Top Mud Sites Forum Return to TopMudSites.com
Go Back   Top Mud Sites Forum > MUD Players and General Discussion > Tavern of the Blue Hand
Click here to Register

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-14-2012, 10:43 AM   #1
Threshold
Legend
 
Threshold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Home MUD: Threshold RPG
Posts: 1,240
Threshold will become famous soon enough
Blowtorch Mudclient for Android - Maximizing its awesomeness.

If you have an android phone or tablet I highly recommend the Blowtorch mudclient. It works extremely well and has some really nice UI design elements.

Movement keys are placed in the top right corner of the screen by default which is very handy. It even has some built in macro/alias features to help set up your mobile device for easy mudding.

On Threshold, a common source of confusion is the fact that . and ; characters have special behavior in Blowtorch by default. Many MUDs use . on a blank line to end a mail or board post. Others use ; for emoting, speedwalking, or some other purpose.

I made this Youtube video for our Threshold players to help them see exactly how to turn those features off. It might be useful for some of you all as well:

Blowtorch for Android Settings

I hope this video helps you get the most out of this mudclient. I have no idea who makes it, but whoever it is has done the mud community a huge favor!
Threshold is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
KaVir
Legend
 
KaVir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Name: Richard
Home MUD: God Wars II
Posts: 2,052
KaVir will become famous soon enoughKaVir will become famous soon enough
Re: Blowtorch Mudclient for Android - Maximizing its awesomeness.

The BlowTorch website is here, and their forums are here. The client includes a number of nice features, including compression (particularly useful for a mobile client), xterm 256 colours, and customisable button sets. The next version promises support for GMCP and scripting, but the developer (Dan Block) seems to have gone quiet, so I really hope he hasn't lost interest. Last I heard he was working on a customised version for Aardwolf, but that was over a year ago.
KaVir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 01:31 PM   #3
Threshold
Legend
 
Threshold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Home MUD: Threshold RPG
Posts: 1,240
Threshold will become famous soon enough
Re: Blowtorch Mudclient for Android - Maximizing its awesomeness.

Quote:
Originally Posted by KaVir View Post
The BlowTorch website is here, and their forums are here.
Thanks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by KaVir View Post
The client includes a number of nice features, including compression (particularly useful for a mobile client), xterm 256 colours, and customisable button sets.
I didn't know about the compression. That helps explain why its so fast and smooth.

I definitely hope he doesn't abandon the project. It is a really great mobile client.

I use it almost every day and there are tons of Threshold players for whom it is now their primary client for playing.

It is incredibly useful for triggering events when I am out of the office and want to surprise people online.

Last edited by Threshold : 11-14-2012 at 01:38 PM.
Threshold is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 06:19 AM   #4
KaVir
Legend
 
KaVir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Name: Richard
Home MUD: God Wars II
Posts: 2,052
KaVir will become famous soon enoughKaVir will become famous soon enough
Re: Blowtorch Mudclient for Android - Maximizing its awesomeness.

I found BlowTorch fast and smooth even without compression, I think it's due to the way the client interface has been designed. The compression is mostly useful for reducing bandwidth usage, particularly for phone contracts with a data cap (I used to hit my cap on around the 20th of each month, until I upgraded to a better contract). Threshold doesn't appear to support compression though, unless it's activated after entering the game.
KaVir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 11:13 AM   #5
Threshold
Legend
 
Threshold's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Home MUD: Threshold RPG
Posts: 1,240
Threshold will become famous soon enough
Re: Blowtorch Mudclient for Android - Maximizing its awesomeness.

Quote:
Originally Posted by KaVir View Post
Threshold doesn't appear to support compression though, unless it's activated after entering the game.
No, we don't. But you know, now that we have so many players using mobile devices to connect, it might be time to seriously look into that.
Threshold is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 11:52 PM   #6
kaleden
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
kaleden is on a distinguished road
Re: Blowtorch Mudclient for Android - Maximizing its awesomeness.

Hello,

Just thought I’d let you know that BlowTorch development has been ongoing! Version 2 is now available in beta. You can view the announcement in the links below. This version includes the much awaited Lua scripting engine support, button manager, text selection, trigger enhancements (gagging, replacements), mini windows (awesome on tablets), auto reconnect, and more.

v2 Version Announcement:
BlowTorch v2 Test Version Offset Null Entertainment, LLC

New Features Guide: (includes a video with early example plugins designed for Aardwolf)
BlowTorch v2 New Features Guide Offset Null Entertainment, LLC

Installation Instructions:
BlowTorch v2 Test Version Installation Instructions Offset Null Entertainment, LLC
(Note you'll need to be able to rename the download to .apk, so you'll need a file browser that can rename and install apps like Astro or ES File Explorer File Manager)

There's a really nice chat plugin for Aardwolf which you could configure to your mud, too. Feedback would be much appreciated on the blowtorch forums - BlowTorch Forum Index page

Last edited by kaleden : 02-16-2013 at 12:09 AM.
kaleden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2013, 03:18 PM   #7
Samakhulis
New Member
 
Samakhulis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Home MUD: http://www.achaea.com/users/samakhulis
Home MUD: http://fairygarden.no-ip.org
Posts: 1
Samakhulis is on a distinguished road
Re: Blowtorch Mudclient for Android - Maximizing its awesomeness.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kaleden View Post
Hello,

Just thought Id let you know that BlowTorch development has been ongoing! Version 2 is now available in beta. You can view the announcement in the links below. This version includes the much awaited Lua scripting engine support, button manager, text selection, trigger enhancements (gagging, replacements), mini windows (awesome on tablets), auto reconnect, and more.
Ah cool. I'm willing to risk third-party apps, because I've had SUCH a problem with version 1 (kb bugs, display bugs, etc..). Hope this isn't just a feature update, but has a fair amount of fixes as well!
Samakhulis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2013, 03:28 PM   #8
kaleden
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
kaleden is on a distinguished road
Re: Blowtorch Mudclient for Android - Maximizing its awesomeness.

It includes a number of bug fixes and a reworked network code (some newer versions of android had poor legacy support for how of was done in the past). However, it also includes many new features which may have their own bugs. If you fund any, you'd be doing the developer a big favor by posting the bugs and steps to reproduce them on the BlowTorch forums.
kaleden is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Style based on a design by Essilor
Copyright Top Mud Sites.com 2014