Gev’s Raid UI

Shamelessly stolen from the internet, that’s a terrible user interface(UI) and sadly what mine ends up looking like by the time I’m all is said and done. I feel like I need this and I need that and I need this within easy click range… but the reality is I don’t.

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I started looking around the internet for inspiration and trust me… there is plenty out there. I almost wish I was a DPS because you can go crazy minimalistic and see the real beauty of the game. Sadly(?) I’m a healer though and it requires me to see a bit more, like the raid frames. There’s still a way to streamline it though right?

Well, here’s what I came up with… so far

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This isn’t ALL of my addons… just the ones I’m primarily using for raiding.

  1. Prat 3.0
  2. Skada
  3. Tidy Plates
  4. Grid 2
  5. Weak Auras 2
  6. Bartender 4
  7. Opie

Welp. That’s the end of the post. Take care.

Oh… did you want some info on them? erhmagerd!

1. Prat 3.0
My chat window is an addon called Prat 3.0. It’s got more features then I’ll understand but it does what I wanted which is to debulk the chat frame. Ya know, get rid of the arrows and the extra stuff and put it into the corner like the red headed step child it is. It also allows you to put that bar that pops up when you start typing on the top of it so it’s that much closer to the corner.

2. Skada
I remember using Recount ages ago and at some point Skada became better for logging (mind you this was back in Lich King I think?). I’m sure they both get the job done. Skada is just one of those I’m familiar with this one type of thing.

3. Tidy Plates
This is the addon that is most up in the air at the moment. It allows me to reskin the way those lil’ health bars appear above players / NPCs. I haven’t played with it enough to get it exactly where I want it… because these bars honestly are mostly useless to me I feel anyway. /shrug

4. Grid 2

Now this is where the nitty gritty comes in. I like to keep my player frames super close to my char and I want the travel time (the amount of space my mouse has to move) minimized as much as possible. That’s why you’ll notice my boxes are relatively small. They also have to give a lot of information about each raid member.

It shows the first 3 letters of every players name. When a player is at full health it looks just like that. As they lose health the box starts to empty from the top down so when I heal them it fills back up.

gev-ui-gridEach box has corresponding markers as well.

  1. Lifebloom timer
  2. Germination timer
  3. Rejuvenation timer
  4. Regrowth (green box yes, nothing no)
  5. Wild Groth (green box yes, nothing no)

5. Weak Auras
This is a minigame disguised as an addon. It’s super powerful… and super difficult to use. You can google the shit out of Weak Auras though and find all sorts of them that others have shared. This person has some awesome auras and links to use them if you want ’em. I thought they were awesome… but not exactly my cup of tea.

All of my weak auras in two pictures.

On the left you’ll see two LARGE icons at the top. They are Power of the Archdruid on the left (resto druid staff trait) and Clearcasting on the right (the proc from Lifebloom for a free Regrowth). They pulsate and flash red so I can’t miss them.

You will see a blue bar with a countdown on it that I made for one of my trinkets, Bottled Hurricane. It’s set to show the number of stacks it has, how long until they all go away and the bar will only appear if the trinket is off of cooldown (because I’ve used it already).

Then you get into my bar of cooldowns. Starting at the top is Ironbark, Essence of G’Hanir, Wild Growth, Flourish, Swiftmend, and Efflorescence. The first 4 all work the same. When they are on cooldown the icon is grey’d out and has a cooldown spinner going. When it becomes available it turns the solid color again and does a little pop animation to get my attention.

Swiftmend simply has a stack count and a cooldown timer, no greying out.

Efflorescence was a bit more difficult to work with until I realized it acts like a shaman totem. When it’s active it has a timer on it showing how long is left. When it expires and I don’t have one active the icon grows and gets golden (right picture). A YOU NEED TO GET THIS ON THE GROUND type of thing.

6. Bartender 4
Bartender is an old addon that’s been around for ages. It’s a simple addon that allows you to move your bars around and what not. I use it to put my bars in new places, resize them and when I’m not hovered over them they are faded out completely. Bartender also allows you to easily remap key bindings if you need to. I’ve done that and map’d most of my abilities around my WASD keys for faster response times.

