How to Make a Character with Cool Letters

June 4, 2007

Have you ever seen those chars with names like ÇÉL? Well this is how they do it. They use letters called Extended Ascii Characters, and all you have to do is find the letter you like from this chart:

ascii chart

and hold ALT and punch in the numbers ON THE NUMBERPAD! (numbers on right side of keyboard) you see in front of the letter than you want, like ALT+128 = Ç and ALT+144 = É. If a GM sees this they may or may not make you change your name, depends on luck, I have seen level 60s with names like this.


Autoprofit Addon

May 29, 2007

Autoprofit Addon

This mod enables you to to sell all your grey items with one click: The Autoprofit Addon

Credit goes to Joana for the introduction of this mod. Who else would dig up a mod that sells all your vendor trash quickly and easily except for the fastest leveler in the world?

It’s really neat for anyone. It does one thing and it does it well.

Just install it and you’ll see a new button on your trade screen when you visit any vendor as shown on the screenshot above. That’s it.

Installing a Custom UI

May 28, 2007

Here’s 10 quick steps on how to install a custom UI in World of Warcraft.

1. Download the interface of your choice.

2. Extract the files to a folder on your desktop.

3. Open your WoW folder.

If using a PC, the typical default install path is:

C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft

If using a Macintosh, the typical default install path is:

Macintosh Main HD (or whatever you renamed it to, if you did)/Applications/World of Warcraft

4. In the WoW folder, create a new folder called Interface (if it doesn’t already exist)

5. Open that folder, create another one inside it, called AddOns (again, if it doesn’t already exist)

6. Open the AddOns folder

7. Copy the files from the folder on your desktop into the AddOns folder

8. Your final path should look like:


C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns\< ModAName >\< files >
C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns\< ModBName >\< files >
C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Interface\AddOns\< ModCName >\< files >


Macintosh HD/Applications/World of Warcraft/Interface/Addons/< ModAName >/< files >
Macintosh HD/Applications/World of Warcraft/Interface/Addons/< ModBName >/< files >
Macintosh HD/Applications/World of Warcraft/Interface/Addons/< ModCName >/< files >

(where < ModA> < .B. > < .C. > are the names of the actual folders that the mods create)

9. Log into game. At the character select screen, there should be an “AddOns” button in the lower left corner. Click on that. If any of the mods in the list that pops up say “out of date” or some such, choose the “Load Outdated AddOns” option.

10. Up and running!

Frequent problem faced by users:

The UI should be saved in a single level folder. One of the most common reason that UI’s wont load is that there is a sub-folder inside the Custom UI Folder. If this is the case, it will not work.

Blizzard Announces Starcraft 2

May 20, 2007


IGN editor Charles Onyett is at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational and just reported the following:

3:00 – FMV sequence in a spaceship – looks Terran – zooming in on a metal door – door opening – reveals a guy with a cigar in chains – prisoner – door shuts behind him – there’s so much bass the room is shaking – guy steps into some kind of metallic devicce – legs are strapped in – guy rising toward ceiling – Korean text on screen got people very excited – another part of the machine is dropping metal arms on him – machine whirring – applying armor to his torso – extremly detailed visuals here – now guy is strapping on gloves – armor is molding together – seems like a Terran marine – rockets turn on – zerg now onscreen – Marine delivers a line – StarCraft 2 officially announced.

For more on this head over to his blog that he is updating live at the Invitational.

OmniCC – Numeric Cooldown

May 14, 2007


Here’s a very simple mod called OmniCC, short for Omni Cooldown Count.

It shows numerical cooldowns in any slot that uses the default models for cooldown counts.

It’s very simple to install and requires almost no configuration. The only thing I do after installing it and starting WoW is write

/omnicc mmss

in the chat window. That will change OmniCC’s output to minutes and seconds instead of just minutes for cooldowns shorter than 3 minutes. So, for example, a 1 minute 29 second cooldown will be displayed as “1:29” instead of “1 m”.

Try It!

Upcoming Spam Prevention Features

May 13, 2007

WoW No Spam

From the WoW forums, Drysc has announced:

With the upcoming Black Temple patch, we will be introducing new features aimed directly at reducing the amount of repetitive and unwanted whispers, chat text, and mail. Our goal with these new features is to not only increase the ease of reporting spam, but also to automatically restrict it. Following the implementation of these features, we will continue to monitor for chat and mail abuse and take further action as needed.

Here are some of the new spam-prevention features going into the new patch.

