Simbo has been busy lately, working on a new plugin designed to reduce the amount of emote messages that fill up your chat window at large events. Get it here! So, have you ever struggled during busy social events in LOTRO? Does you chat box fill up once people start clapping and cheering? Are you unable to see the interesting texts in a rapidly moving wall of dance emotes? The answer is yes, dangit! But now, help is on the way! What is Babble? To babble, (from freedictionary.com): 1. To utter a meaningless confusion of words or sounds. 2. To talk foolishly or idly; chatter. From now on, though? Babble is a plugin that sends only "filtered" emote messages to your standard chat window, excluding any of the more common emote messages. The plugin comes with a predefined list of the "ususal 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. Additionally, you can filter emotes from different players, so you can still see all emotes directed towards yourself or those delivered by your good friends. Babble is notified whenever an emote is received and, if it doesn’t match a list of “blocked” emotes, it sends the emote to the “Standard” chat channel. This means that, for Babble to be effective, you need to turn off the filter for Emotes in your main chat window and make sure that Standard is enabled, so that you then only receive the filtered emotes 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. It is worth noting that the plugin cannot actually stop emotes being recieved. You would still need to turn off Emotes in your filters for the chat window. The plugin is simply re-sending new, filtered, messages to your standard channel. Features You can set up multiple lists of blocked emotes, and pick whatever list you want depending on the situation. You can set up multiple lists of player names to make exceptions for the blocked emotes. You can specify the colour of the “filtered” emotes that Babble sends to the Standard channel. Babble does not have a “Allowed Emote” list, because allowed emotes are effectively any that are not blocked. However, you will notice in the “Blocked Emotes” lists there are two check boxes; an “Unless From” check box and an “Unless To” check box. If you tick the “Unless From” check box, then the emote will be blocked UNLESS the emote is from one of the names in the associated name list (or, if you like, the emote will be allowed if the sender is from the list). Similarly, if you tick the “Unless To” check box, the emote will be blocked UNLESS any of the words in the emote text matches a name in the list. You can enter “Me” as a valid name, so you can see both the emotes you write yourself and those directed towards you. There are “check/uncheck all” buttons in the different emote lists as well. The following commands are available: /babble on – Enable Babble (it is on by default once loaded) /babble off – Temporarily disable Babble /babble edit – Edit the settings, such as the list of emotes or names /babble list – List the currently blocked emotes These options are also available via the Plugin Manager, under the “Options” tab for the Babble plugin. Download and install You can get the latest version here: Babble page Download the file from here, then install it into your LOTRO plugins directory. To use it, type /plugins load babble or use your favourite plugin manager, and it should be switched on right away with a default set of blocked emotes. Feedback is welcome Simbo will be grateful if you let him know what you think of the plugin, or if you have any suggestions for improvements! Also remember to check out the other plugins made by members of the Grand Order: Songbook: The Badger Chapter by Nimelia (for playing music), and Poetical by Simbo (for reciting poetry and songs).