Wordtwit & Wordtwit Pro review – is this autoposting plugin for WordPress and Twitter worth the effort in 2012?

You’ve have thought that it would be very, very simple to post from WordPress to Twitter – but it’s anything but. For some arcane reason, as anyone who has looked into the problem will tell you, even in 2012 there are basically no solutions for autoposting from WP to Twitter. The only one out there is the WordTwit and WordTwit Pro plugin from Brave New Code – so, how do they stand up to testing?

I’ve been using WordTwit Pro for nine months now on the Melting Pot (this site), Tweeting three or more times a day. Before that, I’ve used WordTwit, the free version, on several sites. I’m pretty happy with them as solutions – but they’re not perfect. Read on to find out their pros, cons, and whether they’re useful for your website.

So What Does It Do?

Basic WordTwit does one thing: every time you publish a post on your WordPress blog, it Tweets the title of that post, plus a link, to your chosen Twitter account. If you’ve scheduled a post to publish at some point in the future, it’ll tweet when it’s published.

This turns out to be a remarkable time-saver, particularly if you’re posting more often than a couple of times a week. I used to manually schedule Tweets from the Melting Pot using TweetDeck, but I noticed that what seems to be a pretty small task starts adding up fast. I’d estimate moving to WordTwit has saved me 10-15 minutes a day – which is pretty impressive over a month or so.

WordTwit Pro has more features, with the killer app for most users being its ability to tweet a single post multiple times. It also lets you hand-edit Tweets in the WordPress post dialogue before publishing, which was the reason I upgraded, and can publish to multiple Twitter accounts. It’s $39 for the non-free version – that might seem like quite a bit, but honestly I feel it’s paid off in time savings multiple times over.

Installation and Setup of WordTwit

If there’s one big Achilles heel for the WordTwit plugin, it’s installation, which is complex and can be pretty messy to set up. To be fair, it’s not really the developers’ fault that’s the case.

Because of the slightly strange way Twitter interacts with third-party software, setting up WordTwit involves registering yourself as a software developer – yes, a developer – on the Twitter site. This process is pretty arcane, and the WordTwit documentation doesn’t explain it as well as it could.

You’ll probably have to allocate an hour or so to faffing about back and forward setting up Twitter with WordTwit – and if you’ve got WordTwit Pro, you may be grateful of the support. However, it’s worth noting that the process is a lot less tiresome than the (vew) other Twitter-Wordpress integrated plugins out there, none of which I ever managed to get working at all! WordTwit is the only WP-Twitter plugin I’ve succeeded in running consistently.

There is a silver lining to this cloud – you’ll only have to set up WordTwit once. I’ve been running it for 9 months now and haven’t touched the setup screen for 8.75 of them.

WordTwit In Everyday Use

Once it’s set up, WordTwit isn’t rocket science. Simply write a post as normal, hit publish, and it auto-tweets the post for you.

WordTwit‘s interface is minimal, simple, and doesn’t get in the way.

If you don’t want a post Tweeted, the free version contains a menu item – its only menu item, actually – allowing you to set that post as non-Tweeted. I use this feature when I’m writing a big batch of new posts like our World of Warcraft class guides to avoid spamming my twitter feed!

The Pro version integrates nicely with the Post page in WordPress, and has one more option – you can edit your Tweet. I do that a lot, both to shout out to people I’ve mentioned in the article, to rewrite a bit for the specific Twitter audience, and to add a request for retweets to the end of important posts. If you’re serious about growing your blog, it’s worth reading about how to format a Tweet for maximum clickability and shareability – there’s a lot of info out there.

Should you buy WordTwit Pro?

WordTwit, the free version, is already a lot better than nothing, and for many people will probably be all you need.

For the Melting Pot, I had to upgrade to the Pro version because of the ability to edit Tweets – which is vital for a curation site where we’re featuring other people’s work, and hence I needed to add in “featuring @blah” to each Tweet.

However, in general, if you’re serious about blogging and growing your audience, and you’re actively using Twitter, you’ll probably find that the Pro version is worth the money. The ability to customise Tweets can be really handy for the time when you want to get the word out about a specific information resource post, for corporate bloggers the ability to post to multiple Twitter accounts may well be a no-brainer, and research has shown that Tweeting a post 2-3 times – which the Pro version can do automatically – massively increases the effectiveness of your Tweeting.

