Friday Feature 1/5/2018: Commands in SWG

Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be an exciting time for EiF. Our population are numbers are rising. The roleplaying community is burgeoning. The GCW is around the corner and players are getting ready and helping with live testing of the invasion portion of the system!

SWG is rich with action players can use either from the command line or placed into macros. This week we’ll focus on some useful commands. Some of our earlier Friday Features utilized a few, such as with macros.

Basic Commands

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Complete list of commands in game. Note many commands may need a target.

/afk
Sets your character to “Away From Keyboard” so others know you are not currently available.

/anon
Sets your character to anonymous for the purpose of searches.

/consider (/con)
Displays the difficulty rating of a targeted creature or NPC compared to your skill with your currently equipped weapon.

/earth
Displays the earth (real) time.

/find
Brings up list of commonly searched for locations. Selecting a location will create a waypoint to the nearest one of that type and will produce a lighted path leading you to it. To remove the waypoint you created, type /find clear.

I personally use this ALL THE TIME! /find starport when I’m out in the middle of no where searching for the best resource spawn, allows me to get a waypoint to the nearest starport.

/findfriend
Locates your friend by name and creates an active waypoint for them. You must have the person in your friends list and you must also be on their friendslist for this to work.

/follow
Auto-follows your target; use /stopfollow to cease following.

/gallop
Urge your mount go faster for a short time. Don’t expect to use this command continuously! This is useful if you are mounted on a pet and get into combat and the pet slows down to fight.

/logout
Logs your character off the server; you should be in a city, house or campsite for a safe logout, otherwise your character will be at the mercy of the world for 3 additional minutes.

/notepad
Allows modifications to a text file that gets saved as “notes.txt” in your base profile directory. I use this to enter notes about what foods I can make and the max stats I can hit.

/quit
Exit the game immediately. Your character will remain vulnerable to attack for three more minutes.

/tip
Automatically transfers a specified number of credits to your target; you can also use /tip bank to send money directly to their bank, but there is a 5% transfer fee to do this.

/unstick
If you are stuck in a building or other feature of the landscape, this should unstick you. You cannot be moving in order for the command to work. If this command does not free your character, then please contact an admin.

/waypoint
By typing /waypoint and the coordinates, you will create a waypoint in your datapad at location of the current planet’s coordinatate or at your present location if nothing is entered. Note: targeting something and typing /waypoint does not function.

Chat

/groupchat (/g)
Sends message to group channel.

/guild (/gu)
Sends the message typed after the command to your guild channel.

/retell (/rt)
Sends tell to the last person you sent a tell to.

/reply (/r)
Sends a tell to the last person to send a tell to you.

/say
Puts your message in a chat bubble and in the main chat window.

/tell (/t)
Sends an instant message to the character indicated; you can send the message to multiple people by separating their names with a comma.

/tellpet
Sends a command privately to your pet.

Combat Players

/listen
You actively listen to the targeted musician. Heals mind wounds and battle fatigue

/loot
Loots targeted corpse. Don’t forget the Auto Loot Corpses option within Options – Misc!

/watch
You actively listen to the targeted dancer. Heals mind wounds and battle fatigue

/unstick
If you are stuck in a building or other feature of the landscape, this should unstick you. You cannot be moving in order for the command to work. If this command does not free your character, then please contact an admin.

Digging in the Dirt!

/forage
Rangers: Searches the area for anything useful.

/me
Medics: Use to forage items useful for Medics and Doctors

Entertainer/Dancer/Musician

/flourish <#>
Plays indicated musical or dance flourish.

/bandflourish
Synchronizes flourishes of everyone in the group (however, this does not grant the XP of normal flourishes). Using this command allows you to show some style alongside fellow entertainers! Only band leaders can use this command.

/bandleader
Transfers Band Leader status to indicated character.

/sing
Chat bubble that is unique to Entertainers.

/startdance
Begins the dance style that you specify.

/startmusic
Skill and instrument required – begins playing song that you specify.

/tip
Automatically transfers a specified number of credits to your target; you can also use /tip bank to send money directly to their bank, but there is a 5% transfer fee to do this.

Grouping Commands

/invite
Invite the named or targeted player to a group (only group leaders can invite additional people into an existing group).

