Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Handy Add-ons

     Today's post is all about add-ons. I'll go over a few of the best and also include some lesser known ones that I think deserve some coverage. We'll start with a great add-on for leveling and loremaster, QuestHelper. 

     QuestHelper is an extremely useful add-on that uses player generated data to show quest goals in a straight forward and easy to understand manner. It also incorporates a couple of little extras that some people like. There's a heads-up display in the form of an arrow that the editor likes, me not so much. Although, I do find the flight timers to be quite handy. The main drawback of QuestHelper is that it can be a memory hog, but that is to be expected with the amount of data it parses.

Here's a shot of the HUD in action

     For any serious raider these three add-ons are a necessity. They are Deadly Boss Mods, Recount, and Omen. Deadly Boss Mods provides raid warnings for important parts of any boss fight. This or one of it's equivalents such as Big Wigs are required by most raiding guilds. Recount simply keeps track of important stats such as DPS and healing in an easy to use and understand interface. This is great if you want to know how you're performing without asking people in the raid. It can at times be a memory hog, so adjust the settings to only keep data you need. And last but not least Omen threat meter is a terrific tool to keep an eye on threat levels. Handy for tanks to see who's creeping up on them and great for dps to know when to cool their jets.

     Some great utility add-ons are out there to make your life easier as well. A few I would suggest trying out are Genie, Auctioneer, and SexyMap. Genie is a useful tool for inventory management. It will even sort your bank for you! Auctioneer is a must have if you plan to play the AH at all. Keeping track of fluctuating price levels and quick posting of auctions are just a couple features of this add-on powerhouse. Finally SexyMap allows full customization of mini-map position and appearance. That's it for today. Be sure to check in tomorrow when I cover UI add-ons and some add-ons just for fun.