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Newsletter Mar 26: No Adoptions This Week!

Post by piwakawaka » March 26th, 2018, 9:40 pm

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March 2018
Year 4, Issue 13

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Hello, Readers.

This week the newsletter is doing something a little different. While we don't normally cover Alpha announcements since nothing is set in stone, a rather significant change was addressed on the Alpha forums by Ion Hazzikostas.

The article not only addresses what is happening in the change, but also delves into the thought processes behind wanting to make the change as well.

Even if you aren't one of our luckier members who received Alpha access in the latest wave of invites, the article still holds value as both a preview of potential changes, and an insight into how the developers approach the creation of this new expansion.

I hope you all have a good week.


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Re: Newsletter Mar 26: No Adoptions This Week!

Post by piwakawaka » March 26th, 2018, 9:41 pm

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Adoption Break
!! NOTICE !!


There will be an ADOPTION BREAK the week of March 26th through March 30th! Spring is upon us and it's time for an adoption stock spring cleaning! This is a lengthy process so Wakamaru needs a little time to handle it.

Make sure you are a member of our Discord Server! Wakamaru will be sharing excess stock in QUICK giveaways. These giveaways help us reduce the number of pets that we're too overstocked on and you can use the pets for whatever you want. You can take multiples (when possible), even if you already have one! Giveaways may also include level, quality, and breed swaps. The only rule is that you must have donated pets to the community within the last 30 days.

There will also be a few special giveaways, normal rules will apply to these though.

If you are new to the discord server be sure that you visit the #discord-roles channel and get the A3 Member.

Adoptions will resume as usual on April 2nd!
HOP INTO SPRING GIVEAWAY

March 19th through March 30th

Spring officially begins on March 20th! We'd like to celebrate by giving away a Darkmoon Rabbit.

Check out the information post HERE for full giveaway details.

Good luck and happy spring!
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Wild Pet Capture Service
Above all else... A3 loves collecting pets! Collection doesn't just stop at pets that can be traded and adopted though - there are a few worlds' worth of wild pets out there waiting for collectors, too! A few of us would like to offer our love of hunting wild pets to A3 members to help them also round out their wild pet needs.

Each week (sometimes a few times each week!) we will comb zones to help members find the wild pets they are still after. We will turn a zone upside-down and inside-out looking for your pet(s) and message you once we've found them. You will then come and capture it! If you would like to take advantage of this service, but aren't available during our typical times, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask about alternative days and times.

Specifications Allowed

✔ Both Factions
✔ All Zones
✔ All Pets
✔ Any Quality
✔ Any Breed
✔ Any Specifics (color, size, etc.)
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Pet Suppliers
Do you want to help supply pets for adoption that A3 needs? We have a Pet Suppliers thread where members can sign up to sponsor certain pets they are willing to supply. When the supply of certain pets starts to run low or we have an upcoming project where we’ll need more of a certain pet – we’ll send out a notification about that pet to our suppliers! There is no guess work and no 24/7 farming because we’ll let you know when we’re in need of the pets.

There are no quotas to meet when supplying the pets that you signed up for. You can provide whatever amount you are comfortable with.

New supply options were recently added! New options include common vendor and non-Legion pets.
There are 100's of supply options available, but below you will find the newest options added to the supply request sign-up sheet. These options are especially in need of suppliers right now.

Please note that the sign-up sheet is organized according to which expansion each pet was introduced in, not the expansion "zone" that they are found in.
LEGION
Alarm-o-Bot
Ash'ana
Autumnal Sproutling
Baby Elderhorn
Court Scribe
Enchanted Cauldron
Enchanted Pen
Enchanted Torch
Extinguished Eye
Fel Piglet
Fledgling Warden Owl
Nursery Spider
Plump Jelly
Ridgeback Puglet
River Calf
Sewer-Pipe Jelly
Sting Ray Pup
Sunborne Val'kyr
Thaumaturgical Piglet
Transmutant
Trigger

