This guide is split into two parts. I suggest you use the first part to get used to multiboxing and then use the second part for farming Godlands for profit. I would strongly advise against skipping any kind of practice, whether you're new to multiboxing or not, and going straight to my Godlands farming guide. You will probably die many horrible deaths and demand a refund because you can't seem to multibox. This guide expects you to know the basics of Realm of the Mad God and a very basic understanding of how to use ISBoxer, Innerspace, and a very basic concept of multiboxing. Another words, you don't need to be a pro, but you can't be clueless and expect all the work to be done for you. There are plenty of resources outside of this guide that will help you to get started. Also, before you start, don't worry about not having gear or being really good at this game. I didn't have a single piece of gear when I started and I always died in Godlands when I first started playing (with out multiboxing).
Part one: Leveling and first time multiboxing RotMG.
So, you want to multibox do yah? Well, first we have to set it up! Follow this guide very closely to get Innerspace to work with Realm of the Mad God http://isboxer.com/index.php/component/content/article/3-general/106-howto-multibox-flash-games-rotmg (hats off to Lax again for this links guide) After you have that finished, it's time to start up ISBoxer. If you have no idea how to use ISBoxer, I suggest you read some guides or play around until you are somewhat familiar with it. For starting purposes, the default key bindings for broadcasting will be sufficient. Depending on how many clients you're running and what kind of cpu you might have, setting up the cpu wizard and screen setup is all up to you. I personally have an i7 cpu with 4 cores (8 hyperthreading cores) and I usually get the best result by roundrobbin settings with 3 clients. For something with 6 clients or whatnot, I generally let the game or the computer decide what the cpu should do.
The screen setup really doesn't matter, it's all gravy. After you have it all setup, it's time to export your settings to Innerspace and start it up for the first time. If you come across any problems, recheck the first link and / or go to the end of this thread for problems and solutions that I found and might solve your problem as well.
Now that you have all your clients loaded and ready it would be a really wise to right click each window and go to "Quality" and select low. This will help with your fps quite a bit. Now, log into all your characters and find a low populated server that is physically close to your area of residence. This will help you with ping that will factor into keeping your characters together. Because I am lazy and Lax already made a great in game starting guide, feel free to read his http://isboxer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=2175 I don't have much to add other then just swapping out any gear that you might find that is better then what you currently use. The most important thing you can do to keep your characters together (or at least every once in a while) is to use the in game command /teleport (name of your main character). Some easy ways to do this is to type it out and copy it via the ctrl key + C and pasting it with ctrl + v when ever you need to recenter your characters. You can also bind a macro to a key to automatically type it out. And no, I can't teach you how to make a macro, find it out on your own. I simply just don't know how to because my keyboard already has a built in macro feature. The only reason I do this and Lax doesn't seem to suggest to do in his guide is because he has the time to manually move his characters to a central location. However, in my case while farming Godlands or whatnot, you don't have that luxury. You need to be in a central location right that second or you'll die.
Now that we have everything setup, put on a kick ass soundtrack and have at it. Explore around, unlock every class if you want to, find tactics and get a feel for multiboxing. You'll probably spend a few days doing this, sometimes even a week before you're (really) ready for Godlands farming. Your goal at this point is just to get the feel and skills you need, so don't expect any kind of good gear. Profit will come later, so don't be impatient.
Tips for leveling:
- Take it nice and easy. It's leveling and you're getting used to multiboxing Realm of the Mad God which is going to pay off if you put in the time.
- Trains are an easy way to level up fast and are also sometimes difficult to stay with if your characters don't stay together. Just stop every once in a while to regroup and if you're leading the train they will probably stop with you.
- Don't get frustrated when your characters go all over the place. When leveling, the game mechanics randomly assign speed values based on a set of number(s) ( http://forums.wildshadow.com/wiki/realm-mad-god/wizard ). There is no real super effective method to fix this issue. It can be helped with speed rings you might find but just use your teleport command every once in a while or manually move your characters to a central location. This problem will be easy to cure when you're level 20 and you have enough speed rings, speed potions, and / or good character rolls to get a good rounded speed number across all of them. I usually stick around 0-2 speed difference between them to keep it manageable.
- Don't get frustrated when you die or a single character out of your group dies. I've went through probably 20-30+ characters total before I started to get the hang of it. Just re-level the dead character with the rest of your characters at their current level and just readjust his location when he gets too far away from xp.