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What Is Luvinia? Gameplay, Anime Style, Classes, Reviews, and everything you need to know about this Free To Play MMORPG

So you’ve heard of Luvinia, the free-to-play anime MMO / RPG, but you’d like to know more about it? You’re in the right place. This guide will take you through the basics of this novel MMO, from style of gameplay and classes to value for money to what the reviews thought of it!

Updated October 15th 2012

The Gameplay of Luvinia

Luvinia is a classic MMO in gameplay terms, heavily influenced by World of Warcraft. You click on enemies and press hotkeys for your abilities to attack, just as you do in WoW. The interface will be immediately familiar to anyone who has played WoW, too, with 20 slots for abilities – unlike Guild Wars, for example, all abilities are available at once, leading to the usual WoW button-multiplying problems.

Like WoW, again, Luvinia has several 5-man dungeons, but its endgame doesn’t revolve around raiding. Instead, endgame play requires you to play through daily events, like the Pagoda, a gauntlet-style event that happens every Friday. You’ll also need to defeat World Bosses to obtain unique items.

There are a few unique touches to the gameplay, like the heavy focus on daily events and PvP, and the auto-run function to nearby quests, but by and large Luvinia is very familiar WoW-a-like territory, with some tendancies toward grinding at points.

Luvinia has been running for a couple of years now, and has just released a new expansion, so it’s not too likely that it will suddenly be discontinued – good news in these uncertain times.

The Story and Background of Luvinia

Luvinia‘s main selling point is its quirky anime setting. Whilst its story is comparatively minimal, the game’s zones are widely varied and range between “wildly imaginative” and “just plain odd”. Notably, Space Fairyland, where you fight Ghost Butlers and Ghost Maids (complete with, natch, skimpy anime costumes) has attracted a fair amount of press attention, but other areas, like the badlands area of Zendo, are just as vividly drawn if less original.

Graphics are pretty and cartoony in style, although your limited control over your camera (you can’t look up) has annoyed some reviewers. However, compared to the sparse graphics and Web-based technology of many free games, Luvinia has high production values and is very attractive to look at.

Classes of Luvinia

When starting out, you’ll only have a choice of three Luvinia classes: Warrior, Rogue and Magician. However, much like SWTOR, each of these classes subsequently branches out, and then branches again later on, ending up with a choice of 16 classes:

Warrior: Branches to Knight (tank) and Fighter (DPS). Knight then branches to Paladin or Dark Knight, whilst Fighter branches to Swordsman or Berserker.

Rogue: Branches to Scout (long-ranged DPS) or, erm, Artist, a caster class that Luvinia’s manual says “make the adventure more, well, “artsy”.”. From there, Scout branches to Watchman (traps) or Assassin (DPS), whilst Artist goes to Bard (healer) or Sword Dancer (DPS, ish).

Magician Branches to Warlock (elemental DPS – not demons) or Priest. Warlock then goes to Wizard (DPS) or Necromancer (DoTs and debuffs) whilst Priest goes to Bishop or Sage, both healers.

Cash Shop

Luvinia is nominally Free to Play, but like most F2P options, includes a cash shop.

There are no egregiously powerful permanent items on the shop, and much of it is purely cosmetic. A few people have complained that the cash shop potions may be overpowered, but in general the cash shop in the game seems to be reasonably under control – arguably more so than well-known games like LoTRO.

Reviews of Luvinia

Luvinia certainly isn’t an instant classic, but most reviewers found that although it might not be a long-term play option, it’s a pleasant distraction.

  • Massively, probably the most credible source to review Luvinia so far, said ” It’s not an outstanding game, but it’s not abysmal either. I, personally, am not going to be keeping it on my hard drive. But if you’re into anime-style MMOs with a bit of weirdness to the setting, Luvinia may be right up your alley. “
  • MMOHut mostly agreed, saying “If you’re looking for the next big free-to-play, move on, this isn’t it. If you want bright colors, or just something to keep you busy in-between classes or while awaiting a flight, give it a try, but just don’t expect anything deep or thorough.”.
  • MMPORG.com weren’t very impressed, saying ” Whilst I found the mini-games and dailies to feel like a chore, the amount of content on offer is gargantuan. Reaching this, however, requires you to slog through a mass of tedious early levels. The few flashes of brilliance on offer are replicated in other F2P MMOs that have better infrastructure supporting them. Even the moments when the setting appeared wondrous were ruined by cluttered screens and irritating sound effects. “

How To Download And Start Playing Luvinia

Luvinia requires a download in order to play, in the order of a few gigabytes – so you’ll have an hour or so’s wait to play the game. However, the registration process is minimal and straightforward, and character selection is easy.

