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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



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





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