Part two: Godlands farming
The goal of this part of the guide is to get you up and running in order to farm Godlands in Realm of the Mad God for fast and easy pots. This is by no means easy and very few people on the game will support you for multiboxing. You will get people who follow you, name call you, report you, and everything else you can think. But dont let that discourage you, keep chugging along! You've made it this far. And don't worry, I am nowhere near perfect playing Realm of the Mad God, with or with out multiboxing so you don't have to worry about having a fully potted char or amazing dodging skills to farm like I do. I'll tell you my super special secret that should never leave this thread! The answer is simple, priests. Why priests you ask? Well, for starters if you round robbin your healing spell you can space out healing (in my experience 3 or more clients) to produce almost unlimited sustain in Godlands with little gear. The second reason I love them is because of there range. They have the longest range out of any other class, and not to mention they usually roll really high speed, which is perfect for back peddling and shooting into the wave of Gods that are following you. This doesn't mean other classes aren't good for multiboxing. I just found that with 3 priests, you can stay out farming until your characters are full of pots rather then having to go back to the nexus every 2-5 minutes.
Now that you've gotten used to multiboxing, lets make some special features that assist in farming Godlands! I am going to just take a stab and figure that you probably dont have a clue on how to work ISBoxer, and I really don't know that much about it either to tell you the truth. I'll make it simple for that reason.
The first feature I would suggest anyone using is the handy keymapping that Lax made after I had some trouble. http://isboxer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=2245 This nifty code will eliminate the right click of death, were if you right clicked in the heat of battle a flash menu would pop up and you'd lose control of your character and probably die a very horrible death. It will also force insert to be sent to all clients regardless of whether or not broadcasting is activated or not. This is useful for when you're in a panic situation during a screen swap to pick up loot. This code will also fix an issue with the flash shortcut (ctrl + w) that forces flash to close if you happen to have the ctrl key bound to something and were moving with the W key at the same time.
The other feature you'll probably want to set up is a round robbin key binding for your healing spell (space key by default on RotMG). There are probably guides out there, but this would be a rough setup of one: In ISBoxer expand the "Key Maps" in the top left cell. You can create a new keymap by right clicking "Key Maps" and adding one or you can just choose a per-existing one. Now that we have a new (or old) keymaps subsection, look on the bottom left cell of ISBoxer and right click "Mapped Keys" and click "New Mapped Key". Name it something like healing or what ever you fancy. After it is created, turn your attention to the middle bottom cell and leave the two selections under Hotkey on the default settings. However, if you want to have your new spell on a key other then spacebar, apply that key into the "Hotkey". For example, I have that section assigned to the mouse4 button (the key on the side of the mouse that goes back on internet browsers) so that I only have to press that when I want to heal my self instead of having to hit the space bar all the time. After you've assigned your key turn your attention to the bottom left cell of ISBoxer and expand "Steps". Highlight "1" and then turn your attention to the middle bottom cell of ISBoxer. Right click "Actions" and hover your mouse over "Keystroke Action" and click on "New Keystroke Action". Highlight the new creation and look on the bottom right cell of ISBoxer. Change the "Target" to "window: All w/ Current" and the "key Combination" input to Space. DON'T FORGET to click "Round-robin within selected Target". You're done! Now it should be as simple as hitting your assigned key to heal once instead of having all 3 chars heal at the same time. I suggest having the space bar still work for all 3 for oh shit moments when you get separated or need a lot of life instantly.
Here are some general tips I learned from farming in Godlands:
- When looking for loot, I usually just scan all my clients with my eyes while paying attention to the surrounding. I can usually pick up the blue color of a potion bag in the corner of my eyes because it's so noticeable on the ground.
- Never dive in for loot, as tempting as it may seem. Try and kill everything around you before you loot or just pass it on if it's too risky. A good mind set to be in is that it's more trouble having to relevel a char then it is to try and get that extra pot.
- Don't be afraid to run out of mana sometimes, just because one of your chars is out of mana doesn't mean the other 2 or more can heal. If all 3 or more characters are out of mana and you're not in a safe spot to regenerate mana, it might be wise to return to the nexus. This saves time because you wont have to re-level 3 or more characters despite wanting to save time by not going to the nexus and trying to tough it out. But be careful and remember that if one character is out of mana, then you'll have to press your healing round robbin button twice to skip over it.
- Don't get frustrated with other people or your self. Most people I see would rather you die a horrible death then support you. Just ignore them. It's also wise to avoid people because they will pull monsters into you or away from you, dont put your neck on the line for them because they probably wouldn't do the same for you. Don't get frustrated with your self when you die or you cant find any loot. With enough time you'll be swimming with pots and not have a care in the world.
- Don't be afraid to use extra mana in hairy situations. I usually have oh shit moments and just hit the space bar instead of my round robbin key so I am instantly full on life. When I run low on mana because of this I usually play a bit more passive until I have enough mana for a heal or two on each char. Too much of an oh shit moment requires the nexus button.
- Never get distracted or leave the keyboard or even window if you're in Godlands. Typing, switching screens, getting up to go to the bathroom will almost always end up in a death and cause frustration. Use the handy insert key (nexus) or the handy /pause command. Make sure that if you type /pause ALL of them go into a pause state. I've had times were only 2 out of the three characters pause resulting in a death. It's usually best just to nexus.
