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Multiboxing 101: Macros, part 1

Multiboxing 101 is a column for newcomers to multiboxing in World of Warcraft. Each week, I try to illustrate a particular aspect of this play-style in an easy-to-follow guide.

After covering the Bare Necessities in last week’s guide, I thought I would dive right in this week and talk about macros, and how to use these for a  more efficient way to control your team. Throughout the guide, I will be posting my team’s macros, so that you’l be able to have a working example of how to put these to work. But first, let’s start with some definitions:

  • Macro: A macro is a group of one or more slash commands that execute (top to bottom)  when a button is pressed. In World of Warcraft, macros are limited to 255 characters, although there are a few macro-lengthening addons that would extend that limit
  • Click sequence: A click sequence is a macro that includes one or more  /click slash commands; when executed, a click sequence calls a button click that is different than the button to which the click sequence macro is assigned to

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Multiboxing 101: The Bare Necessities

I figured the best way to kick off this blog is through a column dedicated to newcomers to the multiboxing playstyle in World of Warcraft. I don’t claim to know everything there is to know, and I do have to admit that my playstyle is mostly geared towards PvE (Player versus Environment) content. However, I like to think that I have amassed considerable knowledge sifting through the web as I set out to take on multiboxing as my preferred method of play, and I hope to be able to funnel all this information in an easy-to-follow approach. Obviously, all cannot be covered in one write-up, and who would want to sit in front of their computer screens reading about this endlessly? so I will be splitting what I want to cover into different (hopefully) coherently-linked guides.

This first guide will cover what I consider to be the bare necessities for a successful and more importantly enjoyable multiboxing experience. They say the tools are 90% of the job. Well, they ‘re right. Technology is a fascinating thing, and it has thankfully allowed for more perfomant systems to be built at more and more affordable prices. But, let us not kid ourselves. Multiboxing definitely costs more than singleboxing. After all you are multiboxing!

So let’s dig in and find out what some of the tools you need to be a successful multiboxer.

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Long Overdue…

Whenever anyone starts a blog, a question that poses itself is ‘what is the direction I plan on gearing this thing towards?’

I have been playing World of Warcraft since launch.

I have experienced all facets of the game and found my niche in what might appear to be counter-intuitive or even contradictory in a multiplayer game: I wanted to experience the most content without relying on other players. I didm’t like relying on other people to explore new areas or run new dungeons.  I wanted to log into the game, do what I needed to do, and then log out, without needing for someone to log on the other end of the nether so that I’m able to enjoy whatever free time I had available in my busy life. So I started dual-boxing… Read the rest of this entry »

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