I updated the site last night with the info about the Skettis Kaliri. I also pulled all the PTR info onto it’s own page where I can manage the updates more easily. And I added some shots that show the differences in crab and lion models.
I tried to get a shot of the sporebat changes, but in the model viewer the PTR sporebat doesn’t show particles at all. Maybe I am doing something wrong there. Anyway, later today I will try to get some decent in-game shots of the differences. For the record, I hate the lighting in Zangarmarsh.
The PTR updated again yesterday, but so far I haven’t seen many new changes related to pets. Lots of people angry about itemization, some continuing discussion of the new way Meend Pet works (as a simple heal over time buff instead of a channeled spell) and whether that is a blessing or a curse — oh, and the mail goggles are still broken. But nothing especially interesting that caught my eye.
I do rather wish that Blizzard would provide real patch notes for PTR updates, though. I know it’s not always easy, especially given what I’ve heard about the size and disorganiztion of their live team. Believe me, I know it’s not easy. But it’s worth it. PTR patch notes serve the front-line community — people who run fan sites, people who spend time being thoughtful and helpful on the forums, people who keep the wheels of information and interest turning — people who keep retention up. WoW may be bigger than Jesus, but it still needs some retention.
I’ve been following the MMO industry for a long time, and there are many aspects of the WoW freight train that I think could help improve the industry overall. But it makes me sad to think that the lesson we learn from WoW might be that good communication (and customer service, for that matter) are pretty much unnecessary.