Thursday, December 18, 2014

Screen Layouts

Nosy Gamer wrote about a program called Eve-O Preview which helps to manage windows without multiple inputs. For those interested in the discussion about multiboxing and the future ban of input broadcasting across multiple accounts at one time there has been a lot of discussion on this topic and Nosy is a good source to expand outwards about the discussion.

I'm a multiboxer and I keep seeing people say that multiboxing is being banned. It is not. It is one click to control all the clients that is going away. Managing software is still allowed. It was that management software that Nosy looked at that made me decide to take this picture.

That is my normal setup. I don't use multiple account management programs and never have. Four accounts is about my average and they are rarely doing the same thing. From right to left I have, my normal web browser with its tabs, Skype going, I'm on TS, a second set of browser windows to work on the history stuff, Sugar hanging out talking, my industrial alt just arrived from a jump, my TCS alt working the market and updating orders for the daily buys, and a cyno alt moving around and setting up some new positions for me.

If Sugar goes into combat, all of the other accounts will be logged off or minimized. The windows will change and move depending on what I am doing. I like layering and with twenty seven inch screens it is easy for me to have a lot of visual room for each account depending on what I am doing.

I know not everyone has three screens and space becomes limited quickly. The tile method is what I have always done. More screens has made it easier to do. However, every time I read someone say that CCP is nerfing multiboxers I wonder where such a broad and outrageous statement comes from. That is followed by the belief that they are building multiboxing software for people to use instead.

I started multiboxing pretty early. Sugar's earliest duties involved being Chella's hauler down in Derelik. She still owns that one. Later my multi-boxing was about scouting myself around and finally it just became me being my own little fleet. Then I expanded into industry and markets and it became my other accounts puttering around doing stuff as time allowed.

It has never occured to me to use software. Of course, I'm the person that didn't realize that gold farmers were really a thing or that someone would create an automated bot to play their game. Eve has taught me a lot but even in my multiple accounts I'm a pretty basic person at heart. I like my gaphics on high. I like to see the game through my menus. I still don't multibox combat.


  1. When most people say multiboxing they don't mean just running more than one account at the same time. They mean using programs to control multiple clients at the same time with a single keypress.

    The vast majority of players consider running multiple accounts perfectly fine as long as each account is being individually controlled but many feel multiple control is unfair and should be considered cheating.

    Me personally, I'm in the it should be considered cheating camp, but it isn't in most games including Eve (or at least not until Jan 1st).

  2. Really, I only used and wrote about the software because I wanted to show that you don't have to pay for a license to get the functionality of windows like ISBoxer provides. If I use Eve-O Preview, it will be so I can switch between windows with a mouse click instead of alt-tab. Even then, I'd probably run two clients on my desktop and one on my laptop. But since I run more than two clients so rarely, I'll probably not use it unless I want to test something.

  3. You have twenty seven-inch screens?! ;-)

    I wish I had three 27"s. Alas, I only have one really nice one. Poor me.

    EVE-O Preview looks interesting. I wonder how hard it would be to gin up an equivalent on the Mac.

  4. EVE-O allows me to hotbox multiple clients with a larger resolution than i'm used to...previously, i'd just have cascaded windows at minimum resolution