful WoW website on the internet.

Episode 99 – Party Like Its 99

Episode 99 is here! We’re one episode away from the big 100th Round Table of Super Awesomeness (or something like that). This week, however, we have invited Nicole Spag on the show. Besides, of course, being an avid World of Warcraft gamer, she is the Host/Co-Host on many a podcast including Ladies of Leet, a very cool video game podcast, and Movielicious, a movie podcast! We also have some info on Blizzcon and, as usual, the smattering of news about Cataclysm. Don’t miss it!

SPOILER ALERT! WE TALK ABOUT CATACLYSM!

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