You cannot /invite while you are in combat or the invitee is in combat. You cannot /join while you are in combat or the inviter/group leader is in combat\

/uninvite
Cancel the group invitation to the named or targeted player.

/join
Joins group or band if you have been invited.

/makeLeader
Group leader only – transfers leadership to named or targeted group member.

/groupchat
Sends message to group channel.

/dismissGroupMember
Dismiss the named or targeted player from the group.

/disband
Group leader only – disbands current target, or entire group if no target is named.

Guild

/guild
Sends the message typed after the command to your guild channel.

/guildremove
Removes target or self from your current guild.

Management: Structures (Houses, Harvesters, Factories

/addpower
Adds power to selected structure.

/setpermission
Sets which players are allowed to move and pick-up items within a structure, as well as the ability to destroy that structure. You must be in or near your building or installation to do this.

/setprivacy
Sets your structure to private or public. You must be in a building to use this.

Merchant/Crafters/Resource Gatherers

/mailsave
Saves your game mail on your computer

/sample
Used by Surveyors to take a resource sample after surveying.

Roleplay

/emote
Displays whatever text you follow it with as an action of your character. For example, if I want to say: Megan is serving free chocolate mousse cake on Port Jato, then the following would accomplish that:  “/emote Megan is serving free chocolate mousse cake on Port Jato. 

/kneel
Changes stance to kneeling. Great for RP!

/moods
Displays list of moods.

/mood none
Returns your default mood to neutral.

/prone
Changes stance to prone.

/roleplay
Sets your character to “Role Player.”

/say
Puts your message in a chat bubble and in the main chat window.

/sing
Chat bubble that is unique to Entertainers.

/stand
Changes stance to standing.

Emote Commands: On the Abilities and Commands menu (Ctrl + A) there is a Social tab with all the emotes you can use with your characters. Most emotes each have three states:

For example, in the list you’ll see an emote for “About Dang Time!” By hovering over it, you’ll see the command for it. /adn. By clicking on it, you’ll see the three states:

  • Without a modifie:
    • /adn : You openly show that your patience has expired
  • With the self modifier to apply it to yourself:
    • /adn self: A bit frustrated with yourself?
  • Targeting a player, or adding player name as a modifier:
    • /adn Megan: You encourage Megan to hurry. Any day now!

Next week we look at more commands to improve communications.

Sandarie Coron, Community Manager

Clearly Not Combat Princess!

Friday Feature 11/3/2017: The Friday Feature Archives!

Empire in Flames turns six months old tomorrow! Since we launched EiF a Friday Feature has been put together nearly every week! (except one, oops.) The staff and community has found over the past months that we’ve referred to these posts over and over and over! So now you have an archive of them to easily reference for personal use or to direct a new player to the information!

Sandarie, Community Manager

Friday Features: The Archives!
Commands in SWG 1/5/2018 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=763
The Anatomy of an Invasion 12/29/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p756
Welcome to Empire In Flames 11/10/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=714
The Staff of an Empire in Flames 12/15/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=732
Political Power 12/1/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=708
Combat in Empire in Flames, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation 11/24/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=698
A Chat with Wefi 11/17/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=680
A Chat with BluePyros 11/10/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=667
The Friday Feature Archives! 11/3/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=659
EiF Combat 10/27/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=647
A Chat with Kelta 10/20/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=638
A Chat with Abi/Gail 10/13/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=628
RP on EiF 10/06/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=623
Invasion 9/29/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=609
A Chat with Anishor 9/22/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=599
Loot Kits/Recyclers 9/15/17 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=595
A Chat with Halyn 9/8/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=586
Heavy Weapons Y’all! 9/1/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=560
oops… 8/25/2017
Teaser! 8/18/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=541
Old Content – Racetracks 8/11/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=535
Badges 8/4/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=527
Macros 7/28/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=514
Creature Resources 7/21/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=505
Player Events 7/14/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=492
Port Jato 7/7/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=474
Player Goods and Services 6/30/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=461
Server Hardware 6/23/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=456
Player Cities 6/16/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=433
EiF Character Builder Beta Testing! 6/9/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=424
Enter the Cats! 6/2/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=415
Decorating in Empire in Flames 5/26/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=391
Planetary Factional Alignment in EiF 5/19/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=376
Pauleh Plays! 5/12/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=361
By the Numbers 5/5/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=330
Bonus Posts!
Question and Answer Time with the Devs! 5/2/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=291
Racial Bonuses 5/1/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=282
Professions and Skills 5/1/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=271
Housing in EiF 4/27/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=245
Empire in Flames Contact and Social Media Information 4/22/2017 http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=216

Friday Feature 7/28/2017: Macros!

