World of Warcraft: Fan Fiction

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Posted by 'J'

Well it certainly has been sometime since I last posted so I thought I would just drop a message in to say whats been going on.

Not long after my last post I lost interest in World of Warcraft mainly because it became some what of a daily grind and even the raids weren't keeping be that interested. Not long after Ice Crown Citadel was released I turned in my gaming cap and had a break. This tends to happen to me from time to time, WoW is a tremendous drain on your time and can still be even if you aren't actually really enjoying it too much. With that in mind I normally take a few months out to do something else and then come back when I get the urge again.

Well obviously the urge to come back for the imminent launch of the new expansion Cataclysm which encouraged me to return to the fray after a few months out. There were so many little things that were left undone so I thought it would be a great idea to get them finished off which I have indeed started working on.

The new expansion certainly gave me the lift that I needed and I've started reading the novels again and am very excited about Christie Golden's new book World of Warcraft: The Shattering: The Prelude to Cataclysm which according to Amazon is due to be released on October 26th.

So if you haven't pre-ordered the new book or the new expansion do so now as by December 7th the world will be paused for the shattering of Azeroth!


Yes finally I am the proud owner of this book and so far what a book. I am merely at Chapter 3 and I am already hooked, in fact I was hooked in the prologue. So why has it taken so long to get? I first decided not to be like the rest and sleep outside waterstones to ensure that I had my copy, instead I would just wait it out. Surely after the first month the rush would die down and once again I would be able to buy this book and no doubt for cheaper too.

In that seemingly logical approach I failed miserably. I seriously underestimated the volume of fans that wanted the be part of this novel, to absorb its lore and to be more immersed in the actually story line that is current in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. The game itself has the whole story there for you to be part of however it is very easy to miss all the lore when you are focusing on levelling your character as there is a tendency, especially with add-ons such as Questhelper, to plough through rather than taking your time to read the quest log or listen to the conversations from the NPCs, I myself am guilty of all the above. So its taken me months to get my hands on this, I will admit I wasn’t desperate I knew it would be mine eventually, with thanks to the glorious marketplace seller Paperbackshop for getting this to me despite the recent foot of snow that has fell across England.

As soon as I finish it I will be sure to post a review, however I’ve been rather naughty as I was a third of the way into Rise of the Horde which I have shelved to get this one read. /smack

A slightly off beat review on the SteelSeries Warcraft Mouse (also known as the WoW Mouse) today as I felt the need to share my views on this very different piece of hardware.

Firstly I suppose I should give a bit of background as to why I even wanted this device; I play a Paladin healer in WoW and have slowly evolved my healing from targeting then pressing a button to heal to using HealBot to manage my healing needs. I used that particular addon for over a year and found it to be perfect for my needs and wouldn't of considered not using it. However with the introduction of the WoW Mouse that has thrown it all out of the window; once installed the main idea would be to bind my new mouse buttons to functions within HealBot therefore allowing me a very easy and quick way to set up the things I want to be able to press during a raid.

Unfortunately I came across several problems, Healbot will only recognise the left, right, middle and two side buttons, the others it will not detect. I searched high and low on the internet to find an answer, one site advised that you set the profiling software (that comes with the mouse) to "in game mode" and ensure all the key binds are clear, then it will detect it. Now that is true if you use Warcraft's own interface to bind your keys however in this situation I am trying to use HealBot to bind them. So it was back to the drawing board to see what else I could do and after several hours of tinkering the only solution I could find was to stop using HealBot and find something else.

The removal of that addon did not come easy to me but I was desperate to get this mouse working so I decided to install Grid which I have seen many other healers use and another addon called Clique now this combination seemed to work for a while after getting it all setup however once again the dammed extra buttons wouldn't work.

Eventually I gave up and stuck with my new addons but just changed the way I did things, I ended up making macro's for all the spells I wanted to use on the mouse and putting them on my 1st and 2nd action bars. Then using the Mouse's software I programmed each button to the appropriate action bar button which also took some doing as I use Bartender so I had to use its own key binding options to bind the second bar to the buttons.

This took far too much time for my liking but I can honestly say that with some tinkering and patience you will get it to perform exactly how you want it to. I now have all my key's (except one and that was due to an unfortuante accident with Divine Intervention in the middle of Halls of Reflection which I will never live down) bound to spells and to be honest I am a bit more effiecient now at healing as well.

The reason that I feel better know than before is mainly due to the fact I had to make macros for all my spells which intern lead to me programming the macros to cast other spells prior to the heals such as: casting Divine Illumination before Holy Light allows be to conserve more mana, casting Divine Favor before Holy Shock ensures that I get a critical hit and therefore an instant Flash of Light.

Here are the macros that I use for my mouse:
Beacon of Light
 #showtooltip Beacon of Light
/cast [target=mouseover] [ ] [target=player] Beacon of Light

Flash of Light
#showtooltip Flash of Light
/console Sound_EnableSFX 0
/use 13
/console Sound_EnableSFX 1
/script UIFrameErrors:Clear()
/cast [target=mouseover] [ ] [target=player] Flash of Light

Holy Light
 #showtooltip Holy Light
/console Sound_EnableSFX 0
/use Divine Illumination
/console Sound_EnableSFX 1
/script UIFrameErrors:Clear()
/cast [target=mouseover] [ ] [target=player] Holy Light

Holy Shock
#showtooltip Holy Shock
/console Sound_EnableSFX 0
/use Divine Favor
/console Sound_EnableSFX 1
/script UIFrameErrors:Clear()
/cast [target=mouseover] [ ] [target=player] Holy Shock

Hand of Sacrifice
 #showtooltip Hand of Sacrifice
/cast [target=mouseover] [ ] [target=player] Hand of Sacrifice

Hand of Salvation
#showtooltip Hand of Salvation
/cast [target=mouseover] [ ] [target=player] Hand of Salvation

Judgement of Light
/targetenemy [noharm][dead]
/cast [harm]Judgement of Light

Lay on Hands
 #showtooltip Lay on Hands
/cast [target=mouseover] [ ] [target=player] Lay on Hands

Sacred Shield
 #showtooltip Sacred Shield2
/cast [target=mouseover] [ ] [target=player] Sacred Shield

I am sure there are still some bits that I could add to the macros to make them even better but I took the stance of getting to know them first as I have never written any before and then I will add/amend later on. If anyone has any advice please feel free to comment.

So all in all an expensive piece of kit that will leave you wanting more on first impressions but given sometime and a lot of reading and hard work you will get everything you want out of this device.