ISBoxer 42:Quick Start Guide
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It should only take you a few minutes to get started Multiboxing with ISBoxer! This guide will try to point you in the right direction.
Part 1: Before configuring ISBoxer
ISBoxer is going to generate a multiboxing configuration for Inner Space, based on what you set up in the ISBoxer software. Before you can configure ISBoxer, you will need to make sure that Inner Space (installed by ISBoxer) is running in the system notification area (usually next to the clock, where all the icons are).
If your game was auto-detected by Inner Space, it will already be listed in the Inner Space menu, and may have a "No Patch" profile for you to use in ISBoxer. If it is not listed, you will need to select "Add Game" from the Inner Space menu, and point it to your game. HOWTO:Add a Game
Part 2: Use the Quick Setup Wizard
ISBoxer's Quick Setup Wizard is really good at providing a starter configuration. The first thing you want to do to set up any new team (or "Character Set" is what ISBoxer calls your team) is go to the Wizards menu and select Quick Setup Wizard. If you can't find the menu for some reason, you can probably find it by tapping Alt, or you can press Ctrl+Q to use the keyboard shortcut for the Quick Setup Wizard.
The Quick Setup Wizard should be fairly painless. As you go through the wizard, you pick a name for your Character Set, name or pick the Characters in it, select a Window Layout style, and set up a CPU Strategy.
As you complete the Quick Setup Wizard, you might find the Window Layout page intimidating, especially if the styles that are automatically listed don't include exactly what you are looking for. However, you can change your Window Layout style at any time by using the Window Layout Wizard or even manually customize it with the Window Layout editor, and you can change your CPU Strategy at any time using the CPU Strategy Wizard. So really, just pick something that will do for now and then adjust things after trying it out.
- In certain games (e.g. Dark Age of Camelot), or with certain hardware and drivers (e.g. a laptop with both NVIDIA and Intel GPUs and current drivers has a related bug), a normal Window Layout with smaller windows may not operate correctly. Either the smaller views will not show the game scaled down to the window size, or mouse broadcasting will fail to match up properly, or both. It is possible to work around these issues via a "Video FX Layout" which can be easily configured by enabling "Use Video FX" before selecting a Window Layout style!
On the final page of the wizard, ISBoxer allows you to select and configure a style of configuration. (See "Quick Setup Wizard Page 6: How would you like to control the game?" for more details.) A recommended configuration style will already be selected for you, e.g. MMO - Standard or Generic Broadcasting, and various options for that style -- such as Hotkeys you might use -- are available in tabs below this setting. Depending on your selected configuration style, there may be a "MMO Party Mechanics" section, which includes options for various Follow/Assist Modes and other related options -- a recommended Follow/Assist Mode has been selected for you as well.
After running the Quick Setup Wizard, do an Export to Inner Space. You can find it in the File menu. You will need to do this any time you want to activate changes you have made through ISBoxer.
For now, do not make any changes in your ISBoxer configuration. Try it out first by continuing with the rest of this guide!
Part 3: Log in
After you have Exported to Inner Space, your Character Set should now be available for launching. To launch your team, use one of the following 3 methods:
- Right click Inner Space in the system notification area and, in the ISBoxer Character Sets sub-menu, select your Character Set
- In the top left pane in ISBoxer, under Character Sets, right click your Character Set and select Launch
- To create a shortcut on your desktop to launch your team: In the top left pane in ISBoxer, under Character Sets, right click your Character Set and select Create desktop Launch shortcut
The launch process is usually a little bit different whether you are launching the game via a launcher or not.
For a game requiring a launcher
Use this section if you are launching the game through the game's launcher.
When you launch your Character Set, one launcher and game instance will be handled at a time. The second account's game launcher will open after the first one has launched the first game instance, and the first launcher has closed. If it takes more than 3 minutes to get from launching the game's launcher to opening the game instance, ISBoxer will give up and not continue launching the next instance. To continue launching, just launch your Character Set again and ISBoxer will continue filling in any missing windows.
If the game launcher does not automatically close after launching the game client, you will need to manually shut down the game launcher, and then manually launch your Character Set again for ISBoxer to continue launching your team.
