View Full Version : The Weekly Marmot, Anub'arak 25 Hard and More!

10-26-2009, 04:48 AM
Where to begin with this lengthy news post? Well, to start, let's go ahead and get one thing out of the way -- there's plenty more coming in the next couple weeks and you should keep checking back for more. With that said...

Anub'arak 25-man Hard Mode
Splug has completed his 25-man Heroic Anub'arak guide which we've appended to the Anub'arak strategy thread. (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/f206/55360-coliseum-anub-arak-hard-mode.html)

The Weekly Marmot -- Episode 1
Lore and I were discussing ways to keep the site updates on news and keep that personal touch involved that we used to have on the site with the podcasts. He came up with a brilliant idea -- let's plaster his face on our frontpage every week! With no further ado, here's Episode 1!


http://www.tankspot.com/forums/images/snowfall/donorbanner.jpg (http://www.tankspot.com/premium.php)

As a side note, we'll most likely release movies on YouTube on monday so our subscribers will receive a message by Tuesday. :)

Donor Recruitment Forums
We've made a few fundamental changes to our Guild Recruitment (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/f94/) forums, including putting them in a far more visible location on the site, right beneath our raiding movies forum. The biggest change is that new recruitment threads can now only be created by Donors and Authors on the site. Additionally, threads can no longer be bumped and expire automatically, at which point authors are welcome to create them again. Note: We are not deleting any threads currently in the forum; they will expire naturally over the course of the next month.

These changes should cut down heavily on the bump spam we were seeing and should ease up a lot of the clutter in the Guild Recruitment forums. They are part of our standard Donor access (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/f56/36281-tankspot-donation-information.html) to the site and will be included in any future subscriptions we create.

TankSpot & Cataclysm (Our Outlook on a Broader Community)
As most of you have figured out at this point, a lot of the new content on this site over the last year has been intended to reach different audiences. Most of the time this includes tanks, but less often than in the past does it exclusively cover tanks.

Before going further: One thing we've been quick to note is that new communities on the site (such as the larger raiding community) are brought here in addition to the core of tanks that are the foundation here. However, it's also fair to say that I've personally shifted focus towards the raiding movies and, more recently, towards administering the site. This means you don't see as much tanking news that I would have normally been posting in the past. We're actively going to fix this.

With that said, TankSpot has, in terms of traffic, become one of the major WoW destinations. Going into Cataclysm, we're fully intending to become an all-purpose site that nearly anyone playing WoW can access and find something they're looking for and would enjoy. The foundation for Healers has already been laid by Aliena (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/members/aliena.html), who will be organizing the Healing community (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/f207/) on our site as we develop further in this direction. She's uploading the Discipline Priest movies as I write this! Additionally, we're expecting guides from a variety of other classes in the near future. Parts of the site will change to accomodate these new communities and we'll need to do some overall restructuring to make the site more coherent.

In Cataclysm, we're aiming to cover more subjects through videos, including leveling, instances, and a variety of other related subjects. As you see above, we'll be adding a more personal touch with Weekly Marmot videos!

Quality is important to us and we're being careful to look for authors who are in a position to act as authorities on their subjects. Just as importantly, we judge our potential authors based on how respectful they are towards players of all skill levels and backgrounds. If you've enjoyed the many movies Aliena (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/members/aliena.html) and Splug (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/members/splug.html) have produced, keep this in mind -- they write and create their own movies entirely independently, without supervision or direction from Lore or myself. We expect this quality in our future authors and are vetting them the same way.

We're also planning on extending our outreach to promote blogs and communities outside of our own, so please feel free to contact us if you're from another community and interested in promoting your own awesomeness as Cataclysm approaches!

20 Million Marmots
We've reached a new milestone with 20 million combined views on our YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/Ciderhelm) channel this morning. This is obviously a very exciting event for us and we're ecstatic that the community has followed us this far. Expect many more movies, both for raiding and in new areas such as class guides and other means of character progression -- and we'll make sure they're up to the standard you've come to expect. Also, we strongly encourage anyone with a YouTube account to Subscribe to our channel by clicking the large yellow button on our channel page or any movie page.

New Site Promotions
Lore (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/members/lore.html) has been promoted to administrator status on the site (red name, like Satrina (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/members/satrina.html) and mine (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/members/ciderhelm.html)). Penlowe (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/members/penlowe.html) is our new assistant on the site and has a corresponding purple name -- when you have questions and comments, she is the most likely person you'll be talking to! Penlowe will also be reaching out to the larger WoW community and getting in touch with site and blog authors around the web. Finally, Shortypop (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/members/shortypop.html) has been promoted to Author status for her regular, quality blog authorship on the community (check out the blogs here (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/blog.php)).

Several new authors are going to be promoted in the next few weeks as we start to collect class guides from across the WoW community. As a related side note, I've been meaning to make a post recognizing Satorri (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/members/satorri.html) for his quality and consistency in posting for the community -- good job!

That's it for now! Stay tuned for more!

For all of those asking about Lore's UI you can jump straight to his UI thread here. (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/f211/45772-lore-s-ui.html)

10-26-2009, 06:33 AM
Huge massive update!

