Buff Duty

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11,662 Downloads Last Updated: Jun 2, 2021 Game Version: 2.5.1  

Overview

This mod allows automatic assignment for buff/debuff duties for mages, priests, druids in [40]raid groups. By posting a message with assignments to chat.

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How does it work?

Buff Duty performs best when it works in a raid group of ~40 people with ~8 people that represent the class that buffs/dispells.  Addon gathers information about the number of said people in the raid and, based on that, posts a message that informs which player is responsible for a specific raid group. The duties are saved between UI reload(WOW relog, exit, etc). They are persisted based on cache: N:player1,player2,player3, where N - number of groups in current raid, player1,player2... - resulting buffing player's(appropriate class, not excluded) names sorted in alphabetic order. You might be interested in that if assignments are not being updated for a long time. If that is the case, please do not hesitate to reach BuffDuty creators.

Some edge cases:

  • If there are less then 10 players in raid, it posts a message that it makes no sense to do buff assignments.
  • If the raid group does not have any buffing player of specific class, it posts a message saying that no players are available for buffing.
  • If there is only 1 buffing player in a raid group, BuffDuty informs that only this player will do the buffing.
  • For cases when there are between 2 and 7 buffing players in a raid, groups are assigned in a consecutive fashion e.g. "Player1 - Groups 1,2,3".
  • When there are 8 and more buffing players in a raid - groups are properly assigned to first 8 players in a fashion "Player5 - Group 5".

Usage

  • /buffduty - will print info message with example of BuffDuty help command

  • :bulb: Help. Use /buffduty ? or /buffduty help or /buffduty -h to get extended command options list.

  • Version. type /buffduty version or /buffduty -v to get the currently installed version.

/buffduty [class argument] [channel type] [(optional)channel name] [(optional)excluded players] [(optional)ordered players]

  • class argument(case insensitive) - Specifies class for which BuffDuty is executed.
    • "m" or "mage" - message will be generated for mages
    • "d" or "druid" - message will be generated for druids
    • "p" or "priest" - message will be generated for priests
  • channel type argument(case insensitive) - Specifies the channel where the message will be posted.
    • "s" or "say" - message will be posted to common "say" chat
    • "r" or "raid" - message will posted to raid chat. If player is in Battleground, message will be posted to BG chat.
    • "w" or "whisper" - message will be posted to each player with group assigned as a private message.
    • "c" or "channel" - message will be posted to custom channel, with name specified in channel name argument
  • channel name argument(case insensitive, optional) - Specifies the channel name for custom channel. Only applicable for custom channel type, for other channel types will be ignored.
    • specify your channel name or number - provide a channel where you want the message to be posted. E.g. "3", "pvp3", "ACMEGuidHeal"
  • excluded players argument(case insensitive, optional) - Excluding players from buffduty.
    • e{player1,player2,..} - provide a list of players you want to exclude from BuffDuty. Please note that players are comma separated, no spaces in between. E.g. e{putris,spaceBag}.
  • ordered players argument(case insensitive, optional) - additional responsibilities list, similar to exclude, to allow additional duties for priority players. Players specified in this list are likely to get additional buffing duties.
    • o{player3,player5,..} - provide a list of players you want to give priority during assignment. Please note that players are comma separated, no spaces in between. E.g. o{putris,spaceBag}.
  • :bulb: additional options available. Refer to /buffduty help for more info.
  • 'no-cache' argument to /buffduty command, disables caching of results.

Hint The way we currently using it - is we create a custom macro with this command and put it in UI for convenience. For example:

/buffduty priest custom sparksheal - will send BuffDuty message for priest class in a custom channel named sparksheal
/buffduty m r - will send BuffDuty message for mage class in a raid channel
/buffduty druid w - will send BuffDuty message for druid class in private message for each druid
/buffduty priest w e{Putris,cassi} - will send BuffDuty message for druid class in private message for each druid. It will exclude players "Putris" and "John" from BuffDuty.
/buffduty druid c 5 e{cuernoloco,Xako} - will send BuffDuty message for druid class in a custom channel number 5 in player's chats. It will exclude players "Putris" and "John" from BuffDuty. /buffduty druid c 5 e{cuernoloco,Xako} o{Ryuken,Dimmi,Sentry} - will send BuffDuty message for druid class in a custom channel number 5 in player's chats. It will exclude players "Putris" and "John" from BuffDuty. It will prioritise Ryuken, Dimmi, and Sentry for additional buffing duties(like receive 2nd group to look after).
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Message Customisation

Message customisation is available via the /buffduty-msg command in the following format:

/buffduty-msg [message type] "[custom message]"

  • message type (case insensitive) - Specifies the message type:
    • "public-title" or "-pt" - The title message displayed in a public or custom channel.
    • "duty-line" or "-dl" - The duty line format displayed in a public or custom channel. Requires $name and $groups.
    • "duty-whisper" or "-dw" - The whisper message sent to each player in the duty list. Requires $groups.
    • "single-message" or "-sm" - The message displayed in a public or custom channel when only one buffing player is present. Requires $name.
    • "single-whisper" or "-sw" - The whisper message sent when only one buffing player is present.
  • custom message - Specifies the custom message format, which must be enclosed in " " or use _ (underscore) in place of spaces. For example: /buffduty-msg -pt "Hello friends, please buff the following groups:" or /buffduty-msg -dl $name_-_Group$s_$groups

Variables in messages

Custom message formats can contain special variables starting with a $ symbol. Each $variable is then dynamically replaced by a generated value when printed. For example: $name will be replaced by the assigned players name.

Available variables and the message types that support, or require, them are: * $class - The specified class, e.g. Priest. Supported by: public-title, single-message, single-whisper * $name - The assigned players name, e.g. Xako. Supported by: duty-line, duty-whisper, single-message, single-whisper * $groups - The groups the player is assigned to, e.g. 1,2,3. Supported by: duty-line, duty-whisper, single-whisper * $s - Pural modifier for the number of buffing players, e.g. Priest vs. Priests. Supported by: public-title, single-message * $s - Pural modifier for the number of assigned groups, e.g. Group vs. Groups. Supported by: duty-line, duty-whisper, single-whisper * $i - Index value between 1 and 8 useful for displaying raid target icons, e.g. {rt$i}. Supported by: duty-line, duty-whisper, single-whisper

Resetting / Default values

Resetting message types to their default value can be done by specifying reset as the message type followed by a comma seperated list - with no spaces - of message types to reset. For example: /buffduty-msg reset public-title,single-message,duty-line would reset the public-title, single-message and duty-line message types.

The keyword all can also be used with reset to reset all message types. For example: /buffduty-msg reset all

Note: Short names for message types are not supported by reset; i.e. you must use public-title as -pt is not supported.

Background

The idea of an add-on came up when we noticed that it takes too much effort to manually track all mages in a raid and assign them to a specific group when de-cursing the raid members during our MC runs. It started out as a simple macro that needed to be edited every time raid composition changed. After maintaining it for a couple runs it became apparent to automate this process as well. This is how the Buff Duty was born.

TODO list

  • Support more classes/roles
  • Message localisation
  • UI

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