Sunday, October 12, 2014

Should I stay or should I go? [Addons]

Sorry about the dramatic title, aka click-bait (sorry, not sorry). :p I'm doing a much needed addon purge, and had the selfish idea that I'll use this list as my backup. If I wonder which addon I had before that I really miss, I can just check here. :)

Are there more like me out there with addon-problems by the way? I spent 2 hours a couple of months ago trying to find which one addon caused me to lag completely out everytime I entered combat (it was Honor Status btw). And when I had them all disabled I noticed my new shiny FPS... I knew I would have to take action soon.

Ackis Recipe ListGone
Addon Control PanelGone
AtlasLoot EnhancedUndecided
Battle Pet - Quality NotifierUndecided
Battle Pet BreedIDUndecided
Capping Battleground TargetsUndecided
DBM (++)Keeping
EPGP (DKP reloaded)Keeping
FriendsShare ResurrectionKeeping
JSHB 4Undecided
MogIt (++)Keeping
PetJournal EnhancedUndecided
Power AurasKeeping
Reagent RestockerKeeping
Shadowed Unit FramesKeeping
Storm, Earth, and FireKeeping
Titan PanelKeeping
WeakAuras 2Keeping

There you go, 78 (?) addons, of which most are being kept... /sigh

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Feedback on the new female draenei model

Yesterday I posted all the comparisons without comments. Time to do some commenting! A copy of this will also be posted on the official forum, please go there if you have any additional constructive feedback. Sadly I don't think the developers read the European forums... :-/

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Fairly long, thorough, mostly subjective and randomly objective feedback on the new female draenei models.

I have compared the 12 skin colors, 10 faces, 11 hair styles, 7 hair colors and 7 horn styles that are available in character creation for non-death knight female draenei characters. I will also comment on one of the hair styles that are only available from the barber shop (the high pony tail). For screenshots from old and new character creation, see: Female Draenei Character Creation

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First of all I want to say that I appreciate the artistic work that has been done when creating the new models. I would have absolutely loved to have them implemented as additional looks that I could choose from for my new alts. But as they are here to replace the looks that I and many others love, that is how I will judge them. There is a standard already set by the old models that the new ones need to at least reach, and preferably exceed, before I will hook "Show New Character Models" in the graphics settings.

I know the art team has worked hard to preserve the feel and soul of our characters. But perception is tricky and highly subjective. Where I perceive someone as "shy", someone else would perceive them as "grumpy", and so on. I think we can all agree that there has indeed been change to the models, but how we view those different changes are also highly subjective! For instance I love the new defined muscles on my monk, they make so much sense to me (with all the running and fighting that she does, I mean). But I wouldn't be surprised at all if there is someone else out there that doesn't like them. Actually, I would be surprised if there proves to be noone that doesn't like them.

I'm also aware that I'm a bit late to the party, as I haven't been in the beta. I downloaded PTR yesterday, and that was my first experience with the new looks hands-on. There are other threads on the subject, but I don't have access to write on the beta forum.

With that said, on to the feedback from me.

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My characters have white beautiful glowy eyes, and as far as I know they've had these eyes since I started playing 7 years ago. However, in the "Warlords of Draenor Announcement Trailer" I noticed that the two featured draenei had blue eyes, much like the draenei death knights have now. Then Artcraft: Daughter of Argus was released and the eyes were still blue, although more toned down compared to the trailer. On PTR/beta they are SUPER-BLUE, almost green. I can only assume they're still not done, so consider this my plea to keep them white like they have been for all these years! Much like the night elf eyes are on PTR/beta.


Draenei have fangs. Where are they? :)


With higher definition and more polygons, I wonder why the markings on the forehead are almost less prominent and detailed on the new models than what they are on the old ones?


On live the shiny sigil-effect across the forehead lasts for the entire duration of Gift of the Naaru, but on PTR it appears when cast, and then disappears straight away. I'm aware that the duration of Gift of the Naaru has been lowered to 5 seconds, but the effect disappears much sooner than that even (1-2 seconds).


My opinion: I love them!


The run has changed. I can't really put my finger on it, but it seems her steps has no weight to them any longer. And there's also something going on with the arms.


Most (19!) of the emotes seem perfectably fine to me: /applaud, /beg, /bow, /chicken, /cry, /eat, /kiss, /kneel, /laugh, /point, /roar, /salute, /sleep, /talk, /cheer, /flee, /no, /nod and /train.

