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Description
Introduction

This is a plugin for Minstrels. It is based on MinstrelBuff, by Melida, and adds numerous features including support for the 2022 Minstrel updates.

Ballads and Anthems

The main window shows which ballads and anthems you have active.
Lesser and Greater anthems have an overlay (L or G) indicating which they are. (This overlay can be turned off in the options.)

Anthem Priority

The options screen now allows you to configure your preference for Anthems:


If this feature is enabled, you will see the next anthem in your priority list shown next to the main window:


The goal of the Anthem Priority feature is to keep your most important anthems active. If you have to choose between keeping a more important anthem active or activating a different active, the plugin chooses the more important anthem.

Ballad Expiration

All ballad descriptions include the text "Expires if out of combat for 9 seconds". However, this is an incomplete summary of when ballads do and do not expire. For example: Cry of the Chorus gives you three ballad buffs even if you have been out of combat for 9 seconds.

As of December 2020, the game logic works like this:
  • Let's call entering combat after being out of combat for more than nine seconds a "primary combat". When you leave a primary combat, a nine second timer starts counting down. When the timer expires, your ballad buffs also expire.
  • Let's call entering combat while the timer is counting down a "secondary combat". You must stay in a secondary combat for five seconds before it resets the combat timer. That is, if it takes you less than five seconds to enter and leave combat, the original timer continues counting down as if you had not entered combat.
  • There's a big exception to this, however: If you are in combat when the current timer expires, it refreshes the timer even if the combat ends in less than five seconds.
  • Cry of the Chorus and Major Ballad (Resonance Stance) start the nine second timer if: the player is not already in combat, there is not already a out-of-combat countdown happening, there is not already a Major Ballad countdown happening, and there is not already a Cry of the Chorus countdown happening.
  • Entering combat with a Cry of the Chorus countdown or a Major Ballad (Resonance Stance) countdown active is treated like starting a secondary combat, so you must then stay in combat for 5 seconds to refresh the timer.

This plugin has two timers:
  • a timer that shows when your ballads buffs will expire. This combat timer starts off white, and when less than five seconds remain it turns yellow.
  • a red timer that shows how long you need to remain in a secondary combat before the combat timer is reset. This happens when the red timer fills up the remaining combat timer completely.

The white bar at bottom shows I've got the full 9 seconds left.

I've been out of combat for around 6 seconds, so the bar is yellow.

Whoops! Took too long to get back into combat, so my ballads expired.

I'm in a secondary combat. If the red bar fills up the white bar, the combat timer will reset.


This plugin does its best to mimic the game logic, however it can occasionally incorrectly predict when the ballads will expire. If you have steps to reproduce an incorrect timer, please comment below and I'll see if I can update the plugin to match!

Soliloquy of Spirit / Inner Strength Tracker

You can enable the Soliloquy Tracker in Options. Once enabled, this will pop up a window whenever you use Soliloquy of Spirit on a target, showing your current Soliloquy of Spirit stacking (0 to 3) and current Inner Strength Tier (0 to 3).

Example 1:

Affodil has three Soliloquy of Spirits and Inner Strength Tier 3. Toermalijn has only two Soliloquy of Spirits and Inner Strength Tier 2. Because her Inner Strength is not Tier 3, the background is red.

Example 2:

Affodil has three Soliloquy of Spirits and Inner Strength Tier 3. Toermalijn has only two Soliloquy of Spirits but Inner Strength Tier 3. Because she does not have all three Soliloquy of Spirits, the background is yellow.

Melodic Interlude

You can enable the Melodic Interlude Window in Options. Once enabled, this will pop up a window whenever your Freedom trait triggers the Melodic Interlude Effect. This effect unlocks healing for a friendly target while in Dissonance stance for 10 seconds.

Example:


War-Speech

You can enable the War-Speech display in Options. Once enabled, this will draw an 8-second timer below your ballads for each War-Speech. This effect grants +5% Tactical Damage, and visualizing them helps you to keep three War-Speeches active.



Support for more than 3 anthems

The non-fixed themes supports additional anthems. The window will grow in size if the player has more than three active anthem effects.




Installation and Setup

To install:
  • You can use Plugin Compendium, or just unzip the archive and drag the "CubePlugins" folder into your "Documents/The Lord of the Rings Online/Plugins" folder. (If you have not previously installed any plugins, you will have to first create the Plugins folder.)

To load the plugin, use the game's built-in Plugin Manager. This can be found in the "^" menu, at the bottom of the screen, or by typing /plugin manager into your chat window.

