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05/13/2018 - Everything at once!

And then some. Wow, the last weeks flew past like crazy. It's been more than a month since my last blog entry!

Good thing that changes right now :-)

There is a lot happening. Not so much in the pet battling world - Battle for Azeroth is still rather light on pet battling content, I've been told. But in Aranesh's "other" life (besides taking care of little Xu-Fu) things are pretty much in turmoil. And of course, everything happens pretty much at the same time. From a new job in a different country (and all the things accompanied by that) to the looming European data protection legislation coming into effect in less than two weeks. Hence the picture of this blog ^^
Those do affect Xu-Fu as well, so I've been silently working on adjustments on the page. I've reviewed everything that is potentially saving any of your data and rigorously took it out if it wasn't absolutely necessary, like Google Analytics (that's gone). The little advertisement panel is still there, but set to be anonymous - no data tracking or "personalized advertisement" allowed. If you're bothered by it in some way, let me know.
If you want to know the full gist of it, I've created a data protection article that details much more about what data Xu-Fu is using and tracking, what Cookies are used etc. - it's under News => Data Protection.

And with that all done and cared for... I realized that I forgot something important :O

It was Xu-Fu's third birthday last week! He sure came a long way, and is still going and growing strong :D Happy belated birthday to the little guy.
Much like in the last years, I would like to hold a small raffle for some goodies and been in touch with Blizzard to find some cool merchandise to give away. I don't know the details of it, yet, but as soon as I have something, I'll hold a belated birthday giveaway! Check back here or on Discord to not miss it :-)



04/01/2018 - New Feature: Intelligent Strategy Creator!

Xu-Fu is proud to announce a new feature that will come to you very soon: the Fight Organizer - 01, in short: FO-01

An until today unrevealed team of IT scientists working for Xu-Fu has analysed thousands of strategies from pet battlers all over the world and done the impossible: they created FO-01, an artificial intelligence that can create new pet battling strategies better than any human being!

The tool will be available through a simple button as you can see in the screenshot, which also shows one of the creative and innovative ne strategies the FO-01 came up with! Through its unrivaled computing power and intelligent approach, it will be able to find synergies between pet abilites no mortal could have predicted.

The remarkable restraint of the Xu-Fu scientists stands in stark contrast to other reactions from the industry. While some experts in the field of artificial intelligence doubt the results, stating simply "that is no AI and that is not creative work", others acknowledge the efforts. To the question if they are embarrassed that an unknown team of pet battlers managed to create what they have tried to do for years, the response was a unanimous: "Yes".

Edit 02.04.2018 - While the above would be phenomenal, it is obviously a creation of fiction based on the specific day it was posted :D



03/21/2018 - What is that, a new section!?

Yes, you read that right!
In the middle of working on the battle tables, I needed a bit of a break and decided to add a different some stuff that makes it easier for all my helpers: An article editor! It's almost done, and I've used it now to add a new little section: My development notes :D

You'll find them by hovering over "News" and selecting, surprise, "Development Notes".

Hope you'll find something interesting in there! :D



01/22/2018 - Development Update

Today I have a small update on the current development of wow-petguide.com.

Displaying strategies is certainly the key aspect of the page. Yet all new features of the last year were accessories to that. Cool ones, like the collection viewer, but not hitting the core element that brings battlers to visit Xu-Fu on a daily basis.

That is changing with the next update, because I am working on one of the - in my opinion - coolest features for Xu-Fu so far: a complete revamp of the Battle Table.

Those tables were the very first thing I created, almost three years ago. Over time, more and more features were added and it became clunky, slow, and hard to adapt. Time to change that.
Here are the key features that will go in:

- Required breeds! Finally!
- Automated substitute finder. No more "Any Moth" nonsense. The new table will check for every pet what other pets fulfill the requirements. Conveniently displayed for you to scroll through.
- Looking for a fast strategy, or one to level with, or a very reliable one? Tags show the way!
- A rating and favorite system
- Plus a number of quality-of-life features

There's still plenty to do but as of now you can test the whole thing! :-)
In your account settings activate beta features and you will see the new battle table everywhere.
A small disclaimer though: not all features are fully working, yet!

Nevertheless, if you have any ideas, questions or suggestions, I'm eager to hear them! Please join Xu-Fu's Discord channel and discuss it with me and the team: https://discord.gg/z4dxYUq



01/21/2018 - (Un-)Expected downtime

Yesterday my web space provider performed a scheduled maintenance on wow-petguide.com. Some might have noticed the downtime of a few hours. It was indeed scheduled, but I messed up the times and thought it's next week.

Sorry for the lack of information about it, but luckily it all went fine and the page is back to normal! :-)



12/31/2017 - A new year, a small update... and Discord!

