I made a Spreadsheets R Us discord server for people who do mathy spreadsheet or related stuff.

First rule of Spreadsheet Club is to talk about Spreadsheets.
Second rule of Spreadsheet Club =R1

Anyway, as part of a motivating thing for myself to finally get started my next project I came up with the idea for “Math-Jam”. The goal is to get a few mathy orientated people like myself on voice chat, with other people listening in & asking questions via text chat, while we work on related projects. BrewingScribe, Garg & Sal have indicated they may come along, and I hope more do too.

The first session will be Feb 24th at 7pm PST (click the link for a Time Zone tool). Hopefully there will be additional sessions in the future, and at different times for those on different shifts/timezones.

For myself, I need to start on learning variables in SimCraft to set up some reserved mana values for use in the “alternate” Arcane APL I’ve been working on, as well as trying to make it work a bit better with the changing Evocation cooldown as a result of the 4pc bonus.

Lamenting Low Legendary Luck

Legendary items and titanforging. These are the big RNG things behind loot acquisition in Legion, in addition to the normal “when will boss X finally drop that damn trinket” problem. This has some parallels to loot acquisition in Diablo 3 but also causes some issues. Read more of this post

Legion Weak Auras – Fire Mage

fire weak auras preview

Download: here

Shows Heating Up/Hot Streak as auras (with an outer timer ring).
Fire Blast charges (fire orbs) and timer (progress bar).

More description stuff coming soon. Note that the secondary bar will condense down to show either available or cooldown icons, not both at the same time

Legion Weak Auras – Arcane Mage

binks arcane weak auras

Found here

Important things to note:
Outer curve on the Arcane Missile auras indicate the time remaining on the buff stack
Dark blue bar is mana, purple icons are charges, light blue bar is the Evocation CD.
Arcane Barrage gives a glow when mana % is less than 1.25 * Evo CD / 90 for slow burn (this is part of my single phase “Slow Burn” rotation which can be found here  and thanks to Satron again for LUA code help)

Other custom code includes the Words of Power bonus chance indicator.

Alpha: General Gameplay Notes

These are my feedback notes for Alpha testing. I’ll come back and edit/expand these as testing continues. Cross posted to Alpha Forums

Feb 13th: Mostly re-written after recent Alpha changes.
Feb 15th: More notes in italics.
Mar 3rd: New notes in italics, mostly on Artifact stuff

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Alpha: Bug & Technical Notes

Collecting bug notes here. Read more of this post

Stupid Ideas: Engineering based Ranged DPS class for WoW

One of the subjects on twitter today was “What would you suggest for a new ranged DPS class?”. Many suggested the Bard, with a possible fourth role of Support (buffer, debuffer, etc), but I prefer an idea closer to home for Warcraft, like the Tinkerer, as this would be the class that High Tinker Mekkatorque and many other engineering based gnomes/goblins would be.

The general idea would be to take a lot of those quasi-scifi elements in WoW, along with some of the cool Engineering profession things which were removed, to make an interesting class to play. They would also be mail wearers, and use guns/bows, to fill some loot distribution holes. Read more of this post