How to Install Alpha and Beta Versions of Addons

Today, we’re going to learn to download the latest alpha – which is useful information to have after a patch, when the release version is broken. I am using Grid as an example for illustration only – the release version of Grid works fine.

I don’t recommend running alphas or betas unless the release version is totally not working.

1. Find the Development Site

Curse isn’t going to have the alphas or betas.  However, they list the development site!

In this case, the dev site is WowAce, but Curse Forge works roughly the same way. Except the background is black.  But the layout is exactly the same.

2. Don’t Download From the Front Page of the Dev site

See the download link on the front page?  You’d THINK it’s the most recent version.  But it’s not.  It’s the most recent release version.  Which is NOT why you’re poking around the development site, is it?

3. Find the Version You Want

Usually it’s the most recent version.  But maybe you want the beta released immediately before the most recent alpha.  Scroll down and click on the version you want.

4. Download from the VERSION page.

See, now we’re on the page for the specific version of the addon that we want.

You can download from any of the links on this page, it will work correctly.  You can even use the Curse Downloader if you’re into that sort of thing.

Portal 2 according to Twig (spoilers)

Daddy, let’s play robots.

Daddy jumping!

There’s blue paint.  Daddy spill paint! There’s orange paint.  There’s white paint. Daddy make a mess!

Oh no, bird take potato computer.  Go get it!  Get potato computer and put back in the machine!

Robot so cute!

It’s the MOON!

Robots singing!

My Uneasy Love of Cauterize: A Chimichanga Story

Rhii and I have had a long history with the fire talent Cauterize. When Cataclysm was new and shiny and Eff the Ineffable started running 5 mans, Rhii would often be my healer and I’d often die from Cauterize. For the longest time it seemed that the talent was the number one gnome mage killer localized to my WoW account. But the thing I kept remembering was that it was only activated when I was going to die anyway, so I looked at the extra time as “EFF YOU MOBS!!” revenge time instead of a second chance to live. Rhii and I fretted over it in different ways completely anchored in our positions. She fretted that she didn’t realize that I had a DoT on me that was slowly ticking towards my doom, and I fretted because I should almost never die from cauterize be it because of healer love or my own Ice Block. The problem for both of us was realizing when the Cauterize was in play. That healer dumb dps tension was forged in January and came back last Friday when we made some serious raid time work on Chimaeron who I call Chimichanga.

For those who are not familiar with the fight it is largely a healer check and a tank taunt check. DPS for the most part just needs to be able to know when to stack and when to spread, and help out with save your ass abilities when you can. The challenge in this fight largely centers around Finkle’s Mixture which sets a threshold of health. If healers can consistently keep you just above 10k and get you back there quickly when you get hit you will do fine.

So we started this fight and I thought I’d run arcane because a reduced cooldown on evocate would help out a lot being able to self heal more often. The problem is most of the time your healers are better at getting you above 10k than you are at timing self heal abilities to get there yourself. Do not interpret that as “never use self heals” just that this fight requires you to put a lot of faith in your healers. We go through a lot of tries. We work out cooldown rotations for tanks and healers, work out our taunting issues and as a complete minor problem for the raid (but major to me) is I keep dying pretty early in the fight.

We come to the last couple attempts and I announce I’m switching back to fire because I’m more comfortable with it and when learning a fight you should do what you are more comfortable. Over vent Rhii says “Gnoble I’m worried about cauterize…” in a tone of voice that you would expect from your mom when you say you were going to forget traditional college to be a professional hackey sack player.

But here is the thing, Caurterize saved my life. I know that it did and as a result I lived long enough to make major contributions to Chimichanga’s death. As our heal team gets more comfortable with this fight I fully expect it not to be activated very often or at all, but in this learning phase when I’m hearing Zel hyperventilating in the other corner of the home office, I know that Caurterize is like a second coating of Finkle’s Mixture, and it will pretty much only be used when the healer didn’t get you above 10k fast enough before the next massacre.

It might still make Rhii a bit nervous, but in the end a fire mage needs to take ownership of cauterize and his ability to clear it with ice block. If you can manage that you will increase your survivability in this fight a good amount.

Test Drive: GTFO Helps You GTFO

I admit, I thought I did not need an additional buzzer that says “GET OUT OF THE ICK, MORON” when I have:

  • Bigwigs
  • GridStatusRaidDebuff that shows the ick in my raid frames

But no, GTFO isn’t redundant at all, at least not with those addons.  Unlike DBM, that has a loud trumpety sound when you are standing in something awful, BigWigs is set up differently and is not as blatant.  So while the warnings of things to come are, IMO, better in Bigwigs, the “GET OUT, MORON” warnings are a bit subtle.

GTFO is awesome because it has different sounds for “You are in the ick” and “You are standing next to someone with the ick”.  It also has an independent volume control AND a test mode so you can fiddle with the volume and get it perfect before you start up your raid.  The sounds are pretty distinct and do not blend in with the various pings and blings from other addons.

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It works for ANY ick anywhere – in raid encounters, instances… any ick.  (There’s a tick box to turn off alerts for “trivial content” where the ick is unlikely to do you much harm – such as ick in an instance way below your level or standing in a campfire.)

