April 1, 2000
The first thing a bunch of you people will be asking is, what the heck is an Alias? Put simply, an alias is a shortcut or hotkey used to issue more then one command in the press of a button or two.
Many people get frustrated when they need to continually type in commands, like when you need to drink some water or throw a weapon in a vicious battle or PK, then find out that those items are in your pack. There are millions of situations. You have to type g skin pack, drink skin. This can all be fixed by creating an alias.
Aliases are easy to use and easy to create. Simply type alias, then the word which will execute the commands, and finally the combo of commands, separated by a ; for each action. For example, if you wanted to get a waterskin from a pack, then drink it. you could make an alias called dw (drink water). So you would type: alias dw g skin pack;drink skin. It's that simple.
Another feature is that you can set is the object of which you do your action to. For instance, if you wanted to get a green potion from your jar and give it to (player), you would make this alias: alias GGG get green jar;give green %0. Then when you type GGG Vryce, it would get a green from your jar and give it to Vryce. Once again, it's easy as pie. Just follow the rather comprehensive instructions in HELP ALIAS.
So why, with all these wonderful Mud clients out there with their nifty trigger options, would you want to use socials? There are times when you don' t want a trigger to activate and you want to be in full control of your actions. Some that spring to mind include when in PK and hiding - you do not need an eating trigger activating when someone you are hiding from comes into the same room as you, dead giveaway. Also, the spell Phantasmal Images can stop you for a few seconds when what you need is speed to run to a safe area. Other times it can be positively lethal to go into the Catacombs and, when without protection, have a trigger activated when you are in a Cave Coral room, or anywhere with Thought Slugs. Aliases mean you keep in control of your character.
Now lets get indepth into the alias command. Here are a list of more wacky ideas that you could use (just remember you are limited to using 20 aliases):
Note - never use single letters for aliases as they can often mean different things to the code. EG "c" is considered to be an abbreviation for "cast" (as in casting a spell). A double letter means it is a conscious decision to do that action. Be wary, for some double letters mean something as well - try them out before fixing them into the alias.
So now, if you didn't know what an alias is, you can make your Medievian life much quicker and easier. There are also many mud clients you can use that mimic this feature and the 20 alias limit can be ignored. But for now, try these out and surprise your friends by being ready after dying with a record 1.6 seconds! Use those aliases!