Archive for the ‘WARdrobe’ Category

[WARdrobe] New Home… Sorta

Posted: April 12, 2011 in WARdrobe

So, someone has answered the Call to Arms so to speak.  Werit, as you all know, as his own fancy-pants database of items (much more current than the WARdrobe, to boot).  He’s graciously volunteered to host the Career Builder and Renown Builder.  That’s awesome news.

Here’s what you can expect effective immediately:

  • All Links to the Career and Renown Builder will automatically redirect to It will keep the same loading logic, so you won’t have to worry about having to redo all your specs.  Yay! 😀
  • All Item links will link to the search page on Arsenal of WAR.  There’s a few items that are in the WARdrobe that aren’t there, but most are.
  • The Armor Builder is offline.  Werit has a snappy tool called the Item Depot though, which does basically the same thing.  Check it out!
  • Happiness and sunshine all around you.  It’s ok.

These redirects will be available for about 30 days.  After that, old links will not work.  Please update your bookmarks accordingly!

If you notice anything funky, please let me know!


[WARdrobe] Next Steps

Posted: March 8, 2011 in WARdrobe

I’ve gotten all the source together and created a set of zip files with everything one needs to get the site up and running.

Here’s the file list: (7.7 mB) – Complete Database of Items and Abilities for the WARdrobe.  It is in a .bak format. You’ll need to create a new DB and do a DB restore in order to get this up and running.  Yes, the DB’s name is “chores” as I hijacked one of my old DBs to prototype this on, and never migrated off.  There is a User table in here, but all personal information (such as email address and registration IP) has been removed.  I figured this was courteous. (494 kB) – Contains a published version of the WARdrobe.  If you stick this zip out on the production server, you should be able to run WARdrobe right out of the box. (1.4 mB) – Contains the project file and all source files for WARdrobe. Format is Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express 2010 edition.  The web.config file has no DB credentials, just like the production version. (40.4 mB) – contains a list of all the icons necessary to run the WARdrobe.  I had to extract these from the myp and go through a rather elaborate process to find the right hash for the right icon..but here they are (probably 99% of them anyway)  It should be extracted to the /images/Icons folder.

There you have it! Wrapped up with a nice little bow.

Disclaimer:  Software is provided “as is” with no warranty of any type. If your server explodes and catches fire… get a fire extinguisher.  Not my problem. 🙂

Disclaimer 2:  A good portion of the site was coded under the influence of… some potent beverages.   Code may or may not make sense.  It runs, which is sufficient.  If you have questions, leave comments below, or hit me up on my MSN account.  Sibrwulf at hotmail dot com


Edit: I neglected to mention just what is required for this site to run.

.NET Framework v3.5

MSSQL Server 2005

IIS 6.5+

That should do it.

[WARdrobe] The Future (hint: you)

Posted: March 7, 2011 in WARdrobe

“Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard-boiled egg.” – Anonymous

So, I guess I get an E for Effort, but an F for Execution.  When I quit playing WAR back in December (likely long before that), I had every thought and intention of keeping the WARdrobe up to date, getting those last few changes put into place to make the thing sing…

Unfortunately, the reality didn’t match the intention.  I didn’t get much else done other than what you see.  The project has atrophied a bit since I last picked up the code, but it still runs.

Now, what sets me apart from Curse (as I see it anyway) is that I’m not going to let this thing die.  Coupled with a new fiscal responsibility, I unfortunately can’t provide the hosting for the WARdrobe anymore.  That’s the bad news.

The good news is that I’ll be making the WARdrobe 100% open source.  Yeah, that’s scary.  The alternative is allowing it to fall off the radar like WARdb did.  Yeah, not gonna happen.

I had to get this out there now, since it’ll hold my foot to the flame to ensure it gets done.  I’ve been meaning to get this announcement out for about three weeks now, but I’ve just not gotten around to it.

At any rate, keep your eyes here for info.  Especially if you like C#, Javascript, MSSQL 2005 and AJAX (hardcore).

[WAR] Goodnew and Badnews

Posted: December 27, 2010 in WAR, WARdrobe

Well, which do you want first.  Oh you can’t answer.

How about the bad news:  I’ve unsubbed from WAR.  This really isn’t as big a deal as you might think it is.  Truth be told, I’ve not played much at all since I started working on the WARdrobe.  It is a pretty intense project.  I’ll have my free trial account, but I’ll no longer be a part of Core.  That’s not a big deal though, really.  Anything I knew about in there, I couldn’t share, nor would it influence the WARdrobe.  Besides, being part of Core really didn’t elevate the status of WARdrobe and get me any sorts of insider information to help me develop for it.  That was good ol’ digging on my part to pull in all the pieces of their API.

