Posts Tagged ‘wow’

Critter Kill Squad – the easy way!

Looking to bag the Critter Kill Squad and/or Crittergeddon achievements?   Deeprun Rats are easy to kill and respawn like crazy.

  • Use a hunter toon, and make sure you’re tracking the achievement so you can see your progress.
  • Get the fastest bow you can for that hunter.  At level one, that would probably be this.
  • Get that hunter to the Ironforge end of the Deeprun Tram.
  • Go to the wall opposite the doorway to Ironforge, then turn around and face the doorway.  You should be centered with the doorway.
  • Create this macro in WoW:
    /tar Deeprun
    /cast shoot
  • Drag the icon for above mentioned macro onto your hotbar and bind it to a key  (I used my F key).
  • Keep pressing the above bound key over and over, every 2 seconds or so.
  • Pretty soon you’ll have killed all the critters you need!

Now, if you absolutely need to step away from your computer for some reason but still want to keep killin’ critters, you can get AutoHotKey and use this macro.  It is set to begin when you hit Ctrl+Alt+F, and will mash your F key every 2.1 seconds.  Hit Ctrl+Alt+F again to turn off the loop.

#MaxThreadsPerHotkey 2
^!f::
PressKey := ! PressKey   ;Toggle PressKey True/False
Loop
{
If ! PressKey
Break         ;If PressKey is False, stop pressing key
Send f
Sleep 2100      ;Delay between keypresses
}
Return
#MaxThreadsPerHotkey 1

If your hunter is Level 1, you might want to put a cheap scope on your bow for a little added oomph.  Even though the rats have very little health, if you shoot at one and miss, he could run behind your character and start attacking.  If you’re away from your keyboard for any length of time, one of these little rodents might make a meal of your hunter.

Should there be a special class for Bank Toons?

The wife and I were playing World of Warcraft the other night, and we were talking about how we wished they had a Worgen-style tophat that you could get for your bank toons.  That got me thinking about bank toons in general, and how important they are to most MMORPGs.

I think that Bankers could be a viable class, depending on the game you’re playing.  Now, I don’t mean that Bankers would be your normal kind of toon that you take out questing and running dungeons, but rather a specialized class focused on managing your other toons’ junk and trying to make money on the Auction House.

It would be a class without levels, but you could earn achievements and titles.  There could also be clothing and accessories unique to the Banker class, so you could dress them in style with as much or as little bling as you want.  Each crafting profession could have a few items to make for bank toons.

So yeah, it’s a frivolous idea and ridiculous idea.  Gods forbid they put something frivolous and ridiculous into an MMO.

Yoink! – an Addon for WoW

So my doodad-a-week project hasn’t been going as I’d hoped.  Too many things going on, and I have several toons to support in WoW.  One thing that has been going well is Yoink, my first addon for WoW.

Yoink is a pickpocketing stats addon that tells you all sorts of nifty info, including gold-per-minute, total gold, number of mobs pickpocketed, and how many healing potions and junkboxes you’ve pilfered from unsuspecting NPCs.

I have to say that programming in Lua is a blast.  My only complaint about it is the same beef I have with PHP, which is that there is no consistent naming convention for functions.  Other than that, it’s really slick and easy to pick up.

To learn the basics, I started out with the ShowMeTheMoney addon demo.  I like learning a new language/platform by typing in everything by hand first, then messing around with the IDE.  After I got the general gist of what was going on, I downloaded the WoW Addon Studio.  It’s built using the Visual Studio shell, so it was nice to have a familiar environment to work in.  While it’s very handy, it does have several quirks.  I’ve come to use it mostly for its syntax highlighting and intellisense, mostly.  I no longer use the visual editor except to browse through the various backgrounds, buttons and bling that you can use in your widgets.

One of the frustrating things I ran into while making Yoink was that events aren’t reported in the order they occur.  Anybody building Flash/Flex apps should be familiar with that happening.  Come to think of it, fellow Second Life scripters deal with the same thing.  It’s a big ol’ world of asynchronous event handlin’.

Yoink is in testing right now.  I’m publishing it via CurseForge, which is really nice since they act as your code repository (supporting git, svn, cvs, etc.) and have a very active addon developer community.

So yeah, that was fun and all, but I don’t see myself making a lot of addons for WoW.  I might make some class-specific utilities but I’m not getting involved in anything big.   Back to thinking about web games!  So there.

Bliztards: Cheating OK as long as nobody else makes money off it.

Blizzard Entertainment has been awarded $6 million as a result of their suit against the makers of  MMOGlider, a program that takes a small amount of suckage out of the grindfest that is World of Warcraft.

So let’s get this straight…it’s perfectly OK for you to multi-box 5 shamans, but you can’t run what is essentially a beefed-up macro program to grind some ore?  It’s the whole multibox thing that makes me think that the goldfarmers that are “ruining the game” aren’t so bad.

If I’ve learned anything while leveling my four (yes, 4) 70’s, is that the game is all about the plug-ins and helper sites.  As soon as you discover sites like wowhead.com, thottbot, etc., then the game is pretty much over in terms of mystery or effort.  You grab the essential plugins like QuestHelper, which takes you by the hand and leads you to your next mind-numbing killfest.  No exploration needed.

If you’re into the PvP scene, there are plenty of plugins and macros for that, too.  I have a sap macro for my rogues that gives me the upper hand against other rogues.  I just spam it and it automatically targets nearby enemies and saps them.  It’s great for ferreting-out stealthed rogues.  Is it cheating?  It’s not considered cheating by WoW…it’s just another spell macro.

I cancelled my account(s) soon after getting most of my purple PvP gear for my main rogue (I have 2 horde rogues and one alli rogue).  I was hardcore-addicted to the game and one day I just overdosed and saw through the madness.  This recent court battle is yet another reason to stop wasting my money and my precious time on BULLSHIT.

I tried multiboxing for about a week, and I think that contributed greatly to finally quitting.  I realized that it’s all about money and time.  If you have enough cash and/or time to put into WoW, you can dominate in whatever aspect you choose.

Am I against multi-boxing?  Nope.  Go right ahead and spend your money how you see fit.  But don’t look down on somebody who buys gold or runs a program like Glider to try to catch up with you.

To sum up: Screw you, Blizzard.  The thing that ruins your game is the lack of original content and the rudeness of your players, not the goldfarmers or botters.

I shan’t be participating in the upcoming Bath of the Rich King, either.  OH LOOK!  We’re going to fight some zombies!  They look just like the ones outside Brill…but they’re level 80!