Re: Zil's multi-boxing adventure - my first "solo" heroic
- From: Zil <zen13097@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 01 May 2009 12:48:48 GMT
mikel <mevins@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Zil, do you have a summary of your hardware and software setup around
somewhere? I'm at a stage with WoW where about the only remaining
thing that interests me anymore is multiboxing. Since you've gone
through the trouble of setting up and have accumulated some epxerience
with your setup, I'd be interested in learning from your experience
before I seriously consider trying it.
I may have posted something here on the subject before, but I'm happy
to go over it again.
I'm using a single PC (although you could easily use multiple PCs if
you have them) with 2 monitors attached.
The 2nd monitor is a huge help, and useful in more than just WoW.
With the cost of monitors these days it's worth getting one anyway
(assuming you have the desk space!), even if you're not multiboxing.
My PC is a 2.6GhZ Intel Quad Core CPU, with 8GB RAM, and an nVidia
880GTX graphics card.
Each copy of WoW takes up around 500MB of RAM (unless you go to
Dalaran, then it shoots up to about 800-900MB) so you really need
at least 3GB of RAM to 5-box, preferably more.
I also have a 64MB solid state drive, on which I installed WoW, to
help reduce loading times, but this isn't really needed.
But note that if you want to make use of more than about 3GB of RAM,
you need a 64-bit operating system, such as Vista 64 (which is what I
use, with no problems at all).
My machine is fine for most of the world. If I take all 5 toons
to Dalarn it tends to struggle a bit, but there's no real need to
do that anyway, so I avoid it. :-) I'm not running at max
graphical detail though - I cut it down a little to help with
smoothness, but you can change detail levels on the fly, so I
usually make sure that the toon I'm controlling has reasonably good
graphical settings, while the other 4 are lower detail (and the
detail changes when I switch toons).
Apart from WoW, the main piece of software you need is a keyboard
multiplexor - a program that will duplicate your key presses
and send them to all copies of WoW that are running.
This is fine with Blizzard, as long as there's no automation involved.
The rule is: one keypress should generate a maximum of one action per
copy of WoW. Start breaking that rule and you're risking getting
all your accounts banned, so even though some of the multiplexors
around are capable of delays and sending multiple keystrokes to WoW
for only one physical keypress by you, I'd advise against using those
If you opt for multiple PCs instead of one, you can use a hardware
solution for this instead, so one keyboard is controlling all your
PCs, or you can stick with the software solution (programs like
keyclone will send keystrokes over the network to other copies of
keyclone running on other PCs).
There are many keyboard multiplexors out there. Here's a list of some:
I use Keyclone, which costs $20 (per machine), but requires very
little effort to setup and works fantastically. The support is great
A friend of mine uses Innerspace, which he loves. It provides a
lot quicker screen swapping than Keyclone, which intrigues me, but
I've not tried it myself (plus, it's a recurring license fee, which
puts me off).
The other thing that you'll find indispensible (although not strictly
necessary), is the Jamba addon for Wow (http://wow.jafula.com/) which
deals with issues like setting up groups, getting slaves to follow
the master, auto-buying/selling items, auto-accepting group
invitations & resses, getting slaves to copy master's choices
in quest dialogs, etc.
Then, finally, you'll probably need a bunch of macros to make your
group operate as a team.
For example, I get my slaves to /focus on the master toon, then
their DPS macros are of the form:
/cast [target=focustarget] Spell Name
so that the spell is cast on the master's target (or on their
own target if there is no focus, so that I can solo the toons if
There are other ways of operating a team, though, and that's part
of the fun of multiboxing - working out how to control 5 toons
at once! :-)
I really recommend you visit dual-boxing.com and read the forums
and wiki there - there's a ton of useful info about multi-boxing.
Also, if you decide to try it out, start with some trial accounts.
You get something like 10 days free on trial accounts, so you
can play around with minimal cost to see if you like it before
you commit to purchasing multiple accounts.
If you do decide to go ahead, make sure to use Blizzard's RAF
(recruit-a-friend) scheme to purchase your additional accounts.
That way your team will get bonus XP when grouped, vastly speeding
up levelling to 60 (or 60-odd days, whichever comes first). You should
be able to find out more about RAF on your account management page.
I'd say go for it - if you use trial accounts and one of the free
key multiplexors it'll cost you nothing but time (although I'd
recommend paying the $20 for Keyclone if you want an easier time
of it!) and you'll get a good feel for it.
If you have any other questions or need some more advice, feel
free to ask here or over in the dual-boxing.com forums.
Zil, Level 80 NE Priest, Aman Shan're, Stormrage Europe
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