Friday, November 9, 2007

The First Few Mods

As I mentioned before, my schedule is going to keep me from making any real progress with the TTs until Sunday, so I won't have much to report on. However, I figure I'll use this down time to discuss some other useful information for aspiring Boxers.

Basic Mods

Multiboxing creates many unique problems. As thanks to a matured community, there are plenty of options available for overcoming these problems. You just have to decide what works best for you, and your application.

I've found some incredibly useful WoW Mods, that are making these first few steps much easier. Here they are:

1. Bartender 3

Now I use this mod even on my main. It's a brilliant Bar mod that removes the standard WoW interface, and instead gives you access to all 12 action bars, allowing you to arrange, scale and place them wherever you want. Being a Nostromo user, this allows me to lay my buttons out on screen, in the same layout as my Nostromo (4 across, 3 down, 12 buttons).

For Multiboxing, this allows me to scale the buttons up to a huge size on my Alts, so I can easily see and use them on my Maximizer squished screens.

2. Improved Camera 2

Managing multiple toons in follow mode, is alot easier when you're camera is zoomed out. This beautiful mod allows you to extend your "max camera angle" out twice as far, so you can see your surroundings, and your team.

3. Twoboxtoolkit

Here's the first mod specifically for Multiboxing. This is an Ace Mod, so you'll need Ace to go with it. Ace is an excellent development platform for Mod Makers, so there are an excellent number of mods that take advantage of it. Grab it.

  • Messages relay: Able to relay messages the Bot gets in Whisper,Party,Guild,Raid and transfer them to your main via whisper.
  • Follow: The bot will follow you upon using the /followme emote on him.
  • Sticky Follow: Follow will be automatically resumed when the fight is over.
  • Follow warning: The bot will warn you if he stops following.
  • Pass Loot : The bot will auto pass on loot random window.
  • Buff Warning: The bot will warn you when he loses a buff. (Durration for a buff to be warn can be set in options).
  • Low Life Warning: The Bot will warn you when it health goes under a pre defined %.
  • Low mana warning: The bot will warn you when it mana goes under a pre defined %.
  • Mini map icon: With Options UI.
  • Fubar compatible.
  • Relay to channel : You can have the bot relay vis whispers or a defined channel
When you have 5 Shammies, and you're all pretty much named the same, any of them could get the hate tells and the "Woah!" whispers. So instead of watching all 5 screens, you can have your Alts forward any and all whispers to you. This is incredibly useful.

And then there's the /followme and Sticky Follow features. It's nice to spread your toons out before you attack your mob, but then you have to remember to ask your toons to follow you again, as moving breaks follow. With Sticky Follow, as soon as your toons drop combat, they follow you again. Very cool.

3. Automation

I'm still working with this mod, to figure out exactly what it can do for me, here's a list of what I'm using it for:
  • Automatically accept group invites
  • Automatically accept rez
There are a pile of other mods I'm looking to add when I have time to play again. Froolo's Autoaccept quest options appears to wipe out alot of my questing issues. I'm forced to right click on all NPCs with each toon in order to initiate conversation. This mod would automatically accept any new quests, and turn in any completed quests as long as I don't have to choose a reward. That would rock.

I'm learning really quickly that running around in a 5 man group doesn't dish out too much xp (I can't start the instance grind till level 8) but running level 11 quests when your group is only 7, wow... the quest turn in gives you almost half a level! I'm wondering if this will be true in the 40s.

Have a great weekend all.


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