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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Presenting the Minipets Database :: Q&A

I'm particularly proud of the logo... :D

For the last couple of weeks myself and Andy (known to most of you as @caerphoto on that there Twitter) have been engaged in what is turning out to be a pretty serious project: the Minipets Database (or Minipetter as it has been come to be known by the two of us.) Andy answered a cry for help when I realised, looking at the sheer number of Battle Pets Blizzard were planning on launching in Pandaria, that I was going to need more than pencil and paper to record the whereabouts of almost 500 critters. Hence the database was born, and I think it might be a plan now to answer some questions about why I felt the need to undertake this project in the first place.


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Q: Both Wowhead and WarcraftPets have perfectly serviceable databases you could use to track pet data: why did you feel the need to make one of your own?

My husband asked this question fairly early on in my reasoning process, and my reply remains the same now as it did then: I wanted to make a particular kind of list. I've lost count of the number of times I've been asked by Guildies 'Do you know how I get pet X?' and I found myself wanting something I could customise to my personal level of detail. This means, over time, I am likely to do my own guides on locating some of the harder 'vanity' pets, but that current list is secondary to the enormous amount of new data I was presented with on Beta. I wanted a way to put that all in one simple alphabetical list, with a way to pass on to other people BEFORE THE GAME WENT LIVE where to find the Mini Pets I know I want to hunt down as quickly and efficiently as possible. I could have just kept all this information to myself, but it occurred to me that if I wanted to do this, other people would too.

Hence the Database was formed.

Q: How accurate can it be with the constantly changing nature of the Beta?

I'm hoping that it will be accurate, considering that pets aren't being removed, and that the Pet Battle system is clearly getting a lot of love on Beta at present. I'm also not looking to provide a guide to what every pet's special skills are, or indeed on how to Pet Battle successfully. This is simply a repository of information for other people to track and tame, and I hope that I can get the database as accurate as possible in terms of locating pets as the beta progresses.

Q: Would you consider writing a pet Battle Guide at some point in the future?

Honestly, I have no idea. My overriding motivation, as of now, is not the battling, but the collecting. That's what I do in game, and with the possibility of 500 pets to gather, I really need some kind of organisation to get it right. If it turns out I'm not totally hopeless at Battling I might change my mind, but right now I am working on this primary priority.

Q: Can I add data to the Database?

If you think there's anything missing, stuff I could add, or any mistakes (especially spelling, I'm dreadful) please let me know and I'll be happy to go amend/correct. I'm hoping this is a resource that will become popular and that it functions in a way that other people find easy to use. I'm also going to need to track down people with the rarer minipets for the photographs, so if you're lucky enough to own a Golden Pig or any of the other harder to find critters, gimme a shout.

Q: How do you see the Database developing after the Expansion goes live?

I fully intend to keep the database up to date and current whenever a new pet is added, or if details emerge of rarity and spawn points. Needless to say, this is likely to remain a permanent work in progress :D

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The Database should (hopefully) go live before the end of the week, before which time I'm looking for  a couple of people to play with it and check out its usefulness. If that's something you'd be willing to do, leave a comment on this post or Direct Message @alternativechat on twitter, and I'll contact you personally.

6 comments:

Erinys said...

I'm always up for playing with stuff!

The Godmother said...

Consider yourself hired :D

Jonathan said...

I manage some hefty old databases at work, happy to give yours a play. :-)

Pentha said...

I would love to play with it, tend to be completionist, so this would be great

The Godmother said...

@Penth: please send me an e-mail (details in my Q&A section) I'll get you up to speed when I'm ready to test.

Ellie said...

I like pets, me. Happy to have a play...