World of Warcraft’s in-game calendar was added in patch 3.0.2 on October 14th, 2008. In the nearly 10 years it’s been in-game not many changes have been made to update its features or functionality. I’m going to take a quick look at its current features and then discuss changes I’d make to improve this useful planning feature.
I finished a new illustration this week. It’s an updated version of an older picture of my Night Elf Druid from World of Warcraft. The original picture was for the Illustration Friday theme of Disguise. For me, the word fits druids very well, as they shift from one form to another. I decided to redraw it because I wanted to update my avatar on my guilds discord.
As a guild leader, and occasionally unguilded alt, I’ve had my share of frustration with World of Warcraft’s in-game Guild Finder tool. Added all the way back in patch 4.1 (4.26.2011) during Cataclysm, the Guild Finder hasn’t been updated or changed in almost 7 years. I was excited when they announced new social features during this years BlizzCon.
While the few images they showed made it look like a Discord clone, I’m hoping that’s not the case. I took some time to make a mock-up of changes I hope they add, but first I want to look at the Guild Finder as it is and what its current shortcomings are.
Guilds – Current
The current guild finder is accessible to guild leaders and members of a set rank. It consists of two panels, the recruitment panel, and the requests panel, both being tabs in the Guild Info panel.
The recruitment panel consists of a few check-boxes and a small text box. Officers are able to check boxes for:
- Interests (questing, dungeons, raids, pvp or roleplaying),
- Availability (weekends or weekdays),
- Class roles (tanking, healing or damage)
- Level (any or max).
They are then able to add a small amount of text about their guild, limited to around a paragraph. Below is a sample of the recruitment panel.
I’m super excited and a bit nervous. WoW Insider chose to feature my art on WarCrafts this week. Read it.