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3-01-2011 @ 6:26PM
This is a pretty good topic for a few people who don't often bring these issues up.I am a disabled player as well. From birth I have three fingers on my primary hand and a single finger on my secondary. I have had some great success playing WoW, even holding the top Alliance Paladin DPS on Brutallus in the world for a while. After returning from a year away from WoW, I picked up playing and started to wonder if I had leave WoW permanently. Playing console games pretty much ended for me since I cannot control two joysticks and press buttons simultaneously. With all the extra abilities for Paladins this time around I was really struggling to do anything more than mouse clicking abilities. I had to really consider my layout or just give up playing.At first it might seem that the disabilities are very different, however, I think you'll find some of my experiences helpful. One of the hardest parts of having a single finger pushing buttons is a lack of keyboard awareness that can take place. To compensate, I try to clump abilities into zones. I can move between the ~ and 6 key pretty easily, and run my finger up and down that line to track. I try to keep my primary abilities in that zone. WASD movement works out well for me, since I can keep my finger in place and just slide it to the direction I am looking to go. You might benefit from this technique since keeping a finger in a single spot can often compensate for the mobility issues. I wanted to take advantage of macros. These days there's nothing for paladins like the 9-6-9 macros that used to exist for tanking, but there are some efficiencies that are available. With a single finger, shift/ctrl/alt combinations are out of the question. Decide which abilities can be stacked with logic. For example, I modified my Templar's Verdict to cast Zealotry. Since Zealotry would only go off if I had three Holy Power, I was able to combine these abilities into one and have a minimal DPS loss. (Note: I have since moved Zealotry to my wings macro since it is a DPS boost) The only downside was the annoying error message, but there's settings to disable that too.Then there were hot button abilities that I needed to have accessible, and I could rarely afford to miss them. I used the G keys on my G15 keyboard to macro these abilities. Sometimes mapping multiple keys to the same ability. If you're not 100% certain you're going to hit the key when it counts, and you can afford to do so, multiple keys in the area give you the best chance. With time, muscle memory will help. This will hold true even for people with disabilities that cause motor issues. You might not hit the exact key you intended all the time, but you can get close enough to count. A good example, I have all of my AoE abilities next to each other. Granted, I might not hit them in the perfect order every time, but I know I am using them when I want to.And lastly, don't be afraid to change things up! Try new things. Watch yourself, perhaps even record yourself playing and figure out what is working and what is not. Then, figure out why. One of the hardest things I had to overcome before I was a progression raider was to get away from the arrow key movement. It was very comfortable and reliable and I really struggled at first to move to WASD and mouse. But it was necessary and when I was able to rely on my single digit to press buttons I was really able to step up my game.
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