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The cursor movement controls the [[Tank]] which is controlled by the operating system the game runs on. The driver are giving different setup possibilities. This article covers some parts of those.
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The cursor movement controls the [[Tank]]. The drivers are given different set-up possibilities. This article covers some of these.
  
 
== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
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The acceleration of your tank can be controlled by moving the cursor in the little box on the [[HUD]]. This determines the acceleration rate of a tank. Maximum velocity is attained by putting the cursor outside the box, and zero velocity is attained by putting it inside the smaller box.
  
The acceleration of your tank is controlled by moving the cursor in the little box on the [[HUD]]. This determines how fast the cursor is moving on the screen.
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Administrators and mapmakers may set the following variables to determine the maximum velocity and angular velocity: _tankSpeed and _tankAngVel.
 
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== Different Mousebox Sizes==
 
== Different Mousebox Sizes==
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|Big Mousebox
 
|Big Mousebox
|Driver has a more precise control over the tank. Good for climbing on buildings and avoiding to fall down from buildings.
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|Gives more precise control over the tank. Good for climbing on buildings and avoiding falling from buildings.
|The cursor needs longer to travel around the whole box. That leads to the tank accelerating slower into the next direction => you can dodge the bullets hardly or not at all.
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|The cursor takes longer to travel around the whole box. This leads to the tank accelerating slower into the next direction => you can dodge bullets, but with |greater difficulty and effort
 
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|Little Mousebox
 
|Little Mousebox
|Enables the tank to react faster. It can dodge bullets easier.
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| It enables you to dodge bullets with much less movement, therefore faster dodging is possible.
|Easier to fall down from buildings.
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|It is also much easier to accidentally fall down from buildings.
 
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|Middle Mousebox Size
 
|Middle Mousebox Size
|A bit precision and reaction speed. Can be used to dodge bullets good. Falling down from buildings is something that does not happen often.
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|A happy medium of precision and reaction speed. Can be used to dodge bullets relatively well. Falling down from buildings is much rarer than when using a miniscule mousebox
|You get neither the absolute control nor the best reaction time.
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|You end up getting neither the absolute control nor the best reaction time.
 
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| {{Hl3}} |'''Cons'''  
 
| {{Hl3}} |'''Cons'''  
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| {{Hl3}} |'''Good Mousebox in combination'''
 
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=== Cursor Acceleration ===
 
=== Cursor Acceleration ===
Acceleration is a multiplier to your cursor movement. High impact to cursor movement when moving the mouse fast, slow impact when moving the mouse slower.
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Acceleration is a multiplier to your cursor movement. Has a high impact to cursor movement when moving the mouse fast, slower impact when moving the mouse slower.
  
 
=== I'm on Mac OS X - Others seem to have an advantage ===
 
=== I'm on Mac OS X - Others seem to have an advantage ===
  
The only real advantage they have is the agility flag, that is because on other platforms mouse drivers use speed instead of acceleration. The resulting change is that they Find it easier to drive a straight line and then jump with the agility flag so that they can escape easier. With mouse acceleration you gain some other advantages against the player with mouse speed, like you will always be able to react quicker than them and can move more precisely when you move your cursor slower.
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The only real advantage they have is the agility flag. Other platforms use different acceleration parameters; thus, they may find it easier to drive a straight line and then jump with the agility flag so that they can escape easier. With the Mac's mouse acceleration you gain some other advantages against the other player, like you will always be able to react quicker than them and can move more precisely when you move your cursor slower.
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Both Macs and PCs use mouse acceleration; they simply use different functions to calculate the mouse position. In addition, different versions of the same platform can also have different acceleration. There are tools available for both platforms for configuring the acceleration, if you don't like the defaults.
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All that talk about acceleration and speed may sound strange to you - with drivers like [http://plentycom.jp/en/steermouse/ SteerMouse] and [http://www.usboverdrive.com/ USBOverdrive] you can quickly get a feeling for the difference. If you are using Windows®, you can tweak the parameters by editing the registry keys in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse.
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A good mouse and mousepad might also make a difference; a wired optical mouse will usually perform better than a ball mouse or a wireless mouse. A quality gaming mouse might be helpful, but in general, you need to consider whether the additional cost (often hundreds of dollars) is really worth it.
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=== I'm on Linux - How to tweak that beast ===
  
Macs use mouse acceleration because it is better than mouse speed - a lot of people say it is strange simply because they are not used to it. Driving on the different platforms is really a rather big difference.
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For USB mice you could use a small progamm called lomoco (search it for your distribution) and thereafter xset.
  