Though she does seem to have (too) many teeth in some of the emotes.

/dance: There's two facial expressions during one particular part of the dance routine that look very odd to me. We have here a draenei, a noble stoic being from Argus who is somewhere around 200-10.000 years old. I don't really think her face bends that way. I know there's /chicken and /train too for sillyness, but still.

/flex: First part seems fine, I'm on the fence about the teethy grin in the second part.

/rude: Not sure about this one.

/wave: That smile... Too wide and too fake.


The only skin color I use on my draenei characters is skin color 5, so this is the one I feel strongest about.

Skin Color 3, 4, 8, 10 and 12 seem to be very similar on live and PTR.

Skin Color 1: The new one seems more blue.
Skin Color 2: The new one seems more blue here too. The old one seems more green.
Skin Color 5: The new one is much paler, and the purple has more red in it than the old one.
Skin Color 6: The new one is paler/whiter.
Skin Color 7: The new one is paler.
Skin Color 9: The new one seems paler.
Skin Color 11: The new one is more blue, the old one is more green.


As I have so many draenei characters, I have nicknames for most of the faces relating to how they look to me. Face 3, 7 and 8 have been my favorites for a good while now. My first character back in 2007 was a Face 7, while my current cute main is a Face 8.

What they have tried to do with the faces must have been really difficult. Where the only real difference before was lip shape, eyebrow shape and shading, they have now tried to add features where there were none, like different noses and face shapes. At the same time they've tried to keep the eyebrow shape from the originals, so that we can recognize them.

Face 1: The vacant round face.
Face 2: The dark lip face.
Face 3: The strict freckle face.
Face 4: The sad and strict face.
Face 5: The really really sad face.
Face 6: The angry face.
Face 7: The smooth porcelain angel face.
Face 8: The cute happy face. :D
Face 9: The eyelid face (the eyelids look pink when skin color 5 is selected).
Face 10: The angry face with smaller eyes.

I feel like all the familiar faces are gone, and the draenei beauty has faded a bit. Face 7 and Face 8 are so different that I don't even... My favorite among the new ones is Face 9, which wasn't even in my top 5 before. And I don't really feel like applying that same face to my 20+ draenei characters.


I would love some new hair styles to choose from! Perhaps choose from some of the goblin ones? :-) And for those hair styles that changed; I would love to keep both the old and the new look.

The new hair looks a bit more like actual hair now I think, but I have yet to check if it flows and moves like promised.

Hair Style 1: "Straight". Separated in the middle, slick. Not that slick anymore, and has a lock that misbehaves.
Hair Style 2: "Flipped": Separated on the side. Now covers more of the eye it falls down over, and has a single lock that misbehaves.
Hair Style 3: "Cute". Two ponytails and bangs. Seems very true to the original. Position of ponytails may be a tad lower.
Hair Style 4: "Feathered". Pretty true to original, but seems to not flow in same direction any longer.
Hair Style 5: "Buns". Looks unchanged to me.
Hair Style 6: "Jeweled Band". Headband with curls. Looks unchanged to me.
Hair Style 7: "Bangs". Shoulderlong hair with bangs. Looks both very familiar but changed at the same time, but can't put my finger on what is different.
Hair Style 8: "Elegant". Tidy do that has changed a bit. Now has bangs falling down over forehead.
Hair Style 9: "Bounce". Casual bob with bangs. Looks unchanged to me.
Hair Style 10: "Nape". Short with bangs. The bangs used to be fuller on the sides.
Hair Style 11: "Sassy". Spiky. Seems very similar, only thing is direction of hair could be corrected a bit.
"High" tail from barber shop: The bangs start way lower on the new one than the old, and the ponytail isn't as perky as it is now. I do like this new look, but I would like to keep the old one too.


I have no comments on the hair colors, they all seem fine to me. Listing them anyway if others want to comment.

Hair Color 1: Brown
Hair Color 2: Purple
Hair Color 3: Yellow
Hair Color 4: White
Hair Color 5: Black
Hair Color 6: Green
Hair Color 7: Blue


For the longest time I chose the smallest horns, but when I make new alts now I try to embrace the horns and go for big and powerful ones. :)

The new horns are a bit different from the old ones, in that they seem to come out of the head, while with the old ones the head seemed to be bigger/broader where the horns started.