The good news is that fortunately for me, I don’t need to be subbed to WAR to work on it.  With the endless free-trial, I have access to everything I need to continue to maintain the addon and the site alike.  I remain committed to developing for this game, even if I don’t play it. I like the community (even Testpig), and feel an obligation to help them out wherever I can.  I hope to have the uploading issues worked out over the next week or two.  Things have been…arduous.  (First time development is easy, as you can start over if you want.  I need to triple-check things to ensure I don’t fubar existing data now).

So there you go.  That’s the big news.  Hope everyone had a good holiday, and I hope you don’t hate me for jumping off the WAR wagon.  I was pretty burned out on the existing experience, and tacking 20 more levels to the end and a randomly playable Skaven wasn’t enough to entice me to keep on truckin’ to 100.  Sorry Mythic.  I kept on keepin’ on longer than I should have.  Maybe that was wishful thinking.  Maybe it was a feeling of dedication from all the fun I had in DAoC.  Who knows.  Anyway, I’ll raise a glass to hoping you pull the nose up before you hit the water.

See everyone after the new year. 🙂

[WARdrobe] Talk it up!

Posted: December 22, 2010 in WARdrobe

Development has been a bit slow lately.  Holidays will do that to a guy with a wife and two kids.  Coupled with the fact my kiddo’s birthday party (he’s now 3) was this weekend… and yeah I’ve not had a hell of a lot of time to do anything game related.

I did however get a good chunk of time over the past couple days to add in comments.  Now you can add details around each item on the WARdrobe.  See some busted stats? Comment.  Know how to get the item?  Comment!  Anyone can comment, even those without an account.  If you are logged in, however, the comment will be associated with your account.

I also did a little bit of revamping on the homepage, so I could add in a “what’s new” for comments.

As always, if you notice any wonky issues, let me know!


PS:  This is probably going to be the last major dev release for me until after this whole holiday season.  We’re quite booked through the end of the year.

Merry Christmas in advance! (yes, I don’t say “Happy Holidays”)

[WARdrobe] Renown Builder Beta

Posted: December 10, 2010 in WARdrobe

I’m only calling this beta, because I’m not 100% sold on the layout.  It functions for the most part (with three exceptions, detailed below).

Give a look. I’m heading for a minimalist approach, just like the the Career Builder.  I want you to get in, find your info, and get back to the game.

Outstanding issue:

  • Won’t cap you at 100 renown.
  • Won’t mandate 20 renown if you spec in the “active” abilities.
  • Doesn’t keep track of how much you’ve spent.

Those changes should go in within the next day or so, but I wanted you guys to get a look at this and let me know what you think.  Do you hate it?  Love it?  Don’t care?

Let.  Me. Hear it!

[WARdrobe] Updates – 12/4/2010

Posted: December 5, 2010 in WARdrobe

During the “great downtime of 2010”, I had some time to work on the tooltip system as well as fix a handful of issues with the site.  Read on for some patch notey goodness.

New things:
  • Tooltips
    • Now there are tooltips for Armor and Weapons now exist on the site.  Hover something for more info without having to view it.  Anywhere there’s armor, you should see the tooltips.  The exception is the ArmorBuilder page.  That has some “other” stuff coming to it. 🙂
  • Main Menu
    • The main menu has been replaced.  It was flashy and neat, but damn did it piss a lot of people off.  The new one is quite a bit more tolerant to the hovering off a menu item for a second.  Feedback welcome on this (as it is on anything else).   Props to Charlotte over at WHA for the suggestion.  Was a snap to swap in!
  • Career Builder
    • The Career Builder will now tell you what Level and Rank you need to be for said build. It previously only showed Rank.
Bug Fixes:
  • Career Builder
    • Career Builder should no longer default to the Shaman is no class is specified.  It will instead direct you to the class-selection page.
    • Career Builder should no longer cause you to go back to the Abilities listing when you are directed back from the class-selection page.
    • Career Builder is now case-insensitive when specifying a class via the URL
  • Searching By Attribute
    • Search will no longer allow you search with no stat selected
    • Search will no longer display empty named items
    • Search will no longer display multiple copies of the same item
    • Search will now sort by stat and then item name
    • Weapons are now included in the search.
  • Weapon and Armor Lists
    • The Filters for the Armor and Weapon listing will no longer break when sorting by rank
  • Tooltips
    • Tooltips should no longer float off the bottom of the screen.  By default, the tip will display above the mouse.  In the event the tip is too close to the top of the window, it will display below.

