Major features: I now have the keybindings mapped to 13 action-bar slots (main action bar, +1 button). This makes it very easy (looking at a single action bar) to see which button gives a particular action (in case I forget).
Nostromo mapping for main keys is
- 1 2 3 4 5
- 6 7 8 9 0
- shift F9 F10 F11
Orange thumb button is ctrl. Game-pad is forward/strafe/flip-camera Mouse-wheel (mouse and nostromo) is zoom and toggle-autorun
Theme has changed from (some keys for dps, some keys for heal) to unshifted=dps, shifted=heal, ctrl=forms/items. Almost all single-target spells will use mouseover targets in preference to my current target. I'm still not using focus (noob).
|Spell Attacks|| Caster
|Hurricane||Typhoon||Starfall||Force of Nature|
|Innervate||Thorns||Mark of the Wild||Abolish Poison||Remove Curse|
|Tranquility|| Healing Touch
|Target Prev Friend||Bandage||Target Next Friend|
|Trinket 1||Trinket 2||Drums||Nature's Grasp||Barkskin|
Swift Flight Form
|Dire Bear Form||Cat Form|| Travel Form
|Health Pot+Stone||Mana Potion|
| Challenging Roar
| Demoralizing Roar
|Faerie Fire (Feral)|| Frenzied Regeneration
Combat related things I still have to click, or move hand to main keyboard
- Other Items (different drums, quest items, ...)
- Faerie Fire (caster) -> May bind to ctrl+shift+8
- Soothe Animal
- Target Previous Enemy
- Target Party Members
Additonal notes: From caster form, ctrl+shift+1 is Attack.
- The stuff below here is obsolete
TLDR Version: First takes on switching from clicking to keybinding.
I got an n52 keypad for my birthday. I've always been a mouse-clicker, but I decided to jump in and try switching to using my keys.
The n52 has three rows of keys, which by default are bound to
- <tab> Q W E R
- <caps> A S D F
- <shift> Z X C
It has a scroll wheel at the 'V' position, bound to the mouse scroll wheel.
The thumb gets two buttons and an eight-direction game pad. The buttons are initially bound to <alt> and <space>. I changed <alt> to <ctrl> to avoid Windows <alt><tab> behavior. The game pad was bound to something not recognized by WoW, so I changed it to be the outer ring of keypad numbers (1-9, excluding 5).
It is possible to designate keys to make the n52 shift between 4 modes (indicated by color LED's), with entirely separate key bindings for each mode. I'm not using that, at least so far.
The setup I went with was
- Default mouse settings, except that clicking the scroll wheel toggles auto-run.
- n52 gamepad is used for forward/back/strafe
- <space> is jump/up. <shift><space> is sit/down.
I assigned the three rows of keys to
- Moonkin Combat
|> Friendly||< Friendly||Assist||< Hostile||> Hostile|
|Ctrl||Self||Party 1||Party 2||Party 3||Party 4|
|Shift||Mount Macro||Bear||Cat||Travel Macro||Moonkin|
|Auto-attack||Wrath||Starfire||Insect Swarm||MF 12|
|Shift||Nature's Grasp||Barkskin||Faerie Fire||Hurricane||MF 1|
|Ctrl||Healing Touch||Abolish Poison||Remove Curse|
After a weekend of battlegrounds and grinding, I was correctly using all of the un-modified keys, and the modified versions of the top row of keys. The <ctrl> and <shift> versions of the bottom two rows still need more training. Dropping Hurricane, when I wanted to drop FoN is funny in retrospect ... .
I'm thinking about swapping the positions of Wrath and Insect Swarm. Pinky finger already gets a workout from <shift>. Making it also do Wrath-spam is wearing it out.
I may change the binding of that <caps> key. Using it in combat meant that I was SHOUTING a lot in chat.
Previously I had the 4 main healing spells (HT, Rb, Rj, Lb) only on my caster-form bar, so I had to explicitly switch to caster before casting a heal. I really enjoyed single-press Lifebloom from within MK. However moving those to my right toolbar meant something had to go, so I now have to go to my spellbook for professions (LW, FA, Cooking), and to my backpack for my fishing pole.
I still have to mouse-click or use the main keyboard for trinkets, drums, weapon swaps, buffs, shadowmeld, ...
One thing I don't like with this settup is that I can strafe, but not easily turn while I have a Ground-Target AoE indicator up. That isn't much of an issue for FoN. It is a considerable nuisance while doing bombing runs in BEM. If I use the mouse to turn (or change altitude) I lose the targetting indicator. I can move my left hand to the main keyboard and use the arrow-keys for turning, but then my fingers are out of position for strafing or changing altitude.
If you've got suggested improvements, I'd love to see them.
Thanks Erdluf 15:29, 3 March 2008 (UTC)