Logging into the game, for me last night, was a very surprising event.
First, I had me a new pet!
As I bet you already know, folks with Authenticators got themselves a little Core Hound pup non-combat pet in the mail, and damn but he’s the cutest thing!
You add him to the new Perky Pug you can get by being in random LFG heroics with 100 other players, and there is a new, welcome trend towards more diversity in the canine non-combat pet world.
Okay, he’s just cute, but I wanted to sound like there was some larger ramification there. Nah, just cute. I wouldn’t say no to a husky, or a malamute, or a golden retriever, though.
What next? A goldfish bowl on a floating mini-magic carpet to follow quirky Mages around?
Wait a minute… I like that idea.
Shake it off, Bear, shake it off.
The second thing I noticed was the changes to the UI.
Guild chat revolved around this, that or the other being broken, with wonky Cartographer and Quest Helper conflicts being the most common refrain.
What I did, and I’d like to re-address this later, is I shut down all the built-in Quest Tracking and helping tools from the Options/Interface menu. Just for the time being.
The second thing I did… was to make sure anything that conflicted with Cartogrpaher was shut down. This included opening the map, and looking at the bottom right corner of the map, where there was an option for using Quest Tracking for the map. Unchecking that let my Cartographer return to normal, with Questhelper working again.
Why did I do that?
Well, I’m very excited at the idea of removing a few memory-using addons, it’s true. And I generally love the professionalism of what Blizzard brings in, (built-in voice chat aside).
In this case, first, Cassie is map-challenged. Spacially, she gets lost quite easily in the game. She refers to the larger map all the time, and also makes extensive, and I mean EXTENSIVE, use of Cartographers ability to add your own notes and waypoints.
She also relys on Quest Helper’s minimap arrows to help her know which direction to fly next. In zones like Icecrown and Storm Peaks, it’s about the only way she can find her way back to the same place again.
I don’t know much about the new map system, but so far as far as I know there isn’t a way to add your own notes or waypoints directly to it. So finding a way to let Cartographer run was important for her.
For myself, I’d love to just shut down Quest Helper and Cartographer and dive right in.
What’s stopping me?
Lol… greed, damnit! And laziness!
I still Use the Addon Routes, coupled with Gatherer and Cartographer, to display my farming routes for Herbs and Ore. Even though I bloody well KNOW where they are by now, when I want some fast Saronite, or old school Ore like Thorium for someone that is leveling a profession like Blacksmithing, boom, I have a route and away I go. If I have to give that up, I’m going to miss it.
Still, got that working, found that X-Perl seems to be acting wonky, but nothing too bad.
Then I went and…..
Did Argent Tournament dailies. 🙂
NO, I didn’t go rush off to do the new instance. I figured there’d be plenty of time for that.
But the Argent Tournament… yesterday was the last day, the very last day I had to do any quests, to finally become a Crusader, Exalted representative of every faction. Woot!
Once I got that done, and cried inside over needing 150 Crusader Seals to get a pony for my squire, off I went to do a random instance!
Aaannnd…. crash. Stuck onloading screen, failed to enter instance, got the deserter debuff for leaving the failed group.
We tried a couple times, but it was clear that folks were having a lot of problems getting in.
I’ll say now what I said then.
This patch will still be here, a long, long, long, long, long time from now. I’m sure, somehow I’m sure, I’ll have plenty of opportunity to try again some other time.
In the meantime, well, I can tell you for a fact that mailing Bind on Account Heirloom items across factions… WORKS!
Time to send all that yummy stuffs over, and get a Tauren Drood leveled up.
I hope your patch night went well, and that everything you hoped to achieve went smoothly, my friends.
Take care, and have a happy!