Since there isn't a thread on basics yet I figured I'd do my best to help, as so many threads on the forums have helped me throughout my time playing.
I know people use different mobile clients depending on what they need while away from a computer. Nexus is popular. I'd use Nexus myself if Chrome didn't go exorcist on my phone, and needed a fiery cleansing to the disabled apps graveyard. So, I've made due with Blowtorch. Which is a Regex based client, so if you need any coding help for it, I suggest you seek out all the helpful people who understand these particular coding expressions here in Tech Support.
I may not be able to code my way out of a paper bag, but I've adjusted to Blowtorch's interface after some years of experience. Which is why I'm hoping to be of some use to any of you with UI questions.
First off: Button Sets.
Button Sets are a lifesaver for tasks and navigation in-game. The trouble is the default button set is geared to just a few commands, and it's a pain to edit. You'll want to create a new Button Set, which isn't confined like the default. (You can change their roundness, position, size, color, font. Quick note though - Changing the roundness affects the size of the block and the size of the font.)
I know having all these blocks on your screen can be an eyesore, but fret not. You can create a Clear Button. First you create a new button, and for its input you type .clearbuttons
When pressed it will take all those blocks off your screen, and leave you with a Back
button to return your buttons to their original state. This is perfect for when you want to read what is going on.
Buttons can have two commands. One when pressed, and another when you drag your finger down to flip it. So, if you create a button for moving North, you can also set it to move South when you flip it, or input whatever you want.
I've found it best to create themes for Button Sets. My most glaring set is for Combat, as you can see. Thankfully the ones I made for Hunting and Testing are less cluttered.
I must warn you about a bug though. When you're switching between sets, and you press a button too fast, your current set will shift to your previous set, and trying to switch to the set you want won't work. You'll have to switch to something else, and then switch back to get what you wanted in the first place.
Another common bug concerns the very top half of your screen. If you tap too much near the notification bar, or accidentally press that high up the app itself will crash. Don't worry, you're still logged in! You just have to click on the app again. Your current game will be highlighted in green. Just press that and everything is back to normal for the most part. The exception being your input into the editor. If your trying to write a sentence it will now scroll to the right side, instead of spacing down so you can see what it is you're trying to write. If you don't need to talk to anyone, or write anything and you're just hunting it won't really matter, but to get rid of the side scrolling just Quit out of your game, and Quit out of the client before you log back in.
Since I'm talking about bugs, I'll mention the biggest one. For some reason you might wake to find all your settings and MuDs gone. But fear not! Breathe! It's a rare occurrence since the latest version fixed most of that crap. Just tap on your three dot interface in the upper right corner of your screen, and tap Recover Settings.
This will return your Buttons, Aliases, Triggers etc. But it won't return any of the Games you have input into the MuD directory. You'll have to manually add them again, but once you do that and login all your settings will be there. Phew.
Aliases - You can't delete them once created, but you can disable them, or modify them to a different command entirely. (Thankfully you can delete Triggers in case you were wondering.)
Timers - Simply put. They suck post all the updates. I personally think they lead to the big crash above. Plus they're not as useful compared to what else you can do manually.
I know it's strange to end this first post with bugs, but these can be what drive people away from making the best of something. Plus, I think it's better for people to know these beforehand.
If any of you have any questions for general use, I'll do my best to answer whatever I can.
-Helpful tips and tricks-
A semicolon is the command separator in Blowtorch, and it cannot be changed.
Hunting, combat, and general conversations are better read in portrait mode. Reading files, scrolls, journals, manuscripts, debates, sermons, rituals, performances, and lengthy discussions are better in landscape.
Good rule of thumb for writing in scrolls etc. Use a note app first, copy & paste into the editor, then use landscape mode to proofread your work inside the Achaean editor and make sure everything is formatting correctly before saving.
It's better to create Aliases for Combat within Achaea itself. You can add multiple commands into your alias by using a backslash.
Example - setalias pbg settarget gerbil/ enemy &tar/ punch gerbil/ cry/ say Oh the humanity!
You can also add your Achaean aliases into the queueing system!
queue add class pbg for certain class skill balances, or queue add eqbal pbg for common uses. It's a lifesaver when you create a button for them.
Tunnelvision is your friend in combat, or big crowds while mobile.
Sparring and combat practice. Blowtorch has no built in logging feature. So whatever your screen captures is how many pages you've set to see within Achaea's config command. Nothing else. If you have a good friend who can spectate you in the arena, log what you're doing, and send you that file to read over. Buy them a beer. Buy them all the things. Grovel at their feet. Laud their accomplishments. Then use what you've learned to gut them in the arena.
Outside of that adjusting to the pace of combat on your phone is practice and experience. Practice practice practice. I need a lot of practice myself. Fecking practice. Yes, I mean fecking
. Don't ask me why, it's what a good friend taught me. Just do it!
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