Horn Style 1: "Sweeping". Laid back, points backwards.
Horn Style 2: "Curled". Round, points downwards
Horn Style 3: "Arced". Bigger, points downwards.
Horn Style 4: "High". Talbuk, points upwards. The new ones seem less pointy and more broad.
Horn Style 5: "Spread". Big, points sideways. The new ones seem leaner.
Horn Style 6: "Grand". Bull, points sideways/upwards.
Horn Style 7: "Short". Small, points upwards.

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I recognize and appreciate the amount of work and effort that has been done by the art team! I'm not trying to insult their work.

I want to keep the white eyes we have now.
I think the run still needs work.
I don't think the new faces match the old ones good enough.
I want the dark purple skin color to stay as it is; darker and with less red in it than what it is on the PTR.
I don't want facial expressions that are too silly.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Female Draenei Character Creation Comparison

Comparisons without comments. Click on a picture for slideshow.

Skin Color


The zoom is different on live/PTR, so sadly old/new are in different zoom.

I was going to use the same face for the remaining pictures, but sadly I misunderstood which were the same ones when I took the screenshots. The rest of the pictures will use Face 8 for old model and Face 9 for new model.

Hair Style

Hair Color

Horn Style

Friday, August 8, 2014

Monk Group Photo

I did "Herald of the Titans" with my fifth monk, Zenja, before I took my break. I bought a game card a couple of weeks ago, and found her in Jade Forest as level 85. The other day she reached level 90, and I've spent some time on Timeless Isle and in the raid finder with her. It's really nice seeing that I still remember all the monk moves so well. Yay for muscle memory. :-)

With all these monks, I figured it would be fun with a group photo! I've been very proud of the fact that I've actually managed to choose different face options for all five monks. :) (I actually have a sixth one that is only level 14 that has a sixth face!) But now I see that I seem to have unknowingly picked a favorite hair colour... (I knew about the favorite skin colour already.)

Say hi!

From left: Elyn (mistweaver/windwalker) - Shunbi (mistweaver/windwalker) - my main: Kinlai (brewmaster/windwalker) -  Ninasan (windwalker/brewmaster) - Zenja (windwalker/brewmaster)
The transmogs shown here aren't the same as they're wearing on live, as I wasn't able to load gear from Mists of Pandaria in my Modelviewer.

Anyone else level same class over and over? And even keep the same race, like me?

Have a great friday!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Musings from the sideline

It's been a little over 3 months since I started my break from WoW. I didn't really want to take this break; I have always had some kind of weird pride in "been playing since august 2007 and never even took a break", but now I couldn't justify keeping at it any longer. This break should have happened at the end of Wrath and Cata as well, but it didn't. I think that even though I had run out of stuff to do, I was kind of worried that if I allowed myself to take a break, it could lead to me not coming back at all after kicking the habit. That is, I knew that my playing habits were unhealthy.

Two different kinds of unhealthy actually.

One, I am guilty of turning down real life invites/events because of WoW. I've ignored phone calls and text messages because of WoW. I've pushed my cats away from my keyboard and desk because of WoW (gasp!). I've stayed logged in despite not having anything to do. I've ended nights with the thought "I've played way too much today, tomorrow I won't play at all" to then log in the second I wake up the next morning. I've checked WoW-news, theorycrafting and transmogging at work, beyond what I would think of as a reasonable amount of time. I've prioritzed WoW over pretty much everyone and everything in real life at times...

Two, I have a bad back. The thing with my back started before I started to play WoW, so I'm not gonna put the blame on WoW. I think it was a combination of too much stress at work, and too much relaxing after work (cause of the being dead-tired and beaten) that started the whole thing. The last 1,5 years it's been escalating though, and I've been through countless hours of physical therapy without really getting any better. I've had a nagging feeling that sitting in my computer chair at work and at home has at least slowed my progress to get better, and perhaps even worked against it. So when I decided to take my break in April, I also viewed it as an experiment, "will time away from all computer chairs make me better?". Of course, the experiment is already flawed, as I have changed up some other routines as well. I do 3 strength workouts per week, I go to physical therapy 2 times a week, and I go for walks every day. I've avoided my computer, and have instead been surfing on my phone, playing games on my PS3 and phone, and I have watched a hell of a lot of Netflix. And although I am better now than what I was 6 months ago, I'm not better than what I was one year ago, so I'm not really sure what to conclude in this regard.

