Random Dungeons and UI Redesign

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Random dungeons: LFG works well now. It works scary well. It also has a sense of humor: my first instance after joining the queue for a random instance? Heroic Trial of Standing Around in One Room. Thanks, I wanted to go straight back here, how’d you know? (Still got two achievements out of the place.) Then there was Utgarde Pinnacle, which went well. Peaeye joined me and we ran a random heroic Azjol-Nerub in which a few more achievements I didn’t have got knocked out, then got my Looking for More.

Then Pea and I decided to do the new Icecrown instances; it’s not random, but we still wanted to see it. Picked up Nighthawque and, well, there’s our DPS. :) Tank and a healer joined in (the healer, amusingly, was the only one not from our server - and he was from Alexstrasza, where I once had a toon, once upon a time). We completed the Forge of Souls and Pit of Saron, and while I’m sure I’ll be sick of them eventually, I absolutely loved them. They were different, they were actually challenging since none of us knew any of the mechanics, and Bronjahm is a treat to fight. Sadly we didn’t make it past the Halls of Reflection; we wiped on Falric when he had virtually no health, and never managed to do that well again (it was about 2:30AM server time, so I’m going to blame it on that).

UI redesign: I spent a couple hours last night redoing parts of my UI from the ground up. Several of my addons were unnecessary or could be rolled into smaller, more efficient versions. Just for comparison, here’s what my UI looked like prior to yesterday (click to embiggen):


Several new addons later, I got something I like. I’m still fiddling with the precise layout, but at least I know I like all of the addons themselves - except maybe Magic Runes. I may switch back to SimpleRune or its successor. And I’m not a big fan of TidyPlates - I find that in groups of enemies they tend to completely overlap, making targeting an enormous pain in the ass. Here’s what it looked like, from the beginning of the evening until near the end (again, click to embiggen):

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Since I know someone’s going to ask - the thin white circle you see around me in several of the combat pics is from Power Auras (specifically, that one’s letting me know that Unbreakable Armor is ready for use).


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