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    The Clickening 2: Shadows of DLC

    Here's a handy dandy template! (Number of bullet points is just a suggestion)
  2. Sorry for your loss, and for others missing the chance to know him.
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    Xara sketches

    New Juli WIP, actually trying to put some effort into the armor this time
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    "Oh yeah, I know just the guys. Greatwulf." Xara grins, raising her eyebrows. "They're professionals. They have a reputation. And I can speak well of 'em. They got the job done. And then some." She smirks. "What do I mean by that? Well... Gall, their boss, he was willin' ta come help more than I'd originally paid for. Didn't quite work out the way either of us intended, but..." She shrugs, then grins again. "I have a feelin' I'll be seein' him again."
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    Role-Play Guides and Add-ons

    These appear to be the only two good links left in this thread. Someone start a new thread with guides to roleplay basics! I had someone asking for some resources today and need some good ones to point folks to.
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    Xara sketches

    Julilee! Looking amused but skeptical. Pose from a reference.
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    Hallow's End Party (Horde)

    [[ Wish I could have come! Hope I can make the next event you're organizing! ]]
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    Xara sketches

    Forgot to put this here: the latest Siané sketch Pose referenced off another pic & background was open source
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    WYSIWYG vs. code editor

    If you do ever find the option to change to a code view instead of a WYSIWYG editor though, that'd still be great. I like to see the code to fine-tune it, sometimes the WYSIWYG editor is frustrating!
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    Old links not working

    By the way, at some point I not only realized I was wrong (sometimes the numbers don't match up at all), but vaguely remembered that Mortica might have already established this. Disregard! Will continue searching for old threads and updating links as I can.
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    Server merge speculation

    Man, I really doubt any lobbying is required at this point. It's unlikely not to happen given how low activity is. If they say they're looking at servers to merge, we are assuredly on the list.
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    Making Your UI Work For You - A Guide To Addons

    Conclusion I hope to have piqued your interest in addons, or, if you’ve already taken on a few, shown you how far you can go with them! As I said, you don’t need addons to excel at the game. But they can make the game more accessible, and some people enjoy UI-building as a pastime once they get into it. Like me! If you need tips or suggestions, please feel free to post here, or ask me in Discord or wherever. I’m always down to help people out and compare notes. You can also show off your UI here, and/or ask for feedback on it! Go for it!
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    Making Your UI Work For You - A Guide To Addons