Reporting abilities:

  • Players will now be able to report chat and mail spam with the click of a button. A “Report Spam” option will now be available by right-clicking on a player’s name in a chat channel, whisper, or mail. Using this option will quickly and easily report the player to our in-game support department for review.
  • When you report a player, he or she will automatically be added to your ignore list for your current session. You won’t see any chat or mail from that player until you log out and back in.
  • These tools function on a per-account basis, meaning that reporting one character on an account will ignore all chat text and mail from that entire account until you log off.
  • You will not be able to report players on your friends list or in your guild.

Message throttling:

  • Players will no longer be able to send large amounts of text at one time, filling a chat screen with a repeating message, large blocks of gibberish, or text that could disrupt an entire conversation. This throttling, along with the new chat-reporting feature should make it much easier to keep unwanted text off your screen before it becomes overwhelming.

World of Warcraft Macro Guide

May 11, 2007

I’ve released a Macro Guide for my newsletter subscribers today. Here’s a screenshot of the first page:

Macro Guide

If you currently not subsribed, you can do so at The Warcraft Guide: Striking it Rich.



World of Warcraft Launcher

May 11, 2007

World of Warcraft Launcher

The World of Warcraft Launcher is receiving an update today, which will allow it to check your current game version and download the latest patch if one is available, without needing you to log in to the game.

For those of you who don’t use the Launcher the game will still check, as it always has, when you log in.

World of Warcraft Credit Card

May 7, 2007

World of Warcraft Credit Card

A new wave of e-currency is almost upon us with the announcement from Blizzard that they are offering World of Warcraft themed Visa cards that turn real world spending into fake world game time.

The card will take 1% of what you charge and turn it into minutes that you can use to visit Azeroth.

So, if you want to rack up a lot of time, hand this to a big spender.This comes on the heels of The Sims credit card, which will likely be something similar.

MAKE magazine said we’d be seeing something like this a year ago, and it looks like they were right.

Here’s hoping they take our real world purchases and turn them into in game money, because they don’t take credit cards in Ironforge, and some of the stuff we want is pretty darned expensive.

10 Quick Auction House Tips

May 7, 2007

Auctioneer Add-on

1. Get Auctioneer
If you haven’t already downloaded this great add-on, do so. This is hands down one of the best add-ons to earn gold. While you’re there, grab everything in the complete package.

2. Learn How To Use Auctioneer, Bottom Scanner, and Enchantrix
These are three very important tools in the package that can be used in game to great effect. Load them and start playing around with the interface, they are important. I teach those subscribed to my newsletter on how to master this add-on by the way 🙂

3. Use Bottom Scanner (BTM)
Tying into the above points, Bottom Scanner scans the last page of the auction house in search of bargains. This tool can be set so that you get a percentage or actual minimum profit on anything BTM finds. This applies to items for resale, vendoring, and if you have enchantrix running, will show you good items to disenchant.

4. Run BTM With Auctioneer Scan
While BTM might not be able to take advantage of active auctioneer scanning; it will scan right along with auctioneer. This will slow down your overall scanning, but if you have the time, it’s well worth it.

5. Understanding Market Cycles
This goes back to some more old school economics classes, but the overall gist of it is that markets, if tracked, will give a cyclical readout. So for instance, if a market is in a slump, there are good odds it will get better in the future. Many factors do pertain to this though: Demand, Supply, Price Gouging, Farmers, World Events, and more. Basically, keep your eyes peeled and you’ll start to pick up the patterns after a while.

6. Know What’s In Demand
Do a little research, usually you’ll be able to figure out what’s in demand from a number of sources like what’s being hawked, statistics pages, asking around, general trade chat, or just look for the biggest, baddest things being manufactured and see what materials they need.

7. Selling Common Items

Want to make some easy gold? Go to someplace out of the way and buy books. Books, various trinkets or items that people need, especially people with lower level ALTs who really don’t care how much they pay as long as they don’t have to travel long distances. Fishing and cooking books are good examples of this. Also look into specific recipes in hard to find places or things that are in limited quantity.

8. Reselling Items And Trade Goods
If you can find it on the Auction house, it can be resold. BTM and auctioneer will help out in this task very well. In fact, it’s almost BTM’s sole purpose to do this. So run it, check it, and resell it.

9. Taking Control of A Market
For the braver souls out there with some time and money, find a good market filled with a decently supplied item and buy it out. Then resell what you’ve bought for a profit. Note that this doesn’t tend to last very long, but if you can successfully do this for a day or two, no one will really notice the sheer profits you’ve just made.

10. Making A Profit
Remember that when you are using the auction house, you always have options for profits. And yeah, you will take some losses, but if it can’t be sold, it can be disenchanted, or vendored, or hawked. If you find the market sucks, send it off to an alt to hold it for a while. If things aren’t going your way turn it off and come back later. That’s the nice thing about all of this; profits can be made all the time, especially if you know where to look.