Today is the last day of 2017 and oh boy, what a year it has been! So much new content for us pet battlers. We saw the first pet battle dungeons with the Wailing Caverns and Deadmines, dozens of new pets throughout the year, and a whole new set of family challenges with the legendary pets of Argus!

2018 will bring us a new addon and with it surely a brand new set of pet news, and also for Xu-Fu time is not standing still. My efforts of most of the past year finally came to shine with a brand new user system, and lots more is to come.
One little thing I just added as the last update of 2017: a new landing page!

It shows you much of the latest news around Xu-Fu and is much more interactive and informative. Check it out: wow-petguide.com

There was also something about Discord. If you don't know it, don't worry there is no internal struggles going on ^^ It's a free chat platform that's taking over the gaming world by storm. For quite a while I had my own chat room there together with all helping hands, and fresh for the new year we are opening the doors for everyone who wants to join in!

So if you would like to get in closer contact with me and the group, give us suggestions or just want to chat about anything you want with like-minded pet battlers, you are more than welcome to

.

A Happy New Year to everyone, and keep on battling!

Aranesh



12/25/2017 - Happy Holidays!

The Fesst of Winter Veil is upon us!

Xu-Fu, Aranesh and the whole team wish you all the best for these festive times and hope you have some wonderful and enchanted days.



12/22/2017 - Winter Veil Sale of Pets and Mounts

If you ever considered one of those shop pets, now might be a good time to revive those thoughts.
Blizzard activated a large Winter Veil sale that will last until January 3rd with many pets and also mounts reduced by to 50%!

US Offers
EU Offers

Enjoy :-)



12/20/2017 - 1000 Users! Congratulations to Tovenaar!

For a short time only - since November - it is possible to register an account with Xu-Fu. And now, less than two months later, a first milestone is reached: please join me in congratulating Tovenaar for being user number 1000!

It happened much faster than I expected. Actually, I was expecting a lot more problems along the way, but everything seems to work really smoothly :-)

Thanks to everyone for joining and staying with me. It makes me very happy to see this community grow.

And with that being said, have a great seasonal time everyone and enjoy the festivities!



11/12/2017 - Pet Ready-Checker - everywhere?

Sure, why not!

All that work with user accounts and your collection being saved has to lead towards something, doesn't it?
The first step of that something just went live!

If you go to any of the main categories you will find that the pet table got a big makeover. It loads a lot faster, checks for required pets with much higher accuracy and gives you more info.
And if you are also logged in with your pet collection saved, you will see that the table automatically checks if you have the pets required - and shows you missing or unleveled ones right there on top!

As an example, below this post is the list of pets required to do the Pandaria Master Tamers.
No need to enter your details into the Ready-Checker anymore. No loading times, no fuzz. It's all right there :D

I really hope you like this feature and as always I'm super happy to hear your feedback!


Name

Families

Occurrences

Required Level

#

1.

Humanoid

1

25

2.

Flying

1

25

3.

Dragonkin

4

25

4.

Mechanical

2

25

5.

Mechanical

1

25

6.

Mechanical

1

25

7.

Dragonkin

1

25

8.

Aquatic

1

25

9.

Dragonkin

1

25

10.

Dragonkin

1

25

11.

Beast

1

25

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11/05/2017 - Xu-Fu goes RSS Feed!

My last update took a very long time to complete, because most of the features were interlinked with each other. I could not publish any of them without the others being in place. Now that the user system is up and running, I can easily add things on top and also have the time again to work on some smaller, fun things.

For a start, I implemented the suggestion of Flatluigi to add an RSS feed for the blog!
Since I'm not posting very often, this should give you a convenient way of notifications whenever there is something new :-)
You can find the subscribe link directly below the headline.

Thanks for this great suggestion! Please let me know if there are any issues with it!

Little teaser for the next update: site-wide Ready-Checker, why not? :D

All the best,
Aranesh



10/29/2017 - Xu-Fu 2.0 is live!

It's done !!!

I always wanted to add a user account system for wow-petguide.com, but in order to do so I had to learn many new things.
It should be easy to use, with enough features in it, but also well encrypted and secured. All of this took a lot of time, but I'm very proud to announce that Xu-Fu accounts are now live!

Check out the "Login" button on the top right. I recommend creating an account using your Battle.net account. That way you won't need an additional password and will be logged in automatically.
It's built on Blizzards security standards. No hassle and perfectly safe. You can then edit your profile to your liking, change your username here (the default is your BattleTag), add a description and so on.

Having an account will allow you to message other users, post comments without additional input fields and track your own comments to see when someone responded.
Speaking of comments. Voting and sorting them differently? Yes, that's in as well!