- Stay very far away from most event bosses like the Cube God, Penteract, Skull Shrine, and a few others. They have so much stuff flying in every which way that it really isn't convenient to multibox event bosses. I'd suggest farming pots by farming Godlands and use those pots to fully pot a single char to do event bosses like this. I feel that there would be way too much risk to multibox against them or farm around them with all the summons they create flying around them which can fly around in parts of godlands. They hit like a ton of bricks and are very dangerous. I am not saying it's not possible to multibox against the event bosses, I just feel it's suicide unless you had fully potted chars with good gear. At that point I wouldn't be sure why you'd want to risk all that for a few extra pots from something like the Cube God.
- Avoid most dungeons. They are usually death traps solo, and multiboxing really wouldn't help you that much. I usually find more loot just farming Godlands then what is offered inside most dungeon portal. I figure that you can factor in a death of a character in with the time spent inside a dungeon because most dungeon minions hit like a ton of bricks and move insanely fast out of your blind spots. Lemon (sprite world) is a bitch to do with all the moving pads. You would be wise to avoid multiboxing this dungeon.
God tactic guide
This is for specific God tactics, use at your own risk, find a way that works best with you before going head first into this.
- Usually for the genie, I can take all his hits head on with out moving and just healing through his projectiles. He is quite easy.
- Ghost God, Medusas, and those eyeball looking gods are easy to take on if you back peddle (move backwards to avoid projectiles, something were high priest base speed comes in handy.) and just shoot in the general direction while they chase you. They deal a lot of damage and could one shot you if you are shotgunned. Usually a hit or two is nothing to worry about, just heal up a bit.
- Leviathan, the blue snake type of thing that goes all over the place, is a bit harder to take down. I usually take a few of his hits while healing and just spray bullets and try and lead my attacks on him. Sometimes it's best just to pass him up.
- Sprite God, that purple looking ghost that sits still, is sometimes very dangerous. Be careful of his silence projectiles that he throws out. Being silenced is the bane of healing because you wont have any mana! It's easy to kite his silence if you can heal through his projectiles though. I usually pick a spot and move around slightly because his silence is designed to over correct or follow the character quite a bit. You'll probably get hit more trying to kite his silence and his projectiles at the same time.
- I dont remember what the god is named but it reminds me of the Pokemon named Muk. It's kind of like a pool of ooze that shoots out a spread along with green sticky projectiles that will slow you. This is very dangerous to multiboxing because it will probably hit a few of your characters and make them very slow and split your team up very quick. Usually I can back peddle and range his projectiles and his sticky projectiles but it's more important to avoid the sticky ones because you can just heal through his normal damaging projectiles.
Common problems and solutions:
A good start would be to update flash, update ISBoxer and Innerspace, update windows, update graphic card drivers, as well as reinstalling flash if need be.
Innerspace wont hook into my Realm of the Mad God instance!
A: Follow this guide closer http://isboxer.com/index.php/component/content/article/3-general/106-howto-multibox-flash-games-rotmg If you make a mistake or create the wrong .exe it wont hook. Also, double check Enable hardware acceleration.
I can't keep my characters together!
A: Sometimes it's impossible and even if your speed is the same you'll still have them a little out of place due to server ping. A good way to keep them closer together besides having the same speed is to have a high fps. Around 30 works for me and lowering quality via right click on flash will help out a lot with fps issues. Sometimes your computer just isn't good enough to multibox and there is no fix.
I can't right click to change quality after I used Lax's code to disable right clicking!
A: Use the rest of his guide to map out a key to disable the right click code temporary when you're first setting up your clients http://isboxer.com/wiki/FAQ#I_added_a_new_Key_Map_but_the_Key_Maps_toggle_does_not_disable_it.3F
I never find any pots, you told me I'd be rolling around in them in Godlands!
A: Patience. It's a random drop and you need to apply somewhere around 10-20% damage in order to be eligible for anything to drop. This also means that large multiboxing groups aren't great for Godlands farming. In my experience, 6 characters split the damage on Gods so much that none of them were eligible for loot. Meaning that I never found any potions or soulbound bags. I reduced down to 3 characters and it was much better on my cpu and I started getting drops.
My clients sometime close out, what gives!
A: I found that Lax's code didn't 100% work for me. If your clients are closing out when you're moving and using the ctrl key, I suggest you bind your ctrl key to something else and forget about using it until Lax comes up with a solution to disable flash shortcuts.
When I made a macro to teleport, it never types out the full thing!
A: Add a delay before you last hit enter to send the teleport command. I suggest adding a 300-400ms delay to be safe.
Farming video! - Better farming video http://youtu.be/x3Gn9hxjo2c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL9MVCW3pLk Also, feel free to post anything that you feel is important to add to this guide.