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teebling
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Back in vanilla was multiboxing a thing? Like, did many people do it? What kind of software were people using and what stance did Blizzard have on this contentious topic?

I was thinking about who the first person to 60 on all classes in Classic would be and this popped into my mind for surely it will be a multiboxer who achieves this first.

Probably the first to 60 on many servers will likewise be this due to the speed at which xp rich group content can be completed and begun with one player controlling.

I’m personally okay with people doing it in PvE and solo play but really against it for battlegrounds. The perfect team coordination and focus fire is just too OP and ruins a good game for me!

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Topic starter Posted : 05/12/2018 7:31 pm
Syturio
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I would be VERY surprised if people managed to do it back then. Everyone had crappy frame rates with just one WoW.exe, let a lone 4 or 5. I tried to multi-box a few months ago, there are some softwares out there, but they are not free. There is one that kinda works and it's free, called "AutoHotkey", but you have to script everything by your self, it's not beginner friendly.

Blizzard allows multi-boxing, but most private servers don't.
Personally iam against it.

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Posted : 06/12/2018 4:34 pm
audy
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I know a few players who plan to do that in the scenario they don't find a leveling partner. One individual specifically, plans to utilize 5 different characters at once until 60. The main thing I've heard is picking classes that would need limited inputs, that is, limited keys needed to be pressed in order to be efficiently used.

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Posted : 08/12/2018 7:57 am
teebling
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I know a few players who plan to do that in the scenario they don't find a leveling partner. One individual specifically, plans to utilize 5 different characters at once until 60. The main thing I've heard is picking classes that would need limited inputs, that is, limited keys needed to be pressed in order to be efficiently used.

Well that's like every caster in low levels anyway - frost bolt, shadow bolt, smite etc. so don't see if this should be an issue for anyone boxing BGs

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Topic starter Posted : 10/12/2018 5:21 am
fendor
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It was surely allowed (more money for Blizzard after all :D) but I seriously doubt anyone was able to do that in 2005 for technical limitations.

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Posted : 10/12/2018 8:00 am
Authiel
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I kind of wish that it wasn't allowed by Blizzard. We're supposed to be playing the role of a character in Azeroth that adventures with and befriends others. Kind of misses the point of an MMO if you replace your leveling buddies with yourself.

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Posted : 10/12/2018 11:09 am
teebling
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I kind of wish that it wasn't allowed by Blizzard. We're supposed to be playing the role of a character in Azeroth that adventures with and befriends others. Kind of misses the point of an MMO if you replace your leveling buddies with yourself.

They did say something about being 'unsure' of addon development for Classic - this might indicate a stronger stance against multiboxing if it destroys the original feeling of the game as it was back then when, as people have said in this thread, it was technically challenging to multibox and there wasn't a lot of it.

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Topic starter Posted : 10/12/2018 4:04 pm
Authiel
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They did say something about being 'unsure' of addon development for Classic - this might indicate a stronger stance against multiboxing if it destroys the original feeling of the game as it was back then when, as people have said in this thread, it was technically challenging to multibox and there wasn't a lot of it.

Huh, yeah. I hadn't really considered the addon side of things. The skeleton of Classic is running on a branch of the Legion client so addons could do all sorts of things that weren't possible back then. Guess we'll have to wait for time and Blizzard to tell us what will and won't be possible. Either way I can't wait to see what kinds of things people come up with that wasn't around in '05.

But either way I just don't care much for multiboxing. Yeah it earns Blizzard more money but the whole thing just feels sorta slimey, in a vanilla or current retail environment. It just doesn't feel healthy for the game and Classic will, overall, probably be a bit for fickle of a thing on the economy side of things and I trust Blizzard will do the 'right' thing.

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Posted : 10/12/2018 4:10 pm
teebling
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I don't agree with the belief that multiboxing wasn't feasible in 2005... the software existed and the graphics/processing power too. Sure I can agree that not many people could use it but nonetheless it was still an option if you had the time and resources to invest in it.

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Topic starter Posted : 10/12/2018 5:29 pm
teebling
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I don't agree with the belief that multiboxing wasn't feasible in 2005... the software existed and the graphics/processing power too.

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Topic starter Posted : 10/12/2018 8:38 pm
teebling
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LoL

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Topic starter Posted : 11/12/2018 2:20 pm
teebling
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We're supposed to be playing the role of a character in Azeroth that adventures with and befriends others. Kind of misses the point of an MMO if you replace your leveling buddies with yourself.

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Topic starter Posted : 12/12/2018 4:14 am
Firelord
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Multiboxing was not very common at all back then (at least now in World of Warcraft.) I don't think multiboxing became a known thing until Burning Crusade (but very likely could have appeared in Vanilla every now and then, but it wasn't common.)

Personally, I have never been an advocate of multiboxing. It is something I consider cheating, and really shouldn't be allowed in Classic at all, but I doubt that is going to change anytime soon.

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Posted : 13/12/2018 4:31 pm
teebling
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I got like 20 fps in BC on my ‘Dell Inspiron’ laptop back in the day...if I had tried to open another client it would probably have melted.

Wonder if minimum specs for Classic will be different to BfA - or reduced cos of old graphics/textures?

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Topic starter Posted : 14/12/2018 7:54 pm
Firelord
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I got like 20 fps in BC on my ‘Dell Inspiron’ laptop back in the day...if I had tried to open another client it would probably have melted.

Wonder if minimum specs for Classic will be different to BfA - or reduced cos of old graphics/textures?

Some of the graphics options are improved, like the amount of foilage clutter, as well as the water itself and shadows. I don't quite like it myself, for different reasons, but that is another discussion.

There is a Classic option, however, which I suppose will reduce the workload a bit for your computer. Classic at "max" graphics will probably not be too different compared to what current World of Warcraft puts out. The only difference will be the updated textures, etc.

I can't remember if drawing distance was in the Classic demo or not, since I did not participate in it.

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Posted : 26/12/2018 9:54 am
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