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    Zboard & that kind of thing

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    Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by SultanSwat on Mon May 12, 2008 7:07 pm

    Seriously debating getting something like a zboard or something like it. Anyone have any input?
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by hsalive on Mon May 12, 2008 7:30 pm

    get the keyset now so you can get the ring

    course if your not going to actually get one then disregard this statement, i like my g15 and the zboard looks all messed up quite frankly
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Killer_Shark on Mon May 12, 2008 7:35 pm

    I have thought about trying a Zboard but i alway end up telling myself i wouldn't like it.

    I just got a G15 a few weeks ago and really like it.
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Louchar on Mon May 12, 2008 8:20 pm

    I don't like it. it's really not all that different from a standard keyboard. I mean look at the conan key set and tell me it is enough different to warrant buying it over a standard KB. (I have also read many complaints of keys sticking on the Z-board but I have never used it myself.)

    Now that doesn't mean there aren't other options. I bought another product from the maker of Z-Board just for Conan and I used it during Open beta.

    It's called the FANG and it works awesome! What I like best is I can keep my regular KB and just slide the Fang out when needed. The software is awesome and I love it so far. Playing Conan on this thing rocks.

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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by hsalive on Mon May 12, 2008 8:33 pm

    if i use my g15 macros enough i may go for something like that fang but for now i'm sticking with the old relyable

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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Guest on Mon May 12, 2008 8:44 pm

    The G11 works in the game as well.
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Louchar on Mon May 12, 2008 9:18 pm

    The G15 is a sweet sweet kb dude. I wouldn't use anything else if I owned one. Very Happy
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Imotaqua on Tue May 13, 2008 12:27 pm

    I use the G15 as well, and it works great for me.
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Jephthah on Tue May 13, 2008 12:30 pm

    104key Kb for me. I am a mad man on this thing. Very Happy
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Lemartes on Tue May 13, 2008 6:09 pm

    I just got a G15 and i had a zboard for 3yrs...i kindof miss my zboard. the keys on the g15 feel so good..hard choice.
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Zeh on Tue May 13, 2008 11:10 pm

    Nostromo n52 ftw. I think I'm gonna bind my attack keys to the thumbpad. buahaha, running and attacking at the same time bitchessss.
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Spudnik on Wed May 14, 2008 4:26 am

    Been using the ZBoard like forever.
    Never had any problems with it exept for Vista drivers early on.

    Here is what I like :
    It's a normal keybord, clip it out and put in the gaming keypad with the red arrows (similar to the Fang), they create mod files you can download that support all the worthwhile games.
    Get a dedicated game keypad with nice graphics and pre set keyes based on the spesific title.
    I used Battlefield 2 and 2142, WoW and GuildWars gamepads and liked it a lot.

    Link to their site - http://www.ideazon.com/us/ & http://www.ideazon.com/us/products/zboardgamingkeyboard.asp
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by hsalive on Wed May 14, 2008 5:45 am

    ok so you own one tell me this

    the "gamepad" portion in age of conan is on the far right peice, can i swap it to be the far left peice or am i stuck with their configuration, because thats my main issue, i'm a wasd kinda guy
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Bullarky on Wed May 14, 2008 6:19 am

    I've loved the n52 for a while now, and during beta came to like it even more. I recently upgraded to the TE and am really loving life.


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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Probie on Wed May 14, 2008 7:43 am

    I have a G15 (not the new one!) that I have come to <3. As long as I can make macros and assign them to my G keys and my number pad, I'm sure I'll be happy still.

    Although I have always wanted to try out a Z-board... So many of my friends have them and seem to like them well enough. I just wonder what the "preset keys" are on the Z-board for AoC.

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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by EvilDream on Wed May 14, 2008 7:52 am

    I've got a G15 as well and absolutly love it. But after looking at Z-board and the n52 I'm curious. They look cool to say the least, But how hard was it to adjust from just using a keyboard? Or was it a pretty easy no pain kinda thing?
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Bullarky on Wed May 14, 2008 8:24 am

    The N52 wasn't hard unless you used the joystick control. That got some getting used to.

    The shift states and layouts for Warcraft were easy and should be simplistic for the realatively low number of spells/combos AoC offers. The hard part for AoC will be the movement aspect of it unless you are already left handed.

    Can't tell my left thumb to do crap sometimes... Razz

    However, once you get comfortable with it, it owns. You can play the entire game with your left hand and surf miget porn with your right.
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by hsalive on Wed May 14, 2008 8:27 am

    Bullarky wrote:I've loved the n52 for a while now, and during beta came to like it even more. I recently upgraded to the TE and am really loving life.



    i have drooled over that for quite some time, my boss got the earlier version (orange one). my main concern is the movement keys not being staggerd like the wasd. Also i'm not wanting to have to move to my keyboard to type when i need to

    i would seriously consider getting one but how do you have yours set up

    i would think if i had one i would use the mouse strictly for movement and viewing and probably key jump and some other useful movement related buttons to the 3 xtra mouse buttons i'll have

    the thumb hat or plus key or w/e you call it on the side i would most likely use for sheild control

    i would then use the key pad for spells and macro combos (as a necro i use one button to precast my buff spells, another to cast (at lvl 20) 3 of my minions then another macro to first sic my minions on my target then cast the 2 - 3 degen spells i have, then i cast my pb aoe and i'm generally done, thats only 4 buttons used so far

    once i got good enough i would go blind and turn off the gui since i have my g15 in front of me giving health and mana and stamina read outs

    then i would have to start all over for another class lol

    sheesh thats an awful lot of thought put into something i'll probably never get Smile
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Bullarky on Wed May 14, 2008 8:37 am

    Pretty close to what I used...

    I was still getting used to AoC over warcraft and never really shielded (was playing caster).

    So thumb hat for me was movement in combat... Mouse movement out of combat. Not sure why, it just always worked out that way.

    Mouse also used for jump, climb, camera.

    Keybindings were simple for spells, but I made bindings for eating, drinking, and bandaging as well. I also created a corpse buff that would put up all my friendly buffs after death or just to refresh them.

    Other thoughts about these keyboards, is that they are definitely overkill right now for AoC. The simplicity built into the interface makes using a normal keyboard sufficient. There is no scripting language to speak of and the number of spells/abilities are limited so complicated tasks don't exist now.
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by hsalive on Wed May 14, 2008 9:05 am

    well i may just buy my boss's regular one at a discount (he never even opened it and bout it like 2 years ago)

    and if all goes well i'll think about upgrading later

    but its hard because i feel my g15 is sufficient
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    Re: Zboard & that kind of thing

    Post by Louchar on Wed May 14, 2008 9:29 am

    Personally I do not like the n52 type controllers. I'm not a WASD player so I need my movement keys to stand out more. I tried the n52 at the store and I just didn't like it.

    It is one of the cooler looking units though.

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