The first month away from the game was kind of nice! I managed to avoid Twitter, WoW Insider and other blogs, just as I had meant to. And that was actually far worse than not playing any longer! But then I started checking Twitter and Feedly again. And this last month... I've wanted to play again so badly! I eventually made a list over what kind of things that would be good reasons to resubscribe, just to keep myself on track:

  • New content, which would be the pre-launch event.
  • My server connected with another server, so I can make alts with purpose and a future.
  • Some goals. Something I want to do. Hanging out in Shrine is out of the question!

And what do you know... My server IS getting connected! Probably next week. :) With Bronzebeard, a server I don't really know anything about, but I'm thrilled nonetheless!
As for the goals... Yeah, I have to keep thinking about that one for a bit. I could level some new alts. (Priest maybe? Or perhaps a warrior as something other than prot? A paladin? Ooh, ooh, a shaman!) And I have that 5th monk, Zenja, that is only level 85. I could probably do some pvp... And some Ulduar-runs for shards for my Val'anyr. Challenge modes on another character? (My paladin would be great, I love that set! Too bad I can't pally very well.)

On to the final thing I want to cover in this post. With the knowledge of my own unhealthy relationship to WoW, I feel like I shouldn't jump back into this blindly. While I've played other games, watched tv shows and read comics during this break, and in much the same way that I would normally play WoW, all these other things had pause buttons. And I didn't lock myself away from the world completely. There's gonna have to be some ground rules. Preferably realistic ones, so I won't break them straight away.

Physical rules:
  • 3 strength workouts every week
  • Physical therapy as needed
  • A 30 min walk every day
  • Getting up from the chair at least every 30 minutes to stretch legs/back (everyone should do this!)
  • New chair/screen/desk-setup (I'm testing with reclainer instead of office chair now)
Playtime rules (I might set up Parental Control for myself, as I tend to get a bit caught up in the moment):
  • No playing between 0:00 and 7:00 am
  • Max amount of hours per day: ___ (undecided)
  • Max amount of hours per week: ___ (undecided)
  • Respond to all calls/texts: Immediately if urgent. Same day if non-urgent.
  • No WoW-stuff at work!
  • Respond to real life-invites according to if I want to do them, not according to "it crashes with what I want to do with my Garrison every day"
  • No freaking hanging around in cities for more than 10 minutes. Either play or log off!
Other ideas to promote healthy play:
  • Don't choose the 6 month-subscription I normally have, even if it's cheaper overall. If I go for 1 month sub or gamecards I could take smaller breaks more often!

Any thoughts on these subjects would be much appreciated!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

A dramatic non-dramatic event

This isn't a dramatic goodbye at all. It still feels dramatic to me, as I haven't been in this situation before.

Don't ask me if I'm sure! This is hard enough...

It's not you, it's me! Ok, it's you. Ok ok, perhaps we both are to blame.

I really think I've tried to keep my own interest up. I do like daily quests, so no, that's not the problem. I have my Proving Ground title, I have my Challenge Mode gear, I finished Brawler's Guild, I got all four pets from the Celestial Tournament, I killed Garrosh on normal, I have 20k achievement points, I have 15 90's that are 500+ item level. Time has definitely been spent in this game. Perhaps too much time was spent? How can one produce enough content for an all-consuming consumer?

"Other reason" opens up a box with room for 255 characters. My 255 characters: "As you know I've played since August 2007 without any breaks. With the hype at Blizzcon and the statements about wanting expansions to be released quicker, I looked at Cata length and imagined MOP would last 21 months, which would have meant June-release." And then I ran out of room. Not the most well-put explanation... But I hope some sense can be made out of it. A 6 month gap between expected delivery and finished product is a lot for a person that doesn't know what to do anymore when they log on.

1, 2, 3, 4 or 5? That is really the question.

I've notified my guild that I will take a break from the game from the middle of April, for an unknown amount of time. I really can't tell if it will be a week, a month or a couple of months. My hope is that a break from WoW, from WoW-news, and perhaps most important; from opinions about WoW, will purify my relationship with the game. I'm hoping that my return to this amazing world will be magical. I've been a loyal fangirl the last 6,5 years, and to be perfectly honest, I prefer that role SO MUCH over the cynical annoyed consumer-person I've been developing into this last month. If New Draenor is half as good as Pandaria, and I'm certain it will be, I will be hooked again!

That is, if I'm not one of those that disappear... ;-)

Take care so long!
Hugs, Lae