All that talk about acceleration and speed may sound strange to you - with drivers like [http://plentycom.jp/en/steermouse/ SteerMouse] and [http://www.usboverdrive.com/ USBOverdrive] you can quickly get a feeling for the difference.
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"xset m 22 && bzflag-e && xset m 5 "  from a comandline, give a nice fast mouse.
  
A good mousepad (more important than the mouse itself!) and a nice mouse change a lot but the cost needs to be considered.
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In case your mouse is an old style PS/2, use "xset 7 1" or instead of 7, use 6, 9, 5, whatever suits you most. Just try what is best for you.
  
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Latest revision as of 19:21, 16 July 2016

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The cursor movement controls the Tank. The drivers are given different set-up possibilities. This article covers some of these.

Overview[edit]

The acceleration of your tank can be controlled by moving the cursor in the little box on the HUD. This determines the acceleration rate of a tank. Maximum velocity is attained by putting the cursor outside the box, and zero velocity is attained by putting it inside the smaller box.

Administrators and mapmakers may set the following variables to determine the maximum velocity and angular velocity: _tankSpeed and _tankAngVel.

Different Mousebox Sizes[edit]

Mousebox size Pros Cons
Big Mousebox Gives more precise control over the tank. Good for climbing on buildings and avoiding falling from buildings. greater difficulty and effort
Little Mousebox It enables you to dodge bullets with much less movement, therefore faster dodging is possible. It is also much easier to accidentally fall down from buildings.
Middle Mousebox Size A happy medium of precision and reaction speed. Can be used to dodge bullets relatively well. Falling down from buildings is much rarer than when using a miniscule mousebox You end up getting neither the absolute control nor the best reaction time.

Different Cursor Settings[edit]

Cursor movement Pros Cons Good Mousebox in combination
Fast Cursor Very good to dodge bullets. Risky to drive around on buildings. Big or middle mousebox. Only use a small mousebox if you don't jump often.
Slow Cursor Good for doing complicated jumps. Hard to dodge incoming bullets. Small or middle mousebox. A big mousebox is suicide!
Middle Cursor Speed Can be used to dodge much incoming bullets. Driving on buildings is not dangerous. Occasionally you can't dodge or fall down from a building. Big, middle and small mouseboxes can be used.

Platform differences[edit]

Cursor Speed[edit]

Speed is a linear factor added to your cursor movement. The cursor is constantly faster/slower.

Cursor Acceleration[edit]

Acceleration is a multiplier to your cursor movement. Has a high impact to cursor movement when moving the mouse fast, slower impact when moving the mouse slower.

I'm on Mac OS X - Others seem to have an advantage[edit]

The only real advantage they have is the agility flag. Other platforms use different acceleration parameters; thus, they may find it easier to drive a straight line and then jump with the agility flag so that they can escape easier. With the Mac's mouse acceleration you gain some other advantages against the other player, like you will always be able to react quicker than them and can move more precisely when you move your cursor slower.

Both Macs and PCs use mouse acceleration; they simply use different functions to calculate the mouse position. In addition, different versions of the same platform can also have different acceleration. There are tools available for both platforms for configuring the acceleration, if you don't like the defaults.

All that talk about acceleration and speed may sound strange to you - with drivers like SteerMouse and USBOverdrive you can quickly get a feeling for the difference. If you are using Windows®, you can tweak the parameters by editing the registry keys in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse.

A good mouse and mousepad might also make a difference; a wired optical mouse will usually perform better than a ball mouse or a wireless mouse. A quality gaming mouse might be helpful, but in general, you need to consider whether the additional cost (often hundreds of dollars) is really worth it.


I'm on Linux - How to tweak that beast[edit]

For USB mice you could use a small progamm called lomoco (search it for your distribution) and thereafter xset.

"xset m 22 && bzflag-e && xset m 5 " from a comandline, give a nice fast mouse.

In case your mouse is an old style PS/2, use "xset 7 1" or instead of 7, use 6, 9, 5, whatever suits you most. Just try what is best for you.