The default UI of Warcraft is.. limiting. Playing with it makes me feel like my eyes are closed and my hands are tied down. I honestly don’t understand how people sucessfully play with only that. It hurts us.
I like addons. I dislike FPS of 10 because I have too many addons. I need to slim down. Wrath (or at least 3.0.2) is a good opportunity for a redesign. The problem is I really can’t find anythng to eliminate.
What can’t I live without? What do I have? why do I have it? Am I going to keep it or what am I looking for to replace it?
Threat Meter – I’m not sure what form this will take… but I know I want some form of a threat meter. I -like- Omen’s current form. I hope someone generates that.
BigWigs/DBM – This will be necessary as soon as we start any raid content. Currently I’m using BigWigs. I’m fairly certain this will be updated.
Pallypower – I wish I didn’t need it. But I do. Guild requires it since it make managing blessings much easier on the Raid/Raid Leader.
Things I can’t live without
Inventory Management – At this point I’m using TBag-Shefki. It does EVERYTHING I want except for arrange my guild banks/make them searchable. So far I can live without that. Luckily this has been updated and is available in a WotLK compatible version.
GRID – I’m not willing to budge on this. Grid rocks my world. Grid -will- be installed. I’m tempted to try mouse-over macros.. so I’m toying with the idea of leaving Clique out. We’ll see.
Dot Timer – Need it want it. Must have it. I really really hope dottimers gets updated. It fulfills my needs. No word yet.[edited to add: found a link to the new beta version!! Happy camper! http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=10532277191&postId=104155020488&sid=1#8 ]
Power Auras – It’s ported.. in fact the Wrath version has more options than the live version. It’s yummy.
Auctioneer – Not willing to budge on this either. I -do- wish it’d offer graphs.. so I can see the historic rise/fall of prices of certain items. Instead of saying “XXX seen 15 times.” I’d love to see a graph that shows the lifecycle of the item.. and it’s rise/fall in price. But even without graphs.. this is necessary for my AH life. Though I may only install it on my bank toons…
I ‘spose I could live without it.. but would I really want to?
HUD – I cannot go back to looking at the target/toon frames in the upper-left-hand corner. I’ve spent too long watching the middle of the screen. That said.. I want something simple and abbreviated. IceHud has a WotLK version.. but it hasn’t won me over. I miss MetaHUD already. MetaHUD suffered in that it wasn’t terribly configurable (I can’t change the shape of the bars).. but I’m very used to it. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping it gets updated. Lacking that I’d started eyeballing the code. I mean, I am a software engineer.
Depositbox – Hiding my money from me is good. I’ll be sad to lose this if it goes. It hasn’t seen an update in a while though. I’m hoping it just “works” in Wrath. Otherwise this’ll be another addon I tinker with.
Damage/heal meter – This is a nice mod to have to guage my performance during a fight (or in solo) or for times when I just can’t be troubled to upload a WWS. I wish I could leave it out, but there’s too many times that I need it. Currently I’m using Recount for this. It’s a bit of a memory hog.. esp considering I really don’t use the pretty graphs. I want to see: What’s my DPS compared to the rest of the group? What is my healing/overhealing compared to the rest of the group? How many times did I miss? What is my average damage for spell YYY? When I need more Info I usually have a WWS report. So Recount is overkill.. but I don’t currently have a better option.
Barmod – I need to be able to setup hidden bars and to minimize the clutter on my screen. If something isn’t used 80% of the time it shouldn’t show on my screen 100% of the time. I’ve just started out using Domino (WotLK rewrite of Bongos). So far it’s rocking my socks. It does everything Barternder3 did *and* works in Wrath.. and can hook things together so they move as a unit. I do wish it had cooldown numbers built into it. I’ve been told that OmniCC works. So I’ll be installing that.
Map mod – I want to be able to move the minimap..and I really do like having the ability to make it square. Long term, I like being able to show parts of my map.. and set way points. I’m fairly certain Cartographer will update.. but I haven’t checked/installed it yet. Squeenix makes my minimap square and movable.
Chat mod – I really want to not need this.. but Chatter has given me some nice-to-have options. Namely color coding chat with the chatters class colors.. and making a sound when my name is said in the chat window. All good. I also like the feature of WIM that puts incoming whispers into their own tab of the WIM window.. I do wish I could combine these though. Instead of having a separate WIM window I really wish my incoming whispers could show up as tabs in the “regular” chat window.
Fubar et all – I’ll probably install it.. there’s info here I use.. just not very much. Nice-to-have.. pretty sure it’ll get ported.
Scrolling combat text – I like Mik’s.. but I’d like to be able to roll it back and see what happened (that’d already scrolled off the screen. I’m tempted to try Eavesdrop again. It’s supposedly WotLK ready.
Linkerator – ability to type [Spellfire h… and have it not only fill in the rest of the name.. but also make it a clickable link so ppl can see the item.
OMG>. so far I’ve identified like 1 thing to eliminate.. sad monkey. Why is the default UI so horribad. *sob*