To start playing:

  • Go to the Luvinia Registration Page (protip – using this link will get you a free mount when you start playing)
  • Fill in an email address, a password, and the username you’d like.
  • Select your date of birth.
  • Press “Download”.

The game will start downloading. Once it has, you can play!

Note: if you start playing through this page, we’ll be paid a small commission. If you choose to use one of our links here, thanks very much!

TL:DR

Luvinia’s not a particularly deep or innovative game, but it’s a fun, familiar way to while away a few hours. Give it a go if you’re looking for a fantasy MMO distraction and aren’t looking for the next World of Warcraft!

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Quick-Read Tactics: Gate of the Setting Sun Heroic – Saboteur Kip’tilak, Striker Ga’dok, Commander Ri’mok and Raigonn

Every new expansion has an obligatory creepy-insect dungeon, and Mists Of Pandaria is no exception. The Gate of the Setting Sun instance sees you battling through hordes of insectile Mantids, from Saboteur Kip’tilak to Striker Ga’dok, and then from Commander Ri’mok to the mighty Raigonn. If you’re struggling to tell your mandible from your Mutilate, let MMO Melting Pot help you out. Our quick-read strategies give you exactly what you need to conquer the Gate of the Setting Sun: no big walls of text, just the facts.

If there’s someone else in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics either, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics, checked so it’ll fit into party chat. CTRL+C or Cmd+C on a Mac to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V or Cmd+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

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Saboteur Kip’tilak

  • Try and avoid lines of fire.
  • If you get Sabotage, you’ll start shooting fire north, south, east and west – try and use this to detonate other bombs.
  • At 33% and 66% he’ll blow loads of stuff up – healers be warned.

[copypastaparty]Try and avoid lines of fire. If you get Sabotage, you’ll fire out fire north, south, east and west – try and use this to detonate other bombs. At 33% and 66% he’ll blow loads of stuff up – healers be warned.[/copypastaparty]

Striker Ga’dok

  • Stay together, move away from adds’ AOE.
  • Move out of fire but don’t get split from the group.

[copypastaparty]Stay together, move away from adds’ AOE. Move out of fire but don’t get split from the group.[/copypastaparty]

Commander Ri’mok

  • Tank kite boss out of green slime.
  • Tank get out of front cone when he does frenzy.
  • Tank pick up the adds and AOE them down.

[copypastaparty]Tank kite boss out of green slime. Get out of front cone when he does frenzy. Pick up and AOE down adds. [/copypastaparty]

Raigonn

Phase 1

  • Tank take the adds
  • DPS use the cannon to get on to the boss’s head and attack the Weak Spot. Clear adds when knocked off, then get back on.

Phase 2

  • Fixated player should kite
  • stay away from Stomp.
  • DPS and continue to handle adds.

[copypastaparty]P1: Tank take adds, DPS use cannon to get on boss’s head and attack Weak Spot. Clear adds when knocked off, then get back on. P2: Fixated player kite, stay away from Stomp. DPS and continue to handle adds.[/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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New mounts in Mists of Pandaria – Guide to drop locations, how to get them, names and more

Mount collectors have an abundance of riches in Mists of Pandaria. From faction reputation mounts such as the Amber Scorpion and the Shado-pan Riding Tiger to unique mounts like the crocolisk Son of Galleon and the Grand Expedition Yak, the new World of Warcraft expansion has added dozens of new mounts – and that’s not even including the awesome new Cloud Serpents! If you want to know how to get them, or you’re looking for a good guide to drop locations and names, keep reading for MMO Melting Pot’s exhaustive list.

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Crafted mounts

Depleted-Kyparium Rocket and Geosynchronous World Spinner

These mounts are created by Engineers, but can be used by any character. They’re account-bound, so expect to see these appearing on the Auction House soon. You can also expect to pay quite a lot of gold to get your hands on one.