When the Plugin Manager opens, find MinstrelBuff II in the list on the left side. Verify that the version is 2.0.1. Click "Load" to load the plugin. If you would like the plugin to load automatically each time you login, choose your character's name in the "Automatically Load For" pulldown menu.

When you first load MinstrelBuff II, the plugin windows will be in the upper-left of your screen. You can use your Reposition UI key (default Ctrl+\) to move these windows.


Press your Reposition UI key again to turn off Reposition mode.

History
  • 2022-11-20 v2.1.2: Added Priority Anthem feature, fixed some bugs. Release notes are here.
  • 2022-09-28 v2.0.2: Fixed some incorrect paths.
  • 2022-09-28 v2.0.1: Initial release of MinstrelBuff II. Includes initial support for 2022 Minstrel updates. Release notes are here.
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Unread 01-25-2023, 12:03 AM  
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Smile Reporting back

We did do Doom of Caras Gelebran skirmish, twice (T2 if it matters). First time, kept the panel all through the thing, but we did not wipe either, which would usually disappear the panel.

Then we started it up again, and after a few seconds of working up my anthems, the panel was gone again.

I had bound it to a key (G, because that was unused by anything else, so far) before we started, so I hit that. The Manage Plugins panel came up, but instead of showing MinstrelBuff II as loaded, it was clear. I clicked on it, and then at the top, the "LOAD" button became available. Clicked that and got my panel back. So that is how I "fixed" it, though the panel again disappeared when we left the instance (and fixed again, same way). I like to have my panel always showing, even out of combat.

So something is telling the plugin that I don't have MinstrelBuff II loaded? I don't understand how they work well enough to say anything beyond that.

No idea if this is anything you can or want to fix, but at least my experience can probably help anyone else who might have this problem.
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Re: Re: Trying AGAIN

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Is your "Only visible in combat" option checked? In this case, the plugin tries to hide itself unless you are in combat (or you still have active ballads or anthems). Sometimes it can get confused, however, so try playing with "Only visible in combat" unchecked.

It's not checked, but I will try checking and unchecking to see if that makes a difference.


You can always type /plugins unload MinstrelBuff into chat. This will unload only the MinstrelBuff II plugin. You can then type /plugins load "MinstrelBuff II" to load it without going through the Plugin Manager window.

If the check/uncheck doesn't cure it, then I'll try this. Either one of them will take less time than logging out and logging back in! I'll have to wait for an opportunity to try it, i.e. getting the "panel gone" issue to test it out.

Though, possibly, now that I've posted about it, perhaps I'll never have the issue again. My kin's other minis say they've never experienced this.

I'll try to remember to report back.
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Re: Trying AGAIN

Hi there!

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I registered, I logged in, typed a whole long post about my problems, Submitted Reply, and . . . it refused to take my post and wiped it all out!
I'm sorry to hear that! After that happened to me on a few different websites I now try to compose longer posts in a text editor, and then copy/paste into the browser. That way I don't lose anything in the case of a glitch.

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grayed out, can't choose Options
As you found out, a plugin must be loaded before the options panel will be available.

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The problem is, it often is just GONE.
Is your "Only visible in combat" option checked? In this case, the plugin tries to hide itself unless you are in combat (or you still have active ballads or anthems). Sometimes it can get confused, however, so try playing with "Only visible in combat" unchecked.

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Is there an easy way to get it back, while playing, i.e. not having to log out entirely and then load the game again?
You can always type /plugins unload MinstrelBuff into chat. This will unload only the MinstrelBuff II plugin. You can then type /plugins load "MinstrelBuff II" to load it without going through the Plugin Manager window.
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Trying AGAIN

I registered, I logged in, typed a whole long post about my problems, Submitted Reply, and . . . it refused to take my post and wiped it all out!

I use the Anthem Tracker (automatically loads for mini), when/IF it's there. The problem is, it often is just GONE. Is there an easy way to get it back, while playing, i.e. not having to log out entirely and then load the game again?

It seems to happen to me most often in BOTH Doom of Caras Gelebran and Sarch Vorn. If we wipe and have to start over, that's when I lose the anthem tracker. Sometimes its just gone right away, but others we restart the fight, then it disappears. Oh yeah, it also has happened in Houses of Rest, after a wipe. Hiddenhoard has not, SO FAR, been a problem.

Please disregard, see my Update below: I read everything here, found out there were options I'd like to try (after the disappearance of the Anthems Tracker is solved), but the options button remains grayed out for me. At the character selection, chose mini, chose Manage Plugins, choose MinstrelBuffs II, and . . . grayed out, can't choose Options.