7. Opie
A VERY interesting addon. It allows you to make radial menus and then you call on them via keybindings. The radials allow me to get rid of bars that I used to have sitting on the side, like my mount or my alchemy icon. Now I press and hold a mouse button and choose what I need. The radial menu in the picture has a few mounts, my hearthstones and whistle.

I have a second one thats for shapeshifting and allows me quick access to run-fast-form.

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That’s what it looks like when I’m just standing there. I still need to cleanup the minimap and probably find something for my portrait and target but I’m super happy with what I’ve gotten so far.

If anyone has any questions feel free to ask!

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Tagra’s Tactics pt.5 – Respect and Negativity

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Respect your Fellow Raiders.

This is a much bigger category than you might think at first glance. I don’t just mean like “Don’t make racist jokes because one of them might be that race!”, or “Don’t insult someone because they had a brain fart and died to something dumb this time.”

I mean recognize the fact that there are 24 other live (with or without lives…) people in the raid with you. You are not better than them. Your time is not worth more than theirs. It also means that it is not ok to tab out or go afk after every fucking pull, or god forbid after a wipe while you lie there waiting for everyone to run back and rez your lazy ass, because you are wasting the time of 24 other people. And it also means that it is not okay for you to watch TV while putting in minimal effort while everyone else is doing their best on an encounter.

I hope anyone leading a raid is aware enough to recognize disrespectful assholes and kick them out on their ass.

And a very important one for me…

Don’t be Negative.

I zoned into the battlegrounds the other day, and before the gates had even opened, a very familiar scene played out for me:

Newbie: Hey guys I’ve never been here before, what do we do?
Asshat: Lose.

Asshat has a lot to do with what is wrong with shitty raids. Let me explain!

The above is a battleground example, and the anonymous and random environment of BGs is basically a perfect storm with disastrous results, so it’s a great place to observe it, but if you think about it, you can see it applies to PvE raids as well.

Being negative lowers your morale and self-efficacy.  Being openly (raid chat…) negative lowers the morale of the entire raid.   If a persons self-efficacy is low, they are less likely to put effort into their actions, because they feel (consciously or unconsciously) that their efforts aren’t going to make a difference anyway.   If they stop putting in effort, then we are more likely to fail, which just confirms their beliefs… but had everyone in the raid put out 100%, maybe we would have succeeded.

The reason it bothers me so much is I had a lot of trouble with this back in the BWL days, back when consumables were a pain in the ass to collect and carry around and gold was hard to get and you needed to drink 20 different fucking potions every single wipe because there were no flasks that persisted through death.  Yeah it was a bitch and I can understand why people would try to sneak under the radar when we tried to enforce them.   What pissed me off was how when they were called out on it, they’d go “We weren’t going to win anyway, I didn’t want to waste them.”

Do you know how many times we called raids early because it seemed like we weren’t really getting close to killing the boss, but half the raid wasn’t using consumables (or putting in effort…) so we didn’t really have an accurate benchmark on how we could have done?   Do you know how many 1% wipes we had when there were negative cheapskates not using consumables?  1% worth of boss-killing consumables?   No, we didn’t win.   But we could have, you asshole.

And then the best part, my absolute favorite part… was when we did kill the boss and they were all “oh wow I didn’t think we could do it.”   What the fuck is that?  Not only are you negative before we start but you’re negative after we win?  No wonder we were plagued by shitty attitudes.

Positive results from shitty negative comments like those: … well if the raid really truly sucks, then it might end early!
Negative results: Everyone in the raid is more likely to put in less effort as they come to believe we are never going to win. Thanks for your contribution!

It’s tricky because a lot of times people make jokes (I know I’ve made several jokes about our impending horrible demise…) that they might not even realize are negative, but it can set a negative tone for everyone and take a lot of steam out of our momentum as everyone comes to think “well, we’re not going to win on this attempt either, so…”

Tagra’s Tactics pt. 4 – Don’t Be A Whore

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Tagra and her tenacious attitude towards one goal.  Owning your fucking face.