Jeweled Panthers

Jewelcrafters now have the opportunity to create (and sell) mounts, just like Engineers. The Jeweled Panthers come in four different colors: Jade Panther, Ruby Panther, Jeweled Onyx Panther and Sunstone Panther. Pick one up from your local Auction House, or find a friendly Jewelcrafter. Either way, expect to splash a significant amount of cash.

Want to learn the recipe yourself? Jewelcrafters can pick it up from San Redscale in The Arboretum (The Jade Forest).

Faction reputation mounts

Dragon Turtle and Great Dragon Turtle

The Dragon Turtles are the racial mounts for the new Pandaren playable race. Pandaren characters can pick these up at level 20. Non-Pandaren characters will need to be Exalted with the appropriate Pandaren faction (Tushui for the Alliance or Huojin for the Horde). They come in six different colors: Black, Brown, Blue, Purple, Green and Red.

Red Flying Cloud

This spinning disc-platform is available for purchase once you hit Exalted reputation with the Lorewalkers faction. It’ll cost you 500g.

Amber Scorpion

In order to get your hands on this fantastic mount, you’ll need two things: an Exalted reputation with The Klaxxi and a cool 10,000g. Ouch. This mount will be attractive to Alliance players in particular, since it’s a scorpion very similar in looks to the Horde-only Kor’kron Annihilator.

Riding Goat

Until now, the closest we’ve been able to get to a ridable goat was the Talbuk, but this new reputation mount is an honest-to-goodness, bone fide goat. You can purchase your goat for a very reasonable 500g once you reach Exalted reputation with The Tillers. Two color varieties are available: Brown and White.

Shado-pan Riding Tiger

A purchasable mount for characters Exalted with the Shado-pan. Again, it’ll cost you 500g. The tigers come in Green, Red or Blue. Fans of the cult ’80’s cartoon He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe may find these mounts particularly exciting.

Riding Cranes

Purchasable for 500g and an Exalted reputation with the Golden Lotus faction. These cranes come in Azure (blue), Golden (off-white) or Regal (black).

Water Strider

While riding a Water Strider mount, you’ll be able to walk on water, which is pretty nifty. Sadly, this particular party trick will set you back 5,000g. You’ll also need Exalted reputation with The Anglers. Water Striders are available in Crimson, Orange, Azure, Golden or Jade.

Cloud Serpent

The new Cloud Serpent mounts, obviously modelled after traditional Chinese dragon iconography, are proving very popular. To get your own Cloud Serpent, you’ll need to reach Exalted reputation with the Order of the Cloud Serpent. You’ll also need to drop 3,000g. The Order can provide you with either a Jade, a Golden or an Azure mount.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Onyx Cloud Serpent

The route to getting an Onyx Cloud Serpent is a little convoluted. You’ll need to be Exalted with the Shado-pan, which will allow you access to the quest Surprise Attack!. The Onyx Cloud Serpent is a reward from this quest.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

August Thundering Cloud Serpent

If you’re Exalted with The August Celestials and you have a whopping 10, 000g to spare, this mount can be yours.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Pandaran Kite

The Pandaren Kite mount is a reward for the Pandaren Ambassador achievement, which requires you to obtain Exalted reputation with every single one of the following factions:

  • The August Celestials
  • The Pearlfin Jinyu
  • The Klaxxi
  • The Brewmasters
  • The Lorewalkers
  • The Order of the Cloud Serpent
  • The Anglers
  • The Tillers
  • The Shado-Pan
  • The Golden Lotus
  • The Tushui Pandaren (Alliance) or The Houjin Pandaren (Horde)

Alliance characters will get a blue Kite. Horde characters receive a red Kite.

Achievement reward mounts

Pandaren Phoenix

Completing the new Dungeon Challenge Modes will make these mounts available to you, but only once you complete each Challenge Mode with a rating of Silver or better.

Unlike most mounts, the Pandaren Phoenix is not bound to your Battle.net account, so only the character who gets the achievement will be able to use the mount. You can choose from Ashen, Crimson, Violet or Emerald Phoenixes, but each character can only have one Pandaren Pheonix, so choose carefully!

Crimson Cloud Serpent

The reward for Glory of the Pandaria Hero meta-achievement.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Heavenly Crimson Cloud Serpent

The reward for the Glory of the Pandaria Raider meta-achievement.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Thundering Jade Cloud Serpent

The reward for the Guild Glory of the Pandaria Raider meta-achievement.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill. Remember that you’ll also need a good Guild reputation to be able to purchase the mount.

