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    Default Number pad alternative

    So I figured I'd post here before messing around in the RFE section and potentially making a fool of myself.

    So I play on a laptop that doesn't have a number pad. Some laptops will have some of the letter keys take number pad input when num lock is on, but not my laptop. Are there any other directional controls in the game? If not, would adding some be a good idea?

    I was thinking that adding some controls like NetHack or vi could work, which use the inputs 'hjklyunm' for directions. Some of these keys have actions and would need to be changed.

    h - I think I can count the number of times 'handle' is used in the game on 1 hand.
    j - not used
    k - kick, would need to be changed. Maybe K or ctrl-k?
    l - look
    y - not used (well, there's y/n questions, but you can't move when answering a y/n question anyway)
    u - use, might be a hard one to rebind
    n - name
    m - as far as I know only drakelings use this command

    Anyone else think this is a feasible idea?

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    My brother got accustomed to the normal number (1-9) input pretty quickly and could play at amazing speed (although it is a bit less comfortable ofcourse.. but good training for your finger/wrist muscles) :P

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    That's kinda what I do now, arrow buttons and 1379.
    Last edited by NMBLNG; 02-28-2013 at 04:32 PM.

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    I use 1379 and arrow keys myself. TB has been looking at various configurations to try to replace the numpad for both ADOM I and II, but most are pretty unsatisfactory. For your personal use, you can always rebind keys to whatever system you think will work best. I intensely dislike the vikeys myself.
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    That TB has been looking into it is good news.

    Rebinding keys must be a newer feature (or just one I've not noticed for years). I'll check it out next time I get a chance.

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    You have always been able to rebind keys by editing the adom.kbd file, AFAIK.
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    I think we have a couple of posts about this thing.
    Had been playing ADOM on various laptops for the whole time and it's 13579 + arrows for me. Truth to say, I've tried on numpad once and boy that was so uncomfortable I nearly broke my fingers. The power of habit is somewhat unlimited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JellySlayer View Post
    You have always been able to rebind keys by editing the adom.kbd file, AFAIK.
    Mind blown.

    Gonna take a look at that file this evening and make viADOM a reality.

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    I'd be pretty leery of using 'y' or 'n' as movement keys, given the likelyhood you'll eventually bump into water or a friendly monsters and accidentally agree to something you really ought not to. I can't think of a situation where the 'n' would be especially bad but I'm sure one exists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ln_ View Post
    I've tried on numpad once and boy that was so uncomfortable I nearly broke my fingers.
    That's interesting. I'm at the other side of the spectrum; given it many tries, but I find it extremely cumbersome to move around with anything that's not the numpad. Which limits me to playing ADOM on my desktop computer only.
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