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It’s very rare that I will talk about something that I haven’t actually installed and played with yet.  But this is a new version of an addon I’ve used for a year or more, and if it does everything I think it does, then I need to spread the word as quickly as I can.  (If it blows, I can always delete the blog post later.  LOL.)

Possessions is one of my all-time favourite addons.  It’s one of the few that I really can’t imagine living without.  I blogged about it on the old Blogger blog as well as “that other place” that I used to work for.  Possessions really doesn’t get the fame it deserves.

Possessions keeps track of — you guessed it — your possessions.  Once it “sees” all your banks and inventories, you can search from anywhere from the command line.  (That’s one of the things I like about Possessions as opposed to other inventory mods.  For keyboard mavens like myself, it’s a breeze to find things without ever taking my hands off the keys.)  For example, typing “/poss silk” and hitting enter will search all toons and their inventories and banks for any item that has “silk” in the name.  It will even search guild banks but be forewarned that if you don’t visit the guild bank often, your information is going to get out-of-date fast because there is no way for the addon to know when other people deposit and withdraw items.

This most recent update adds new features that some of us have been waiting for for a very long time, including the ability to purge the Possessions database of characters you no longer have, or guilds you no longer belong to.  It was easy enough to do it before manually by editing the data file, but now it’s a simple command-line option.

Possessions is the perfect addon for the World of Warcraft packrat in your life.  Check it out today!

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chickenOne of my heroes from my childhood made a statement once about a starship he wasn’t too pleased with that he had just sabotaged. “The more they rethink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.” That statement has stayed with me for many, many years and it reflects my attitude towards addons. Yes Cartographer is wonderful (and I use it) but it’s just so damn big and there are so many things that can break in it — as is evidenced by how long it’s taken since 3.2 to get it stable again.

In a perfect world — in my perfect world — every addon would perform one function and do it well. That way there’s not as much that can break and when it does break, the loss is minimized when you have to disable it.

Annoying Buff Reminder is one-such addon. It does one thing (albeit for many classes) and it does it really well. Let’s use my shaman for an illustration of it’s use. Water Shield is — in my opinion — one of the best spells my shaman has. Unfortunately because of multiple things (attacking hits, critical hits scored, and time) that cause it to dissipate it’s very difficult to “manually” track when the buff has expired. Since I installed ABR, an obnoxious window pops up in the middle of the screen every time water shield drops. It also does the same thing when my weapon enchantment fades. I don’t think it’s much of an exaggeration to say that my shaman is 250% more mana efficient since I got this addon, because my water shield is never down for more than a few seconds at a time. This alone — for me — is reason enough to have this addon installed, but it does something for virtually every class, not just shamans.

For my priest, it reminds me to cast Inner Fire and Fortitude. For my paladin it reminds me of blessings and Righteous Fury.

Last night I had to level my dagger skill from 0 to 360. With ABR it was a breeze. I just kept alternating Water Shield and Riptide, and my health and mana never dropped below 98% on a Northrend mob.

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