Update - Pictures fixed, I'm extremely stupid.
Addon Spotlight - Archy (by Simca)
While Archaeology is a relatively new profession, there are already several very promising addons out there. Perhaps the most interesting and functional of them is Archy - Archaeological Assistant, commonly referred to as 'Archy'.
Archy's general purpose is to make everything in Archaeology easier to use. It has a display (regular or LDB) which will show you what you are working on for all nine cultures and which you are able to solve (with and without keystones). It will also show you which dig sites you have active on every continent, and for what culture every dig site is for!
While the other features of Archy are useful and help to set it apart from others of its kind, the most important part of Archy is arguably its node database (or more precisely, the ability to collect nodes and make a node database). At first glance, Archaeology nodes may appear to be random within the dig sites, but in reality, they are static. It is completely random which nodes you will get, but each node still has a set location. Knowing this, and realizing that there is a large variance on the survey tool at a "red" distance (up to around 90 degrees in either direction), you can quickly figure out where nodes are located based on only one or two surveys for small to medium dig sites. Archy capitalizes on this by collecting all of the node data into a database; after you loot fragments, Archy will mark the spot you looted them from on your map.
Additionally, Archy provides a color indicator for users new to Archaeology, or ones who like guidelines. It appears by default (but can be easily disabled, if you wish) when you cast survey, and as you move towards the next position, it will track your distance from the last marker. For example, if your survey's color is yellow, an indicator icon will pop up with a number of yards (measuring the distance between you and the previous survey) and the current color. As you move forward, the number of yards will increase, the the color will eventually change to yellow. Since your color is yellow, you can stop at that point and survey again. When you combine this with the node database, finding fragments becomes easy! Do be warned that unlike the node database, this system is not always accurate. Some dig sites seem to have more difficult "color rules" than others, and it will take the author a while to account for all of the different rules for each site.
Archy also features TomTom integration. When you finish your current dig site, it will send the coordinates of the next dig site to TomTom. When you arrive at the site, you can even have Archy play a sound to indicate your arrival. This is very helpful if you enable the "Sound in Background" option in the Sound options of World of Warcraft and then alt-tab while you are flying. You can then go faster than flight paths, since you are traveling in a straight line, and be notified when you arrive so can catch yourself from going too far.
The Daily Blink - Mysterious Fortune Card
There was an interesting update on the The Daily Blink a few days ago.
If you do not catch the reference, it means you never heard of the Mysterious Fortune Card in-game!
This card is very easy to craft and doesn't create any useful item. So ... what's the point? Gambling! When used, your newly created Mysterious Fortune Card will have a chance to turn into one of the following items:
ilvl Name Sell Price 85 Fortune Card 5000 Gold 80 Fortune Card 1000 Gold 70 Fortune Card 200 Gold 40 Fortune Card 50 Gold 40 Fortune Card 50 Gold 30 Fortune Card 20 Gold 15 Fortune Card 5 Gold 15 Fortune Card 5 Gold 15 Fortune Card 5 Gold 15 Fortune Card 5 Gold 15 Fortune Card 5 Gold 10 Fortune Card 1 Gold 10 Fortune Card 1 Gold 10 Fortune Card 1 Gold 10 Fortune Card 1 Gold 10 Fortune Card 1 Gold 5 Fortune Card (16 Different LVL 5 Cards in-game) 50 Silver 1 Fortune Card (26 Different LVL 1 Cards in-game) 10 Silver
Yes, you're reading that right, by crafting this very very simple item you can get an epic card that you can sell for 5000 gold to any NPC!!.
Sadly, the chances to actually get that card are incredibly low and your chances to leave the Auction House with more money than when you entered are the same as with any casino. But if you're feeling lucky ...
Thrall: Then and Now
Microsoft Kinect with World of Warcraft
An interesting video surfaced on Slashdot today, of course it's just a technological demo but it's always fun to see the cool things people manage to do with WoW.
Researchers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies have developed software that enables control of PC video games using the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Their toolkit, known as the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), emulates custom-configured keyboard controls triggered by body posture and specific gestures. This video shows a user playing the online game World of Warcraft using the Kinect. Potential applications of this technology include video games for motor rehabilitation after stroke and reducing childhood obesity through healthy gaming."
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment