A: eScape is very similar to the Wizard Front End, but uses Internet Explorer
as its technology. This means that you do not have to install anything for eScape
to work. In fact, you can use eScape from any computer, say a computer at a
friend's house, so long as they have the minimum requirements. Best of all,
the settings (text highlighting, window positions, etc.) are all saved on the
server so you will have them when you play from some other computer.
eScape also allows for images to appear with the text. Character portraits,
room illustrations and so forth will appear right along with the descriptions.
And, unlike the Wizard, you do not need to download any art packs for this to
work. As new art is added to the game, it just works.
The text windows of eScape are much smarter. They "stick" to the
borders so they can grow automatically when you resize the main window, and
you can be assured that your command input area and the main game window are
never "off the screen" which can easily happen in the Wizard.
The Panels area on the right of eScape allows for various in-game and eScape
specific windows. You can reorganize them, hide them and so forth. The whole
panel can be hidden even. But the best part is that GameMasters can add new
panels and you never need to update your software to use them. We expect new
panels to arrive as soon as GameMasters learn how to create them.
A: The main focus of eScape is for new users. We wanted to eliminate the problems
associated with downloading and installing the launcher and then downloading
and installing the Wizard just to play. Plus, using Internet Explorer allowed
us some great new capabilities such as in-line images that downloaded on demand
(just like a web page). All of this makes for a much smoother experience.
At the same time it will allow us to add things that the Wizard was not able
to do for our current users. The "panes" you see on the right of the
screen are configurable by GameMasters, and there are plans for adding new ones
A: eScape uses Internet Explorer for its base technology. We customize it primarily
back to the server. Ideally we'd like to not use Java at all, but we haven't
found a way around it yet.
A: eScape only works with the Windows version of Internet Explorer 5.0 and
above on Windows. We would love for it to work with Netscape and the Macintosh
version of Internet Explorer but neither of those products supports the features
necessary for it to work. In particular, they are missing the ability for JAVA
at making it work with these other browsers.
A: eScape will work with the Windows version of Internet Explorer, 5.0 and
above. Unfortunately every time Microsoft releases a new version of Internet
Explorer they introduce bugs. Internet Explorer 6.0 introduced some bugs which
required a lot of work to get around. At this time, eScape works identically
on all versions of Internet Explorer 5.0 and above.
A: If you upgrade to Internet Explorer 6 on a computer that already has Java,
Internet Explorer 6 will work fine. New installations of Windows XP do not include
Java with Internet Explorer 6. When you go to use eScape it will tell you that
you need to install the Java component to continue. This download is around
5MB. We regret that Microsoft has taken this approach (email them to complain!),
especially since they didn't even bother to warn anyone. Once the download is
complete you should be able to use eScape with no further problem. We are looking
into an alternative to the Java component of eScape for Windows XP in the future.
A: eScape uses Java to write settings or logs to your hard drive. But Java
has very strict security measures to make sure no unauthorized party can send
a Java program to your computer (by visiting a web page) that could write anything
to your hard drive (like, say, a virus). This level of security is prudent,
but makes it difficult for the average person to allow a program like eScape
to do what it needs to do.
Ultimately you have to tell Internet Explorer that you want Java programs from www.play.net
to have write access to your hard drive. When you do, you will be able to use
the settings export and logging features of eScape. If you do not want to allow
this, then these features are unavailable but eScape will otherwise work fine.
These two features, logging and file export, are the only types of file writes
done from eScape at this time.
Click the button below for help on setting this up.
A: The logging system built into eScape is MUCH more powerful than the one
in the Wizard. In the Wizard you had two options, log everything, or log nothing.
In eScape you can choose to have things like the arrivals window open (you want
to see when your buddies/enemies are in or out) but not log! In the Wizard having
all of that stuff cluttering up your log is no good and chews up space like
you just unleashed the Tasmanian Devil in your hard drive! Now you can log only
the main window, only the arrival window, only the thought window, or any combination.
If you have an event like a wedding you want to save, you can get just what
happens there and none of that other junk that doesn't matter for it. In the
future we plan to give you a choice as to where your logs are saved, but for
now they go to the C:\ directory. For most windows users, you would double click
on your "My Computer" icon and then double click on your C: drive
to access them. Alternatively, just click on "File -> Open" from
a browser menu and then browse the top level of your hard drive and they'll
be right there. Logs number themselves in order, so they are easy to browse
through. Logs are stored as HTML, so you can read them in Internet Explorer,
the same program that made them,
To allow Internet Explorer to write to your hard drive for eScape, you must
make some security setting adjustments.
Click the button below for information on how to do this.
A: All of your settings, such as window positions, text highlighting and so
forth are saved on our servers right along with your character. Each character,
in each game, has its own unique settings. So from whatever computer you play,
you will have your favorite settings available! The only thing not stored on
our server are any sound effects files you may reference. The scripts you will
be able to write will be stored there as well, so moving from machine to machine
(home, office, or on the road) will be as painless as possible.
A: Any changes that you make in the eScape browser will automatically be saved
on the Simutronics server. You don't need to specifically save anything. If,
however, you'd like to keep a local copy of your settings (for example if you'd
like to copy them to another character), you can do so by using the EXPORT command
in the OPTIONS menu. This will save all of your eScape settings for that character
in an XML file on your local hard drive. To copy the settings to another character,
you can then log in with the character, select "Import Settings" from
the Options button and choose which settings to import from which XML file.
This feature exists because settings are saved on a character by character basis
on our servers.
A: eScape does not support scripting in version 1.0. We do plan on adding this
feature soon. Currently we anticipate we will support the same scripting language
as the Wizard so any existing scripts will work as-is and unlike the wizard,
scripts will be stored on the server right along with your other settings.
A: The "Import Settings" feature of eScape is designed only for importing
eScape setting files, not Wizard setting files. This is useful for transferring
settings from one character to another. There is no way to import Wizard settings;
however we are working on a utility to convert Wizard setting files into eScape
setting files and will have one available shortly.
A: We do not have this capability currently; however you can export your settings
and then import them on another character. The import feature allows for some
selective importing so you can add (rather than overwrite) existing settings.
We are looking into adding a common settings capability in the future.
A: Blame Microsoft. They decided that there were certain keys that they would
Microsoft to complain! If you try to use a key combination that is not available,
you will be told why. A list of all available keys will be available shortly.
A: It's not you, but the right position is for NUM LOCK to be ON. When a component
(window or panel) other than the input line is active, keys that have associated
macros do not function as macros until the second time you press the key. This
is because pressing the key once sets the input box as the active component,
so pressing the key twice results in the macro being successfully sent to the
input box. This is true on the number pad and for any ctrl-, alt-, ctrl-alt-
shift-ctrl-, shift-alt-, or even shift-ctrl-alt- keys you are using. (That's
a lot of key combinations the Wizard couldn't do!)
Confusing? Just press the intended macro key twice if you see something else
in the input box rather than the macro.
A: That's the round-time indicator. Remember, it's an estimate and may be off
by a bit due to latency over the Internet. Having it appear faintly under your
typing makes sense so that you don't have to look all over the screen for it.
A: We have set up a message board specifically for eScape. There is a topic
that deals solely with eScape bug issues. Any bugs found should be reported
on that forum. You can find it here.
Please read through the previously submitted bugs before posting yours to make
sure you aren't submitting a duplicate. Keeping the forum clear of duplicates
will help us to get to these bugs faster and fix them.