Download and install ISBoxer. From the main page of ISBoxer click “Get ISBoxer Now!”, on the right click #3 Install…
Once installed you should end up with 2 icons on your desktop. One for Inner Space and the other for ISBoxer Suite. Run Inner Space. We’ll get to ISBoxer in a few minutes. After logging in, getting patches, restarting – inner space should now be running in your task bar at the bottom of the computer and looks like a red target. Right click it. At the top is a list of games it detected. If Vanguard is not listed you’ll need to add it manually by selecting “Add Game”. Follow the prompts. Now that’s it in the list of games, select it and Vanguard should launch. Go through the process of logging in and getting to the character select screen. You should see an FPS meter at the top left. You can also click the tilde “~” key for the console to pop up. If all of this is working correctly then you can close the game and move on to ISBoxer.
I think of ISBoxer as a high powered notepad. It’s there as an editor to make configuration changes.
Settings you make are published or “exported” to Inner space which then does the heavy lifting.
Open IXBoxer Suite
At the top click Wizards -> Quick Setup
Select Vanguard from each of the pull downs and click next
Add 2 characters. For this example I’ll use “myhealer” and “mytank”
Actual Character name: mytank (let “Display as” autofill) and click Add
Actual Character name: myhealer (let autofill) and click Add
Name for your team: My tank and healer
We’ll skip the window layout for now and come back to it in second. Select “No, thanks. Do not create a Window Layout for me at this time.” And click Next
Leave the defaults checked for Assigning default keys and the Click Bar.
Let’s do a window layout. The default is to have 1 fairly large size window (not full screen) and then another smaller window off to the side or down below. Personally I like to play in full screen mode with another small window on top and in the corner. This setup gets a little temperamental at times so you might have better luck with the default setup. Play with different layouts to see what suites you. This will show you a non default type of setup.
Right click “Window Layouts” and select “New Window Layout” and name it “Full screen”.
With it selected go down and select Regions. The blue area that says “Screen 1” is your monitor. We need to define where our 2 Vanguard sessions are going to be. Click Add to add a region. Make this full screen. At the bottom change from “used for session for 1 when inactive” to “used for session 2”. Click Add to add another session. Resize it to 800x600 (use the pull down on the right where it say size) and then drag the region to the top right. Make sure it is also set to “used for session 2”.
Note: If you ever lose a screen behind another one, use the “Selected Region” pull down to select your missing region.
Finally drag your character set “My tank and healer” down from the top and drop it on Character Sets.
You’re done with the window layout.
Let’s launch what we’ve done and then come back to define some key mappings that will be used in the game.
File -> Save. We still need to export it. Right now it’s not doing us any good if we launch vanguard. We’ve just saved it so we don’t lose the work we’ve done.
File -> Export All to Inner Space. Now Inner Space has the information and can work with 2 sessions of vanguard. We could close out of ISBoxer Toolkit, but let’s leave it open.
Down at the bottom of your computer in the task bar, right click Inner Space and in the entry “ISBoxer Character Sets” you should see the character set we just made “My tank and healer” – launch that.
Vanguard will be launched, log in with the first character that you added to the list – in this case the account that has the tank. Go through the process of character select and logging into the world. Once logged in, Inner Space will launch another instance of the game. Log in with your other account and select the healer. Each time you login, the game will auto resize and blink a few times and you’ll end up with 1 large screen and another picture in picture of another character. You can click on that window to make it your primary and switch back and forth. You’ll see a small bar at the top left with some icons. One should be on (key mapping) and the other is off (repeater). You can play with these (click them on and off) and move your characters. One is for key mapping which we'll setup in a minute, and the other broadcasts or repeats your keys to both accounts at the same time. So moving 1 character will move the other character. This isn’t something we’ll use often, but it’s a good way to see that everything is working. Next we’ll work on key mapping.
If these are brand new characters, you’ll have the easiest time. It’s hardest to setup high level toons because you usually have all your slots filled and you want to setup lots of shortcuts for them.
We’ll setup a basic follow and heal so that you can primarily control the tank and then have a pocket healer follow you around and heal you on command. If they’re brand new you’ll need to manually drive them around so that they’re next to each other.
In the game switch to your healer and right click on an empty hotbar slot. I’m using the second bar up from the bottom. You’ll need to know which bar is which and how to use the keyboard to launch those shortcuts. The bar I’m using, is Alt + a number. A different bar might be Cntrl + a number. I right click the first slot on the second bar and a window pops up (Make Macro) to type in my command. Name it “follow tank” and type in the macro /tar tank (where tank is the name of your toon) and on another line /follow. Click text-only macro and create. Now click this with your mouse and test it. Your healer should face and follow your tank. If not ask in vanguard chat how to accomplish a macro for follow. Stop following by moving your healer around manually, now test it with your shortcut key. For me it’s Alt+1. It should do the same thing.
Now make 1 more. Drag your healing spell into slot 2. If it's not already somewhere on your shortcut bar you can go into your spells list and drag it out from there. We’ll just leave it as is for now, but eventually you may want to put in a target command to make sure your tank is the one being healed. Because we’re assuming you’ve targeted the tank to follow him around always, anytime you cast a heal it will be on the tank. Test this by using Alt+2 to see your healer cast a heal on the tank.
Alt-tab out of the game and bring up ISBoxer Toolkit. We need to let Inner Space know how to handle these commands in the game. In ISBoxer go to Key Maps -> Combat. Click Combat and at the bottom right click “Mapped Keys”. Left click “Many new Mapped Keys”
Click where it says “Press a key combination here” just to make sure this area is selected. Next do an “Alt + 1” on your keyboard. We want Alt+1 to be used when we want our healer to follow our tank. So in the “Target for keystroke” select “Character Slot 2(healer)” . And that’s all you need, hit ok. Let’s do one more real quick and then you can try it out. Right click “Mapped Keys” and left click “Many new Mapped Keys”. Use Alt + 2 for your keystroke and use the same target “Character Slot 2(healer)”.
Save your configuration. (File – Save). And export it to Inner Space. File -> “Export All to Inner Space”. With the game running, Inner Space will refresh all the settings including the window layout, so you’ll see everything flash and reorganize. With your tank as the main screen hit “Alt + 1”. Your healer has targeted you and is following you. Now hit “Alt + 2” and your healer throws a heal on you.
Hopefully this has helped you download, install, and setup ISBoxer from scratch and get your 2 accounts running together on one box.