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Xu-Fu's Blog
06/11/2017 - A quick development update

Wow, time flies! Right before 7.2.5 lands, I want to take the time and give a quick update on the development of Xu-Fu 2.0!
I hinted towards it last year already (in this blog post), and now I'm slowly reaching the point were things will become real.

This first big release contains many features that all need to be in place together to make sense.
None of them work without the others, and of course they should work properly and reliable, which are the reasons why I'm taking my time with them.

So here's the current plan and status:

Item
Status
User Registration and LoginDone
Login with Battle.netDone
Personal profile pageDone
Settings (email / pw change etc.)Done
Selectable user icons (including character pics)Done
Automatic import of pet collection90%
Comment system rework60%
Messaging system0%
Notification system revamp0%
Login screen with recent activities0%
=== Xu-Fu 2.0 Release ===

Once all that is done and live, I can add more features on top of it one by one. There won't be any need to bundle them up anymore, and I hope to have smaller things done and live in much shorter turnarounds.

Here's what I'm planning for after 2.0:

  • Updating pet lists for each section to check against user collections
  • Revamp of the battle tables: favourite, upvote/downvote, breeds, new rematch version
  • Revamp of the alternatives: clever sorting, show strategies you have the pets for first
  • Utilities Section: Helpful tools for battling and collecting
  • Interface for users to upload their own strategies
  • Perhaps partnering up with other community pages or apps?
  • Any other crazy stuff! Maybe a reputation system? Roles/titles? A pet achievement helper?


Wow-petguide.com is definitely the largest project I've ever started and worked on, and even though it eats up my spare time like nothing, it's incredible fun and engaging. I am indeed very proud and happy to see it growing.
The best of all are the helping hands and encouraging comments from our little pet community. That's the fuel that keeps me going and makes me push forward :-)
Thank you!



06/06/2017 - Deadmines guide live!

Not much time left until patch 7.2.5 it seems, meaning it is definitely time to prepare for the new pet battle dungeon: The Deadmines!

Xu-Fu's guide section is up now and follows the same pattern as Wailing Critters.
Check out the required pets and guides here!



05/28/2017 - TD Battle Pet Script

Today I would like to introduce a small but powerful new addition to Xu-Fu's guides: Scripts for TD BattlePetScript.

A little introduction first: tdBattlePetScript is a fantastic addon created by Idz5 for speeding up PVE pet battles, and removing the element of human error from repetitive battles.
With it you can create scripts for specific pet battle teams, which will allow you to run the fight by pressing a single hotkey each round. These scripts can be as simple as directing a pet to use a certain attack each round, or as complex as choosing which ability to use with which pet, based on a number of conditions a battler might face.

Getting Started
The first thing you’ll need to do is download the addon. There are two versions, a standalone and one that integrates into Rematch, which is highly recommended!

Once installed, open your pet journal and select a pre-made team. Right-click on the team name in the Teams list, and select “Write Script” this will open the script editor.
On every strategy page here where a script is provided, you will see the TD Script button in the battle table header as shown in the screenshot. Click the button, then copy the script into your addon, and get ready to battle!

In Battle
Once you’ve started a battle with the intended target of the script, left-click the Vs icon at the top of the pet battle screen. This will open the script selector. Here, select “Rematch” and it will load the script you’ve saved for this team.
Now, all you have to do is press your “Auto” hotkey (A by default) each round to run your script. As a special note, this addon does not automate the fights! You must press the button each round you wish your pet to take action.

A huge thanks to SimianRex who spent a lot of time creating the scripts and adding them to the respective fight here!

Give it a try and if you run into any issues, we're happy to help :-)



05/08/2017 - And the winners are ...

...selected!

Thank you to everyone who participated, wrote a comment, sent a like or made a compliment. It means a lot! You guys are the best!

The screenshots however, were maybe a little bit too easy ;-)
The locations in question are indeed the Warsong Hold in Borean Tundra for the Horde:



And for the Alliance, it is Lor'danel in Darkshore:



Next time, it will be close-ups of smudgy textures :P
But the most important information is still missing of course, the names of the two winners!
After collecting all names, I did an online dice roll and here is the result:

  • Horde: Jaydub

  • Alliance: Henashka

Big congratulations! I'll get in touch with you via email, and another huge thank you to everyone else who took part.
There will always be a next time! :-)



04/30/2017 - Happy Birthday Xu-Fu!

It's two years already and today we're celebrating Xu-Fu's second anniversary!

In the last year, pet battles saw an immense amount of content, and wow-petguide.com a surge of activity with it! It has been an amazing ride so far and I can only guess what's still to come. And it is all thanks to you! Thank you for visiting, for leaving comments, suggesting improvements, and for simply being an amazing community. I am very happy to be a part of it.

But speaking of giving - in many cultures around the world it is customary for the birthday child to give away some presents.
And today I am giving away a Gryphon Hatchling and a Windrider Cub plush, each of course accompanied by their in-game code to receive them as a battle pet as well.

A big thank you to Blizzards Community Management who sponsored the two plushies for this occasion!





How can you get one of those little cuties?

It's a competition ;-) You have to identify in what area the below images were taken.
They are small sections out of two different screenshots. One was taken in an Alliance settlement, the other in a Horde settlement.
You can only guess for one picture, and if you get it right, or at least close by, you have the chance for the corresponding plush!

AllianceHorde

Rules of the game:

  • Leave a comment with your guess, only comments on this blog entry will be taken into consideration
  • You have to choose one faction! Please make clear in your comment which one you are aiming for
  • Add your email address so I can contact you in case you win!
  • If multiple people guess correctly, a /random roll will decide
  • If no one guessed correctly, the one with the closest ingame location will win.

The competition will end 08:00 PST on May 8th (in exactly one week) and I will announce the two winners directly after :-)

Best of luck and a great May 1th to you all!
Aranesh





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