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Wallowing in the MUDs with Raslazel

A series of articles about MUDs and gaming in general, involving strategy and commentary on role-play and having fun.

Author: Raslazel

Triggers, Aliases and Macros - Excuse Me?

Posted by Raslazel Thursday August 2 2012 at 2:13AM
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If the title of this post sounds like a foreign language to you, this isn’t a bad read. Players use these things to make their lives easier and automate certain mundane tasks in MUDs. I use them myself for curing, tattooing, inkmilling and many other things in the top MUD Achaea by Iron Realms Entertainment. It’s easy to forget that many people have no clue what they are, however.

Some MUDs have a browser client, like those from Iron Realms Entertainment, but many require a third-party client to be used to connect to the game. I recommend Mudlet – it’s fast, free and has a huge support community (including two in-game clans that I know of). I can’t go into how to make these things because it varies between clients, see your client’s help documentation for details.

Triggers are, in essence, cause and effect lines. They read a line of text from the MUD and then execute a command or group of commands automatically. For example:

Trigger line: You are unnaturally stupid.

Result: eat goldenseal

For this example, your character would eat goldenseal (the cure for the stupidity affliction) when the trigger line pops up on the screen. Trigger lines are often copied and pasted directly from the MUD for accuracy.

Aliases are shortened commands for quick execution of complex or hard-to-type tasks. These are your best friends in fast-paced combat scenarios.

                Alias: ts

                Substitution: touch shield

Typing ts into your client would result in the client sending the substitution to the MUD and your character would touch his shield tattoo. It sounds complex, but it’s easy. I easily have 80-100 of these on my main character at the moment. Learn them, use them, love them.

Macros are like aliases, but used for more high-priority things. They can be accessed with one or two (usually shift + another key) keystrokes and execute immediately without the need to press ENTER.

                Key: Numpad 8

                Command: north

In this example, a basic movement macro, numpad 8 causes your character to step north. They can be used for combat functions, as well:

                Key: F1

                Command: touch crystal

Pressing F1 causes the character to touch his crystal tattoo, restoring health instantly.

All of the examples are things I actually use in Achaea, for clarification (with much more complex functions that check balance and queue the action, but we won’t go into that). I try to give practical information, whenever possible. If you haven’t tried Achaea, or any of Iron Realms Entertainment’s other free MMORPGs, what are you waiting for? They’re free-to-play, require no download and besides that, they’re fun!