Post by hatman555
Welcome to the Guide Spotlight:
First and foremost the "Guide Spotlight"
is a place for everyone
to post anything
they want about guides. Got a new guide that you just released? Bump it here. Have a request for a guide to be made? Ask here, and it will be added to the list
! Talk to guide writers, share ideas, complement the works of others. This is a free space for all guide related things.
In addition to this, I have filled the first post with some pretty cool stuff. Twice a month, there will be a new set of "Featured Guides"
, a new "Interview with a Guide Writer"
, and a new "Tip of the Post"
. A ton of content to read enjoy and comment on. I hope you guys enjoy this! Check out the guides!
A Week in Shattrath: Farming Outland Mounts and Pets at lvl85 View it now!Author: Nirnaeth101About:
This is Nirnaeth101's first guide and already it's a mega hit. This well written guide is as beautiful as it is functional. The Burning Crusade expansion for WoW gave players the land mass of Outland. Reps, mounts, and pets make up some of the richest treasures of the expansion. This guide will show you how to get these rewards in 7 days! Maps, flight plans, checklists; everything a adventure needs. Doesn't mater if you are a returning player, or a fresh level 85. This guide has everything you need to fulfill you completionist nature!Rating:
10/10 Hats! ☆ The Hat's Off Honor! ☆
Apples to Apples: Playing World of Warcraft on a Mac Computer View it now!Author: czeanoAbout:
Want to get a shinny new Mac but are worried about losing your ability to play WoW? Transitioning from a PC version to a Mac version can be a strange new world. Czeano has written a short guide with commonly asked questions about this transition. With a very promising image to start, this guide will put a PC user at ease when he is thinking of running WoW on a Mac.Rating:
Rares are Advantageous at Low Levels View it now!Author: marlinespikeAbout:
We all started as lowbies. Our characters had no bags, no gear, and were on their way to their first of many quests. Marlinespike knows how the first few levels of a character can be important. Trial accounts with limited help from friends and existing players also know how important the first view levels are. With locations of Rares, in all the starting zones, and tips on getting your character those sweet starting bags, this well written guide is a must read for all those using trial accounts or thinking about getting into the World of Warcraft.Rating:
8/10 Hats!Back to the Table of Contents
Guide Writers InterviewWith Orranis
Author of Death Strike and You.
How old are you?
I'm two months shy of being sixteen years old. So, fifteen.
How long have you been playing wow?
It's hard to say. I started playing WoW with my friend and his big brother back in Vanilla, I must've been nine or ten, so I guess about six years. We would all take hour long turns, my friend would run around Ironforge begging for gold (at one point he freaked out about getting a whole ten gold), and I would run around on tons of different Night Elves and never level past seven, and we'd both be utterly in awe of my friends older brother who had managed to level a warrior to 20. It's pretty funny looking back on it.
What is your favorite character to play?
85 Undead Death Knight. I play just about every spec on him you can, PvP and PvE, and some you can't.
What is your first language?
English. Foreign languages have always been a weak point for me, so I've never managed to learn anything else. It's one of my aspirations.
Why did you want to write your guides?
I wrote the guide during a time when Blood Death Knights we're incredibly complicated to play properly, at least at the highest level. The information was around, and you could get to it, but there seemed to be a lot of confusion based on different opinions about different levels of play. Even before that there was a whole bunch of jargon to get through. I felt it really needed to be condensed and made available in a single guide, especially on Wowhead.
How long does it take you to write one guide?
A long time. Well, not so much for the Blood DPS one, that was made in a fraction of a day (and is for that exact reason, so trash). I had to get it in before April Fools Day was done, (though I didn't remember it had to be reviewed, too bad). The Tanking guide as a different story. The Wowhead-Guide format guide I have made was actually adapted from an earlier guide I'd made on the Death Knight Forums, and it still took me a good while. I can't quite remember, but it must've taken me at least a month, maybe multiple months. Converting it wasn't a quick and easy process either, I added a huge amount in terms of actual content, but also in the coding and formatting of the Guide.
What were some challenges in using the Wowhead BBCode in your guide?
I definitely messed myself up with the tabs. I'd forget to end a tab somewhere before starting a new one or something silly like that, and suddenly in the preview it'd cut off my guide from there down and I'd have to go back and look for the issue. The first time it happened I didn't quite realize what was going on and freaked out a bit.
What are some things you didn't think you would add to your guide but did?
A bunch of things. Originally the guide, as it was intended for an audience already advanced in tanking, was supposed to only be combat gameplay-oriented and would not mention gearing, threat, or other basic tank mechanics at all. I changed that around, especially considering how varied and up for argument DK gearing was at the time, and added a whole bunch of the stuff. I also didn't imagine I'd be doing images, but I think they were a huge improvement.
