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Old November 21, 2022, 21:02   #1
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Macros

I've added keyboard macro support to AngbandOS http://angbandos.skarstech.com. Which brings me to this next topic ...

Keyboard macros only work when the game is ready for the original position the macro was intended for. Usually, this position is when the character is ready for game input. The macros reek havoc if a menu is display, waiting for Rest subcommand, store command, something, something. I'm not familiar with anyone wanting keyboard macros for in store actions and the like.

I'm considering enumerating all of the possible commands and creating a "menu" type assignment for macros.

Examples:
F1 => "Fire Arrow (best)"
F2 => "Fire Standard Arrow"
F8 => "Rest As Needed"
F9 => "Spell Magic Missile"
F10 => "Spell Light Room"
F11 => "Spell Trap and Door Location"
F12 => "Eat Ration of Food"

With these types of assignments, the command system only accepts the macro command during game play (not store, or other weird areas like "--more--")

Obviously, the command has to vet whether the player can actually perform that action (spell needs possession of the book etc) ... but something like this could guarantee either it works ... or nothing bad happens.

Thoughts?
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Old November 23, 2022, 00:01   #2
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That’s pretty much what the current keymaps do. They only work when the game is waiting for a command.

The game used to have both, but somebody decided it wasn’t worth the extra complexity, and, even as somebody who did use the full-blown macros, they were probably right.
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Old November 23, 2022, 02:59   #3
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The reasons to use macros are
1. To do stty based terminal control (obsoleted by l
ncurses library)
2. To automate menu-based actions, like changing stance in ToME and toggle fire arrows in Sil. (I have done both.)

Vanilla Angband has no menus suitable for (2) and can safely rely entirely on keymaps. But this is not universally true.
With the removal of case 1, I suspect you can safely limit macros to when a command is expected, just like keymaps.
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Old November 23, 2022, 04:13   #4
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I like to put 2 actions on the same key, like detect traps + monsters.
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Old November 23, 2022, 08:44   #5
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Many modern-day games have quick-use slots that are essentially the equivalent of Angband keymaps. Usually they are tied to inventory: first you select an object (e.g., a book), then all actions available with it (e.g., cast a spell).

Angband strongly prefers verb-object, and the object-verb of interface hasn't been too successful when it has been tried in shops, but that's an option to consider, at least to take inspiration.
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Old November 24, 2022, 00:32   #6
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fph ... Can you provide me with more detail on this setup ... I'm not fully understanding you. Maybe some examples too.
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