Gold-sink mounts

If you’ve got money to spare, these mounts have no requirements other than deep, deep pockets.

Riding Yak and Grand Expedition Yak

Both purchasable from Uncle Bigpocket in Grummle Bazaar (Kun-Lai Summit). The Riding Yaks cost 3,000g each, and are available in Grey, White, Brown or Blonde. The Grand Expedtion Yak is a huge mount, capable of carrying three people. It costs – brace yourself – 120,000g. That’s gotta sting.

Rare drop mounts

Son of Galleon

This unbelieveably cool rideable crocolisk drops from the new world boss Salyis’s Warband.

World bosses like Salyis’s Warband are designed to be tackled by a full 25-man raid, so you’ll need to be lucky with your loot roll.

Ruby Thundering Cloud Serpent

This badboy is Mists of Pandaria’s Time Lost Proto Drake. It drops from a rare spawn called Alani the Stormborn in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. It has no cost except time and, potentially, your sanity.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Astral Cloud Serpent

A BoP drop from the final boss of the Mogu’shan Vaults raid, Elegon.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Is there a mount we missed? Do you have any good tips for getting these mounts? Let us know in the comments.

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Heroic dungeons in Mists Of Pandaria

Lost in a dungeon? Not sure what the tactics are? Getting grief from other players about it, or just want to avoid any trouble? Here’s our master list of brief (so you can read them on the run) strategy guides for the new Mists Of Pandaria Heroic dungeons.

Or, alternatively, have you just discovered that someone in your run doesn’t know the tactics, but you can’t face typing them out slowly for each and every boss? Grab these guides – they include code so that you can copy and paste each section with a couple of clicks as you come up to a boss fight or tricky bit, and each boss’s tactics fit on one line of Party Chat. The new guy in your group should do just fine.

Mists Of Pandaria Heroic dungeons

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Siege of Niuzao Temple Heroic Quick-Read Tactics: Vizier Jin’bak, Commander Vo’jak, General Pa’valak, and Wing Leader Ner’onok

It’s action time! Yes, unlike old WoW’s mostly static dungeons, in Siege of Niuzao Temple you’re leaping right into the middle of a big world event, as the Mantid army assaults the Temple. Which doesn’t make that much sense given we’ll still be doing this in a year and half, but hey, it’s pretty cool. If you need to know how to stop the Siege’s bosses in this level 90 Heroic Mists of Pandaria dungeon, here are quick-read, quick-copy tactics for Vizier Jin’bak, Commander Vo’jak, General Pa’valak, and Wing Leader Ner’onok – no added apostrophes needed!

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Contents

Vizier Jin’bak

Kill globules before they reach pool. Jump into pool for a SHORT while to make it smaller. When he casts Detonate, party will take damage depending on size of pool.

[copypastaparty]Kill globules before they reach pool. Jump into pool for a SHORT while to make it smaller. When he casts Detonate, party will take damage depending on size of pool. [/copypastaparty]

Commander Vo’jak

  • P1: Avoid bombs, use caustic tar to slow adds.
  • P2: use Caustic Tar to remove buff on boss, get out of whirlwind, target of Dashing Strike will take lots of damage.

[copypastaparty]P1: Avoid bombs, use caustic tar to slow adds. P2: use Caustic Tar to remove buff on boss, get out of whirlwind, target of Dashing Strike will take lots of damage. [/copypastaparty]

General Pa’valak

Kill adds by picking up bombs and throwing them at them. If you can’t click a bomb, get away from it. When boss throws sword, get away from it.

[copypastaparty]Kill adds by picking up bombs and throwing them at them. If you can’t click a bomb, get away from it. When boss throws sword, get away from it. [/copypastaparty]

Wing Leader Ner’onok

If you get Quick-Dry Resin, jump to remove it. When he flies to other side of the bridge, get to him using walls to get in the way of his winds and Pitch puddles to prevent you moving, and interrupt him.

