Goblin Workshop Opens Its Doors

September 30, 2009

We stand here before the tiny miniature doors of the Goblin Workshop, waiting with baited breath while the goblins inside finalize their first product to roll off the production floor.  The door itself is a good representation of their typical craftsmanship.  In one word, I would describe it as eclectic.  It is adorned with over a hundred gears, all shaped and sized discordantly.  The interlocking teeth seem to defy logic at times.  Oval gears rotate in an irregular pattern, yet interact with other gears on what appears to be a conscious choice.  Toggle bars flip back and forth in response to cycling discs, sometimes so fast it provides the illusion of  a steel butterfly rather than an actual metal bar.

Honestly, I’m not sure these adornments do anything…

The goblins claim that each is an integral component of the construction.  They claim the components are involved in key functions such as portal opening assistance, hinge lubrication management, fixture rotation, timed portal release, self-cleaning routines, and… squirrel defense protections.

Like I said, I don’t think these things do anything at all.

shadowgearRegardless of their construction method or esoteric engineering designs, these guys know their stuff.  Their instructions and advice on addons and mods for World of Warcraft is unparalleled.  I just hope that I can decipher their ramblings sufficiently to make sense.  It isn’t easy trying to understand an angry three foot tall ball of hate and deflected discrimination.  They would rather be working on the production or engineering floor, so when I do get them to open up, it is usually for short periods of brilliance.  Let’s hope I can decipher it.  Of course, that means you are destined to listen to my long winded, winding commentary.  Lucky you.

With any luck, we will include different types of information about mods, addons, and the user interface of World of Warcraft.  This could include:

  • General UI design/recommendations
  • Mod/Addon overviews
  • Top mod/addon lists
  • Mod/Addon configuration guides
  • Other stuff these crazy goblins give me

If we cover ten percent of this lofty set of goals, we will be lucky.

I hear a commotion behind those doors that suggests the little green monsters are ready.  Maybe those dials and gears on the door really do serve some function.  They are moving more vigorously now.  In fact, I think I see a tiny crack of light between the two massive doors as they begin to open.

Here we go…