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This blog is moving!

June 27, 2007

Well, technically this blog is staying here. But the essence of this blog is moving to a new home: Mania’s Arcania.

As I mentioned many posts ago, I’m not entirely satisfied with the functionality I have with a free hosted blog here at — so I set up a WordPress blog on my own host, on a domain I had lying around. *grin* Then I spent the past several days playing with all that new functionality, setting up a theme and plugins and all, and getting very little done …

I’ve closed down comments here and this will be the last post I make on this blog, although this blog will remain here as a pointer to the new blog, if nothing else. All of the posts (except this one) and all of the existing comments have been transferred to the new blog, so if you’ve been reading this you can just wander over there and pick up the conversation exactly where you left off. And I do sincerely hope that you will.

I started this blog to give myself someplace to be a little more chatty, and it truly surprised me how much I’ve enjoyed it. Mania’s Arcania is both a continuation and an expansion of this blog — a more permanent and flexible place to discuss my overwhelming obsession for the past two years: the magic of hunter pets .


Additional Ghost Saber Info

June 21, 2007

In a comment on the Ghost Saber Gallery post, degbunke asked:

A little question: what does “spawned” mean in the list of cats on the site? Some of the other pets have “quest spawn” and “rare” after their names and lvls, and it’s quite obvious what that means, but “spawned”…? Is it something extra special or just a typo…?

So I thought I’d better explain.  


Ghost Saber Gallery

June 19, 2007

The Ghost Saber Gallery is finally up on Petopia! Okay, it isn’t everything I was hoping to get done just yet — it only includes a few of the many great shots that you guys sent to me, it doesn’t have a mini-walkthrough on how to tame a Ghost Saber, and I wasn’t able to figure out how to fake a transparent Ghost Saber in the WoW Model Viewer. But at least it’s up!

Catching Up

June 18, 2007

Egad! Time just flies when you’re working hard! I had no idea it had been so long since my last post. Things are beginning to lighten up a little for us, although I’m unfortunately not making any headway on getting us moved. Still, I ought to have time to post some info here that’s come in over the past week, maybe respond to some of the new comments, and I’ll also see if I can get an update done on Petopia. We’ll see how the week goes. :>

Also MIA: Mania

June 8, 2007

I’m afraid I haven’t had a lot of time for Petopia or for this blog the past week or so. We’re in the final stages of QA on our first game and with just the two of us it’s a bit busy. Plus I’m also trying to get us moved cross-country in the near future. So I just haven’t had a lot of time. With that in mind, I thought it would be polite to let you know that I probably won’t be posting here or updating the site very much at all for a short while, and I am likely to take even longer than normal responding to e-mail. I’ll be back as soon as things lighten up a bit for me, and I’ll do my best to keep the site updated with any really big or exciting changes (although to be honest I don’t expect much until the next big patch). Thanks for your patience!

Weekend Roundup (with extra Hawkbane)

June 2, 2007

I’ve updated Petopia with a handful of pre-2.1 pets I’d missed previously and some correction and changes that readers have sent to me. (Example: Dreadfang Lurkers now have Bite 8 when tamed, not 9 — and I’ve had the wrong skin for them and Dreadfang Widows for quite some time, apparently.) I haven’t much WoW or Petopia time right now, I’m afraid, so this little update is probably all I’ll get to for this week. Things should loosen up next week after we send our casual game off to the publisher.


Err … Sorry About the Bullets

May 27, 2007

I just noticed that my lovely bullet-pointed patch notes are displaying without bullets. Reading the support pages here are WordPress, this looks like an expected (although not by me!) side effect of my theme. I’m trying to figure out how to fix it. In the meantime, you have my apologies for the hard-to-read lists.

TKA Something is Back!

May 25, 2007

TKA Something is a great little pet site that inspired a lot of the work that went into Petopia. TKA Something has been in brumation for the past couple of months while Fritti worked on a new look and layout, but now she is back up and updated for Patch 2.1.0. And I have to say that I am really glad to have her back! Drop by and take a look!

Patch 2.1.0 Goes Live Today!

May 22, 2007

The live realms are down for maintenance and I just downloaded a whopping big patch on live — so it looks like Patch 2.1.0 goes live today! Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the final patch notes are up on the WoW site yet and the servers are still down. I’ll be spending most of today updating Petopia and posting interesting tidbits here as I get the chance. Stay tuned!


May 7, 2007

I just noticed that in my post on 4/30 about the Skettis Kaliri I accidentally used a link to my local version of Petopia instead of the real live public one. (I run an Apache web server on my home machine so I can test any changes to the site before I push them live.) I’ve replaced it with the correct link now — so hitting that link will again show you the Avian Warhawk in all his glory. But I apologize for the goof, and if I do it again please let me know so I can get it fixed fast!