I found a few more tools that are handy for wow players, which extend the list from just class planning and include some of the consistently good player tools external to the game.
- Noxxic Guides, which are an alternate to the Icy Veins guides.
- WoW Heroes, which is a respectable profile tool for your character that will recommend changes to get you to a best in slot setup.
- World of Logs (for raiders), so you can compare fights to see which was better or worse.
- Blizzard’s Armory (duh)
- WoW Wiki, which is good for the pages on Hit and Expertise caps and other such stuff. When updated these are good for plain language explanations.
It is a meta-question for what resources to include which might be too focused, or instead overly well known. I think I’ll have a beer and ponder that today.
Holy crap, the most recent update for the Armory which came out a week ago is a great update in functions, and highly worth it.
The highlights are:
- 3d viewer,
- app seems to run faster,
- activity feed,
- improved character summary page.
The stand out for me is the improved summary screen for your character, and the 3d character viewer. Both are great and really make the Armory app seem more and more like something you need, rather than something to play with. Now this entire app might be a silly toy, and it might actually add no value to my game-play, but it seriously rocks. For anyone who is a fan boy of wow this is eye candy of the finest quality.
One thought I had was a feature they should add is a list of the patterns for each profession your character has, so I can look for specific patterns for mates. That plus the coming of the guild chat, means we can actually add some value to our fellow players who not logged in.
Quick note: You can now get an RSS feed of your recent activity on a character. eg. Mortigen’s activity.
We can now grab an official Armory iPhone app (wow.com article). Let me be one of the many that runs around in circles squeeling like a school girl about this, starting now – brb. *yay, squeel*
By all accounts it looks nice. That reminds me…*yay, squeel*
I’ll write impressions after a few days of playing around; but for a starting question:
Q. Why can I login to this using my Username and Password, but not using an Authenticator?
A. No Fucking Idea – but that is not good at all! This could facilitate account hacking / hijacking.
Many times I’m trying to dig for information about a toon, and either the WoW Armory is slow, or I need different information. Some of the services are L70 only and others are infrequently down. Its odd.
Q. So how do you find good data and comparison information on characters?
A. You click and bookmark these babies. Here is a list of sites that I use to check builds, reps, etc. Continue reading
If you are an Armory fiend take a look at the World of Warcraft Armory site, as it contains plug-ins for the popular browsers (IE7, FF, Opera). This dandy little page explains how to make profiling a player or guild a lot faster by adding an Armory search into your web browser. Funky.
However as a Mac and Safari user, I found it odd that Safari didn’t have an option on Blizzard’s Armory site.
So like any ranty geek that I am, I mucked about till I had one. Below you’ll find instructions for getting the awesome auto-search mechanism in Safari. Continue reading
A dev named SaladFork has created an Armory web page optimised for the iPhone. That right folks – you can now browse toons on the Armory using a custom webpage built for mobile devices. The author has put a good deal of effort into the initial beta version, and my quick testing found it worked a treat. Take a look here i.array0.com, or the home page occ.array0.com
For me this is a great form of convergence: wow + iphone = geek fun anywhere.