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Xu-Fu's Blog
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!



09/10/2017 - A big thanks and a small brb

Argus sure kept us on our toes, but thanks to the many suggestions and comments, all Family Fighter combinations now have strategies!
Not all of them are perfect, and some amazing ideas are probably still hidden in the sheer mass of suggestions sent in.
But slowly and steadily, we are going through them and adding more to the page. I want to say a big thank you to Lazey, Nyari, Jaguar and Remte in particular, who are actively working on the strategies besides me: your help is truly invaluable!

And of course I want to thank everyone who contributed. Without you, the Argus section would never have been filled so fast after release. Not in any special order, thank you for sending in strategies that were already added to the page:

Kananga, Atanzarian, BiXia, Dalster, Puffah, Deckar, Tsoonami, SakuraFish, Caitlin, Simca, Elesack, Matt, Elwoode, Miyka, Ninety, Barlenor, Audum, Yepah, Ariyana, Jon, Harahwah, 3ceph0los, AliceInAcidland, Thuggert, Afroshouji, Caoimhin, Erodrellila, Xinnara

(Sorry if I missed anyone!)

Before the next big pet content patch, I plan to have some better features in place to support such an undertaking.
But first, there are other plans to follow: vacation plans!
I'll be gone for two weeks from today on and will leave the page in the hands of my amazing helpers.

Thank you and take good care of Xu-Fu while I'm gone :-)
Aranesh



09/01/2017 - Anomalous onslaught on Argus

7.3 is a great patch so far with lots to do :-)
And Xu-Fu is an especially happy little cat right now! Thanks to the immense help of Lazey and solidstate77 we were able to provide strategies for most of the Anomalous Animals right from patch release!

With the new fights came an incredible increase in activity here. It's absolutely overwhelming and I want to thank you all for trying the fights, sending in suggestions and commenting about your findings. Truth is, there are more comments and suggestions than we three can go through! We'll try our best and will make changes, adapt things and put more strategies up as we go along.
It is amazing to see the everyone working together to share info and help each other out.

Thank you everyone for being such an amazing community!



08/24/2017 - Argus is almost here!

Yesterdays announcement at Gamescom in Cologne came as a surprise. Patch 7.3 and with it the new Argus zones is going live next week already, on 29/30th of August!

Well, I can say without a doubt that Illidan was right this time with his favorite quote: Xu-Fu certainly is not fully prepared, yet!

Nevertheless, as of now you can access the pet battle areas for Argus and of course also for Environeer Bert.

A word of warning, the Family Fighter achievement is very tough! It is a real challenge this time, harder than Family Familiar, and some of the strategies we came up with so far require very specific pets or breeds!
Not all of them are done either (only about half of them), so any help in filling the blanks is highly appreciated :-)

At this point I want to give a special thanks to Lazey!
He created many of the 7.3 strategies, including the one for Bert, and cracked some of the hardest nuts. Without him, the 7.3 preparations wouldn't even be halfway as far as they are now. Thank you!



08/07/2017 - Say Hi to the Azeroth Adoption Agency

Today I want to highlight a very special community among the pet battlers: the Azeroth Adoption Agency, or in short A3.

Active mostly in the America region, a whole team of pet collectors around A3s creator Wakamaru are helping pets and players find together for three years already. Since they started in 2014 they have found new homes for more than 6.000 pets!

Taking part is easy enough, no matter if you are looking for pets to adopt, or if you’re a seasoned collector who might have the odd duplicate to spare. Simply sign up on www.azerothadoptionagency.com to opt into the adoptions.


They also host regular events, games and giveaways, often with rare pets to catch! One of those events is the main reason for my news entry:
On 13th of August, A3 will host their summer event Fowl Play with lots of chicken-themed games and giveaways to win, well, chicken pets of course!
Up for grabs are level 25 Ancona Chickens, Bush Chickens and even the rare TCG Rocket Chicken.



During the event, there will also be a series of summer giveaways across the A3 network (Blog, Discord, Newsletter, and Twitter) for various other pets including Blizzard Store pets.

I highly recommend to check it out, and good luck if you’re participating in any of the giveaways :-)





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