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I feel kinda silly asking this...

 

Is it possible to play BoE?

 

I downloaded the open source code, and it seems like I may enjoy playing it, but I can't find an application to play it with. How do I do it? I have tried looking around the forums, but I can't find anything. If it is possible to play this game, I would like to know how.

 

EDIT: Doh! I feel like an idiot. I completely skipped over the blades of Exile download option. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to play it once I actually download it.

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I have a different question about "how to play," that I'll just poke into this topic: is it possible to use the arrow keys? I have a Macbook, and I downloaded the open-source version of BoE, and it works okay...except that it ignore the arrow keys completely. I can only move using the mouse. Is there something I can do about that?

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All you can do is press one key at a time and see what happens. The Mac source code might give you some clues too.

In the Windows source code the file boe.actions.cpp on line 1511 has a function "Boolean handle_keystroke(WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam)". This lists all the shortcuts.

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Originally Posted By: Ishad Nha
On my PC, playing the Windows version of BoE, the arrow keys give movement in the four basic directions.
You can also use the numpad; just make sure to turn the Num Lock on/off (I forget which). 2,4,6, and 8 give the four basic directions, while 1,3,7, and 9 allow you to move diagonally.
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Originally Posted By: The Mystic
Originally Posted By: Ishad Nha
On my PC, playing the Windows version of BoE, the arrow keys give movement in the four basic directions.
You can also use the numpad; just make sure to turn the Num Lock on/off (I forget which). 2,4,6, and 8 give the four basic directions, while 1,3,7, and 9 allow you to move diagonally.


But, as I already mentioned, I have a Macbook, so none of those things help, unfortunately. Ah well. I'll survive without BoE. Still, it's awfully weird why the arrow wouldn't work.
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As previously mentioned, navigation is with the numeric keypad, not the arrow keys. I suppose that should probably be changed sometime, though, to support Macbook players... in which case I'd probably use the following mapping:

Code:
 Left -> West   Up -> North Down -> SouthRight -> East Home -> Northwest [Home is Fn-Left]  End -> Southwest [End is Fn-Right] PgUp -> Northeast [Page Up is Fn-Up] PgDn -> Southeast [Page Down is Fn-Down]

Allowing the player to select their own keys is fairly unlikely to be implemented...

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Originally Posted By: Celtic Minstrel
As previously mentioned, navigation is with the numeric keypad, not the arrow keys. I suppose that should probably be changed sometime, though, to support Macbook players... in which case I'd probably use the following mapping:
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This mapping has already been succesfully implemented in the Windows code, with the nice side effect that numeric keypad movement works whatever the num_lock position (even diagonal) ... So, i'd say using this mapping is a good idea wink
(on the other hand, i wasn't aware that the Mac version didn't use arrows movement confused )

Originally Posted By: Celtic Minstrel
Allowing the player to select their own keys is fairly unlikely to be implemented...

Seconded.

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I guess my problem, then, must simply be the lack of numeric keypad. I think most laptops lack that, don't they?

 

I just thought I remember playing some form of Exile back in the (on a desktop, admittedly) using the arrow keys. Well, whatever. Thanks for the comments!!!

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