Would you spare a few minutes and help improve Buffy by answering some questions for me?
This is a BuffBot for The Kingdom of Loathing, a very nice browser game.
A BuffBot is a bot that provides buffs. In this case, for free.
If you don't know what Buffs are, play some KoL before you read on :)
Granted, this bot works a little different than your average BuffBot. I never liked the concept of being able to use each buff only once a day. Why should I be able to waste a lot of the bot's MP on buffs I don't even need, but not be able to request the same buff twice, especially when it failed the first time?
However, buffs equal MP, and MP is not unlimited :)
So in order to give everyone a chance to use the bot within reasonable limits, this bot grants each player a certain amount of MP one can waste every day. How you use that MP, that's up to you. If you want to have 400 turns of The Ode to Booze, fine by me :) Just select how many turns you want of which buff, as long as you have enough MP left, you're good.
Plus, you're only "paying" what you're getting. If a buff fails, for whatever reason (Ronin, in-a-fight, etc.), no MP is subtracted from your daily allowance.
I'm glad you asked :) Since among all equals, some are more equal than others, the bot's friends get VIP status. The higher your VIP status is, the more MP you get and the faster your buffs are processed if the queue fills up.
Basically, there are two ways to get a better ranking:
Every clan member gets a basic VIP level.
The Top 11 donators get additional VIP status according to their ranking. (That's ridiculous. It's not even funny.)
Every player who donated a grand total of a million meat or more gets additional VIP status.
Every player who donated any amount within the last 30 days gets yet another VIP point. Also, each donation gets a warm and fuzzy Thank You :)
(No, this bot is not about making Meat. The meat and items that are donated are solely used for improving the bot. There is still some stuff out there I could use to make the bot even more effective. Most of these items are old and expensive. Also, there are plans to make the whole thing more future proof (without going into detail for now), which will require quite some meat as well. So even if your donation is not being invested right now, it's being saved for some better days.)
Don't worry about the sum you're donating, every bit helps. And if you've got some items to spare, those count towards your donation balance too (based on the current mall price at the time of donation). Just send them to Buffy (#1889009) via KMail.
If you need some inspiration, have a look at the list of items that Buffy uses frequently.
However, please don't feel obligated to donate. This is a free bot, and it should be used and seen as such. Buffy will manage without robbing you of your last penny.
Please note that these rankings are calculated at rollover and thus are not effective immediately after your donation (except for the "last 30 days" rule, that one should work right away).
There might be more ways to get VIP status in the future, but for now that's all. Let me know if you have some good and fair ideas.
Simply go to the buff page and enter your username, or select it from the list of names you last entered (stored in a cookie on your computer). Then, choose which buffs you want, either by clicking on the icon, or entering the number of turns you want for each buff. You can also select one of your previous buffs from the Favorites menu in the top right corner that just appeared by magic.
Alternatively, you can send Buffy a KMail or a private message via chat. Just write what you think the bot will understand, it'll do its best to decipher your wishes. If you stick to the following syntax, you'll most likely be fine:
<turns> <skill name>
<turns> <skill name>
300 Empathy of the Newt
300 The Power Ballad of the Arrowsmith
25 The Ode to Booze
However, the following probably has the same effect:
ode 300 emp power
Just choose a unique substring of the skill's name, and optionally prefix them with the number of turns you want. If you don't, you'll get the default number for each skill, or as much as you can get with the MP you've got left. If you specify a number, it's used for each skill until the end of the line.
Pro Tip: if you add
pmb! to your message, you'll get a reply with the URL to the status page, as with the web interface.
Absolutely. There are a number of items that Buffy uses more or less frequently. Especially items that boost Mysticality%, but also Jumbo Dr. Lucifers, Llama lama gongs, and some others.
To make this page even more fancy, here is a selection of such items, and how much Buffy roughly has of each of them.
If you feel there should be any items on this list that aren't, please message StuBorn (#1852283).
That's true. But for the super-paranoid, I've implemented a password feature. If you set a password for your account (see below), the web interface can only be used after entering that password and the web interface does its best not to give out any information regarding your account either.
Due to childish behaviour and some complaints from annoyed veterans, I have added a rate limit. I won't go into the exact details, but you cannot buff more than X different targets per Y minutes.
"But... but... but..., what about all my multis?", you say?
Not a problem, just set a web-password for them; password-protected accounts are not subject to rate-limiting. If this is annoying you too much, drop StuBorn (#1852283) a note, I'm sure we can figure something out.
Similar to the previous question, this utter crap is about some jackasses who try to ruin the game for others. There have been numerous complaints about newbies getting buffed with Ur-Kel (and just Ur-Kel). This makes those newbies not only annoying, but also very annoyed, because they get beaten up on every step of the way and don't understand why this game is so damn fucking hard.
This is not what this bot is for! So effective immediately, you can use possibly abusive buffs like Ur-Kel's Aria of Annoyance only on yourself. To ensure this, you have to request it either via KMail or privmsg (nothing changes there), or you have to set a web-password for yourself.
UPDATE: There is a new way to make buffs like Ur-Kel more accessible: the first time you buff yourself with an "abusable" skill (via KMail, privmsg, or by using a web-password) they get unlocked automatically. This is based on the assumption that any player that requests those buffs for himself can handle them and knows how to get rid of them.
You can also turn this feature on or off manually, in case you don't want to have those buffs publicly available after all:
I'm really sorry about this drastic measure, but I certainly don't want to ruin the game for beginners.
I'll just assume now that your browser doesn't support the CSS3 features I've been playing around with. Get a decent browser. Or, if your browser does support them, send me a fix for the CSS to also include your brower's -vendor-prefixes.
If you are, however, seeing the intended design, and still don't like it... meh. I don't care :P
Buhuu. Drop StuBorn (#1852283) a message, maybe he can help out. Especially if you think the bot is malfunctioning, or eating your items/meat/brains/whatever, don't hesistate to let me know. Please keep in mind that this bot is a work in progress, and in a state that can maybe called beta :)