    Examples Would you like some examples for inspiration? Allow me to present some! Stage 1: Spiffing Up A Bit This is an example of UI which has only done a couple mods – looks like an action bar mod, a minimap mod, and a mod called “Titan Panel” that gives you a bar across the type like you see in your class order hall. As you can see, it’s just slightly spiffier, and the buttons are more conveniently condensed. Cool, right? Start there and see how you like it! The first hit is free. Stage 2: Getting Adventurous Here we have a UI where the player is trying out a few mods and combining that with other customization. As you can see, they’ve done a couple things which don’t even require addons – they’ve split their chat windows, and moved the player and target frames down. In addition, they’ve added a scrolling combat text mod, though it’s a little hard to see in this shot, and then they have a kind of play assistance mod which is the icons around center telling them when you use what abilities. Lastly, you have a damage meter in the bottom right corner... And I do spot an RP addon in the other bottom corner! Stage 3: Getting Kind of Messy... It’s okay, everyone goes through this stage. This is where you start realizing how useful addons can be and how much info they can tell you, and you just want it all! At this point your UI looks like an unintelligible mess to anyone else, and anyone who sees this is like oh heck naw why would I want addons if that’s what it looks like. You’ve got a mod here for unitframes, action bars, scrolling combat text, a threat meter, Titan Panel, DBM, and raid frames. And it’s messy and jarring but you’re figuring it out! Stage 4: Cleaning Up At this point, you’ve started determining that the clutter and noise needs to be cut down, and you start focusing on how to really fine-tune your addons to get exactly what you need out of them; no more, and no less. You start to view addons as a real passion, and find them vital. And you start looking at every single aspect of the UI and analyzing how to optimize it. (“That dang quest text is hanging down too low! I need a mod to move it...”) Mods shown here are unitframe, action bar, raid frame, cast bar, damage meter, minimap, scrolling combat text, boss mod, buff mod, nameplate mod, and chat mod. Final Stage: Minimalistic This is where most UI-modding enthusiasts end up – slightly full circle, ne? They end up going as minimalistic as possible, with only the information they absolutely, absolutely need to know on the screen, but customized so it’s exactly how they want it (and so that it looks hella cool too). Of course, most people showing off their “minimalist” UI do so at rest, and not in a group or even in combat, where you need to have more info on hand – but as you can see, they’ve obviously pared it down to the bare essentials, after determining what those were for them. UIs in Action - Xara’s I may as well show off where I’ve ended up with all my years of experience using addons. That was actually my UI in #4, if a couple years old now, and it hasn’t changed much fundamentally, but has gotten a little sleeker here and there. I do like having a lot of information on hand, as I’m very much a big-picture person after doing a fair share of raid leading and other shot-calling, so I haven’t gone down the minimalist route. It can still be a little much for someone used to the vanilla UI, but you might be able to see how it works. And once you’ve learned a few addons, it starts to make a lot more sense for sure! - Healer: This is what it looks like when I’m healing! Between my auras telling me when to renew what HOTs, and my raid frames showing me details about every person, including incoming heals, shields, & absorbs, as well as whether they’ve used a defensive, I can heal very effectively. - Tank: This is what it looks like when I’m tanking on my prot warrior. I’ve cleaned up my auras since this, but I still use them very heavily on my warrior, which has contributed to a very low DTPS. - DPS: A slightly older version of my UI (I hadn’t upped my buff mod/cooldown mod game yet, or cleaned up my combat text) but basically, all the same. I do go lighter on auras on DPS since I find it simpler, with less interrelating factors and things to track. UIs in Action – ElvUI Here’s what ElvUI looks like out of the box, and a guide to customizing it. If you don’t want to build a UI from scratch like I did, but you like the idea of having a completely revamped look, ElvUI can do a lot for you, as you can see in the first video. And if think you could handle a user-friendly UI customization interface to tweak it further, check out the second video! - A basic ElvUI setup in action: - ElvUI customization guide:
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    Making Your UI Work For You - A Guide To Addons

    How to Install, Update, & Maintain Addons All right! So you’re ready to try addons? Then here’s where to find them, how to install them, and things you should be aware of when it comes to maintaining your addons. Installation & Updating - Addon Websites As you may have noticed, I’m a fan of Curse.com. However, there is another popular WoW addon website, wowinterface.com. Plenty of mods are hosted on both sites, pretty much all of the popular/common ones are, but wowinterface.com tends to have some of the more esoteric or cutting-edge mods. In any case, always ensure you have an adblocker up when visiting these sites, as these and other WoW fan sites can get infected with malicious ads that can compromise your WoW account, if not other personal information. - Addon Clients For a long time I distrusted the “Curse Client” that Curse.com kept trying to push on me, but one day I tried it, and now I wish I had sooner. It’s recently been rebranded as the “Twitch Client” because I guess they got bought out or whatever, but it still works just fine, slightly better actually. I highly recommend installing it and using it to search for and install addons. Just search, click to install, and then check it every few days and click to update any addons that have been updated. So simple! - Manual Installation If you decide you’d rather do it yourself, here’s how. When you download a mod, what you get is a zip file. When you unzip it, you get a folder (or several folders). This/these need to be put in the Addons folder, which is in the Interface folder, which is in your WoW program folder (C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Interface\Addons). If you choose to install mods in this fashion, you will have to go through this process whenever there is an update for a mod. - Picture Guide Curse.com has an excellent picture guide with both of the above. See it here: https://mods.curse.com/faqs/wow-addons Maintenance - Enabling/Disabling & Configuring Addons Once you’ve installed an addon, when you run the game, by default it will be enabled for all characters. To turn it on/off per character, or for all characters, use the “Addons” button on your character select screen. In game, you’ll often be presented with a new popup; otherwise, look for a button on your minimap, or look in your Settings menu for the Addons tab (note: not the Addons button on the main menu, but under Settings, there’s an Addons tab). - When Addons Break – Patches Unfortunately, addons are capable of “breaking”, usually when WoW gets a new patch. Blizzard often changes how the game code works, or decides to block access to a functionality that an addon used, so the mod author has to correct their mod. Therefore, almost every patch will require maintenance on your part to update your addons. Also note that addons get turned off by default when a new patch arrives to avoid problems, so ensure you turn them back on once you’ve updated them. - When Addons Break – Because ??? Sometimes, rarely, an addon just stops working correctly. Something gets fudged up. You may have to uninstall and reinstall the mod, which will entail more than just deleting the folders in the Addon folder for the mod – every character will also have data stored under their profile for that mod, and there’s a general store accessible by all characters for each mod as well. It can get to be a bit of a pain to figure out how to solve an issue and sometimes you end up having to just clear everything and rebuild your UI from scratch. So, just be aware that using a lot of addons, or highly complex addons, can up the technical proficiency and time required to make the game work. But, in the end, it may be worth it to you. Otherwise, having just a couple mods that you can easily redo from scratch if you really have to certainly can be!
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    Making Your UI Work For You - A Guide To Addons