Very frustrated.

ETA UPDATE: I re-read, more carefully, and realized I needed to log in, set a character for the Plugin Manager, and then that character would open it. I can now use the options key. Not choosing anything though, until I can get it to stop taking my Anthems Tracker panel away from me.

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Re: soliloquy tracker not showing

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Hello, thank you for this plugin I'm having a problem with the soliloquy ui element not appearing for me, do you need to be a certain level (45) or have certain trait (inner strength) unlocked for it to appear? I have tried hitting dummy in fellowship and casting SoS on myself and member and even though in options SoS tracker set to on its not appearing on my screen. Any help appreciated
Hello! Since you already have SoS tracker enabled, you might try turning SoS tracker off and on again. Otherwise if should just work. What client language are you using?

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soliloquy tracker not showing

Hello, thank you for this plugin I'm having a problem with the soliloquy ui element not appearing for me, do you need to be a certain level (45) or have certain trait (inner strength) unlocked for it to appear? I have tried hitting dummy in fellowship and casting SoS on myself and member and even though in options SoS tracker set to on its not appearing on my screen. Any help appreciated
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Re: Options Screen?

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I still haven't figured out how to access options, I'm embarassed to say. In the Manage Plugins section of the player select screen, the Options tab remains greyed out for me. I have updated to 2.1.2. Is there another way to adjust Options, or is something configured wrong?
Hello there! A plugin's options can only be accessed through the Plugin Manager while logged in with the plugin loaded. Select the MinstrelBuff II plugin on the left side of the Plugin Manager. At this point the Options will be available. Good luck!
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Options Screen?

Hail!

Thanks so much for this fantastic plug-in - I've been using it as new (again, after a 10-year absence) Minstrel to reallly get my Anthem game on point.

I still haven't figured out how to access options, I'm embarassed to say. In the Manage Plugins section of the player select screen, the Options tab remains greyed out for me. I have updated to 2.1.2. Is there another way to adjust Options, or is something configured wrong? I look forward to your suggestions!

Brynnyk, Bard of Gladden
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It's so great you put out that update before you leave. Kudos to you! Have a good time!

edit: Plugin Compendium still shows 1.9.1 as the newest version.
Thanks! I wanted others to get a chance to play with Priority Anthems, and it was now or December.

Turns out LOTRO Plugin Compendium itself was getting confused. It should be good now.
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It's so great you put out that update before you leave. Kudos to you! Have a good time!

edit: Plugin Compendium still shows 1.9.1 as the newest version.

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Thanks for the update!

In Plugin Compendium the latest version seems to link to the old MB (1.9.1) and it will downgrade if you don't watch out.
Great catch, thank you! I think I have fixed all of the .plugincompendium file issues and uploaded 2.1.2 with those changes. Hopefully going forward this is no longer an issue.

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Thanks for the update!

In Plugin Compendium the latest version seems to link to the old MB (1.9.1) and it will downgrade if you don't watch out.

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Hey there! First of all I'm very happy that you took over the Minstrel Buff Plugin and revamped it. But I do have some trouble to load it. I've downloaded the most recent version via the plugin compendium, but it won't load. And there is no error message what so ever.

Is it possible that it doesn't work on german clients?

Addendum: Just tested. It shows up at the english client, but not at the german client.

A fix would be awesome!

2. Addendum: After testing in EN the Minstrel-Buff-Bar shows up at my german client as well. Very strange ...
Hi there! I do test the MinstrelBuff II plugin with French and German, but not as much as English. It's possible I missed something in this release. I'm working on the next release which will hopefully work even better, even on German.
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Hey there! First of all I'm very happy that you took over the Minstrel Buff Plugin and revamped it. But I do have some trouble to load it. I've downloaded the most recent version via the plugin compendium, but it won't load. And there is no error message what so ever.

Is it possible that it doesn't work on german clients?

Addendum: Just tested. It shows up at the english client, but not at the german client.

A fix would be awesome!

2. Addendum: After testing in EN the Minstrel-Buff-Bar shows up at my german client as well. Very strange ...

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Re: move the buff window?

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Hello I can not move the window of the buff, it is located at the top left and I would like to move it, either with the SHIFT key, or ALT nothing works, thank you.
Thanks for asking! You can use your Reposition UI keyboard shortcut to move the MinstrelBuff II windows around. I've added screenshots to the Installation section of the notes above if you are uncertain how to do this.
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