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prospecting and milling with WoW in the background. [Risk Free]



Something that I've come to accept over all my years of writing guides and making gold, is that despite how ever much you possibly know - you will ALWAYS be limited by the shear quantity of activities that needs to be done. When you start out and maybe have 50k gold or think 100k gold is a lot, it may be fine to sit around and mill for half an hour for those 50 glyphs or prospect for an hour to get those gems. But as your gold amount increases, the more you are able to invest but also the more you need to process.

You get to a point where you simply cannot healthily or practically sit and prospect or mill or craft for 5-8 hours a day in order to keep up with your supply and to accelerate your gold acquisition at an acceptable pace. You eventually need to turn to easier methods such as this, which while is not illegal according to Blizzard's ToS/EULA, it does take the initial fun away from making gold which is why I've chosen to post this in the Elite Section rather than anywhere else.

AutoHotKey has been around for ages now but I've always been so hesitant to get involved with it since it is so very well known for it's automation ability which is against Blizzard's ToS or EULA - something which I ironically (in terms of where I'm posting this right now) stay clear of, but over the last year or two it has become extremely popular via the huge multi-boxing community and a few other uses.

This tutorial will help you setup AutoHotKey to send the keypress "=" into World of Warcraft every time there is movement on your mouse, even if you are busy browsing the internet withwow in the background.

Alright well head over to the AHK Download Page and download the appropriate version for you. You can choose between the .exe file or a zip file as well.

Start up the installation wizard, accept the ToS and select Main Program and Script Compiler as components to install. Continue through the basic installation and skip showing the help file unless you really want to.

When you start it up the first time it will give you a message saying "To help you get started, would you like to create a sample script in the My Documents folder?". Click Yes.

It will now open a notepad file which is the script, it has some basic instructions to help you understand it. Delete it all and replace it with this script:


Code:
#persistent coordmode, mouse, screen mousegetpos, sx, sy settimer, check, 4000 return ;*** Pause Script *** ~=::Pause check: mousegetpos, cx, cy if (cx != sx or cy != sy) { ; mouse has moved, calculate by how much if (cx > (sx+2) or cx < (sx-2) or cy > (sy+2) or cy < (sy-2)) { ControlSend,,1,World of Warcraft mousegetpos, sx, sy ; get new mouse position } } return

Credits go to Jenzali for the script - I only added a pause script keybind and modified it to send the keypress every 4 seconds rather than 1 second since it takes about 2.5-3 seconds on average to prospect and loot. Added 1 extra second because I don't want to spam the command too quickly. You can change the line "settimer, check, 4000' down to 3000 if you want it quicker.

The red = is what pauses and unpauses the script. Replace it with what ever you want.
The red 1 is the keypress it sends to wow. Replace it with what ever you want.

Once you have the script pasted in there save the file and close it. You will now need to start AHK again (the first time was it just set it all up etc). Every time you modify the script you need to restart AHK or select "reload this script" from it's menu that you will see in a second.

When you start it up again now, it should start automatically running and you will see a green and white "H" icon in the bottom left hand corner of your screen. Right click it and you will see the following options:




The only ones you need to know are:
Reload This Script - reloads the script currently chosen, must use it if you make any edits while the script is loaded.

Edit This Script - opens up that text file again allows you to make quick changes.

Pause Script - pauses the script (will show a tick next to the option) and prevents it from running. I do this when I run out of ore/herbs and need to fetch more or have to clear bag spaces etc. It's pointless to have the script running when you have nothing to process. Click the option again to start it again.
Exit - yeah use your imagination.
What we are doing here IS perfectly legitimate and allowed. It has been confirmed over and over again. HOWEVER Blizzard DOES use their own form of Automation (ironic isn't it?) in order to detect cheaters. As far as I can find there has been no case where a player has been banned/suspended for using AHK (because wow can't detect it and it's also legitemate).

But if you are seen sitting in the middle of SW for 10 hours only prospecting at exactly even times, then it's possible that someone might report you or Blizzard will pick up the precise prospect every 4 seconds for 10 hours EVERY TIME - which is impossible by human hands for that kind of precision. Hence they may think you are fully automating it and send you a temporary or permanent ban. A quick email explaining what you were doing will get you unbanned within no time.

In order to prevent something like this though, I would recommend opening up a ticket with something along the lines of:


Hello there, I would like to use a macro that sends a keystroke to WoW whenever I move my mouse, but wish to check whether it is ok first.

It requires me to be at the computer, and each keystroke is the direct and immediate result of a human action, me moving my mouse (one-to-one). If I am not at the computer, nothing is sent.

I am wondering if this is legal or if it will get me banned?

Thanks for your time and for such a great game.So that you can get a personal GM response saved on your account chat logs. If you do get banned simply tell Blizzard that you DID check with GM staff and the conversation is in your chat logs with them. You could maybe record the day/time/gm name etc when the GM does contact you in a txt file somewhere on your computer so you can tell them to go look at the chat logs on the 9th of September at 22:35PM server time between you and GM Zaveloolipop.

Funnily enough, my first thought to try and reduce the change of an accidental ban was to add some kind of "cooldown" or random timer between key presses. My friend Stede helped me with some of that code causing it to a slight random delay but have since taken it out because there is some rather cloudy information that adding automatic delays to this legitimate process can turn it into a bannable action. Stede and I both think that the example which refers to this delay being bannable is used a bit out of context and that it probably isn't so, but just to be safe rather don't add anything like that.

Another feature that I wish to add but haven't bothered to look into yet is getting AHK to send the keypress to only ONE of my multiple wow clients open. It is possible but I can't be bothered to figure out how to do it just yet.



Originally Posted by Parog
Going for a few meetings in 5 minutes so I can't help all that much, but here's what you'll need.

AutoHotkey Guide - Dual-Boxing.com

^ To get a list of your process ID running by the name of World of Warcraft.

To assign a variable to each process id so you can send the keys to a specific client.

idMain and idClone are variable names you can change.

^ from your original script. Instead of specifying a window name, use the variable name for whatever window you'd like instead of World of Warcraft.

It's all in the Wiki page.Again thank you to:
Jenzali for triggering the discussion and providing the script.
Stede for his insight, expertise and patience in our discussion on IRC.
Parog for pointing me in the right direction for when I do eventually want to get AHK to only send to specific wow windows.

Keep in mind there are many different ways to accomplish this. Prefer to use Keyclone in order to send key presses to an alt account to mill, some prefer to fully automate it. You can quite easily add in some script that automates this process instead of relying on mouse movement.

Or if you want to go the easy route, find something that vibrates and put it next to your mouse. Use your imagination ^.^


 

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