We are excited to announce a new site feature that we have been working on for quite some time, and are very excited about. This feature is oQueue 2.0 (Beta).
Due to changes in the addon API, our original in game addon oQueue is no longer able to facilitate a network of its own. Due to these changes, oQueue has been transformed in to a 3 part system which includes a real time web interface, a small lightweight desktop application, and an in game addon.
This system creates a group finding solution which offers more information to group leaders and group members than any other current real time solution available.
oComms is a lightweight single file desktop application that creates the bridge between the in game addon and the website interface, allowing them to communicate in real time.
To get started you simply download oComms and save it anywhere on your computer. Due to its single file design, oComms can be run from any location on your computer.
Upon running oComms, the ocomms in game addon will be automatically installed into your WoW / Interface / Addons directory. If this is your first time running the oComms application, you may need to WoW and restart the game.
If oComms does not detect your WoW installs, you can press the gear icon in the upper left hand corner of the application, and then press the "scan" button. oComms will not attempt to locate your WoW installation locations.
When the in game addon and the oComms desktop client are communicating, you will see your current character listed on the oComms application, along with their class icon and item level. As you switch between characters this information should update to represent your current logged in character.
Pressing the Group Finder button in the middle of the application will direct you to the web interface.
For oComms to communicate with our group finder server here on SolidICE, you will first need to link your Battle.net and SolidICE accounts on your SolidICE profile page.
For more information on the Battle.net account and API integration, please read this thread.
The website portion of the application facilitates the Battle.net and SolidICE.com connection, along with providing a real time user interface for creating and finding groups for WoW. The web portion of this new system, in connection with the desktop client and in game addon, will allow users to perform the following actions, all in real time:
As a group leader:
- Invite members to your group and automatically invite them in game.
- Remove members from your group and automatically remove them in game.
- View detailed information on prospective group members including item level, character ratings, achievements, and more.
- Easily visit a characters armory page.
As a group member:
- Automatically be invited to groups in game when invited from the website.
- View detailed information on the composition of a group including the names, realms, item level, character ratings, achievements, and more for each member of the group, all before you apply to the group.
- Switch between horde or alliance to view groups on both factions.
- View all available groups for your region. Current supported regions include US and EU.
- Easily visit a characters armory page.
To see which players are currently in a group you would like to apply for, you can hover the group and the group members area will be populated with a list of current members.
In the image above you are able to see that the group "Tiny's test" currently has 2 members. Tinystomper and Mizu. Along with the group members names, you are able to see the members item level, roles, and current raid progression (each colored square indicates a boss kill at a different difficulty). When hovering the raid progression squares, a detailed tooltip will explain the significance of the square.
These "Character Cards" which portray member information, will change based on the group type. Battleground and RBG groups will display PVP achievements and Character Ratings, along with other relevant PVP information.
Unfortunately I cannot fit all of the information about this new tool in one post, however over the coming days / weeks we hope to improve this feature and create guides and other instructional content on how to get started, and use the group finder.
Wed love to hear your thoughts, and suggestions. For questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reply here, message Tiny via the on site mail, or contact us on the WoW PublicVent (wow.publicvent.org : 4135, room 0).