PTR Setup process successful

I’ve worked out what to do to get the PTR running. Obvious to some, or a no-brainer if you’re lucky, but it took two goes for me. My first attempt appeared ok, but would crash every time when entering the world.

  • Firstly do not have more than one copy of the game installed. I used to run two side by side sessions of wow for multiboxing, and the PTR install auto-detects your wow location. For me that location was TBC but not Wrath enabled, so it piked when I tried to login.
  • Save the auto-downloader and the directory it creates in the same parent folder as your WoW folder.
  • When you run the PTR installed, run it from the Parent folder.
  • The updater will download a 750mb-ish patch, and then config it. Seemed to be a good sign that it found and would run the updater.
  • Don’t expect much help from the official forums. The advice from there is basically (a) run as Administrator, or if on Mac expect silence. You might need system / root access to install the PTR app, but that should not be any surprise.
  • I got pedantic about the process and clicked all the Finish buttons on each of the downoaders and updaters.
  • Don’t expect the loading page to have the PTR button enabled. Mine was not available, but I could run the PTR app from inside the folder. Look for a green icon.

Next step is some basic mods, and UI setup. Then some DK testing.

Press Pause to Exist

I love translation mistakes, especially when they are obviously counter intuitive. Pause to Exist – must be a Zen thing.

Press pause to Exist was the message that my new dvd recorder gave me when setting the region control.

  • If the Pause button could really initiate life, then where am I now?
  • What happens when I un-pause? Does the universe stop? Wouldn’t that be play?

update: And if you’re wondering why the stramge post – its Monday here and I’ve already had 5 stupid or inane requests from clients, so this is my way of pushing back on the stupidity. Today’s fav so far for some design feedback:

It looks a bit funny..

Brilliant, I know just what to do. Hey deisgner guys, please make that look either a bit more, or a bit less funny…