10-26-2009, 08:16 AM
Love the first video and hope you guys keep them coming as the site starts to get stale with most content down and waiting on new. My biggest suggestion for an upcoming video fore lore or anyone really is the following.

"Loot Decisions and you"
I hear alot about what type of looting system to do, and even though there's hundreds of different ways to do dkp and things like that, it would be awesome if you guys through in your opinions and maybe as to what you use and how your system works for you and your raiders. Maybe talk about things like, casual guild might want x system where hardcore more stick to x system, this is why and why.

10-26-2009, 10:50 AM
Not sure but no sound coming through for me in the Lore vid?

10-26-2009, 11:00 AM
Scratch that , problem was on my end....

10-26-2009, 11:10 AM
One thing that has been great about this site is that you have stayed true to the people who visit it. I can assure you that MANY of your tankspot "followers" will appreciate the changes.

Thanks again for providing a great site.

10-26-2009, 12:39 PM
I love this! Lore, your hair is prettier than mine.

10-26-2009, 12:53 PM

10-26-2009, 01:11 PM
ew, lore's name in non-purple just seems Wrong...

10-26-2009, 01:15 PM
You're just jealous.

10-26-2009, 01:21 PM
Maybe =(

10-26-2009, 01:22 PM
I am annoyed that I did not get the chance to make fun of your weird looking, pasty face because you already agreed with me. Truly disrespectful!

10-26-2009, 01:23 PM
I have to say that I really like this idea of Lore doing a weekly thing like this.

I see good things coming out of this! Good thinking guys.

10-26-2009, 01:27 PM
I am annoyed that I did not get the chance to make fun of your weird looking, pasty face because you already agreed with me. Truly disrespectful!


10-26-2009, 01:29 PM
Looks good guys! I may just have to become a donor for all this extra work your doing :D

Lore, unless I missed it you forgot to mention your HuD add-on; I imagine it's one of the more common requested I.D.'s. I think it's Ice HuD, but I'm not gonna assume. Also is that "Tiny Tip" I see attached to your mouse on mouse-over or something newer?

10-26-2009, 01:30 PM
Oh and Grats to all those who received a Promotion!

10-26-2009, 01:30 PM
Lore has guts imo.

10-26-2009, 01:31 PM

10-26-2009, 01:31 PM
Also: Yes, the HUD addon is IceHUD. I'm using CowTip for the tooltips as well. I'll be sure to mention both of those in next week's episode.

10-26-2009, 01:32 PM
I agree with Aliena. It's easy to make videos of your characters and your raid, but to stare down the camera...

Well done, and good idea. I think this has potential to be very popular, and hopefully even more helpful than that.

And then Lore responded. =P Goof.

10-26-2009, 01:32 PM
I have to say that I really like this idea of Lore doing a weekly thing like this.

I see good things coming out of this! Good thinking guys.
In before people start requesting Aliena to participate in this as well. :P

Also, I think Lore should still be purple. It's fitting for his class. Or pink, perhaps!

10-26-2009, 01:33 PM
What if women have more guts than men on average, are you then all that is woman? This seems like a line of thought worth continuing.

Also, I'm actually toying with the thought, but my current computer doesn't recognize any USB devices, so I'm kinda screwed.

10-26-2009, 02:00 PM
I think Lores a hottie :) Well anyway, I can't wait to see next weeks.

10-26-2009, 03:12 PM
Congratulations to EVERYONE on the Tankspot.com staff, as well as its community! You have all helped create something very unique and special and I am very excited to see what lies in the future. I'm confident I speak for many tanks when I say that I would not be the meat shield I am today without this community:)

While I love the addition of Class Guides for healing and dps, Raid oriented encounter videos, and GREAT blogs from people of all roles throughout the game I am very much looking forward to seeing more tank oriented news, guides, and videos/podcasts?(please!).

TL;DR Thank you very much and congrats ladies!

10-26-2009, 03:17 PM
Glad to see we're still growing! Love the site as always and when I get some time tonight I'm going to watch Lore's "Discourses I"

10-26-2009, 03:21 PM
I like the video, think its a great idea what your doing. Very nice set-up...wish mine was as clean. BTW you dont need sun, sport that gamer tan proudly! :D

10-26-2009, 03:40 PM
you dont need more sun, the sun is evil freya uses sunbeams to kill us all

10-26-2009, 03:44 PM
You might want to name the youtube-vid for ease in the future, i.e. The Weekly Marmot -- Episode 1 (Lore's UI)

As it's going to be weekly. Having to browse through 8 vid's just to catch that one phrase you forgot, could be a pain :)

10-26-2009, 03:55 PM
Rather than needing sun, you might want to consider looking into your lighting situation...you're looking washed out (and pale, but washed out). Which is probably more lighting-related than sun-related.

10-26-2009, 04:09 PM
Yeah getting the lighting in here is tricky. I'm still playing with it but that might be the best I can do for now.

10-26-2009, 06:47 PM
Well done, Lore. And the rest of you. Thank you for your efforts.