WARLORDS OF DRAENOR
Blorp
Crusher
Empowered Manafiend
Empyreal Manafiend
Energized Manafiend
Ghostshell Crab
Kaliri Hatchling
Nursery Spider
Veilwatcher Hatchling
MISTS OF PANDARIA
Azure Crane Chick
Bonkers
Mountain Panda
Pandaren Air Spirit
Pandaren Earth Spirit
Pandaren Fire Spirit
Pandaren Water Spirit
Snowy Panda
Sunfur Panda
Terrible Turnip
Tiny Blue Carp
Tiny Green Carp
Tiny Red Carp
Tiny White Carp

CATACLYSM
Elementium Geode
Tiny Shale Spider
Winterspring Cub

WRATH OF THE LICH KING
Albino Snake
Blue Clockwork Rocket Bot
Calico Cat
Darting Hatchling
Ghostly Skull
Leaping Hatchling
Obsidian Hatchling
Ravasaur Hatchling
Razormaw Hatchling
BURNING CRUSADE
Blue Dragonhawk Hatchling
Blue Moth
Brown Rabbit
Chuck
Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling
Magical Crawdad
Mana Wyrmling
Muckbreath
Red Dragonhawk Hatchling
Red Moth
Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling
Snarly
Toothy
White Moth
Yellow Moth

CLASSIC
Ancona Chicken
Black Kingsnake
Bombay Cat
Brown Prairie Dog
Brown Snake
Cockatiel
Cornish Rex Cat
Crimson Snake
Great Horned Owl
Hawk Owl
Orange Tabby Cat
Senegal
Siamese Cat
Silver Tabby Cat
Snowshoe Rabbit
Tree Frog
Undercity Cockroach
White Kitten
Wood Frog
Green Wing Macaw
Smolderweb Hatchling
Worg Pup
Adoptions
Whether entering a one-time competition or requesting your weekly pets, please remember these essential tips so your requests and entries aren't disqualified.

  •   Remember to keep an active level 20+ character attached to your site profile. It is a good idea to log in to this character before posting adoption requests to refresh your armory information.

      Please remember to check what pets you have before submitting requests! Add-ons don't always display things accurately.

      Please remember to report your request list if you acquire a pet you have requested. We've modified our system so that even if your post has already been flagged you can still report and make changes.

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Re: Newsletter Mar 26: No Adoptions This Week!

Post by piwakawaka » March 26th, 2018, 9:42 pm

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DPS and HPS Cooldowns on the GCD

Thank you for the feedback. This set of changes reflects an experiment in the latest Alpha build. Some context and explanation follows.

The "global cooldown" was so named because it originally was nearly universal. In the early days of WoW, virtually all abilities were on the GCD, with some of the only exceptions being "on next swing" attacks like the old Heroic Strike and Maul, which didn't have an immediate effect when activated. For melee players especially, with mostly instant abilities, the global cooldown was the metronome that governed the rhythm and pacing of WoW combat, including the agile Rogue being able to act more quickly than others. But over the years, more and more abilities have been taken off the GCD, to the point that, depending on class, spec, and talent choice, it's possible in Legion for someone to have 10+ abilities in their spellbook that ignore the "global" cooldown.

Recently, we took a step back and surveyed the landscape of what did and didn't respect the GCD, looking to justify each of these decisions anew. This process is still ongoing, and further changes may come.

Aside from setting the overall pacing of combat, abilities being on the global cooldown can create potentially interesting choices: If you're in an arena match and are low on health being melee attacked, but so is your target on the enemy team, do you use your next GCD to try to finish off your opponent, or to get yourself out of harm's way? That's a nuanced decision, where a skilled and experienced player is more likely to intuitively make the right read of the situation. If your defensive/escape tool is off the GCD, then there is no decision: You simply do both.