[copypastaparty]If you get Quick-Dry Resin, jump to remove it. When he flies to other side of the bridge, get to him using walls to get in the way of his winds and Pitch puddles to prevent you moving, and interrupt him. [/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Scarlet Monastery Heroic Quick-Read Tactics: Thalnos the Soulrender, Brother Korloff, and High Inquisitor Whitemane

It has happened, as promised: Scarlet Monastery has been reincarnated as a Level 90 Heroic Dungeon in Mists of Pandaria. It’s also been totally redesigned into two wings: Scarlet Halls, replacing the old Armory and Library, and Scarlet Monastery, replacing Graveyard and Cathedral. We’re discussing the latter one here. Confused yet? Don’t worry – here are quick-to-read, simple-to-understand tactics to get you through Thalnos the Soulrender, Brother Korloff, and High Inquisitor Whitemane.

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Contents

Thalnos the Soulrender

Don’t stand in purple circles. Kill Spirits. Healer dispel Evict Soul. Interrupt Spirit Gale. Tank Empowered Zombies, but DO NOT DPS them – keep DPS on boss.

[copypastaparty]Don’t stand in purple circles. Kill Spirits. Healer dispel Evict Soul. Interrupt Spirit Gale. Tank Empowered Zombies, but DO NOT DPS them – keep DPS on boss. [/copypastaparty]

Brother Korloff

Get out of Firestorm Kick landing zone. Tank will take heavy damage during Blazing Fists – pop CDs and try to outrange it. Kite him below 50%. Don’t stand in fire.

[copypastaparty]Get out of Firestorm Kick landing zone. Tank will take heavy damage during Blazing Fists – pop CDs and try to outrange it. Kite him below 50%. Don’t stand in fire. [/copypastaparty]

High Inquisitor Whitemane

  • P1: Tank-and-spank. Avoid Dashing Strike.
  • P2: INTERRUPT MASS RESURRECTION or wipe. Interrupt Heal, Dispel Power Word Shield. Avoid Dashing Strike. DPS Whitemane first.

[copypastaparty]P1: Tank-and-spank. Avoid Dashing Strike. P2: INTERRUPT MASS RESURRECTION or wipe. Interrupt Heal, Dispel Power Word Shield. Avoid Dashing Strike. DPS Whitemane first. [/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Scarlet Halls Heroic Quick-Read Tactics – Houndmaster Braun, Armsmaster Harlan, and Flameweaver Koegler.

It has happened, as promised: Scarlet Monastery has been reincarnated as a Level 90 Heroic Dungeon in Mists of Pandaria. It’s also been totally redesigned into two wings: Scarlet Halls, which we’re covering here, and Scarlet Monastery. Confused yet? Don’t worry – here are quick-to-read, simple-to-understand tactics to get you through Houndmaster Braun, Armsmaster Harlan, and Flameweaver Koegler.

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Contents

Houndmaster Braun

Spread out, make sure no-one is between you and the boss. Tank pick up and kill adds. Healer watch for enrage at 50%.

[copypastaparty]Spread out, make sure no-one is between you and the boss. Tank pick up and kill adds. Healer watch for enrage at 50%. [/copypastaparty]

Armsmaster Harlan

Tank pick up adds. Don’t stand in front of boss. Dispel enrages on boss if you can. When he leaps to the middle of the room, get to the stairs, and jump off as he comes toward you to avoid him.

[copypastaparty]Tank pick up adds. Don’t stand in front of boss. Dispel enrages on boss if you can. When he leaps to the middle of the room, get to the stairs, and jump off as he comes toward you to avoid him. [/copypastaparty]

Flameweaver Koegler

Move away from burning books. Don’t stand in flame beam. Don’t stand in front of boss. When he casts Dragon Breath, everyone including tank stand behind him. Interrupt whenever possible.

[copypastaparty]Move away from burning books. Don’t stand in flame beam. Don’t stand in front of boss. When he casts Dragon Breath, everyone including tank stand behind him. Interrupt whenever possible. [/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Quick-Read Tactics: Scholomance Heroic – Instructor Chillheart, Jandice Barov, Rattlegore, Lilian Voss, and Darkmaster Gandling

Here’s one for the old-school players – the Scholomance instance, probably the hardest of the Vanilla WoW dungeons, has been completely revamped and updated to a Level 90 Heroic Dungeon for Mists of Pandaria. But have no fear – we’ll take you through the tactics for Instructor Chillheart, Jandice Barov, Rattlegore, Lilian Voss, and the Headmaster, Darkmaster Gandling himself. And we’ll do it quickly, too – no watching a 10-minute video for a single boss fight!

