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.
Alexstrasza pic I’ve had sitting on my computer for a while that I wanted to finish.
I’m almost through with week two of class. I’m not sure, but I’m feeling a bit, I’m not sure how to word it. Like I’m not doing as good as I want. Our first project is a music poster and I’ve tried to step away from my style for a bit. My thumbnails had a lot of energy that I just don’t feel I’ve been able to translate into the bigger line drawing. I’ve already turned it in, but I’ve drawn at least two more since. I even drew ond in my usual style. It looked like I forgot how to draw. >.<
I know I’m going back to school to improve, I just hope I’ll be able to get past this feeling of being terrible. (I’d post the scans, but they’re icky.)
I’ve also gotta buckle down and try to work ahead a bit. Mists comes out in three days and I want to play!! My husband and I ran Theramore with our druid buddy. Three druid scenario go! The hillarity of a moonkin riding battle stag was probably better than the scenario, but we had fun. If only he could moonfire while riding, it would be perfect. I forgot to take a screen shot 🙁
I know, I’m the worst at updating. It’s hard for me to post when I don’t really feel like what I have to say is important, not like this is really either. I guess that’s the same reason I don’t update Twitter often either. I could post quite often about changing my socks or whatever, but who’d wanna read that. I also haven’t done a lot of new art lately, with the exception of the most recent commission I’ve completed, a whole lot of nothing.
That’s about to change, though. I start working on my Masters on Monday (officially), but I’ve started doing classwork already. I don’t know if I’m going to share the things I’ll be doing in class, but I’m super excited about the whole thing. In one of my classes, it looks like we’ll be doing most of our work with acrylics and watercolors, so I’m hoping to learn a few new techniques with both.
In more geeky news, I’ve been having a bit of fun with the new WoW patch. Nothing quite so awesome as account wide mounts. I decided that I would finally get Anzu before the expansion, with more than one chance a day. If I had won him on an alt before the change, I would have been upset, so I only tried on my druid. I’d been soloing him since I had enough t7 to not die. And so last Thursday, after days of re-talenting, I prepared for the first night of many.
First I tried on my Druid, getting the dagger once again. Then on my Rogue, stealth makes things so much easier. And finally on my Pally, pulling half the instance, killing, aoe looting (also awesome) and the second half. It took forever to kill him as prot, I’m not even sure I’d taken the time to figure out the proper rotation. And when I looted I think I just about died of shock. After four years, there on the loot screen, was the mount. I learned it, hearthed and switched to my druid.
I then spent the next couple of minutes riding around in my t11 blue-wing transmog with my new buddy Anzu. I’m really happy that you can’t fly in the expansion until level 90, now I have more excuses to explore Pandaria with The Raven Lord, who is strangely a flightless bird.
I’m super excited and a bit nervous. WoW Insider chose to feature my art on WarCrafts this week. Read it.