ObsTracker is a mod designed to facilitate the distribution and recording of items in a loot-council type system.
Things you need to know:
To bring up the “Main” window, type “/ot” or “/obstracker”.
To use this mod, you must be an officer in your guild, and the people making the loot decision must be officers too.
If you use a mod that replaces or alters the default “LootFrame”, it may prevent access to the “Record” button.
The "Main" window allows you to view the items that have been recorded, as well as manually add, edit, and delete items. In addition, you will find buttons to start the bidding process and export the data.
Items are recorded into the list in one of two ways.
- As mentioned earlier, you can add items using the “Add” button located on the “Main” window. When adding items to the list in this manner, you can shift+click an item link from the chat log, or shift+click an item in your bags to populate the input field labeled “Item Name”. In addition, you can manually type the item name, however this is not as reliable as it requires the item to be in your cache files, so if you have not “seen” the item in your current game session, it will not work and a message will indicate to you that this has occurred.
- The common way that you will record items to your list is by clicking the “Record” button located on the default “LootFrame”. When you click the “Record” button, ObsTracker will perform two actions.
- First, it will record the items into the list. This will always happen.
- Second, it will attempt to “auto loot” all the items into your inventory. It can only “attempt” this action, as there are several reasons this action will not be successful, such as your inventory is full, the item is a unique item that you already have, or a class restriction, to name a few.
Therefore, it is important that you only press the “Record” button ONCE since each time it is pressed it will ALWAYS record the items in the “LootFrame”. Do not get trigger happy, or press it again because the auto loot feature did not work. If items failed to loot, after fixing the problem that prevented looting, instead of pressing the “Record” button again, loot the items how you normally would by using the master looter drop-down menus.
After recording the items, you begin the bid process by opening the “Main” window and clicking the “Start Bids” button. The bid process consists of two phases, bids followed by rolls.
Bids - During the bid phase, players who are interested in the items offered for “Main Spec” will whisper the player using the mod with an item link of the item they wish to bid for, followed by an item link of the item they are replacing.
Any items that received bids are updated to indicate so in the “Main” window when the time allowed for bidding expires. You can right click the “Bids” button to bring up a drop-down menu listing the players who placed bids. You can left click a player’s name in the drop-down menu to display the tooltip of the item they are replacing. In addition, the outcome will be posted in officer chat.
Rolls - If any items did not receive bids during the bid phase, the rolls phase will begin. Players who are interested in the items offered for “Off Spec” will link the item they wish to roll for in raid chat, followed by performing a random roll (1-100).
When the time allowed for rolling expires, any items that received rolls are updated to indicate so in the “Main” window. You can hover over the “Roll(s)” text to bring up the player name that won the roll. In addition, the outcome will be posted to raid chat.
Once an item is ready to be distributed, trade the item to the winning player. If the player you are trading with bid on the item, the item’s status will be changed to “Main Spec”. If the player you are trading with rolled on the item and won the roll, the item’s status will be changed to “Off Spec”. If the player you are trading with did not win the roll, or place a bid, then the status of the item will be left as it is. In this case, depending on the circumstances, you may need to manually edit the status of the item by selecting it in the “Main” window and clicking the “Edit” button.
Note: If you (the player using the mod) are the winner of the item, you will obviously not be able to trade the item to yourself in order to set the proper status of the item (“Main Spec” or “Off Spec”). In this case, simply use the “Edit” button located on the “Main” window to set the proper status.
When you are finished recording and distributing items, and are ready to export the data. Simply click the “Export” button located on the “Main” window. A new window titled “ObsTracker – Export” will be displayed and populated with any items whose status is “Main Spec”. If you wish to export data for items whose status is “Off Spec” or “Junk” for more thorough record keeping, you may select the appropriate checkbox(s) in the “ObsTracker – Export” window and click the “Refresh” button.
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