Armchair Designer: Skill Choice

June 4, 2007

Today I want to share a little more random blathering about what I would do with WoW hunter pets if I had the opportunity. One important goal that I would like to see the pet system embrace is this: that all families of pets have enough active skills available so that hunters need to make a choice about which four active skills their pet should have. Now realistically, this means that each family needs six skills available. You’d think five would be enough, but Cower is already available to all pets and is so situational as to be safely ignored most of the time. So to foster real choice, let’s aim for six.

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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.

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Tip of the Day

June 1, 2007

If you’ve recently untrained your main pet in order to get data on Cobra Reflexes, and then you decide to go out hunting Hawkbane, do NOT forget to re-train Growl. Or else you will be very confused, and then very sorry, and then very dead, all quite quickly.

Gore 5 & 6

June 1, 2007

A helpful reader (who did not unfortunately give me a name) wrote me recently to let me know that he was talking to a GM about the availability of ranks 5 and 6 of the pet skill Gore. I am not aware of any way for hunters to learn Gore 5 or Gore 6, but according to this GM, those skills are available in the game. So — if you’ve been holding out, if you just assumed everyone else knew also,  if you know the special secret and you were just waiting for the right time to tell people — if, in short, you have any information on these skills — spill it!

(Rants about the methods and knowledge levels of GMs are understandable, but discouraged. Thanks. :>)

Tip of the Day

May 31, 2007

Don’t get migraines.

Patch 2.1.0 – Known Issues

May 28, 2007

Blizzard posted a list of known issues in Patch 2.1.0 this morning. Presumably this isn’t all the issues, but merely the ones they’ve been able to verify so far. I’ve reproduced only the hunter-related issues below.

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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.

Patch 2.1.0 – Interesting Random Patch Notes

May 27, 2007

This is just a random list of patch notes I found vaguely interesting, with commentary. Most of them are not hunter- or pet-related in any way, so you needn’t feel obligated to read them. :>

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Armchair Designer: Pursuit Speed

May 26, 2007

After I go off on one of my rants about the flaws in the current pet system in WoW, people sometimes ask me “Well, how would you handle it?” They rarely ask twice — I have charts, and I am willing to use them. But I thought it might be fun to share some of that armchair design here. First up: the problem of pursuit speed enhancers. (Pursuit speed is the speed at which pets run to their target. You can read more about it on the Petopia Pursuit Speed page.)

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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!