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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 :-)



07/09/2017 - A glimpse of Xu-Fu 2.0

Today I'm proud to announce a new section on wow-petguide.com: Tools!

Replacing the Home button, this new section will host a growing number of helping hands for anything pet related.
For the launch there are already two available, which I want to introduce briefly:

- Pet Collection Viewer
One of the features coming with Xu-Fu 2.0 is a much better pet import. And while at it, I decided to spend some time in a nicer display of your pet collection. As it turns out, it's also a wonderful standalone tool! You can enter character details and will get a nice view of the pet collection with plenty of utility (that's currently missing from the armory *cough*) like a quick search and filters that can be combined any way you like.

- Magpie
This amazing tool created by Morazor is not exactly new, but found a new home here. It offers plenty of utility around your pet collection and the auction house. For example it can tell you how lucrative your duplicate pets could be. Or you can have it check for bargains on one realm to sell for a profit on another. Or perhaps you want to set up an alert to notify you when a specific pet is available? This and more is easily done with Magpie :-)


Please go ahead and try them out. Write us what you think of them or if you run into any issues.

Or perhaps you have a good idea for another tool that you miss? Let us know!



07/01/2017 - ¡Hola

I am very pleased to announce the release of the fifth language Xu-Fu is localized to: Spanish!

With more than 400 million native speakers in the world - more than English, it is an immensely welcome addition to the page.

I want to express a big thank you to Darlan for taking on this task and making pet guides even more accessible across the globe.



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 :-)





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