One of our favorite forum do-gooders, Georg Zoeller, dropped by the main forums today to wish us a Happy Rapt… no, my apologies! He wanted to clear up a few things about auto-attacking, and whether or not there would be macro functionality in SWTOR at launch:
Macros are a pretty broad term for certain convenience and advanced user functions at this time. Some of those features are present as possible key binds in the game, others are not.
We’re not opposed to macros, we don’t hate them, in fact we will probably add them, but probably not for launch.
So what does this mean for us?
Well the good news is, although macros will not be available right at launch, we will have some of their functionality in the form of key binds, and they definitely have not ruled out implementing them at a later date.
Each of us tends to use macros for different goals. Many folks use them to streamline their gaming experience. Some people attempt to automate their entire attack sequences, which generally draws the ire of our beloved developers. Crafters have used them as well to reduce “the grind.” In the end, they’re another tool at our disposal, and it’s ultimately how we use them that determines their overall acceptability.
A favorite of usage of mine in other games was to link consumables or self-buffs, or even target-based debuffs, with common attacks. Pet-based classes might use them to ensure that their minions’ attacks are in synch with their own, for example. I can imagine several SWTOR scenarios in which macros would be helpful:
- In PvP, quickly being able to call out targets on the fly and announce Crowd Control abilities you might be casting upon them.
- Adding in a /say or /shout to other certain abilities (i.e., macroing any number of silly phrases to Rocket Punch).
- Using mouse-over macros to streamline the healing experience.
My own usage will tend to be more on the PvP and/or healing side of things, but we’ll have to wait and see what sort of a system we eventually receive to be certain. What types of macros have you used in the past? What sorts of macros do you envision yourself using in SWTOR, when they are finally implemented?
8 Responses to “Macro-roni and Cheese? Not at Launch, But…”