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Atlantis

Spawns

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So here is your basic Address Book window. Atlantis has a really fantastic system where you can set up characters as subsets of a world. You can set options at a world level to carry over to all of the characters, or if it’s just an option you want on one character, you can set it up there! Very snazzy, and one of my favorite things about it that I miss when I’m on SimpleMU at work.

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And here’s your basic spawn window. There’s a lot of different philosophies on how much to spawn, and everyone has their preferences, etc. I tend to spawn out everything individually on Atlantis — that is, a spawn for each channel — just because I think it works well with how Atlantis displays spawns, as you can see there on the left. The way I spawn is pretty impossible on SimpleMU. It’ll just depend on your preferences.

Starting out, you’d only have the “Second Pass MUSH” at the top level of the list. Then you’d just click the + button below the list and name a new spawn. (As you can tell on mine, you can have spawns and subspawns. I keep all my channel spawns in one area with a Channel folder.) Then when you go down to the bottom, you’ll have “Patterns” and “Exceptions.” If you click the + button below that box, you can add a pattern for the spawn to use. In most cases, it’ll probably be the “begins with” type. Since I used “begins with” and set it to “[Public],” all the lines beginning with that will go into the Public spawn. Easy peasy!

If you decided to set a more general spawn, maybe something that just began with “[“ or something like that, you could also set exceptions by clicking on that tab and setting them. So if you wanted a spawn to catch MOST but not ALL of a pattern, you could specify.

Events

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EVENTS! They let you do lots of cool things. Here I’ll be looking at my basic log-cleaning event. This is how I make log-cleaning as easy for myself as possible. First you just hit the “New Event” button. Give it a name, it’s not super important. Then you start off setting some conditions. I have three basic “Text: Matches Pattern” conditions, which just measures incoming lines and selects the patterns I’ve indicated. For cleaning my log, I set three conditions to match text beginning with OOC, [, and (New BB message as three common clutterers of logs.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: At the bottom, there is a drop-down for “Execute this event when.” It is set to ALL by default, which you don’t want for an event like this. Make sure to set it to “any.”

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And your next step is to set an Action. This is the half that fires when your conditions are met. For this, it’s simple: just select the “Text: Gag Line from Logs” option and you’re all set.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: Don’t forget to click the check-box up top to enable your event. You have no idea how many times I’ve forgotten to do that.

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Events are, overall, kind of super awesome and flexible. I’ve included the entire dropdown list of all the possible conditions you can use to make an event, and here:

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…are all the conditions! If you’re an actual programmer, you probably don’t need this guide, but you can actually write stuff for Atlantis in Perl and stuff. And the creator of Atlantis (who happens to be our server owner!) is super responsive on the Atlantis forums if you have problems.

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Back to logging! I also do a little bit on this side to make sure my logs as clean as possible. This is your basic screen you’ll get when you start a log. By starting a log in your main spawn and clicking the “Log only the current spawn” option, you’ll make doubly sure that anything you’ve spawned out will stay out of the log.

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Additional logging options: I use the “Plain Text (Formatted)” style. By clicking the Options button next to it, you can have the client add blank lines between poses in your log (and also the option below it, which won’t double them up.) Very useful!

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And finally, highlights. I like my world colorful. Highlights is just another main tab in the Address Book window. I tend to highlight myself in one color (red, as you can see) and notable people I RP with often in purple. All you do it hit the Add Highlight button, give it text, and pick a color to change the foreground color to. If you couldn’t tell, it’s case-sensitive, which means you might end up doing multiple entries for one character.

So that’s it! I have been using Atlantis for several years now and am pretty technologically handy, so I’m usually happy to help out if you have minor problems, and Sparks is super nice on her forum, which is a perk of a program still in dev.

Enjoy, my Mac bretheren!