- ISBoxer 42 introduced a new "Dynamic Launch Mode" feature, which will allow you to use the same game launcher instance to launch multiple game clients. With certain limitations, this feature can make it more convenient to log in to games such as EVE Online, which supports logging in multiple accounts.
For a game not requiring a launcher
Use this section if you can bypass the game's launcher (if it has one) and log in through an in-client login screen, like World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Runes of Magic, EverQuest, and EverQuest 2.
When you launch your Character Set, each instance of your game should come up, one after another.
When you want to enter your password, you may need to temporarily disable ISBoxer Hotkeys that may otherwise interfere! So, turn off "Key Maps" to enter your password. To do this, use the Shift+Alt+M hotkey, or click on the "A,Z" icon that starts out with green (activated) arrows.
If your password is the same on all accounts, you can enter your password in all windows at the same time via Key broadcasting. To do this, use the Shift+Alt+R hotkey, or click on the "A,A" icon that may start out with gray (deactivated) arrows, depending the Configuration Style you chose from the Quick Setup Wizard.
Part 4: Gameplay as a multiboxer
At this point, congratulations you are already multiboxing! You have your characters in the game! You can go back and forth between the windows, and play each of them just as if you weren't using ISBoxer. You can stop following the guide and come back later if that's all you want for now.
The most important things you will want to learn how to do in order to enjoy your multiboxing experience are as follows:
- How to move your characters together
- How to attack the same thing together
- How to heal your characters
There are many different ways of doing these things, each with their own pros and cons.
For example, to move together you could simply broadcast your movement keys. However, you will soon find that your characters drift apart rather quickly, and it is tedious to keep adjusting the exact direction each character is moving in order to keep them together. That is why many games provide an Auto-Follow feature, and it's just as useful to a multiboxer as it is to a solo player! If the game you are playing provides this feature, ISBoxer can help you use it effectively, and we'll get to that in a minute.
So, now that we've covered that example, we hope you don't want to broadcast everything; this is why we usually keep broadcasting disabled, and Key Maps enabled. The "A,A" icon should usually have gray arrows, and the "A,Z" icon should usually have green arrows. You only want to turn off Key Maps when you want to use the keys you have mapped as ISBoxer Hotkeys, to not do those Hotkeys anymore -- like to type in a chat box, type in your password, etc. if your Hotkeys would interfere. You can go with the broadcast everything method if you prefer, but this guide does not cover that.
The point is to get you thinking about what you need to do in each window in order for these things to happen. To auto-follow someone when playing solo, you might need to target them and press the game's auto-follow Hotkey, or maybe the game has a built-in macro system that will let you follow a specific character by using a custom Hotkey. ISBoxer is very good at helping you use Hotkeys. On the other hand, if you find that you need to actually click on some NPC or object in the world, that object is likely going to be in a slightly different place in each window, so you may not be able to simply broadcast one click to every window to make everyone click on it at the same time.
For Action RPG like Diablo 3, these games typically do not provide an auto-follow feature. Therefore, moving around together in this type of game requires broadcasting your movement keys or mouse controls, and some find it frustrating to continually reposition Characters together.
ISBoxer's Generic Broadcasting configuration style intends for (and defaults to) Broadcasting Mode to be ON most of the time in order to benefit this style of gameplay. Additionally, "Hold to Control" Hotkeys for each game instance (up to 6) are configurable via the Quick Setup Wizard, or afterward under the "ISB42 - Always On" Key Map. These Hotkeys can be used to quickly pick up loot, or re-synchronize your Characters, by controlling a single game instance at a time from your current game window.
Part 5: Start customizing
Customizing your multiboxing setup is something that happens gradually over time, as you learn new things or encounter new content that poses new problems.
- Many of the most common modifications you might want are explained in detail, such as:
- The game's Key Bindings - tell ISBoxer about them in order to enable Formations and Follow and Assist hotkeys
- The game's Action Bars - whether you want to click them or press the Hotkeys, ISBoxer can help you use buttons in each window at the same time
- Window switching - you can set up hotkeys for switching windows, or learn how to replace your Window Layout with Video FX
Remember, to activate changes you made through the ISBoxer program, you will need to Export to Inner Space! Most changes you can make will automatically apply while playing, as soon as you Export.