The best “surprising use” I found for this addon is that if you need to take a tick of “ick” for strategic purposes in a raid (we just started the Ascendant Council), you can be sure you actually GOT a tick of ick by the reassuring buzz of sound in your ear.  Yes, there is a problem of being in the ick too SHORT a time and not getting a tick (horrors).

As someone who often gets healer tunnelvision, I need all the help I can get.  GTFO is an extra nudge toward better raid (and instance) awareness. Definitely recommended.

Parliamentary Papers (Blog Resurrection Edition)

Just when they thought they were out, we pulled them back in.

Mortigan has been back for a little while now, but his sarcasm appears to be intact.

Non Squishy Heals.  Our pally healer friend is back and diving into the 20 day blogging challenge.

Pixelated Executioner.  Arms warriors rejoice!  Pixelated Executioner is back with armsy goodness.

Oddcraft.  Vrykerion just could not stay away for long.  Apparently WoW is just too damn weird.

Grid Plugins for Atramedes and Chimaeron

Raiding is srs bzns.  While DBM and Bigwigs are good about letting you know raid stuff… sometimes you want those things in your raid frames.

Now, most times, GridStatusRaidDebuff will do the trick.  But sometimes you want more info.


If you haven’t done Chimaeron yet, the short version is that 10k health is a big effin deal.  It’s a huge break point.  And Grid’s low health status works on a percentage of total health, not an actual number of HP left.  Setting “low health” at 10% is a sloppy approximation.

GridStatusChimaeron allows you to set a status for “below 10k health”.

Now, you can show the indicator for below 10k health however you want.

  • You can use an indicator (box) somewhere in the frame.
  • You can color the health bar hot pink.
  • You can color the border around the Grid Frame.
  • If you’re like me, you will set it up so that it shows health as a number somewhere on the frame (I used row 2 of center text).

Any of these options are fine.  Just make sure that it’s set at high enough priority so that it shows when necessary (mine is only superseded by death), and make sure it is noticeable.

Now, GridStatusRaidDebuff does have a sub-10k icon warning built in… but you might not have that plugin.  You might want an extra reminder.  This is just another option.


How hawt is a sound indicator right in your raid frames? Oh it’s hawt.  Much better than a list off to the side.

First, you set your sound thresholds.  I don’t even have the sound indicator showing before 40%.  Then I have different colors to let me know when it goes over 60% and over (gulp) 80%.


  • You can use an indicator (box) somewhere in the frame.
  • You can color the health bar (I wouldn’t recommend this… too distracting).
  • You can color the border around the Grid Frame.
  • If you’re like me, you will set it up so that it shows health as a number somewhere on the frame (Again, I used row 2 of center text).

Just make sure that it’s set at high enough priority so that it shows when necessary, and that it’s shown in a way that is useful to you.

GridStatusRaidDebuff does NOT have any debuffs for sound that I’m aware of.

Also, this addon can also be used for Cho’Gall… which I haven’t gotten to yet.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

Shadow Priest Guide Up

Hey… I made a shadow priest guide.  I know very little about shadow priesting (though I did study up for the sake of the guide), so I expect SCATHING comments about how WRONG I am.  Primarily, this guide is for holy and discipline priests trying to have a viable DPS spec.

Also, because you non-healers might be afraid of a page entitled “healer addons” (the. horror.), I split off the addons that are used by pretty much everyone into their own page.

That is all.  Carry on.

Twig does not get sarcasm

Last night, Twig did not want to go to sleep.  Thinking herself clever, she announced:


Which would, of course, cause parental intervention to search for said bug and then reassure that there was, in fact, no bug.

I was not fooled.

“Really?  An imaginary bug?” I rolled my eyes.


“Twig, there is no bug.”


“Ok, ‘shoo bug, go away’.  See, Daddy got it,” says Gnoble half-heartedly.



Sigh.  Children do not get sarcasm. Now she firmly believes that there is such a thing as a “majury” bug and it must be terrible.

Despite a healthy fear of bugs, Twig insists on sleeping with these bug bath toys in her bed every night.

Test Drive: Mik Scrolling Battle Text Fan Update for 4.1

Edit: the official version on Curse has been updated by the author for 4.1 as of 5/4/11.

Who loves Mik Scrolling Battle Text?  Me me me!  But the last update was 6 months ago.

There is a FAN UPDATE for 4.1 on Wow Interface.  It works like a dream.  I test drove it last night with no complications.  All my old settings were still there.

So go get it!


Yes, I recycled some old screenshots.  Sue me.

My New Nemesis: The Amani Kidnapper

That’s right, folks, I have a new nemesis.  It’s the Amani Kidnapper, currently found in the new Zul’Aman.

This predatory creature SNATCHES young gnomes without warning for an aerial tour of the boss platform.  To add insult to injury, this so-called kidnapper does not even OFFER candy.

Well, apparently this kidnapper also is biased in favor of the tall races.  Or maybe it thinks gnomes are delicious.  I am not sure.  All I know is that I got to go hang-gliding every freakin time this monstrosity appeared.

Not cool.  Not cool at all.