Thursday, July 12, 2018

How to clean your data for Xpac Pre-Patch Day (BfA version)

*pops into existence again*

There's a new expansion, so again here's a list on how to make sure that your game will load without any conflicts of any kind.
I've added a bit more explanations than required to explain the steps taken here.
I've used this method for quite a few expansions now and so far it's been working like a charm for me.

The only downside to this method is you have to accept to reset your addon settings all over again.
But - as is the case at every expansion pre-patch - the major problems that players usually encounter all have to do with old data conflicting with new data.
Unless it's anything to do with hardware or software drivers and actually broken things, I can bet you that most players' problems can be solved by following these steps.
The devs and customer support will recommend some of the steps I'm listing here, but I'm doing a full scrub and reload of your character's data without having to download the entire game again or wait for customer support tickets to get answered (which can take days at the beginning of an expansion).

  1. The Day Before the Patch launches : Log out all your characters at a remote location in World of Warcraft. The point is to only have your character info to load and not everyone else's. Where everyone is located around your character and what they're wearing is the main proponent of lag in the game.
  2. Close the game entirely. Next time you should be loading your game will be after the patch has been applied.
  3. Go in your WoW folder.
  4. Delete the Cache folder.
  5. Rename your Addons folder. (Something like "OldAddons")
  6. Delete the WTF folder. If you want to keep your addon settings for your characters, figure it out by yourself, but there's a risk of data conflict - I'm clearing out that chance entirely.
  7. Wait for the patch to go live. How can you tell if it's Live? Besides the Play button on the Blizzard Launcher, it should go from "Version 7.something" to "Version 8.something" for Battle for Azeroth.
  8. Log on to every character you have. Don't worry about addons at this point.
  9. Before switching to another character, make sure that the server has loaded all the information about your character. This means opening your appearance collection, Toys collection, Mounts, Pets, and every profession tradeskill window, and making sure that all the data loads up - text and icons included, both in the Learned and Unlearned tabs. Be patient, the server is busy sending you all the information, it can take a few moments, but by doing this we make sure all the correct info is synchronized.
  10. Close the game entirely.
  11. Install addons. You can refer to the addons folder you've renamed earlier to be sure you've installed everything you used to have. Maybe you'll discover in the process that some addons have been discontinued or replaced or even find better ones.
  12. Start your game with your addons loaded, but do not checkmark to load out-of-date addons, and see how your game behaves with a single character. Make changes if need be.
  13. Close your game entirely. This ensures that your current settings are saved on Blizzard's side. If you jump to the next step without closing your game entirely and an addon crashes your game, you'll have lost a part of your setup process and have to do it all again.
  14. Start your game with the checkmark to load out-of-date addons, and see how your game behaves with that same character. Make changes if need be.

    Usually, this is where conflicts happen because some addon authors haven't updated their code to the latest version or have not taken into consideration some backend changes that the WoW devs have applied for the new expansion. This is where turning on and off addons and reloading the game will help you figure out what's wrong.

    Note that some addons thankfully have an option to save a Global Profile, so you can setup the addon on your main character and then use the option to Use Global Profile on your alts for a quicker setup.

And that should be it!
Enjoy your smooth expansion pre-patch!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

WoW lore for Jaina and Sylvanas in preparation for Battle for Azeroth

(Here's a quick post I've put together for reference)

Best resource for all the WoW lore in chronological order: http://blizzardwatch.com/warcraft-lore-books-guide/
I've put this list together from the BlizzardWatch post.
If there's new lore added outside of the main game, their list will be the best reference to check out - they make sure to keep it updated.

Both Jaina and Sylvanas lore starts during the Third War (aka Warcraft III).

