There are two ways to start GosMapper:
- like a stand-alone application, open it from the start menu>Programs>GosClient>GosMapper.
In this case you can't use alla the functionality, like automapping,
that comes from the interaction with GosClient. However you can create
new maps or open and modify existent ones.
- through the plug-in, you've to start GosClient first and then click
"GosMapper plug-in" from the plug-ins menu. Opening it like
that let you use all the funtionality related to the client like automapping
and follow mode, and you can even dock the mapper window into the
Visualization and selection
GosMapper let you rotate, move and zoom the map in a very simple
way using the mouse:
- to rotate, make a complete click with the right button of the mouse
(click and release) onto an empty region of the map, then a circle
will appear and the map will rotate while you move the mouse. To exit
the rotation mode just click. To reset the rotation to 0 degrees just
make a double click with the right button, click the last button on
the toolbar or use the corresponding command in the "view"
- to zoom in and out you can use the scroller of your mouse, the buttons
on the toolbar, or the commands in the "view" menu
- to move the map just click and drag from an empty region with the
left button of the mouse.
Follow movements: if you set this option, the current room (signed
in green) will be always centred into the view, following your movements
onto the map.
You can select a single room or link clicking on it (a double click
will open a properties window for the selected item), to select multiple
rooms just click anda drag from an empty region of the map with the
left button. A right click onto a selected room or link will show
a contextual menu with some options regarding the selected object(s).
You can move rooms by simply dragging and dropping them (after a selection)
with the left button of the mouse.
To move onto the map you can use either the wind rose (located in
the bottom right corner of the map) or the keyboard:
- North = up arrow
- South = down arrow
- East = right arrow
- West = left arrow
- Up = + key
- Down = - key
- Northeast = pgup
- Northwest = home key
- Southeast = pgdown
- Southwest = end key
From "Mode" menu you can switch from several modes:
- Trace (default): in this mode, moving onto the map will cause
the creation of new rooms and links.
- Explore: in this mode instead, you can move throughout the
map without worring of creating mess, because no new rooms or links
will be created during movements.
- Online: this mode can be set only if the mapper has been
started from the client, this assures the link with GosClient and
let you trace your maps just moving into the mud, playing normally
- Follow: if configured in the right way, this mode let you
trace your steps even when you're following someone into the mud (when
you're part of a group, for example). Look at the Configuration paragraph
for further details.
To get automapping on-line mode to work you have to properly configure
the mapper, getting it to "uderstand" the mud you're playing.
To open the configuration window open GosMapper from the client and
then choose "Configure online mode" from menu "Edit".
Wrong Way: in this list you must place all that phrases which means
that there isn't any exit in the direction you're going, but more
generally, you have to place here every line that mean you can't move,
like when you're sleeping. (eg. "No exit found in that direction",
"In your dreams, or what?")
Ignore: in this list you have to place all the lines which appears
occasionally before the title of the room (during a move) and so are
to be ignored by the mapper. A classic example is when you're carriyng
too much weight for your possibilities and so the mud sends lines
like "You're very tired" before the title of each room,
to indicate you're using more movement points than normal.
In this page you have to insert the long forms (like "north")
and short forms (like "n") of the directional commands.
This is the more complicated section of the configurations, but if
you set it up properly, you can use the follow mode, which is really
useful in some situations.
Let's start from an example of the formation of a groud to have an
idea of the settings to insert:
01 You join Seph's group.
05 Seph goes east.
06 You follow Seph.
10 You stop following Seph.
In this short passage are present all the setting you have
to configure. First of all, the join of the character to a group (1,
Activation trigger), the movement of the group (5, Direction trigger),
the notify of the movement (6, Follow trigger) and at last the character
is removed from the group (10, Stop trigger).
Activation trigger: this trigger, when recognised into the
mud text, automatically starts the follow mode. His definition must
contain the name of the guy you're following, which will change every
time you use this mode, so just replace it with %name. So the activation
trigger in the example will be "You join %name's group.".
Remember to always include all the details of the line into the trigger
including full stops, commas, etc...
Direction trigger: this trigger provide the movement direction.
Like the other, you must use %name for the name of the character you're
following and %dir for the diretion. In the example, the direction
trigger will be "%name goes %dir.".
Follow trigger: this text always precede the movement of the
character and does not exists in all muds. If exist in the mud you're
playing just place a check into the checkbox before "Follow trigger"
and then set up the trigger prototype. Like the others, use %name
freely. The trigger will be "You follow %name.".
Stop trigger: this trigger lets the mapper automatically stop
the follow mode. Following the same rules of the other, the trigger
will be "You stop following %name.".
Follow mode can even be started and stopped manually using the corresponding
command into the "mode" menu.
In this page you can setup some configurations to let the mapper get
from te mud some information about the current room. By now the only
thing the mapper can take is the title of the room. For most muds
the right setting for the title is 1, if it isn't for your, just make
a few tries and find the right setting.