What are some things that you wanted to add to your guide but couldn't?
I was originally going to write a fight-by-fight encounter guide tailored specifically for Blood DK's, and to a lesser extent other tanks. Unfortunately, this took a lot of time (I wrote specific ways to use each individual cooldown, tips and tricks, an overview of the fight, and even a cool introduction.) When this guide first came out, in Tier 11, I wrote a huge amount about a few of those fights, then Firelands hit and I stopped writing those, then I started Firelands and started running out of time... Etc. Plus, I raid fairly casually, and was severely limited in that I, until now, haven't been tanking Heroic fights, nor It just didn't work out. tanking fights that were one-tankable.
What are some things that you are going to add to your guide in the future?
I really just want to keep it updated in MoP. Maybe I'll do the encounter journals for Blood DK's again, if I feel like it and my schedule allows me, but probably not in the same form. Tanks and tanking are both changing a lot in the upcoming expansion and I'm probably going to have to make serious revisions to the guide to keep it current.
Will you write another guide?
Actually, I'm currently... Wow, I'm currently thirteen thousand words into a Death Knight PvP Guide. It's to be called "Death Grip and You," to keep with the theme. I don't know if I'm gonna finish it before Mists comes out, when it'll all be changed, so I'm hesitant to keep writing it.
What is one thing you learned when writing your guides?
There are a million ways to distract yourself, even from the things you're distracting yourself with.
Are you happy that you have lots of guide views?
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions ^_^
I was definitely interested. Thank you for asking me!Back to the Table of Contents
Tip of the Post
Including Models in your Guides
Pictures are good. Screenshots are better. A model of something you are writing about can take your guide to the next level.
Model View lets your users click, zoom, and rotate to see what they will later see in the game. This makes models great for using when you are describing creatures to kill, or objects to fine!
So what code do I need to add?
Adding a model box is as easy as:
Models boxes can be used with the following:
Ok so I lied. It's not that easy =
There are a couple more things you need to know when looking to use models.
- Display ID Numbers
- When displaying an model, the Wowhead link number is not the number you need to add to the code. Instead you need to find the Display ID
- To find the Display ID the best way is to find the page of the item you want to show, and check the source code of the page to find the Disply ID that the "View in 3D" button uses.
- Check the example tab to see the difference
- Item Slot Addition
When you are linking an Item, you need to also add a slot number to the code.
- The following are the valid slot numbers
1 - Helms
3 - Shoulders
4 - Shirts
5 - Chests
6 - Belts
7 - Pants
8 - Boots
9 - Bracers
10 - Gloves
13 - Main (right) hand
14 - Shields
15 - Bows
16 - Cloaks
19 - Tabards
20 - Robes
21 - Right hand
22 - Left hand
25 - Thrown
- Check the example tab to see how its done.
I'll Try and make a model box for a Dark Iron Ale Mug
The Object ID is 165738The Display ID is 3151
- Unless you know the correct Display ID # your object will not display, or you will not get the right object
The Display ID is 65055The Slot for a shield is 14
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- Unless you add a slot into the code, the item will not display.
List of Requested Guides
Want to Request a guide?
Want to Write One of These Guides?
Post a reply to this topic and list:
- Title of the Guide.
- Content that you want to see in the Guide.
- Any other information to help people understand your request.
Post a reply to this topic and list:
- Title of the Guide you are going to claim.
- Time you think it will take you to complete.
- If you would like help from another user.
New Hunter Guide Axyn80
Warlock guide - 5.0+ asakawa
- Here is the current guide.
- Since I will not be playing in 5.0 I would like to see someone take it over.
- Willing to share both my formatting/coding any content from the current Guide.
L2P: How to Customize Your
UI Like a Pro TheRealArkayn
- Looking for some additional input
- A formatting partner
Completed by: Guide Writing For Dummies asakawa
: SquireKelBack to the Table of Contents
Post by Kristopher
Not sure if this is the place to post about this, but, I figured it's worth a shot. As some people know, I'm the author of the requested
(and somewhat unused ;D) pet battle thread
, and I was wondering about a few things about it, the guide section specifically.
As I see the thread as a mini-guide, I wouldn't find feedback on it. For the guides section, I was wondering if I could request guides/ideas for guides. I'm afraid I can't really follow the rules for the requests, and I hope that's okay.
I have no qualms writing a guide (I could use the experience to be honest, and the amount of resources pertaining to guide writing should be enough help to get me started), but I'm a bit stumped as to where to begin.
What would people want in a guide? Would they like guides about specific parts about the pet battle system, or a complete all-in-one guide? If it's the latter, it might take some time, because there is quite a lot of content to cover, but I feel I could do it. I'm just wondering if it would be worth my time.
Thanks to any who read this and respond!