More changes are coming, so don’t forget to keep checking back. If you find any wonky issues, let me know!

Have a good weekend!

[WARdrobe] It’s Been a Long Day

Posted: December 2, 2010 in WARdrobe

It’s been a rough one, too.  The short of it is: I’m still locked out.

<tech talk to follow!>

The long-term ramifications are more troubling, though.  In the development cycle, some things work, some things don’t work.  That’s the whole point.  Find what works best.  Currently, the WARdrobe works well how it is now.  Every time you view an item, the database is called and a few sets of data are returned.  You have the base stats, the classes that can use it, the item set information and the bonuses.  That method works great when you’re pulling one item at a time.

Flash forward to one of my initiatives though:  Off-site Tooltips (this was called “Syndication” by WARdb).  Say you’re on a page at WHA and there are 20 items linked.  Do you sit there and wait for The WARdrobe to do 20 database calls to load those items up before returning the data to WHA?  That could get a bit clunky over time.  The option at that point is to load up everything before hand and stick it in a cache.  That works well actually.  I’ve been experimenting on how to do that.  The current version isn’t pretty though.  It takes roughly 57 minutes to load up all 17,000 items in the database.  Ouch.

That’s where I was starting to get creative.  I was trying to find some way to speed that up.  I’m still pretty upset that all it took was one errant SQL query to have my entire account shut off, and that even when it was re-enabled, they decided to shut it off again.  It’s even worse that it’s almost been 24 hours, and they STILL haven’t gotten it back online.  My followup calls to support haven’t helped, either.

And now back to searching for a web-host again.  I hate this part of the game.

[WARdrobe] I Love this Site, BUT….

Posted: November 23, 2010 in WARdrobe

Let me first state that I love getting positive feedback.  It really is a joy to open up an email and read “Thanks for taking the effort into making this.  Hugz!” (I’m pretty sure that was from wargrimnir, as he always signs his emails with “Hugz”)  The main reason I do what I do is to help the community.  I love being part of it, and developing tools to help is how I feel I can best contribute.

With all that said, I wanna hear what you hate.  Yes, hate.  What parts of the site just annoy the hell out of you?  The recent changes to the Armor Listing pages (adding the filtering and sorting) weren’t something I initially thought of.  I hadn’t planned on those pages being so lengthy, so it really made sense to add those features to narrow  the lists down a bit.  But I didn’t realize it until someone had pointed it out.  That change was directly pulled from user feedback.

So, with all that being said… what really pisses you off about the site?  Please be brutally honest.  I can take it.  Your feedback can help shape the future of the site, so lay it all out there.

I look forward to hearing from y’all. 🙂

It’s with great pleasure that I announce the Career Builder is done!  I had originally intended on getting all the data in from 1.3.6, then going back to fill up with 1.4.  Due to the fact that 1.4 is due out tomorrow, that felt kinda silly.  I went ahead and loaded all the 1.4 information in last night, and every career is now up to date and accessible via the main menu (which is still quirky, I know).  Don’t forget you can link to specs just like you did with WARdb’s Career Builder.  Check out my Shaman! I’d like to thank all the people who helped out with sending their specs.  All the info provided in those uploads helped debug quite a few issues that I wouldn’t have found on my own.  Props go out to Kyera, kerbear, Nobwaart, Moddion, Syrioq, Brug, ShadowWAR, Tyanon, Sanyarin, “Mike”, Fez, Lonathe and Ethias.  If I missed anyone, punch me and let me know!

With the current uploading system, there’s a few hangups.  Over the next week or so, I’ll be working the kinks out of that.  In preparation for this, I’ve had to disable the Upload functionality.  I picked “now” to do this, as with the RvR Pack heading out the door, I figure most people will be playing that instead of worrying about uploading anyway. 😉

There’s a big overhaul coming, which should address quite a few issues:

  1. Items Mirrored across the realm (Shawl of Nehekharan Priests anyone?)
  2. Items will now get Icons
  3. Items changed in 1.4 will be versioned up, allowing you to see the 1.3.6 stats, as well as the 1.4 stats
  4. You’ll finally be able to track back through your history and see the items you’ve uploaded
  5. (Super Secret Plan Item #14 here….)

While it’ll be a pain for a little while, it’s more of an investment in the future of the site.  Good things are still coming!  With the Career Builder out of the way, it’s time to focus back on the “Wardrobe” part of the site.

See you folks out there in the Pack!