Jump to Lightspeed - Wingman Command Creation Guide
Communication and coordination between wingmen in JTL is extremely complicated, as the action is often so dense that the pilot cannot find the time to type. The lack of chat or 'comm silence' while in combat is very dull, and something has to be done about it.
Although a very good solution is to use a voicechat tool like Teamspeak or Ventrilo, some people do not want to or cannot use them for various reasons.
I personally always liked the quick wingman commands from the X-Wing (and TIE Fighter) Series of games and have missed them greatly in Jump to Lightspeed. Therefore I decided to create some macros with a key binding that closely resembles the Wingman Commands present throughout the X-Wing Series of games.
Besides, the range of spatial chat in space is extremely limited in JTL even for /shout (1000m), /exclaim (800m), /say (500m) and the likes, which makes the existing pre-defined "Comm Chatter" commands pretty much useless as well when used at larger distances.
For these reasons have created this guide on how to create Wingman Commands similar to the ones used in the X-Wing Series.
To do this, I created a bunch of short macros that can be bound to key combinations like the ones used in the X-Wing Series of games that use both /shout and /groupChat at the same time so they can be heard by your wingmen and thus further communication in during dogfights immensely. If you think the double messages are too much, you may leave the lines that start with /shout out of the macros. In that case only your group members will then be able to get your commands.
I have bound the actual commands that you give your wingmen to SHIFT+, and optional replies to these commands (like the AI wingmen in the X-Wing Series give you) to ALT+. While I know that ALT is used to switch between mouselook/HUD modes which could be annoying, I personally prefer to have this function to the middle mouse button instead, as it gives me more flexibility. The detailed replies are not necessary, though, as most orders can be replied to with the Affirmative and Negative macros.
Of course you may also change the text and key binding to your liking to suit your character better, but I recommend you keep the meaning of the messages in tact.
Note that these key combinations have been designed with a X-Wing Series-style keyoard layout combined with a joystick in mind.
1. Launch your ship into space.
2. Press CTRL+A (default) and klick on macros.
3. Create a new macro.
4. While piloting a ship, go into the Options menu (default:CTRL+O).
5. Click on Controls
6. Click Keymap
7. Klick on the tab named Custom
8. Scroll down to find the name of the first of your newly created macros
9. Double-klick on it or click (re)bind.
10. Press the key combination that you would like to trigger this macro (for example SHIFT+A).
11. Rinse and repeat with the other macros.
Quick Wingman Command Macros:
Macro name: WingmanCommand_AttackTarget
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+A
/shout Attack %TT!;
/groupChat Attack my target!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_AttackTarget_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+A
/shout Request acknowledged. Using your target for attack.;
/groupChat Request acknowledged. Using your target for attack.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_CoverMe
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+C
/shout Cover me!;
/groupChat Cover me!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_CoverMe_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+C
/shout Acknowledged, coming to your aid.;
/groupChat I got you covered.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Evade
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+E
/shout %TT, take evasive action!;
/groupChat Take evasive action!!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Evade_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+E
/shout Acknowledged. Performing evasive maneuvers;
/groupChat Acknowledged. Taking evasive action.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_AbortMission
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+Q
/shout %TT Abort mission and head home.;
/groupChat Abort mission and head home!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_AbortMission_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+Q
/shout Order acknowledged. %NU aborting mission and heading for home.;
/groupChat Order acknowledged. Aborting mission and heading for home.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_TargetDestroyed
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+T
/shout Great shot, %TT!;
/groupChat Great shot!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_TargetDestroyed_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+T
/shout Target destroyed.;
/groupChat Target destroyed.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_DisableTarget
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+D
/shout Disable %TT!;
/groupChat Disable designated target!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_DisableTarget_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+D
/shout Affirmative, proceeding to disable the designated target.;
/groupChat Affirmative, proceeding to disable the designated target.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_BoardTarget
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+B
/shout Board and capture %TT!;
/groupChat Board and capture the designated target!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_BoardTarget_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+B
/shout Roger, commencing boarding operation.;
/groupChat Roger, commencing boarding operation.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_IncomingHostiles
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+H
/shout Scanners show incoming hostiles!;
/groupChat Scanners show incoming hostiles!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_IncomingHostiles_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+H
/shout Hostiles confirmed.;
/groupChat Hostiles confirmed, preparing for engagement.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_WaitforOrders
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+W
/shout Fall back and Wait for further orders.;
/groupChat Fall back and Wait for further orders.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_WaitforOrders_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+W
/shout Order acknowledged, %NU awaiting further instructions.;
/groupChat Order acknowledged, awaiting further instructions.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_ReportIn
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+R
/shout All wings report in.;
/groupChat All wings report in.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_ReportIn_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+R
/shout %NU reporting in, ready and standing by.;
/groupChat Reporting in, ready and standing by.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Formation
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+F
/shout Form up on my wing!;
/groupChat Form up on my wing!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Formation_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+F
/shout Affirmative. %NU entering formation on your wing.;
/groupChat Affirmative. Entering formation on your wing.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_GuardProtect
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+G
/shout Guard and protect %TT!;
/groupChat Guard and protect the designated target!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_GuardProtect_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+G
/shout This is %NU, guarding designated target.;
/groupChat Protecting designated target.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_ScantoInspect
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+S
/shout Inspect %TT!;
/groupChat Inspect designated target!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_ScantoInspect_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+S
/shout Order received, %NU Inspecting %TT.;
/groupChat Order received, inspecting designated target.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_IgnoreTarget
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+I
/shout Ignore %TT!;
/groupChat Ignore designated target!
Macro name: WingmanCommand_IgnoreTarget_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+I
/shout Acknowledged, ignoring %TT.;
/groupChat Acknowledged, ignoring designated target.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Affirmative
Recommended key: SPACE
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Negative
Recommended key combination: ALT+SPACE
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Report_Operational
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+O
/shout All systems operating within tolerable values.;
/groupChat All systems operating within tolerable values.
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Report_Damage
Recommended key combination: ALT+O
/shout I'm heavily damaged...;
/groupChat I'm heavily damaged...
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Hyperjump
Recommended key combination: SHIFT+J
/shout Lay in transmitted hyperspace coordinates.;
/groupChat Lay in transmitted hyperspace coordinates.;
/shout Engage hyperdrive and jump to lightspeed on my mark...;
/groupChat Engage hyperdrive and jump to lightspeed on my mark...;
Macro name: WingmanCommand_Hyperjump_Reply
Recommended key combination: ALT+J
/shout Affirmative, %NU waiting for your order to jump to lightspeed.;
/groupChat Affirmative, waiting for your order to jump to lightspeed.
Message Edited by Glzmo on 03-27-2005 07:41 PM