10-26-2009, 08:54 PM
Love where the site is going... Keep it up. Oh and lore are you single?!

10-27-2009, 12:00 AM
Great Job on the video Lore. I just want to say I appreciate all you guys do. This site has helped me and my guild through some tough times on Progression. Keep up the good work.

10-27-2009, 01:04 AM
Hey could some one tell me how to spell the names of the addons lore was talking about in the WM episode 1 video. I am a really bad speller and it would help me out a lot

10-27-2009, 06:45 AM
Check his addon section rekkless64. It's all written there.

10-27-2009, 08:19 AM
Dang lore, First line makes me laugh a little inside, but then it also would make me feel strange...anyway keep up the good work bud :D

10-27-2009, 02:01 PM
I guess if gnomes can tank, than so can hobbits...

10-27-2009, 02:14 PM
I guess if gnomes can tank, than so can hobbits...


Grats Lore and everyone else! I'll be downloading the library of Project Marmot videos tonight, so that I may enjoy them in Hi-Def goodness! Love this site, thanks guys! Spend my $20 wisely!

10-27-2009, 04:59 PM
Can you list the addons you talked about? The one when he was up at the test dummies was hard to hear.

10-27-2009, 05:50 PM
mamamoo, go to our UI forum and UI Compilations subforum there, Lore has his own thread there.

10-27-2009, 09:04 PM
I love you, Tankspot.

10-27-2009, 09:54 PM
hey i liked it overall. but on a more personal note as a player myself i find it sometimes hard to get my ui down to were id lie it and after watching some of the tankspot vids was wondering exactly how to set up my ui like this knowing the add ons helps but its setting it up thats the real pain

10-28-2009, 01:22 PM
It's great to hear the site aiming to strike a coverage balance between tanking and the general WoW community, and I think it's entirely feasible. Just the addition of movie raid guides alone opened up TS to a much broader audience, and using that as a kind of entry point should allow the healing and DPS communities to flourish here. As a tank, I'm relieved to know tanking coverage will still the be the bread and butter of the site, but it'll be great to have something for everyone.

10-28-2009, 01:59 PM
Love the new idea - and something to come back for once a week at least when its quiet on the content front.

10-28-2009, 02:06 PM
vid is fun-and personable. Wouldnt mind seeing some of you guys when you are raiding/spazzing on the keyboard.

10-28-2009, 04:10 PM
Great Vid..just wondering Lore, what size Monitor you use when playing? and at what settings?

10-30-2009, 01:20 AM
Thanks for the video Lore - did you find Pitbull hard to set up? Got it instead of X-Perl after watching your video and it is really frustrating me! :)

10-30-2009, 08:30 AM
Think im turning deaf :P

What buff bar addon are you saying ?

Lbuffbar :P ?

10-30-2009, 09:55 PM
Think im turning deaf :P

What buff bar addon are you saying ?

Lbuffbar :P ?

Think he said Elkano's Buffbars (http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/elkbuffbars.aspx).

10-31-2009, 02:58 PM
Hey Tankspot!
Ive been lurking in the shadows for awhile, watching Vids, looking at UI's and Lore, buddy, this answered a lot of my questions on your UI; Except one.

Your Chat, I know you said it was WoW basic, but how did you get your input bar in the center of your screen? That is my only question. Also, congrats on the promotion. Im sure you will do great.

Just be sure to keep it awkward.

11-01-2009, 08:35 PM
Hey Tankspot, Lore especially!

I've been sitting here all night fixing my UI with a lot of help from The Weekly Marmot - love the idea btw, can't wait for next episode. Anyway I got pretty much all I want figured out except one thing with Grid that I never really quite figured out. How do you get peoples mana/rage/energy/power at the bottom of the little frame?

11-01-2009, 08:44 PM
Oh and what addon were you using for the "target frames"? aloft or something? Didn't really catch that. Also looking forward to hear about the CowTip addon...never got that to work properly.

Sorry bout the extra post but I couldn't find any edit button :-p

11-05-2009, 09:01 AM

Thanks for the UI tips. I really like the viewport from skinner as a place to put info/buttons and not muck up my actual game screen. One problem I'm having is the color of the viewport background keeps changing. If I go some where "light" it changes to a blue or white and other times its black. How did you enable your gradient and how do you get it to stay a fixed color.

Thanks much!

01-19-2010, 08:06 AM
Lore, what is the add-on that deals with the name plates, this was the part where you were attacking training dummies ( I think you called it aloth? I couldn't figure it out. Also what is the add-on that gives the ((( ) in the middle of your screen, 3 bars on the left, 1 on the right.

05-10-2010, 04:58 PM
Hey Lore, you think you will ever update this with a new UI. I am sure it has changed. How about it. Give us a new one.

05-10-2010, 05:01 PM
Lore, what is the add-on that deals with the name plates, this was the part where you were attacking training dummies ( I think you called it aloth? I couldn't figure it out. Also what is the add-on that gives the ((( ) in the middle of your screen, 3 bars on the left, 1 on the right.

It is spelled Aloft. The other one is called Ice Hub, but don't quote me on the spelling it maybe one word.