But on the other hand, taking something off the GCD improves responsiveness, and opens up avenues of reactive gameplay. Until Wrath of the Lich King, most spell interrupts were on the global cooldown. Back then, someone tasked with interrupting a boss (Reliquary of Souls in Black Temple was notorious in this regard) would often stop using any abilities at all when it was their turn in the rotation, lest they find themselves on cooldown and unable to interrupt. That's technically a decision, but more of a nuisance than a satisfying choice. Similarly, trying to use Lay on Hands to save the day in response to a sudden dip in your tank's health, only to have the spell fail to cast because you'd executed a standard part of your rotation a half-second prior, simply felt bad. We have no plans to put either of those abilities back on the GCD.

This brings us to a broad category of abilities that are off the GCD in Legion: Offensive burst cooldowns. These are almost always pre-planned and not generally used in response to an unexpected situation. With them off the GCD, talenting into such abilities often just becomes a matter of adding another line to a burst macro without any additional gameplay as a result. In endgame raid and dungeon situations, stacking all possible cooldowns has an outsized impact on someone’s total performance, while in PvP, the fact that major damage amplifiers can be applied simultaneously with an outgoing damage ability (e.g. Battle Cry/Recklessness -> Avatar -> Mortal Strike) heavily limits counterplay and makes worst-case burst damage more severe.

Thus, we're putting most activated offensive cooldowns, along with On Use offensive trinkets, back on the GCD. We will tune these effects around this change (see, for example, the increase to the duration of Recklessness in the latest Alpha build). Abilities like the Elemental shaman's Stormkeeper have demonstrated that an offensive cooldown that takes the place of another spell (and even has a cast time) can still feel very potent.

Finally, while we wouldn't make a gameplay change solely for this reason, there is some additional upside to being able to better telegraph the activation of a major cooldown via animation and visuals. For example, Battle Cry/Recklessness has a warcry animation associated with it, but in practice that visual is virtually never seen, since it's usually overriden by an attack animation milliseconds later.

When you're used to a specific ability being off the GCD, there is some learned muscle memory that will make for a jarring experience when that changes. Or abilities that have always been macroed together may now need to be split out into two separate keybinds. Thus, we realize that initial reactions to the change are likely to be mixed at best. But we're making these changes with an eye towards long-term improvement to the pacing and feel of combat, as outlined above.

Please play around with these changes, and let us know what you think: Are there any specific offensive cooldowns that we've changed in this build that feel especially bad? Are there any abilities that are still off the GCD but don't need to be?

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Re: Newsletter Mar 26: No Adoptions This Week!

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Re: Newsletter Mar 26: No Adoptions This Week!

Post by piwakawaka » March 26th, 2018, 9:44 pm

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The major perk of an app like Discord is that communication is live. Meaning – you can see it on the fly (assuming you are logged in). This will be an advantage over the forum or twitter where you need to check in throughout the day. It will be especially helpful with organizing groups, sharing rare spawn information with others, or just getting to know your fellow A3ers!
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Re: Newsletter Mar 26: No Adoptions This Week!

Post by piwakawaka » March 26th, 2018, 9:44 pm

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Thank You
Thank you to everyone to contributed to this week's newsletter!

Piwakawaka (editor/contributor)
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Wakamaru (contributor)

A special 'Thank You' to Wakamaru for creating this week's Pawprint Press header!
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A3 has a number of forum games going for members to participate in. Members are also encouraged to start any new forum games they have ideas for. Head over to our new Games forum and jump in!

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Did you know that A3 has bills? It’s true! A3 has monthly and yearly bills related to the cost of operating the Agency. Operating costs are the costs required to run the community – these do not include the costs of sponsoring giveaways.

A3 is a volunteer operated project and we need the help of our members to keep the site online. Currently, about 4% of our members contribute to the to these operating costs and around 1% have contributed more than once.

A few spare dollars here and there can go a long way! Donations are accepted through PayPal and Patreon.
For more information about donating financially please visit our Supporter's Page.

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