My New Lua User Interface

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of the F2P launch was the introduction of Lua Scripting.  I posted one of my beta videos a while back and was very excited about the Dev Diary as well.  Now that I’ve finally gotten things a bit more squared away on my characters, I’ve grabbed a few of the Plugins and have things rather set up for me, although I’m still tweaking things.  I’m still not completely sure I’m happy with the placement of the BuffBars Plugin but that will come with more group play.

Before I get to the UI, I did want to remind Warden’s to head up to Forochel and grab the Warden muster up there, this vendor is in the main tent in Suri-kyla.


For now, the 3 best Lua resources are the Live Forums, LOTRO Interface, and LOTRO Plugins.  The all have many of the same plugins with documentation, instructions, and places for feedback.

The first plugin I’d recommend is the Plugin Manager as it allows you to more easily manage all your plugins.  Since the entire Lua system is still in beta, there’s still no automatic way to load and unload plugins, so this is the best solution.  However, to make it a little easier, I also added a couple of buttons on my UI to more easily do this each time I log on.  In the chat window, I typed in the following:

  • /alias add ;PlugMan /plugins load manager
  • /alias shortcut ;PlugMan 3
  • /alias add ;LM /manager
  • /alias shortcut ;LM 3

I pulled these from the very helpful forum post on macros and aliases and the lines above basically make 2 aliases and put them on your shortcut bars.  Now what I did was move anything off the 3 button such that I could map it there (easier then remembering the numbers higher then 10 as to which was which) and then move the new buttons to where I wanted them to be.  Certainly you can tweak the names there, but hopefully you get the idea.  This way when I log on, I just click the two buttons and my plugins all load up.

After the PluginManager, for my Warden certainly the Travel Window plugin is very handy.  This allowed me to clear out quite a bit of my quickslot bars.  And finally I’ve used the Palantir plugin for the morale and mana displays with the BuffBars plugin to help out with buffs and debuffs.  This also allowed me to get rid of the character portrait panel by shrinking it and moving it behind the mini-map.  I certainly don’t have everything totally mapped out the way I like, but here’s how I have things set up so far.  I leave the top right area open for my Vent overlay so that’s why it is blank.  I’ll post some videos here as I go, but I was fighting with my computer and my own user errors so take a peak at the below snapshots in the meantime.

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    Do you run into a problem with the buff bars running off the bottom of your screen with that placement? I was in just a six-man with my Cappy a few days ago, with Buffbars set in the top-right corner, and they were almost running off the bottom of the screen, mid-fight.

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    I’m expecting that I will as well. I’m thinking either I will filter it (I believe you can) or move it somewhere more convenient.

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    Nice setup. It’s pretty similar to the plugins I use on my Guard, though I also have TheOneBag running, with a couple small tweaks. I’m working with a smaller screen (laptop), so I created an alias for (/trav toggle) to pop up the travel box when I need it. The small screen also hurts in trying to figure out where to have BuffBars sit. Always a work in progress.

    I like how you have the main toolbar jammed over to the left side. Which skins are you using for the UI?

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    I tried TheOneBag and I didn’t like it, but I may give it another shot. I’m also on a laptop so just running at 1400×900 so not much real-estate either. I might do the /trav option as well, that’s a good idea :) And yes, the BuffBars might be tricky I’m sure so I’ll be tweaking that as I go.

    As for the UI, I’m using the Divine UI Gold Edition which allows you to move the main bar to either side. And then I stack my toolbars on top of that. Here’s the link –

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    Lovely UI! Buffbars is fantastic, although it does tend to get a bit long with food and cappy buffs. I have tried Palantir and it’s quite slick but I decided I didn’t quite need it as I moved my character morale bar right under me so it was a bit redundant.

    I am getting a chuckle at the Horseshoe/Anvil quick swap routine on the sidebar. Well played! Any suspicions or results from your ‘shoe that are notable?


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    Thanks, and yeah buffbars will require some tweaking I’m sure. I really like palantir, so I think it is staying for me :)

    I’m trying to figure out the horseshoe but I haven’t yet. But since the other rewards were pretty common I figured I’d give it a go.

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    Nifty setup there Doc, as an FYI / tip to ya though: You can create multiple buff bars and put them in different locations (i.e. 1 for Buffs, 1 for Debuffs, and 1 for Cooldowns) to help on the screenspace issue – you can also experiment with the settings for Width and Height of the bars to save on even more screen real estate. I found that stuff out when I watched Merric going over them on his video over at CSTM.

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    I remembered some such settings, I just haven’t had a chance to play around with it. Thanks for confirming that there are such options, and I’ll have to re-watch Merric’s video :)

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    I tried all these out and really liked them all, the buff bar is tricky especially in raids with captain buffs aplenty but there are allot of visual settings and check box’s you can use to customise it to suit yourself, I will definitely only use it for now at least for debuffs that’s what I want to know most in combat, the buffs are okay on the existing bar or if its possible to split them out I would put that up to one side. I love the way the right bottle you need pops up when you need its very helpful that’s one less thing for the mini to do ha-ha “fear on mister echo, take a pot” I must try and figure out how to slot strength of morale in there as a option that would be handy. I used the carousel option on the travel bag which is controlled by mouse wheel very easy to get the right port. thanks for all the info, tips and links it made it very quick and easy to setup.

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    I’ve played around a bit with the buff-bar settings and set up minimum and maximum duration filtering. This way I can hide anything shorter then 5 seconds (can’t be that bad) or more then 2 minutes as that cuts down quite a bit of the noise in there.

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    another helpful hint on buffbars is you can change the way they stack (e.g., either top to bottom or bottom to top. For instance I have my debuff bar right above my morale bar but it is set to stack from bottom to top, so the debuffs will stack upwards. Also, if you don’t want certain debuffs or buffs to show, you can right click on them and select ignore. I have done this with my LM, all buffs are ignored except my stun immunity so I can monitor the time remaining until I need to reapply. I may actually put this in it’s own window and make a new one for other buffs, we’ll see.

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    How do you split them up like you mention? And I didn’t know about the right-click, that should be very handy.

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    if you go into the options, and on the right side select the second option (can’t remember what it’s called atm but the first is effects). You can then make new windows by selecting that option at the top. Rename the window whatever you would like (it will just say “new window” when you first create it). Then select what you would like it to show (buffs, debuffs, pots, etc.) from the checklist below. You can then modified any of the other options as well such as only showing in/out of combat.

    That may be kind of confusing, so if you go to there is a handy youtube video on their main page (LoTRO Plugin review videos, 3rd post under news) that actually shows how to add new windows (Merric did one as well I believe, so you can check the CSTM website too!).

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    whoa, that’s very cool as I totally missed what that top part of that panel did. Guess it would help if I looked at videos prior to messing around with things ;)


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    I tried Travel Window but didn’t like the amount of screen real estate that it occupies. I know it is relatively small but it still didn’t fit neatly into my setup. I then tried Popup Quickslots. This works great. I have four small icons that I can click to extend a bar full of short cuts. I keep not only travel short cuts there but also mounts and various other hot keys that are only needed occasionally.

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    hmm, that’s a good idea. I’m also starting to not like how much space the travel window takes up but I haven’t looked enough to figure out how to make it smaller.

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