Today’s Friday Feature is guest written by the Mayor of Broken Bridge, Destroy! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this article, Broken Bridge, and EiF!

Star Wars Galaxies is a very click intensive game pre-cu. To craft one of my most popular sale items, a medium mineral harvester, without using factories can take 43 clicks. To stock 20 harvesters at a time would take 860 clicks. That is way too much clicking!

A way to solve this dilemma is by using macros. A macro is just a piece of text instructions that tell your character in game what to do without having to manually click or type out the instructions each time. There are some amazing crafting macros that can take the amount of clicking needed down from 43 clicks to just 8 or 9 clicks, and to make 20 of them down from 860 to 180. That not only helps on saving time, but can also keep you from wearing down your favorite mouse, and from possible medical issues later in life. This Friday Feature will discuss how to make your own macros and provide links to a few of my favorite macros which I believe are indispensable to Star Wars Galaxies normal game play.

Set Up Cut and Paste

To create a macro using text from this feature make sure to have your copy and paste commands in Star Wars Galaxies setup.  Do this in the tools toolbar, controls, then Keymap. Select the Chat tab, then scroll down to Chat edit copy and select it.

Setting up cut and paste

Hit Rebind and press your desired keys. I use Ctrl C for copy and Ctrl V for paste, but use whichever combination of keys you would like. Click Apply and OK once you have picked your desired commands. You can then paste text in game from what you copy out of the Friday Feature.

Create the Macro

Macros are created in the Abilities and Commands tool from the System toolbar, by default it is tied to the ; key, or can be opened by clicking the toolbar and navigating to the macro menu.

 

Selecting New brings up a blank text box. The name of the macro goes on the name line. Select a picture representing your macro and enter text, or paste the macro text given in this feature.

Edit Macro Screen

Add Macro to Player Toolbar

Drag any of the macros you will be calling from your player toolbars out of the abilities and commands macro tab by selecting the macro in the tab and dragging it to your toolbar. Some of the macros below are better used on your toolbar and others are better run straight from the macro tab.

Crafting Macros

For the crafting macro I would recommend following the instructions given by ruuk at http://empireinflames.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=111

I would edit the macro if you are not trying to destroy the item by changing the Crafty_crafter_complete macro as mentioned a few posts down to remove the practice no item text from the macro where it appears.  Anything that does not need to be experimented on you would click thru the crafting macro in entirety. But anything that does need to be experimented on you would not use the macro. This is because the crafting macro automatically advances avoiding the experiment option.  It is still a huge click saver on all items that do not need to be experimented on as well as a way to grind up your crafting profession with minimal clicking.

Decorating Macros

If you have ever needed to decorate anything you would know this is an intense process in Star Wars Galaxies. To move an item takes long commands like /move forward 10, or /rotate pitch 90

If you have to move a house full of items you have to select each item and then type out the command which could take lots of keystrokes and time. This can be simplified by setting up just a handful of macros.

I use the following macros for decoration setup in their own toolbar for easy access when the decorating bug hits me. Make each one into their own macro and enjoy decorating again.

/move forward 1;  

/move forward 5;

/move forward 50;

/rotate pitch 90;

/move up 1;

/move up 5;

/move up 50;

/rotate roll -5;

/rotate roll 5;

/rotate roll 90;

/rotate yaw -5;

/rotate yaw 5;

/rotate yaw 90;

/move down 1;

/move down 5;

/move down 50;

 

Also see the previous Friday feature for decorating help, with links for ideas for more complex decorating macros at http://www.empireinflames.com/?p=391

Sampling Macros

Almost anything in the game will try to interrupt your hand sampling and if you forget to start it again you can be left sitting inactive until turned back on. With a macro it will always start again on its own right where it left off without you having to manage it. Below is how simple it can be written.

