Better Know a Mod Type…

October 5, 2009

Earlier today I noticed a number of goblins huddled in a corner of the production facility. They were mumbling quietly amongst themselves, periodically waving their hands in the air and pointing their fingers at each other.

Generic_GearGlad to finally see some activity on the plant floor, I approached hurriedly, eager to hear of their most recent efforts. They reluctantly elected one of their number to speak to me. The creature was pitiful, one ear carved up like a plastic surgeon’s practice cadaver. He walked with a limp and had a voice even more high pitched than the rest of the goblins.

He muttered something near unintelligble about budgets, deadlines, and delays.

Soo…

As a result, I am going to begin a new informative series called ‘Better Know A Mod Type’. This series will overview different classes of mods in an effort to educate our customers about the different ways they can improve their interface.

Each installment of the series will attempt to provide a brief overview of a class of mods. I will try to provide the possible benefits and drawbacks of the class of mods. Finally, I will provide a few mod samples representative of that class of addons.

We will likely go into greater detail in the future on each of the different mods mentioned. It is also likely that some future post will go into further detail on the class of mods.

This series is ultimately designed for those unfamiliar with the class of mods, or unfamiliar with how that class of mods might be helpful.  Though I would definitely appreciate and enjoy the feedback of others who may be able to provide additional insight into the mod class.

Look for our first installment of Better Know A Mod Type soon…


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…