JAINA lore

  • Warcraft III - the game. If you just want the story, check out this YT video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIz4lgxlLHw). If you want full understanding, I recommend watching the entire thing. For Jaina-specific bits, check out the Human Campaign (from 10:24 to 35:25) the Orc Campaign (from 1:32:32 to 2:12:32) and the Founding of Orgrimmar (starts at 3:59:27). That last bit of story will be critical backstory for Battle for Azeroth.
  • Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by Christie Golden (novel). A few in-depth chapters of Jaina's relationship with him.
  • Cycle of Hatred by Keith R.A. DeCandido (novel). A lot of Jaina story.
  • World of Warcraft: The Comic (comic). Jaina appears in a few story moments and "fixes" the Varians. It's TLDR'ed in later novels - can be skipped.
  • The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden (novel). She has bits throughout the novel.
  • Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden (novel). Crucial story to understand her change from peacemaker to wanting the Horde dead.
  • Dawn of the Aspects, parts 1-5 by Richard A. Knaak (novel). Appears in little moments because of "boyfriend issues".
  • War Crimes by Christie Golden (novel). A direct continuation of her story from Tides of War.


SYLVANAS lore

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Legion quick leveling tips



Leveling in the Legion expansion is not complicated as long as you keep focus on what gives you the most experience points.
You get yourself started correctly and you'll fall into a groove that's easy to follow and getting to level 110 will be done in no time.
So here's a bunch of tips!
  • When you get to your class hall, your first dilemma is choosing your questing zones.
    Pick Azsuna and Val'sharrah first and foremost.
    They are the shortest zones, you move a lot, and unlocking the Tear of Elune in Val'sharrah is a requirement for a quest chain at level 110 (text) and to unlock an artifact appearance.
    After that, you can pick Highmountain or Stormheim at your leisure.
  • Towards the end of each questing zone you'll pick up the breadcrumb quest to send you into a 5-man dungeon of the area. That quest gives you a ginormous amount of experience, so queue for it as soon as you get it.
  • Once you complete enough of your order hall chain, Khadgar gives you the A Falling Star quest chain – do it. It unlocks a quest chain at max level, you get a lot of XP from doing this, and you get to hang out with Velen, which doesn't happen often in this game.
  • At level 101, you get a class hall quest chain that ends up in unlocking your first 2 followers.
    As soon as you unlock followers, choose one to be your bodyguard.
    They help you beat stuff, they give you buffs or an extra ability.
  • As a general rule of thumb, every time you get a level in Legion content, it's best to go do a little check-up of Dalaran and your class hall in case some new quests are available.
    In the case of your class hall, the quests are either going to be to unlock a new follower or to acquire a new artifact weapon, which are both equally important to unlock your full class hall storyline. They give good experience, so might as well do them.
  • If you have crafting professions, you're going to have quests in Dalaran.
    If you have gathering professions, just pick stuff up in whatever zone you are and you'll eventually end up looting some quest items that will start quest chains.
    Whichever quests they are, they give good experience and more rewards, so get them done.
    Secondary profession quests for cooking and first aid will find their way to you normally, don't go out of your way looking for them. (Archaeology quests are only found at max level)
  • If there's a Legion Invasion happening on the Broken Isles (look at your map of the Broken Isles and check if there's a green swirly icon over a zone), get yourself over there ASAP and complete those world quests.
    They give a ridiculous amount of experience that boost your character faster than anything else.
  • And finally, if you're ever in an area with a Bonus Objective to complete, take the time to complete that – it's easy experience to compliment the quests you're doing.

So here's your leveling priority list:
  1. Legion Invasions
  2. Class Hall quests
  3. A Falling Star quest chain
  4. Legion dungeon quests
  5. Profession quests
  6. Regular Broken Isles zone questing

If you keep your focus on these priorities, you'll never run out of things to do, leveling will be a breeze and you'll reach level 110 really quickly.

At which point you'll be able to unlock Broken Isles world quests, the breadcrumb quest to unlock Suramar (text), the Broken Shore (text) (which can be skipped through a dialogue option with Khadgar) and then Argus (text).

Also, bonus points for you if you're offline or at work and you use Blizzard's Legion app so you can send your followers on missions that can give you extra experience.

And don't forget that the perfect time to level a character is during Darkmoon Faire week at the beginning of the month (check your in-game calendar) where you can grab your 60 minute 10% experience buff (WHEE!) from the carousel.

Have fun and enjoy Legion!