    Miscellaneous Suggestions These are mods that don’t fit neatly into an above category or are too highly specialized to not be set apart. You might find something here that intrigues you! - Better Ability Cooldown Timers You can get a more exact countdown of when your cooldowns are up, such as showing seconds, including down to the first decimal point, directly on the button. This is nice when a big cooldown is down to sliver but you can’t really tell if that means 5 seconds or 15. I recommend OmniCC (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/omni-cc). - HUDs (Heads-Up Displays) WoW finally implemented a very basic one of their own (you’ll notice that’s a theme with Blizzard), but HUDs have been a mainstay of the mod scene for a long time. You might have seen something similar in a shooter game where your health and resources are displayed in curved bars in the center of your screen, like you’re Iron Man in the suit. I personally don’t use one, because I prefer to use my unitframe for that function, but you can try one and see how it works for you. You can end up even eliminating your player frame. IceHUD is a popular one (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/ice-hud). - Announcers You can get mods that will automatically announce when you’ve used certain abilities, like interrupts. This can be very handy for coordination. You can also get mods that detect and announce when someone has put down a feast or repairbot, or even one to tattle on people who have pet Growl on or blew Bloodlust. If you’re into that. I just go with the first personally! I recommend Raeli’s Spell Announcer (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/rsa) which I use to indicate when I’ve used interrupts and big healing/tanking cooldowns (you can choose exactly which abilities it posts about). - Raid Frames While most unitframe mods will give you improved raid frames, there are actually mods dedicated specifically to raid frames because of the highly specific and demanding needs of raiding. DPS and tanks don’t really need this, but for healers, it can elevate your gameplay considerably, and raid leaders can benefit from it as well. I recommend Grid2 (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/grid2), which can be a challenge to configure, but which you can do some truly amazing things with. - Keybinding You can get mods that make keybindings more intuitive and add additional functionality like switching keybinding sets on the fly. I haven’t used any of these myself, as basic keybinding is sufficient for me, but some people swear by them. By far Clique (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/clique) is the most popular one. - Whispers There’s a popular mod that makes your whispers into AIM-like windows (RIP) that are devoted to individual people, can be scaled and customized, and of course moved anywhere on your screen. I can’t live without it personally, even though Blizzard did add their own version of individual whisper windows; it’s just nowhere as good. I recommend WIM (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/wim-3). - Logging If you want to be able to see what someone said last week, or if you want to save that in-game RP forever and ever, you’re in luck. There’s a way! There are addons out there that capture your chatlog and display it in a super user-friendly way, and even let you export it. I recommend Elephant (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/elephant) and have written a guide on how to use it here. - Deletion Deletion? Huh? What? What could this possible refer to? ONLY MY FAVORITE MOD ABOVE ALL OTHERS, LITERALLY OUT OF ANY I’VE PUT IN THIS GUIDE. IT PUTS IN “DELETE” FOR YOU SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO TYPE IT EVERY TIME. IDC IF YOU HATE ALL MODS GET THIS ONE. Easy Delete (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/easy-delete). - And last but not least... RP Addons! There are two main RP addons out there, one with a little more functionality than the other. The main advantage of having an RP addon is, of course, being able to spot other roleplayers who have an RP addon. Spotting one in the wild is exciting, and you might have never known otherwise! Then, you can use it to really enhance your RP by seeing details about other characters you might not have known, like the fact Siané is supposed to have blonde hair on the nelf model, or that someone has a wicked facial scar, without them having to specifically mention it. I recommend MyRolePlay (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/my-role-play) to start, though I use TotalRolePlay (mods.curse.com/addons/wow/total-rp-3-extended) as it has a few additional functions that I like.