The core part of the update is however linking your pet collection to your account. You used the Collection Viewer before? Now it's even easier!
If you sign in with Battle.net (or connect your Battle.net account later on), Xu-Fu will grab your collection automatically and always keep it updated for you.
It's then linked to your profile for others to see (unless you opt for more privacy in the settings).

But that's just the starting point. It is the basis that many of my ideas will build upon: to make the page even more accessible, easier to use, and more intelligent!
I will have to spend some time to see how the accounts are working, but soon I will add new features based on your user account and collection.
The Legion Ready-Checker for example - how about everywhere on the page? ;-)

There's definitely more to come, but for now please enjoy the new system and do let me know what you think of it! Either here in a comment, the usual social media, or... send me a message directly on the page o/

Yours,
Aranesh


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Zaiaku#1218

wrote on 12/20/2017

Love the new update! You probably have thought of this, but it would be cool to add thumbs up/down to the main strategies. Would help to get a good idea of how often a given strat works (and clear up the comments)
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Prudentius

wrote on 11/05/2017

Any chance that comments that included an email can be collated with a registered account using that email? Just a thought.
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Aranesh

wrote on 11/05/2017

And a good one!
I have an issue right now with the "My Comments" page. It breaks if I sort older comments to your account. But once I got rid of this bug I will add an option somewhere to claim your old comments!
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Cernunnas

wrote on 11/05/2017

Oh my goodness, thank you SO SO SO VERY MUCH for this awesome new features, Enjoy my donation!
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Aranesh

wrote on 11/05/2017

Much appreciated, thank you! :-)
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Starryice

wrote on 11/05/2017

Thank you so much! This is fantastic :)
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Keishava#2160

wrote on 11/04/2017

Un grand merci pour ce site ! Il est extra ! Je galère un peu avec l'anglais mais ça passe !
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Etsunari

wrote on 11/04/2017

Great !!
In the Icon List (our profile), the Spectral Tiger Cub is missing, if I'm not wrong.
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Aranesh

wrote on 11/05/2017

Thanks :)
Many icons are still missing. It's a work in progress. If you have a nice picture of the little Cub, feel free to send it to me and I'll add it ^^
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Layla

wrote on 11/03/2017

Great website, which made it even more pretty to come back after a 6 year hiatus and discovering Pet Battles from the scrap of course.

Unfortunately I discovered the "Miscellaneous" very late, because this part is wrapped on the tablet's browser...

It would be already perfect, if this wouldn't happen, but anyways, I really appreaciate your work (especially the feeling of perfectionism, which is feelable at any point) and look forward to the new features.
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Aranesh

wrote on 11/05/2017

Mobile friendly is a hard thing to do with an "old" page design like this. I definitely need to look at that top menu to make it more usable on tablets :/
Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Bean

wrote on 11/02/2017

Great update to a fantastic site, Its a guild goto page for anything pet battle related.
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Aranesh

wrote on 11/05/2017

o/
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Telepatra

wrote on 11/01/2017

I wouldn't participate in pet battles if it wasn't for this site. Thank you for all your hard work, I really, really appreciate it!
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Aranesh

wrote on 11/05/2017

You are very welcome! Thanks for your kind words :-)
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Mywiddlepony

wrote on 11/01/2017

You are awesome, I really love this site, and I understand improvements can be made, and its lovely to see them getting implemented, slowly, but they are getting implemented :)
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Dioxina

wrote on 10/31/2017

Nice, Congratulations! Looks very great.
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Bierchen

wrote on 10/31/2017

You.
are.
the.
man.

I wish to thank you so much for all your time, your effort, your money and everything.
Even the best things can get better.

09/29/2017 - Aranesh is back :-)

The last weeks were super relaxing. I saw and learned a lot of new things and spent equally as much time chilling on a beach :D
Now it's time to put that restored energy to some good use!

But first of all another big thank you for putting together all your insights and ideas for Family Fighter. In those two weeks, more than 3000 comments were submitted! Because of the sheer number of comments, it's the first time I won't manage to read all of them. I'm sorry for any great idea hidden in there unanswered. If you expected a reply and did not receive one so far, please just send me a mail or hook me up on Discord (Aranesh#6150).

Back on topic, I mentioned restored energy and that has to go somewhere. Before my vacation I came very close to finishing some of the most important features of Xu-Fu 2.0 and I'm rather confident now that I can put it live towards the end of October!
Here's my current development 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 collectionDone
Comment system rework98%
Messaging system50%
Notification system revamp20%

Not much missing!
I'm really excited to finish all this and set it live. After spending almost a year developing it all I am looking forward to hear your feedback!





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