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Epica
Version: revision170508b
by: VagrantEsha [More]
This mod is to be considered beta for raid conditions (it hasn't been tested, therefore I don't know how it'll behave). But after thourough testing in single-player, and in a party, I'm bringing it out of beta for those instances. If you solo or play in a party, this mod should perform properly.

What does it do?

Epica exists because I find grinding mobs to be a little flat, it could always be a little more fun, couldn't it? So Epica adds music to combat situations. It accounts for four combat conditions; aggro, combat itself, fleeing, and victory. Each of these instances can have a playlist setup for it, and the mod will pick a track at random from those playlists.

New functionality as of revision120508: Music can now be selected for instances, such as PvP/BG, 5~man/40~man and so on. The music can now be even more epic for those epic bosses!

How do I use it?

The configuration screen can be reached by typing /epica or by going into the main menu, then Interface, then into the Addons tab.

There are four sections to the options, and two options for each. These options exist to allow you to manage your tracks, both adding and deleting thereof. Simply drop a music file in the Media folder, then in-game use the options to add that track. More information is contained within the mod itself as to how to add tracks in-game.

There are other elements that I'll cover here too, such as; what constitutes a particular combat state, and what type of music to use.

Aggro - This is initiated when a mob starts chasing you, and it continues right up until the moment that you or anyone in your party (or possibly your raid, not sure about how that works) hits the chasing mob(s). The music for aggro will be looped and therefore a longer track might serve this the best.

Combat - This is initiated after aggro or immediately, it's triggered by the first blow (spell, ranged, melee, et cetera) triggered by anyone in the party (or possibly, the raid). So if you or a party member strikes a mob to begin combat, or you strike a mob that's chasing, then combat music begins. The music for combat will be looped and therefore a longer track might serve this the best.

Victory - This is decided by what your party is doing after a mob dies. For example: If you leave combat after killing something, but there are mobs chasing you and/or hitting you, this does not equal a victory state because all the mobs that were pulled in were not dealt with. If all mobs are dealt with and you exit combat with no aggro, then that's a victory state and the victory music will play. The music for victories plays once and thus a shorter track (such as a jingle) might be best suited to this.

Fleeing - This one's easy, running from combat institutes this, regardless of what happened in combat. If you're running from aggro, then this music doesn't trigger because you never entered into combat. However, if you enter into combat and you're found to be fleeing at the end of it, then this music will play. The music for fleeing plays once and thus a shorter track (such as a jingle) might be best suited to this.

Any problems?

The logic for dealing with combat/victories within a party might be a little off. I'm not sure whether it works for raids at all.

I'd appreciate some testing done on it and all the conditions by anyone who's willing. If you find any strange behaviour or errors, report them here along with what you/the party/the raid was doing at the time (or a rough approximation thereof).

Plans for the future?

I definitely plan to add more to Epica, as it's not yet feature complete and therefore not to my satisfaction. But for now, I wanted to get this earliest version out there (so to speak) so that I could hopefully find any major bugs early in development, rather than later.

Eventually I hope to be able to add in different combat music for rares, elites, bosses, and so on. Perhaps even combat music that can be linked to certain instances and so on. Lots of things going around in my noggin, really...
revision170508b: Increased the protected time for victory conditions, this should help erase false conditions wherein the fleeing music plays, whereas the victory music should play. If you use Epica often, let me know how it works for you.

revision160508: Hopefully got the embeds sorted out now.

revision130508b: Music should not start playing for you unless you're actually involved in the combat, via yourself or your pet by proxy. If another party member engages in combat, and finishes the combat by himself, Epica will do nothing. This is how the Addon should behave, but it wasn't. I've now moved things around so that hopefully this behaviour will be true. The error in logic which caused the Addon to not follow that behavioural pattern also seems to be why music would start playing in some battles and not stop (so that's been fixed, I think).

revision130508: Another fix for the judging logic. There's a time between where the last mob is killed and when the player exits combat where they could be damaged, perhaps even by a debuff or a rogue ranged attack. I've tried to accountf or this by giving the victory status a buffer-zone of sorts, of half a second. This should help deal with this condition without breaking the running logic. Let me know how it works out for you, as this is proving a tough nut to crack. Aside from that, I've tried to solve an issue wherein the combat music won't end, even after exiting combat. If this persists, I'll have to do some debugging... it's a weird problem.

revision120508d: Epica now supports music for instances. Combat music will be replaced for PvP, BG, 5~man and 40~man instances if the playlists for those conditionals have any tracks in them (otherwise the usual combat music will play). I've cleaned up the unit scanning too but it's still a bit too much for my tastes, I'll look into using a library for that... but that's difficult because they all seem to be Rock/Ace2 (as opposed to LibStub and therefore framework-agnostic). Any suggestions?

revision120508b/c: Conditionals fixed up.

revision120508: Initial release.
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Edit- I still can't trace down that bug, not to mention that Epica and Atmosphere both define group (options.type = "group"). Noting that I've heard no more on this issue, I'm going to consider it closed, as I still feel that it was another mod causing the problem, simply one that was causing the bug in every version of embedded Ace3 on that system.

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Could you download BugSack and get a stack-trace (the entire error read out) from it? What you're mentioning there sounds very weird, as it seems like you get the error right away, and I can't reproduce it.

It's so odd though too that you're getting an error with Atmosphere, as the version of Atmosphere you're using is exactly the same one that OttoDeFe downloaded and said works perfectly (in the comments). Not to mention that I and my roomie use a bunch of my mods and we're not able to reproduce anything of the sort, and I do frequently try to break my own mods. <.<

I love Ace3, don't get me wrong, but this is one of the things I really hate about embedded frameworks, often the latest mod to load the framework/lib ends up appearing to be the guilty party with any given error, when really it could be any mod using Ace3 that's doing it.

That's why a stack-trace is needed before we can press on. Until we know which mod (and even which line of which mod, so I can look into it myself and fix it accordingly if it really is one of my mods, or report it accordingly if it isn't) is causing the problem, we can't do anything about it.

It could even be something in Vista for all I know, perhaps it doesn't like the way that embeds work, I really have no idea...

Esha sighs.

Bloody embeds.
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EPICA Error.

Fine, I download this addon because is relly cool, but when i logged in With mi chara apear this mensage:

...terface\AddOns\Epica\Embeds\AceConfingDialog.lua: 1515: attempt to index local 'group' (a nil value)

The same problem apear with Atmosphere an Rave, So resently there addons habe a update and i need try it XD. Please chec this.

I use the last wow patch an win vista home.
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Yep, I don't do practicality much.

I feel there's too much of that in the World already. I admit, I have my bouts of it but usually there's some silly undertone in even the most useful things I create. I leave the practical things mostly to the other guys, the Godlike coders who can pull off crazy things. I take the silly stuff, the fun stuff... because I play this game for fun, and I'd like my coding thereof to be fun too.

If I have a work ethos, it's to help make Warcraft more fun. It could always use that.
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completely and utterly useless ... but GREAT fun !
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It accounts for four combat conditions; aggro, combat itself, fleeing, and victory.
this + the Benny Hill music = ftw
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