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Normal mode vs Heroic Mode – These tactics apply to both Normal and Heroic versions of this dungeon – Heroic version bosses simply have more health and do more damage.

Contents

Instructor Chillheart

  • P1: Don’t touch ice wall. Spread out. Tank pop CD on Touch of the Grave. Avoid ice patches.
  • P2: Dodge bombs, get out of fire, blow DPS cooldowns.

[copypastaparty]P1: Don’t touch ice wall. Spread out. Tank pop CD on Touch of the Grave. Avoid ice patches. P2: Dodge bombs, get out of fire, blow DPS cooldowns. [/copypastaparty]

Jandice Barov

Skull mark Jandice at start of fight. Stand behind her (except tank) and get out of purple. When she creates images, ONLY DPS the skull-marked one.

[copypastaparty]Skull mark Jandice at start of fight. Stand behind her (except tank) and get out of purple. When she creates images, ONLY DPS the skull-marked one. [/copypastaparty]

Rattlegore

Click bone pile at start of fight and if you get hit by bone spike. Don’t stand in blue fire. Tank periodically kite boss to let Rusting buff on boss drop off.

[copypastaparty]Click bone pile at start of fight and if you get hit by bone spike. Don’t stand in blue fire. Tank periodically kite boss to let Rusting buff on boss drop off. [/copypastaparty]

Lillian Voss

  • P1: Spread out. When pulled in, run around until fire ends. Avoid fire.
  • P2: Spread out. If Fixated, kite boss.
  • P3: Both P1 and P2 at the same time!

[copypastaparty]P1: Spread out. When pulled in, run around until fire ends. Avoid fire. P2: Spread out. If Fixated, kite boss. P3: Both P1 and P2 at the same time! [/copypastaparty]

Darkmaster Gandling The Headmaster

Tank pop CD on Incinerate. Kill adds when he casts Rise. When you’re teleported away, kill adds and come back. Healer: dispel adds when teleported to make killing them easier. Also, watch out for Immolate on players and dispel it.

[copypastaparty]Tank pop CD on Incinerate. Kill adds when he casts Rise. When you’re teleported away, kill adds and come back. Healer: dispel adds when teleported to make killing them easier. Also, watch out for Immolate on players and dispel it.[/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

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Running World Of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria under Linux / WINE: Fixing Agent.exe failed and other update errors

For Linux users, using WINE to upgrade World of Warcraft after the release of Mists of Pandaria has proven a bit tricky. If your update is crashing, you’re having problems with DNSAPI.DLL, or you’re hitting the dreaded ‘Agent.exe failed‘ message, don’t worry: here at MMO Melting Pot we’ve compiled a series of tweaks, fixes and solutions to get you up and running again.

Last updated: 26th September 2012 for Mists of Pandaria

If your installation isn’t playing ball, try the following steps, in order:

Step 1: Consider reinstalling from scratch

A fresh installation of WoW is often a good idea when a new expansion is released. If you have the time and the bandwidth, consider reinstalling World of Warcraft completely. By far the best way to do so is by using the online installer. You can download the installer from your Battle.net page. Then, just run wine World-of-Warcraft-Setup-enUS.exe (substituting the correct name of the installer if yours is different, obviously).

If you’d rather not go through the hassle of a complete reinstall, keep reading for a few tricks that might save your bacon (and your bandwidth).

Step 2: Rename your configuration folders

The chances are good that the configuration folders automatically created by the Blizzard downloader are not working correctly for your installation. Luckilly, if the download can’t find these files it will recreate them automatically. So, let’s deliberately remove these files, to force the downloader to recreate them.

Rather than permanently deleting the files, we’re going to just rename them – that way, we can always put them back later if we need to. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open a file browser (use Nautilus, or whatever file browser you normally use).
  2. Navigate to your Home directory (/home/<<your username>>/).
  3. Press ‘Ctrl+H‘, or choose ‘Show hidden files’ from the View menu. You’ll now be able to see all the ‘hidden’ files and hidden directories in your home directory – those are the files whose name starts with a period (.).

    • The directory you’re looking for is called .wine. Once you find it, double-click it to open it.
    • Navigate to ~/.wine/drive_c/users/Public/Application Data/.1 You’ll see a directory called Battle.net and a directory called Blizzard Entertainment. Don’t worry about any other directories – they’ve just been created by other programs you’ve run under WINE.

