Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Revamping the Macro System

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 - by Evlyxx 1

macro_ui

The wow macro system is great for combining several slash commands that execute together when you click a single action button or keybind. It allows for a total of 54 macros (36 account wide and 18 character specific ones). Some people love them (including me!) and others are afraid to use them for fear of being accused of cheating or simply being unaware of how to program them.

The in-game support for macros is almost non-existent and the only change I have ever seen was when they added the save button to the UI a few months ago. Then from nowhere came the message below:

Taepsilum
Devs are looking into revamping the whole macro system at some point, meanwhile, simply increasing the number of slots would probably be good enough. They were having some discussions about doing just that but we still don't have any concrete plans on the way, if anything changes we'll let you know.


Upon reading this news I was overjoyed as I have all my macro slots full on all my priests and my paladin and then I sat down and thought exactly what I wanted from the changes and to be honest I couldn't think of much I wanted changed beyond more slots and more character spaces to allow more complex macros.

It is not that I want to have an I win macro or a lazy man's macro that simply has a complete rotation in one massive /castsequence macro, that was so vanilla and if I wanted to spam 1 button I could just go play an arcane mage or a windwalker monk. However, there are some features that while not being a game changer would make the macro system better.

Things that spring to mind are:
  • a tutorial on how to make a macro;
  • a search facility for the icons;
  • a syntax check;
  • a flexible macro;
The last item on that list needs a bit of explaining as what I'm after is a macro that changes completely depending on your location. If you're doing the Golden Lotus dailies it could be the bomb for bombing teh cannons, in Nizao Temple it could be for throwing the bomb at the mantid vehicle, in the Heart of Fear it could be the Impaling Spear in Mel'jarak's room. This is possible as there is an addon, I Has Macro Lol that does exactly that, sadly it is now woefully out of date and being botched to make it work so I simply refuse to use it.

Beyond those six things I can't think of much to add to the system. What would you like to see changed in teh macro system?

About the Author

By day I'm an IT Server analyst for a major telecoms compnay in the UK and I've been playing World of Warcraft since November 2005 when a pair of colleagues bullied me into playing! I have evolved into a raider (summer 2006), an auction house wheeler dealer (2007), a guild officer (2007), an altoholic (2008), a raid leader (2008), a Warcraft blogger (2010) and a PVPer (2012)

My main has, and always will be Evlyxx, a priest and I love to heal. I started as Holy in vanilla, dabbled with the shadow side during the middle part of Burning Crusade, before returning to Holy but I have been mostly Discipline since mid-Wrath.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to see macros that currently require double-clicks to be a bit more intuitive somehow so that I don't have to click them twice. This becomes more of a burden when tanking and trying to ress people with Nature's Swiftness up as the macro I have to automate that doesn't quite work and I keep forgetting to fix it :)
    However, I realise that this was likely introduced to make automated play more difficult to put into addons.
    Personally I think for those who really want to use macros and understand where and why they are useful there is plenty of information out there. I first discovered macros because of the need to quickly dispell the debuff on Maiden of Virtue in KZ and from there my use of them has grown and shrunk over various xpacs. I try to use them fairly sparingly as I try to stay away from the limit because it can becoming annoying to manage them when you have so many!

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About the Author

By day I'm an IT Server analyst for a major telecoms compnay in the UK and I've been playing World of Warcraft since November 2005 when a pair of colleagues bullied me into playing! I have evolved into a raider (summer 2006), an auction house wheeler dealer (2007), a guild officer (2007), an altoholic (2008), a raid leader (2008), a Warcraft blogger (2010) and a PVPer (2012)

My main has, and always will be Evlyxx, a priest and I love to heal. I started as Holy in vanilla, dabbled with the shadow side during the middle part of Burning Crusade, before returning to Holy but I have been mostly Discipline since mid-Wrath.

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