Name:  Auto-Sampling

Macro: /sample;  /pause 5; /macro auto-sampling;

Structure / Harvester Macros

Managing harvesters after they have been dropped can be a time consuming task. You can use a macro to name your structures, add admins, add power, and add maintenance saving some of this time. Put these commands somewhere in your toolbar and switch to them when dropping harvesters.  I keep the naming and admin in the same macro and the power and maintenance in another. Make sure to modify these commands for your specific use and change the color as you would like or remove color completely. You just have to drive or be near your harvester or structure and hit the Name/admin macro once then hit the Power/maintenance macro once for each day you would like a heavy harvester to run. To adjust for medium harvester I believe it is just 1500 or less but it shouldn’t hurt too much to keep it the same for heavy or medium or other structures.  You must have cash on hand and power in your main inventory for it to be used in the harvester/structure.

Name: Harvesters

Macro: /namestructure \#FFCCFF Destroys Harvesters; /setperm admin Destroy; /setperm admin Ansasor; /setperm admin Talon;

Name: PowerPay

Macro: /addpower 2000; /paymaintenance 2000

Combat

If you are constantly hitting the same commands each time you run up to a mob, you can save yourself a few keystrokes by assigning a macro to your toolbar that will process the commands every time the macro is called.

Alternatively you can also have your favorite actions always running on a timer, an auto targeting happening for you so you do not have to click on mobs, an auto looting command always trying to loot for you, and your pets always trying to attack your current target,  if you want to step away from your keyboard for long periods of time but still have your character level up, loot your favorite item, or gain some faction points.

Over time these macros can get out of sync and your character no longer wants to follow the commands. A quick disconnect will usually solve that problem.

The following runs your desired combat actions from your toolbar. The macro below could be added to the 1st slot of your toolbar, then just type 1 to run it. It runs actions from your 4th slot, 6th slot, and 5th slot. Feel free to modify it as you need for your most common combat actions to perform. Mine was for a tka to knockdown the npc then beat it to death before it tries to get up.

Name: KnockKill  

Macro:  /ui action toolbarSlot03; /pause .1; /ui action toolbarSlot05; /pause .1; /ui action toolbarSlot05; /pause .1; /ui action toolbarSlot05; /pause .1; /ui action toolbarSlot04; /pause .1;

For looting I do it one or two ways at the same time. One macro I call simpleloot and have it running almost always. This macro will loot your currently selected target. So after killing the mob it instantly tries to loot it so you can them move on without having to return to the group and reclick on dead mobs.

Name: Simpleloot  

Macro: /loot all; /pause .5; /macro simpleloot

To loot without having to have the mob targeted you can run one I call afkloot. I usually have them both running at same time. This macro can cause problems if playing around others as it will always try to find the nearest corpse to loot. It is good to run in a controlled afk setting, or while at the keyboard but not wanting to reclick every mob to loot them.

Name: afkloot

Macro: /tar corpse; /loot all; /pause 6;/macro afkloot

To target enemies nearest to you without having to click on them the below will try to target what it can see nearest to you on screen. It will not target anything off-screen so plan accordingly.

Name: target

Macro: /ui action targetSelf; /ui action cycleTargetOutward; /pause 2; /macro target

For anything you need running on a timer assign the command to toolbar or call it directly in the macro using the text shown over the action. The below runs center of being on a 17 second timer for my tka.

Name: centerofbeing

Macro: /ui action clearCombatQueue; /CenterofBeing;/pause 17;/macro centerofbeing

If you are away and get knockdown there isn’t usually anything that will try to pick you back up automatically, so if planning to go afk in a relatively safe place just have a stand command running on a timer to prevent falling down and not being able to get up situations. It is on a long timer designed to be started before you need it. Timer should be adjusted depending on strength of npcs. Many can kill you if on the floor just a few seconds. Those are not the type of NPCs I would recommend fighting afk.

Name: stand

Macro: /pause 40; /ui action clearCombatQueue; /stand; /pause 4; /macro stand;

If you roam around while afk, or mobs do, or you want to navigate up to mobs without having to move around manually you can use a follow target macro (in combination with your target macro). If you survey while afk then stand up for combat you will shift away from your mobs eventually so this is recommended.