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Don’t Be A Whore

Meter Whore:
You know them, the ones that “forget” to switch targets on target switching fights because if they stick to the boss, they do 500 more dps than everyone who did switch.  Or, worse, the ones who switch to shit they’re not supposed to because it gives better numbers.

Congratulations, you did 10k dps!  …we wiped because the stuff you were assigned to kill didn’t die fast enough, but you’re on top of the meter!  And that’s what it’s about, right?

Loot Whore:
The ones who don’t actually want to raid, they want to watch TV until the boss is dead (without dying at all in the process, of course.  That might cost gold!), then scoop epics, then bugger off until the fights are easy again.  I’m not entirely certain why they want the epics if they don’t want to get them dirty.  It probably has something to do with standing around in front of the bank trying to get people to notice them.

Attention Whore:
The ones who don’t ever shut the fuck up.  There are many varieties. Some of the more common ones are the “Guys I’ve done this instance before.  I’ve killed this boss before.  Do you want me to tell you about the time I killed this boss before even though you have also killed this boss before?  Because I’ve totally been here before and I know this fight.  Oh that’s cool you do this the same way we did it when I was here before.  Yeah that happened when I was here before too.” and there is the “I am pointlessly commenting on everything everyone says no matter how trivial because you all must be talking to me when you say anything even if I’m brand new to this raid group and even if you specifically mention someone else by name!”

No one cares. The most impressive thing you can do is your best at your fucking role in the raid.  Stop being a whore.

Tagra’s Tactics pt.3 – Fucking Pay Attention

Tagra’s Tactics is brought to you by the rant-a-licious Tagra and her mental daggers of kill-you-right-fucking-now.

Fucking Pay Attention:

The add you’re supposed to switch to just popped, and you didn’t kill it. Something you are supposed to be tanking just punched a healer in the face because you didn’t notice it switch targets. The tank you’re supposed to be healing just dropped like a rock because something funny happened on TV. You’re standing in shit that is fucking killing you.

Pay attention.

I don’t understand why this is so hard for some people.

Most things are understandable. Not realizing exactly how a class ability works because the tooltip sucks and you didn’t dig through all the catass bickering over the best ways to min/max it… understandable. Fucking up on a boss fight you’ve never been to before, understandable.

Dying to the same gimmick you died to last time, and the time before, and the time before… you’re telling me you didn’t notice it (again) and that’s why you didn’t react to it (again)? Are you even trying, or are you just hoping to die so you can watch TV without being bothered by this game thing that keeps distracting you?

There is also the ever popular excuse: “lag.”  Lag happens. Latency happens. Sometimes there is nothing you can do about it.

One thing you most likely can do something about, though, is framerate. I once raided with someone who ended up killing everyone with a bomb-type gimmick every single raid, and the standby excuse was that their framerate was so low that the screen froze and they couldn’t move away. At the time I was running WoW on a computer that was already 5 years old, and theirs was roughly three times better. I did not have framerate issues. What was the issue? They had like, every fucking addon in existence installed and running during raids.

Some tips to hopefully improve framerates during raids:
– Turn off addons. You don’t need Gatherer and Auctioneer to raid. Get Addon Control Panel (yes I realize it is ironic to install additional addons…) and you can disable every addon except the bare essentials without having to log out of the game. You can even set up a “raid” set to enable only your raid addons with a click.

An additional note, since apparently a lot of people never noticed this… on the character select addon screen, there is a dropdown in the top left corner where you can set addons to load for specific characters only. So you can tell your auction addons to only load for your auction alt, or pvp addons to only load for your pvp characters, or whatever. It can be handy sometimes too.

– Turn down game settings. This is kind of a “durr” suggestion too, most everyone does this first, but it’s worth mentioning. Particle Effects being one of the biggest frame rate hogs and most fights don’t require it to be high.

– Turn down settings on your graphics card itself. Check the control panel for it and make sure it’s not trying to enforce antialiasing or anything.

– Turn down the resolution of the game. A lot of people don’t think of this, but if you run WoW at a smaller resolution your computer is working much much less to render the game. Yes, it is ugly, but if having a hideous screen for 4 hours is what it takes for you to not stand in fire, is it worth it?

To Be Continued…