I logged on WoW for the first time in over a month last night after deciding to renew my subscription. I recently got a new computer that I’ve been saving up for a long time, and it was beautiful seeing different games on maximum settings. The graphic card isn’t the best on my new computer, but the difference between my old and new computer is huge. I could actually see gentle waves on bodies of water! Oh god, sun shafts? I have my own shadow now too! It’s enough to make a grown woman weep out of joy. I know I nearly did!
I have no problem running WoW on full settings, although I have yet tested it in raids or 5 mans. Right now, my concern is setting all of my new addons up and getting used to playing with my new mice and keyboard.
I discovered that the WoW addon for the Razer Naga Epic mouse doesn’t work well with other interface replacement addons in game. I got LUA errors when I tried it out with Tukui and ElvUI, the sides of the mouse would not work either. After testing different things out, it looks like it’ll work with Bartender and Dominos. Thing is, I totally love Tukui, and loathe having to set everything up with Dominos and Bartender. I will have to keep messing around until I can figure out how to make it work with Tukui.
Also to note that I have set the bottom of the mouse to 123 from NUM, so that it isn’t using the number pad on my keyboard, but instead the 1-9 row- the default that WoW uses. With everything disabled, it works fine- it’s something else that’s the problem. You’ll probably be seeing me relogging a lot when I’m online, to load and reload addons until I get everything right! :)
Aside from that, I am so happy with the new set up. Everything looks wonderful, and I’m really looking forward to getting my new software for editing. I’ll finally be able to work without any limitations like waiting hours for a video to render or trying to make Fraps capture a semi decent video without lagging too much. I played other games like Diablo 3 and Mass Effect 3 with my new mouse, and I still need to get used to it. I’m so intrigued with the new mouse that I want to get damned good with it. I love the fact I can freely use my left hand, unbound from the 1-9 keyboard, and have a custom keypad specifically for MMO gaming on my keyboard.
It also comes very natural to me, of course, because ASL (American Sign Language) is my main language. It doesn’t feel awkward to me, it’s just that I need to retrain myself to use everything to its fullest potential. I stayed away from modifiers because I hate having to press multiple keys at the same time at any given point in any game. Although, I’m fine doing that outside of gaming, like in Photoshop or for general use on the computer. I have small hands, so it’s awkward for me to try to reach so far away with my pinky finger and pressing another key with my main index finger.
But.. with the new keypad, everything is positioned so that I can instead bind CTRL and SHIFT to one of those buttons beside my thumb. I can just use my thumb if I want to use modifiers, and that would make my life complete.
Setting everything up is turning out to be much more complex than I initially thought it would be. I’ve decided to redo my interface for WoW, so it works better with my new hardware. I’m thinking that I’ll end up using Bartender and Grid for now, but I would really like to find a way to make the mouse work with Tukui. I really love the look of Tukui and it works really well with everything else like Recount and Clique for my Druid when she’s healing. Tukui isn’t for everyone though, it works great out of the box but if you want to modify it, you have to work with code in the LUA files for Tukui.
This is what my Druid’s old UI looked like. The addons I had at the time were Power Auras, Tukui, DBM, Clique and Recount. I occasionally used Healers Have to Die in battlegrounds, but that was all the addons I would run when I raided. I eventually got rid of Grid and left it up to Tukui to handle unit frames and dispelling.
I’ll be sure to take some screenshots of my new UIs and make a post about it! In the mean time, I have a lot of work to do. I’ve decided to work on my Druid and Rogue for MoP when I do play. I really miss playing my rogue, and would love to be able to pew pew things again. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my Druid, but I want to kill things again. I rolled a rogue in Rift and specced for Ranger/Marksman, she’s like a hunter in WoW for those who is not familiar with Rift. Playing my rogue has been very enjoyable, or if you will, a plain DPSer mowing down mobs
I also can’t wait for Guild Wars 2 to come out too. It’ll give all other MMOs I’ve been playing a run for their money, because I can only dedicate to one at a time. Because I’ll be playing Guild Wars 2, so if I end up loving it, you’ll be seeing some posts about it here at misspewpew.com. I’m still going to write, it’s just that WoW won’t be the sole focus anymore. Yeah, this site is going to turn into a general gaming site, because I still want to play games and write about it. I decided that I shouldn’t feel that my site should be limited to WoW as its main focus, since I’m not that dedicated to the game. I’m not now, and won’t be later, so it makes sense to me to go with the flow with whatever game I end up sticking with.
I’m also due to return to school at the end of August, and have a ton of other projects going on outside of gaming. It’ll also be very difficult for me to be consistent in my posts, as I also maintain several other websites when I’m not busy with this site. So you can also expect my posting schedule to be on a casual (read: erratic!) basis. I’m definitely looking forward to returning to school and regaining some sense of normalcy after a long summer.
I hope you’ve had a great summer so far too! What are your plans for the upcoming fall? For me, it’s school, managing projects and working part time when I’m not busy with everything else