Allow me to present Papalegba, proud Troll Shaman of the Skullcrusher server. His UI has got to be one of the most unique I've seen, bearing only a passing resemblance to the default user interface. His approach is circular in nature, providing a different type of utility, one that "square-minded" players might struggle to grasp. If you've used Necrosis or Totemus, this might be right up your alley, so join us after the break for Papalegba's addons, description and biography.
%Gallery-24109% With a spherical interface, complete with a circular HUD, this addon is sure to please many. Let's get to it, shall we?
"I've never seen a UI quite like mine, with the circles and lots of transparencies; I've seen a lot of UI compilations and they mostly seem to use atlas/fubar, have an ugly big blacked-out area at the bottom of the screen, or just be too square for my taste. I'm more of a round person, so when I found Trinity Bars i fell in love.
For an even cleaner UI you can easily get Trinity to hide the main bars and only show them in combat or on mouseover (like I do with my totem bar). I like to see the numbers on the bars though, so I keep them visible.
Here's my addon list with a brief description of each (total used addon memory is around 30MB):
- Altoholic - Keep track of your alts skills, posessions, money, rested state etc etc.
- AnkhCooldownTimer - I only use it for restocking ankhs automatically.
- ArcHUD2 - My preferred HUD.
- Buffet - Food/water/HP/MP macros.
- Butsu - Nicer loot frames.
- Cartographer - Better maps.
- Chatter - For a nicer looking chat log. Also has hovering tooltips for itemlinks.
- Chinchilla - Very configurable minimap.
- Clique - Click-casting made simple.
- DrDamage - Breaks down the damage coefficients and such for your spells.
- Eloquence - Speak like a troll!
- FishingBuddy - doubleclick casting and easy switching to fishing outfit.
- HealBot - I never could heal worth a damn without it.
- Historian - All the useless statistics about your toon you'll ever need.
- HoloFriends - Friendslist that lets you share friends across alts.
- InFlight - Tells how long taxi flights will take.
- ItemPriceTooltip - Prints vendor price in item tooltips.
- LightHeaded - Quest comments from wowhead.
- LootAlert - Nicely formatted loot messages.
- LynStats - Small, unobtrusive fps and latency meter.
- MikScrollingBattleText - My preferred SBT mod.
- MobHealth - Remembers mob health and displays in tooltip and HUD.
- NoxInformationBar - highly customizable xp and information bar.
- nQuestLog - The best questlog ever.
- Opium - Kill On Sight mod (I meet a lot of gankers, campers and griefers... Mostly gnomes...)
- ParanoiaRevived - Alerts when a member of the opposing faction is near.
- QuestHelper - Easymode questing plus quest route optimization.
- RatingBuster - Compare stats on gear easily.
- SharedMedia - To share some fonts, graphics and sounds.
- Skillet - Replacement tradeskill window, will buy reagents for items in queue.
- teksLoot - Much nicer looking group loot frame.
- TrinityBars2 - Amazingly configurable action bars.
- Vendor - Helps you sell your loot on AH to a reasonable price.
Since I'm still leveling I don't use any raid addons.
The font I'm using is called Tork and is a free download.
Any feedback, suggestions for improvements, alternative addons or just general expressions of admiration is greatly appreciated :)"
Papalegba also answered a few questions about himself and his UI, here are his answers:
Who are you?
- I'm a 38-year old IT worker from Sweden who's been playing WoW casually for the last year and a half. My first use of an addon was for coordinates about a year ago, and from there on it snowballed :) I played the first 6-7 months as alliance (on Outland, and mainly addon-free. Then I rolled horde and have never looked back! )
- (Solo, 5-man/Heroics/Raiding/PvP, all of the above) I use my UI for solo, group and 5-man instances, for all my toons (all 18!) and for both PVE and PVP. Since I play casually and I am an altoholic, I don't have a 70, which means no Heroics and no Raiding yet. I do have a troll shaman and an undead warlock both on 66 though, so there might be some raiding-related UI changes soon.
- As you can see from the screenshots, I think that WoW is a beautiful game and I want to see as much as possible of it, hence all the transparencies and mouse-overs. I also really don't like all the square UI:s that are out there and therefore I tend to choose addons that have round or transparent elements.
- I feel that some of the standard Blizzard UI elements - mainly the action bars and the quest log - are nigh on unusable, so those were the first to go. I started out with Doublewide for the questlog and Trinity for the action bars. I like round things, so I decided to use the "circle plus one" feature of Trinity to get the distinctive look of the UI. Also, I wanted a HUD instead of having to look up in the left corner all the time, so I added ArcHUD. With that, I decided I needed scrolling battle text, so I added Parrot, which I loved. However, that broke in 2.4 (even though it's fixed now), so I moved to MikScrollingBattleText instead and have grown quite fond of that. From there on it was a case of trying out new cool addons, checking www.wowinterface.com almost daily and reading your own Addon Spotlight to get tips. One of the major moments for me was when I decided to ditch DoubleWide for nQuestLog together with Lightheaded and Questhelper. Not only does nQuestLog look really nice compared to DoubleWide, with the other two it is easy-mode questing done right. Never spend time hunting for that quest mob or wonder where to go next again!
- The final touch, and what inspired me to submit my UI to Reader UI of the Week, was when I found this nice font, Tork, and replaced the standard fonts with that. I think it's just gorgeous!
- The UI is - of course - a work in progress, and at the moment I am trying out ShardAce as a replacement for the venerable Necrosis for my lock.
Why do you choose to use specific addons over others?
- At first I didn't much care about which addons I used, if it did what I wanted I'd use it. But over time my addon memory grew quite a bit so I've started to look for smaller, more lightweight replacements. I'm a Unix guy, so I'm really into addons that does one thing and does that great, just like the Unix system tools ;)
- I mostly use Ace addons and the Ace updater to keep them updated, but there are some exceptions mainly because I haven't found an Ace replacement for them.
Thank you for profiling my UI. For the Horde!"
That's it, folks! Quite a bit of information, but an absolutely gorgeous UI. Papalegba also shared a screenshot of his Warlock UI, which is as spartan as they come. I can only assume there are action bars (er.. spheres) hidden there, waiting for a mouse-over.
Papalegba uploaded his UI over at WoWInterface, so if you want to try his way of doing things, head on over to pick up his Round UI. Personally, I think this couldn't come at a better time, as I just finished filling up my actionbars on my shaman. Good luck with your UI, folks! Thanks again, for your UI, Papalegba!