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Topic Subject: Hot Keys Discussion
posted 03-31-99 01:09 AM ET (US)   
Ok so everyone knows about h,c , and b,e and b,g etc etc. But going beyond this I think my game would be improved with better usage of the customizable hot keys. Initial I set my explorers to group 1 or 2, but if I dock I usually change the dock to 1 for the 1,f quick build for booming. This forces me to refind my explorers who built the dock assign them to some other group which will eventually get changed again. I was thinking a consistant usage of these keys would be useful. Anyone have a good system they care to share? Maybe something along the lines of 1,2 explorer 3-5 docks, I find that I rarely use 6-0. Does anyone use these? Any if someone can post all the building short cut I would appreciate it. Ie. Ctr B for barracks etc. Thanks.


posted 03-31-99 03:40 AM ET (US)     1 / 6  
There are are actually far more than I was aware of until recently. You can download a small text document from "Downloads" section of Game Aholic. Once downloaded you can print it and keep beside your computer to refer back to.

I should give credit to USS_Knight for compiling this list for us.

Excuse the excessive number of edits. The HTML and UBB is always a challenge for me to get right.
After all, it's JustAGame

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posted 03-31-99 03:51 AM ET (US)     2 / 6  
Geez! This way opens a new window for you. Sorry for the inconvenience.

and this might work, but you won't get to see the cool website If this part here doesn't work, then I promise to not edit it until it does.

After all, it's JustAGame

posted 03-31-99 11:41 AM ET (US)     3 / 6  
I always hot key explorers and my 1st wood storage pit. After that I hot key army groups etc. As for buildings I use the control keys to find them. Why hot key your dock? If you only have one CTRL+D will get there. If you are producing boats and can't queue, hit CTRL+D after you hear the produce boat sound and it automatically sends you to that dock to place the boat and queue up another.

We had a really good post about this about 6 months ago, I wish I had saved it.

Long & Short: There are different styles to using hotkeys but don't expect to fight and manage your 60 peon economy without using them.

posted 03-31-99 01:11 PM ET (US)     4 / 6  
Every game.. no matter what.. try to do the following.

Hot key one SP 0
Hot key granary 7
Hot key market 9
Hot key GC 8

This helps you get upgrades quicker without searching for the building. Late in the game if you need to reassign these numbers to units go ahead.

I hot key my first horse scout 5.

My explorers get hot keys.

Something which I think may help me is hot key all my docks 6 and then TAB thru them to produce FB'w when booming or warships quicker by using the TAB. I am embarrassed to say I have not tried this, but will practice. Also when attacking with scythe hordes it is clear to hot key your stables and TAB, IMO. It sucks to hit ctrl LR ten times quickly and find out do to 1.5 speed/poor typing and lag you end up w/5 scythes/3 idle stables and two camels(ctrl LL !)

I think hot keying major production buildings and then TABing will help me produce more units faster. Aslo when I am spread all over the map, and I hit ctrl L.. I don't want to get my stable in my safe base... etc ... neilkaz ...

posted 03-31-99 04:02 PM ET (US)     5 / 6  
I do most of neilkaz's hotkeys, and assign docks and stables to hotkeys because some of my CTRL keys do weird stuff (Ctrl-D hard-locks my computer, and Ctrl-L reboots my system. Go figure.)

Anyway, one I would like to mention is that if I get a start that allows a tool-pass, I hotkey two groups of 5-6 woodies. Then 5[space]BM[click] 6[space]BL[click] H[wait 3 sec] [click on upgrade to bronze]

Oh, and I "cheat" a little. In Iron, I group most of my Archeries with my Seige Workshops, and a few with my Stables. That way, I can press "C" through all of one group and get cats and horse archers, and "R" with the other group to get chariot archers and chariots (scythes).

Keep your stick on the ice.

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posted 03-31-99 07:21 PM ET (US)     6 / 6  
Geez I never use hot keys , I guess I have to start-- thats where neilkaz got that extra minute in his boom from eh,,, Seriously though I have been managing 85+ peon economies at 1.5 speed without them i just end up flying across the screen back and forth so fast that I just about get dizzy,, Also its faster to use the little minimap, I've become quite good at that

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