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    Icesnake’s Add-On Emporium #46: PlayerScore

    Posted on Jan 31, 2011 by: Icesnake Frostfyre
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    Segment 46: PlayerScore

    The single biggest complaint heard in World of Warcraft is about pick-up groups, usually called “pugs.” Why? Because players join pugs without the proper gear or experience to make a successful run. In the past, group leaders (now called “dungeon guides”) had two add-ons to help them determine the level of readiness a player might bring to his pug, GearScore and SkillScore. Individual players could use them to determine their own state of readiness, and decide how to improve it. Both of those became outdated with Cataclysm.

    Now, TenTonHammer has released an add-on that combines the best features of GearScore and SkillScore, called PlayerScore.

    I chose to download the add-on only, but there is an option to download the add-on with an updater. Since I already have three updaters, I didn’t see the need; plus, I will be forever paranoid about EXE files in add-ons that don’t come from Blizzard. However, the updater also allows you to download new PlayerScore data from TenTonHammer, and to upload ratings you’ve given to other players, much like the Wowhead Looter. So again, it’s up to you. TenTonHammer makes it easy to choose.

    Confusingly, the folder name for PlayerScore is GearScore. If you already have GearScore (or SkillScore) installed, you should remove it (or them) before installing PlayerScore.

    Once installed, you may find, as I did, that PlayerScore is disabled. Enable it for the toons you want to use it on.

    After you log in on one of those toons, you’ll find a new icon in the center of your screen, a warhammer. Drag it to where you want it. Then click on a toon you’d like to inspect (you can click yourself, which is a good idea for your first look), and either type “/gs” or right-click the hammer icon and choose from the menu.

    You will be presented with a largish frame containing quite an array of data, including the old GearScore information and a lot of new data. Dungeon Guides will want to look at the toon’s capability in 5 man, 10 man, and 25 man dungeons.

    Rather than go into any more depth here, I recommend you check out the PlayerScore site at TenTonHammer. Look yourself up and see how you’re rated. Decide for yourself if this is an add-on you need. I know I want it.

    Music for this segment is from Ska4U.com and is entitled “Explosive” by The Planet Smashers.

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    • Kevin

      IceSnake,

      Sorry for the confusion on the Addon Folder name. If we had changed the folder name to “PlayerScore” then people who updated from 3x version to 4x version would actually have both the 3x and 4x versions running at the same time, so we kept the folder name the same to prevent crashing everyone’s UIs.

    • Icesnake

      Thanks for the info, Kevin. It’s a really useful add-on, and people who are using the full-blown installer with updater probably wouldn’t even notice the folder name; I’m probably one of the very few who looks at such things. Unfortunately, not looking at such things also tends to lead to account hacks, but that’s another barrel of ferrets.