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And you won't understand the cause of your grief...
...But you'll always follow the voices beneath.
I guess we need to clarify now. I don't have any offensive scripting in play, l abandoned bashing scripts around level 80 after killing myself with it far too often.Most of my stuff is the ui bits, timers and labels and whatnot. Lots of convenience things like humgii race betting, mineral extraction, also did my own battlerage timers, a room info console that I'm pretty proud of. I always meant to chart out an offense but have been too consumed with bashing to put the time into it, maybe things will be different now with the dragon chase completed.I have a hard time inputting commands quickly enough in real combat situations even with the 4 letter aliases. I panic and forget all of them, or just lose patience when nothing seems to go out because of my opponents effective hindering. We're probably looking at 2-3 ability usage decisions per second between the humour, equilibrium, homulculus, curing adjustments, movement, shielding, etc, so those things need to become muscle memory and the text flow just completely loses me. Before I can figure out what to do the information has passed me by, then I'm locked, or my opponent is gone, or I'm dead, its sad.The answer seems to be log analysis but there are so many different situations you have to analyze and prepare for. I see why people turn to scripting, people could need months to build up all that muscle memory otherwise.
The above post is why I hate paralysis/stun eating queueing so very, very much. I like to calmly plan ahead, not mash buttons.
Results of disembowel testing | Knight limb counter | GMCP AB files
I think the unwritten rules matter and that you need to actively maintain your character's brand, once you lose control of your impression the entire community thinks you're a moron metagaming cheater or whatever and nobody wants to play with you. Perception matters more than reality as they say. My fear is that I'll disappoint the wrong person, destroy my reputation, then get constantly piled onto and insulted every time I speak, like what happens to Asmodron here in the forums and news postings. That possibility becomes more real when high profile characters post their criticisms, in my opinion that requires a response. People around here appear eager to collect heads, I agree that some of that is just the nature of our roles as competitors. Holding respect as a good role player and community member is important to me, I'm doing my best.I was under the impression that aliases that make decisions on the fly were one of those unwritten rules of automation, given the popular disdain for 'mashing a bash macro', having toggles between different strategies and then a few buttons that execute steps of those planned strategies felt like a similar macro mashing issue. If that sort of thing is acceptable then I'm happy to explore it. Hotkeys and shorter aliases aren't a bad idea either, thanks.My scripting mostly serves to reproduce the nexus client conveniences, but in mudlet because lua makes more sense to me. Tab-target cycling, clicking on icons to probe, ability cooldowns lighting up buttons, basically anything I can do to help keep eyes on the screen instead of the scroll bar because the scroll speed is killing me. Its all about plucking the important bits from the noise. I suspect that even the most ardent manuallers employ a healthy amount of gags and text shortening, the flow just grows too unmanageable without it.I'm more embarrassed by my artefact load than my scripting though. It feels like I'm a bodybuilder taking heavy steroids that is still fat and soft looking. I have a lot of gear, I ought to be a serious threat with it but I haven't put in enough work. I think I can crack dueling without much more scripting, (I might need to make a self limb counter to alert when I'm prepped if wundersys doesn't already do it). Events like these 800 games where open pk is involved aren't simple dueling affairs though, there is a daunting mountain of work to climb to be competitive in the games which is discouraging me from participating this year. You have to be a historian, combatant, leader, explorer and hunter, for now I'm in that middling stage where I'm not gifted in any of those things, but I'm catching up on the historian front. Holding that staff is a true feat, I hope to make a good showing in that competition some day.
Asmodron's PK ability does not negatively impact his reputation.
@Shub I enjoy scripting and know I'll never be good enough to make decisions myself in the thick of ckmbat so I automated heavily. You do you broski.