The All Mighty Shortcut
The Almighty /shortcut Command for Roleplay - what is it and how does it work? Shortcuts create handy buttons you can place in your skillbar to activate emotes or even auto input text into the local channel. You can create them using this template:
/shortcut # (text or /emote)
The # is the # of the button where the shortcut should first appear. Of course, you can then move that new button anywhere you want.
So, for example, if you wanted to be able to just hit a button to /wave, this is the actual command:
/shortcut 9 /wave
A new button will appear is your first skillbar, button 9, and pushing it will cause your character to /wave.
Many of the RP alts may not be very high in level, so the skillbars will be mostly empty; this is great for roleplay! You can create many auto-text types that can be replaced or changed at a moment's notice by simply dragging a new shortcut over the old one.
Ansono has taken this to an art, and created a dozen or more standard sayings. I witnessed a conversation with another random player, and he had that conversation entirely with his existing shortcuts. He also loves to stand by the side of the road next to some NPC and push off some saying as players wander by. I've had the experience of players stopping in confusion or amazement, sometimes new players even attempting to click on me before they realized I was a real person. In /ooc once, I had a player exclaim that he just had a conversation with an NPC, and he was excited by how context sensitive it was - great job Turbine! haha
Enjoy /shortcutting, and get out there and be common!--Common Folk 00:18, 3 June 2009 (UTC)