Name: followtarget

Macro: /follow; /pause 2;/macro followtarget;

If attacking group mobs afk, your spin combat move is recommended for lower level mobs in groups. Ideally you will not be going afk against higher level mobs, but you can decide and adjust accordingly. I run this one at the keyboard often as well. On different toolbars it works as my medic heal, but in combat I have it on my unarmedspinattack2 command. This just runs one of my most used toolbar commands the lower toolbar slot 2. You can adjust pause as desired.

Name: spin

Macro: /ui action toolbarSlot13; /pause 5; /ui action toolbarSlot13; /pause 5; /macro spin;

If you want to run all these macros with one keystroke instead of starting each manually and accidently forgetting a step, just have the calling of the macros be a macro. The example below would start them all.

Name: goafkcombat

Macro: /macro auto-sampling; /macro simpleloot;/macro stand;/macro spin;/macro target;/macro afkloot;/macro followtarget;/macro centerofbeing;

Pets

Pets can be talked to telepathically using the /tellpet command. To use these macros; either change the text to match your pet’s command, or train them to use the below command.

The first thing after calling your pets is you usually want to group with them. I do this for all pets except harvester droids as they seem to get hit more often when grouped which is something you do not want to happen as it tends to make it scared for some reason. I do not see why you would program a harvester droid to get scared though, but that is not really part of this feature.

Name: group

Macro: /tellpet group;

The next most common thing to tell a pet is to attack. Pets are very difficult to manage during complex combat situations. They see you out there dying and just wait for you to beg them for help. You can instead have them always attack at your side by continuously running a pet combat macro. The pet or pets will then always be trying to attack what you have targeted. These pets have all been trained to use attack for main attack, sp1 for special one, and sp2 for special2. Adjust accordingly. You can also tell specific pets one at a time if you like to have a tank pet always go in first , adjust macro if so.

Name:  afkpet

Macro: /tellpet Attack; /tellpet sp1; /tellpet sp2; /pause 2; /macro afkpet

The only other pet command I have in toolbar is a command to recall my pets. This also requires the pets be trained to use command follow to follow you.

Name: petfollow

Macro: /tellpet follow;

Entertainers

I am not the best entertainer, but use the following commands to get by mostly derived from the info at https://swgreckoning.com/showthread.php?436-AFK-buff-macro-for-Master-Dancer-Musician

Flourishing is the only way which to gain xp. It maxes out at 2 flourishes every 10 seconds needed for max xp gain.

Name:  flourish

Macro: /flourish 1; /pause 5; /flourish 2; /pause 5; /flourish 3; /pause 5; /flourish 4; /pause 5; /flourish 5; /pause 5; /flourish 6; /pause 5; /flourish 7; /pause 5; /flourish 8; /pause 5; /macro flourish;

To start dancing only

Name: dance

Macro:  /join; /startdance; /macro flourish;

To start music only

Name: music

Macro:  /join; /startmusic; /macro flourish;

For automated buffing cycles the following can be used and song or dance changed according to your level and desire.

To automatically send out a group invite to when anyone sends you a text use the following macro. This ruins your chat tabs and leaves you without control to type so not recommended unless afk buffing.

Name: invite

Macro:  /pause 10; /ui action startChatReply; /ui action chatCursorHome; /ui action chatCursorRight; /ui action chatDelete; /ui action chatDelete; /ui action chatEnter; /tell Clearing tell target; /macro invite;

Name: buff

Macro: /pause 2; /setCurrentSkillTitle social_dancer_master; /pause 2; /startd exotic2; /pause 152; /pause 10; /whisper Stopping dance. Make sure to listen for music buff; /stopd; /pause 3; /setCurrentSkillTitle social_musician_master; /pause 2; /startm ballad; /pause 152; /pause 10; /whisper stopping music. Make sure to watch for dance buff; /stopm; /pause 3; /macro buff;

Stopping a Macro

If any of these macros need to stop , or start making a mess , type the /dump command in chat or turn it into a macro.

Feel free to post your own macros in this Friday feature for others to use or modify these for your own personal use. Thanks and happy Macroing!

One final addition. Halyn found this on the Mod the Galaxy forum. It is another way to manage macros outside of the game!

Crafting Macros

Happy Friday!

Sandarie
Community Manager