Babble is a plugin originally designed to reduce the amount of emotes you receive during larger events. Later it has been developed to be able to filter words in other chat channels as well.
It sends only "filtered" messages to your standard chat window, excluding any of the more common messages. The plugin comes with a predefined list of the "usual suspect" emotes from busy social events (dance, clap, cheer, etc.), which will be auto-removed and not shown in your chat window when Babble is enabled.
You can easily add to this, or even remove those emotes you want to see. You can also set up lists to be used with other channels, not just the emote channel. Additionally, you can filter messages from different players, so you can still see all messages directed towards yourself or those delivered by your good friends.
Babble is notified whenever a message is received and, if it doesn’t match a list of "blocked" message, it sends the message to the "Standard" chat channel. This means that, for Babble to be effective, you need to turn off the filter for the relevant chat channel in your main chat window and make sure that the Standard channel is enabled, so that you then only receive the filtered message from Babble. Just right-click on the chat window tab, and you’ll be able to choose which chat channels are displayed in that window.
The latest version of Babble comes with its own chat-style window, which can also receive filtered messages from any of the relevant channels. It can also receive blocked messages too.
It is worth noting that the plugin cannot actually stop messages being received. You would still need to turn off the relevant channel in your filters for the chat window. The plugin is simply re-sending new, filtered, messages to your standard channel.
Unzip the zip file and move the "Simbo" folder to your "Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Plugins" folder
- You can set up multiple lists of patterns, and pick whatever list you want depending on the situation.
- Lists can either specify messages to block, or messages to allow.
- The same list can be assigned to multiple channels.
- You can set up multiple lists of player names to make exceptions for the blocked/allowed messages.
- You can specify the colour of the "filtered" messages that Babble sends to the Standard channel.
- You can also specify that filtered messages go to the new Babble Chat Window.
- The new Babble Chat Window can also receive blocked messages too.
The latest version of Babble allows both "Allowed" messages, as well as "Blocked" messages. For "Allowed" messages, Babble will allow through any message for the channel that matches a pattern in the list, and block everything else.
For "Blocked" lists, the following applies:
- If you tick the "Unless From" check box, then the message will be blocked UNLESS the message is from one of the names in the associated name list.
- If you tick the "Unless To" check box, the message will be blocked UNLESS any of the words in the message text matches a name in the list.
For "Allowed" lists, the opposite applies
- If you tick the "Unless From" check box, then the message will be allowed UNLESS the message is from one of the names in the associated name list.
- If you tick the "Unless To" check box, the message will be allowed UNLESS any of the words in the message text matches a name in the list.
Note that you can enter "Me" as a valid name, so you capture see both the messages you write yourself and those directed towards you.
Babble can be loaded via the in-game Plugin Manager, or with one of the following command line option
/plugins load babble
The following commands are available:
/babble on – Enable Babble (it is on by default once loaded)
/babble off – Temporarily disable Babble
/babble status – Shows the Babble Status Window
/babble list – List the currently blocked emotes
These options are also available via the Plugin Manager, under the “Options” tab for the Babble plugin.
Version 2.1.1 - 7th February 2017
Version 2.1 - 21st August 2016
- Fixed a bug with blocking NPC say on different servers
- Fixed a bug where the Babble button sometimes disappeared off the screen
Version 2.0 - 10th June 2016
- Option to change font size in Babble chat window
- Option to show timestamps in Babble chat window
- Option to change opacity of Babble chat window
Version 1.1 - 31st August 2015
- Allowed filtering on channels other than emotes
- New Babble Chat Window