Let's be honest with ourselves right off the bat and agree that the WAR default interface, although functional, is lackluster in some respects. That's not to say that the developers of WAR made a disastrous UI for us to play with; in fact, the truth is quite the opposite. The standard UI is functional, genre-standard, and provides all the necessary information at a glance. It gets the job done. It also offers a layout editor that allows for simple, easy customization. But sometimes, someone else's idea for a UI element is simply better. Thankfully, WAR supports the Lua programming language and enjoys a strong and talented modding community.
Continue reading for the lowdown on what I consider to be the best of the best of what WAR's mod community has to offer as of patch 1.4.
Enemy, as I understand it, used to be much more functional than it is now (at patch 1.4). With that said, however, it still stands to be one of the most popular add-ons used by Warhammer players. Although it no longer supports click-casting and auto-focusing, the assist functionality is still considered essential to RvR gameplay. Truth be told, though, I've never actually used Enemy, and after reading about it on war.curse.com, I feel as though I missed the boat on a great mod. The feature list is extensive and covers a broad range of useful tools for RvR. It can show what the developer calls a "zone kill stat" window, which tracks the kills-to-deaths ratio of nearby players. It also maintains the player's own K:D statistic globally until it is manually reset. It can be used to replace the GroupIcons mod, which shows the location of group members on the HUD very clearly. It also provides some great tools for tanks and their guard targets.
BuffHead2 is essential for any player concerned about the status and remaining duration of any debuffs he's applied to enemy players. The mod will show those debuff icons directly over the head of the enemy, along with the time remaining for each. I recommend this add-on to anyone who has a debuff that is critical to his successful gameplay, like a tank's taunt, for example, or a Magus' DoTs. I used to swear by similar addons during my old days as a Warlock in World of Warcraft, as managing and refreshing my DoTs was critical to the class' playstyle, and there are several careers in Warhammer that rely on debuffs and DoTs in a similar manner. But BuffHead2 really stands out as a great addon for healers, as it can be used to show career-removable debuffs on friendly players. It also works out great when used in tandem with Pure.
Now, if you're like I am -- quite satisfied with the bare essentials -- then you can stop there. However, if you're one of those mod-crazed loonies who has to go all out and completely transform the UI so that there's nothing left of the default interface at all, then head on over to war.curse.com and surf around for a bit in the addons section. While there are dozens of dozens of other addons for WAR, the few that I described above will probably be considered standard for most players. A few other great addons that didn't make the top five (but are still definitely worth your time to investigate) include: WSCT, TexturedBars and NerfedButtons.
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Every Saturday afternoon, Waging WAR hits the cover of Massively with the latest and greatest in all things Warhammer Online. From patch news to career reviews, Greg Waller writes about it all. Email comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.