      • Rename Battle.net to Battle.net.Cataclysm. Rename Blizzard Entertainment to Blizzard Entertainment.Cataclysm.2 Don’t close the file browser just yet.

Step 3: Run Wow.exe and watch it crash

  1. Now open a Terminal, and run
    wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe.3 The WoW updater will open, start to download something, and then after a short while it will crash. Don’t worry: this is what we actually want to happen at this stage.

    • Check the Terminal from which you launched WoW. The Launcher will have printed a whole bunch of information and error messages. You can ignore most of it: the specific line we’re interested in will look something like this: err:module:import_dll Library DNSAPI.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\users\\Public\\Application Data\\Battle.net\\Agent\\Agent.1363\\Agent.exe") not found<br /> err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\users\\Public\\Application Data\\Battle.net\\Agent\\Agent.1363\\Agent.exe" failed, status c0000135.

      Ugly, huh? The important bit is the Agent.1363. Your error message might well contain a different number than 1363. Whatever the number, take a note of it: we’ll need it soon.

      • No Warcraft-related programs should be running right now, but just to be sure, let’s manually run commands to stop them. In your Terminal, type the following commands one after the other: killall Agent.exe
        killall Wow.exe
        killall Launcher.exe

        • In your file browser, check that the directories Battle.net and Blizzard Entertainment have been recreated.

Step 4: Fix DNSAPI.dll

  1. Run the WINE configuration utility, either by clicking Configure Wine in your applications menu, or by running winecfg from a terminal.
  2. Click the Libraries tab.
  3. Click the drop-down list under ‘New overrides for library:’, and choose ‘dnsapi.dll.
  4. Click ‘Add’.
  5. Cick ‘Edit’, and change the Load Order to ‘Builtin (Wine)’.
  6. Click ‘OK’, then click ‘OK’ again to close the WINE configuration utility.

Step 5: Profit! Run Agent.exe with a special flag

We’re almost done.

  1. Back in your Terminal, run the following command (you’ll need the number you noted down earlier): wine ~/.wine/drive_c/users/Public/Application\ Data/Battle.net/Agent/Agent.<<your number>>/Agent.exe --nohttpauth &
    Note, that’s two dashes (–) before nohttpauth.

    • Wait a few seconds, just to make sure the Agent.exe tool has had a chance to kick in. Don’t worry about the text being printed to your Terminal.
    • Run
      wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe.3

The World of Warcraft updater will launch again, but this time it won’t crash! Once it’s downloaded the update, the proper WoW Launcher will open and will start to download the new patch. Once it’s done, congratulations: you’re ready to play!

Troubleshooting

I’ve got the Launcher working, but it won’t download anything!

WINE can sometimes have trouble with the peer-to-peer technology used by the Launcher. Try disabling Peer-to-Peer transfers. You’ll find it in the Launcher, under Options > Downloader Preferences > Enable Peer-to-Peer Transfer.

I’m on a 64-bit system, and WoW runs really slowly / times out constantly

Try forcing WINE to run WoW in 32-bit compatibility mode. Use the following command:

setarch i386 -3 -L -B -R wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe

I’ve got a decent graphics card, but WoW runs slower than I’d expect

Try forcing WoW to run in OpenGL mode. Just append --opengl to the end of the command, like this:

~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/World\ of\ Warcraft/Wow.exe --opengl

I have a different problem, which is not covered by your useless so-called Troubleshooting section!

Make a comment on this post. I’ll try to help you out if I can. Alternatively, have a read through the World of Warcraft entry on WINE’s AppDB site. There’s some pretty good tips on there.

Credits

The information in this post has been compiled from the expert knowledge of the MMO Melting Pot staff, along with tips and tricks shared online by many WINE-using Warcraft players, particularly the great community at WINE’s AppDB site.

1 If your installation is in a different location than .wine (if you’re using a different wine prefix, or you’re running Vineyard or Crossover or PlayOnLinux, or you just like being awkward), navigate to that directory instead.
2 You can choose any name you like here – the .Cataclysm suffix is just what I choose.
3 Or whatever command you normally use to run WoW.

Have you spotted a mistake? Did the tips in this article work for you? Do you have any tips to share with other Linux users? Let us know in the comments!

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