There sadly hasn’t been much time for blogging lately (or even playing WoW). I haven’t been able to raid in a couple of weeks and I’m not sure how much of 3.1 and Ulduar I’ll be able to see. There really sounds like some great stuff is coming though, so I hope I’ll be able to play more once 3.1 is out.
On to the links:
Wowhead has their usual version of the PTR patch notes up here. It’s pretty much the same as the official WoW.com version, but this one has all of the links already entered so it’s easier to look into stuff a bit more deeply.
Blizzard posted a new policy on UI addons for WoW that I found interesting. In particular,
1) Add-ons must be free of charge.
All add-ons must be distributed free of charge. Developers may not create “premium” versions of add-ons with additional for-pay features, charge money to download an add-on, charge for services related to the add-on, or otherwise require some form of monetary compensation to download or access an add-on.
4) Add-ons may not include advertisements.
Add-ons may not be used to advertise any goods or services.
5) Add-ons may not solicit donations.
Add-ons may not include requests for donations. We recognize the immense amount of effort and resources that go into developing an add-on; however, such requests should be limited to the add-on website or distribution site and should not appear in the game.
Number One was obviously done in response to Carbonite’s release of the pay version of their addon. I haven’t heard of any addons with ads in them, to necessitate number Four, but you know it was only a matter of time before someone decided to put some in. And QuestHelper will definitely be affected by number Five, as it asks for donations in-game currently.
I’m interested to see how this affects these addons going forward. There’s obviously a ton of work required to keep some of the more popular addons going and up to date and I’m curious to see if their authors will keep doing all of that work if their income from it gets cut sharply.
Rohan, from BoK, started a raiding wiki not too long ago called Raider 101. As the name suggests, it’s geared towards people who are newer to raiding and who are just looking for a basic intro to how to play their class in a raid setting. It’s got some great info up already, and a few of the sections still need some help getting filled out. Go check it out and, if you can, lend a hand filling out the last few articles.