Highlighting Can Save Your Life!
by Lord Elsior and Lord Maeglyn
Its been found that the more you highlight the better you are at getting
out of problems. Most people highlight their friends, but what about other
How to highlight: from your wizard menu hit Configuration, then drop down
to Text Strings, click on it, then go to Strings. Hit New, and type in the
information you want to highlight. Left-click on the color you want the letters
to be, and right-click on the color you want the background of the word to
be. I use both foreground and background together depending on what I'm
Using String Highlights: I tend to make NPC (i.e. People in town as well
as monsters) colored Red so they stand out when you're hunting. I also highlight
room descriptions in blue with a gray background, making it easier to track
movement, especially if you're not leading.
Highlight directions: It help you get around if you can easily see where
to go, so highlight all the cardinal directions (north, northeast, east,
southeast, south, southwest, west, northwest, up, down, out). Also when searching
new areas it always helps to see those little hidden things, so highlight
(Crack, crevice, cave, opening, hole, fissure, recess, trail, path, footpath,
road, ramp, bridge bushes, roots, tunnel, wall, door, doorway, arch, stairs,
steps, stairway, gate, sign, lake, pool, river, ford, boulder, landslide,
rockslide). These will help in most areas, but also highlight any new directions
you come across, because lands tend to re-use directions more then once.
Highlight Professions: When your running through town trying to find an Empath
to heal your neck, or a Rogue to pick your coffer, it sure is nice to know
one when you see one. In a room of 20-30 people, one or 2 are usually the
profession you need and if you have encountered them before, why not have
them highlighted. I tend to highlight each profession a different color and
pick a background for profession highlights and a different one for friends.
So I may have Empaths in blue with a gray background, and a friend who is
an Empath also in blue, but with a white background. This makes it easier
to recognize friends from helpers.
Other useful highlights: Some people just like to highlight or find it hard
to keep up with fast moving screens, so for them there are others you can
highlight to help.
Stunned (good when hunting to see if a friend or monster is stunned)
Your spell is ready (great when trying to cast as soon as you can)
also in the room (a must if you have a habit of accidentally attacking in
You and Your (good to help notice when someone is trying to interact
Spells (I highlight all the descriptions when spells wear off, that way I
know when to get them re-cast)
great amount of time (very useful for those with 405, to quickly identify
spells with over an hour on them)
You get the idea, these can be as easy as you want them to be, but are very
useful in your everyday life in the lands. Good luck and safe hunting.
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