Idlechasing for wizards
Wizards are not the most newbie-friendly when it comes to idlechasing. Getting most out of the commands available requires reasonably high skills and a vast amount of guild points. However, at the other end of the scale, you can have an alias 10 seconds long with a 5 minute gap inbetween. This to many is the holy grail of idlechasing.
Spells should only really be used in the early stages when TMs are more likely and you don't have access to the better idlechasing commands (The Spellcheck Project can help you decide which spells to use if you're chasing TMs, and Sekiri's site has lists of spells and where to find them). Note that all spells give 15x GP to XP rate, and 'cast'ing different spells counts as using different commands.
The following is a list of commonly used idling spells, in order of GP cost:
|Fabrication Classification Identification||15||45||675||Can be cast on any item, you do not need an artifact.|
|Brassica Oleracea Ambulata||10||40||600||Eat the summoned cabbages for the achievements 'Cabbage Cruncher 1000' and 'Coleslawter'.|
|Floron's Fabulous Mirror||15||40||600||Gazing into the mirror after casting is not necessary.|
|Wurphle's Midnight Snack||25||35||525||Requires extra alias time to drop and bury the summoned food. Summon roast sheep for the 'Founder of the Feast' achievement.|
|Duander's Thaumic Luminosity Disperser||20||30||450||Requires a light to extinguish. (See MWLC)|
|Collatrap's Instant Pickling Stick||10||20||300||Requires extra alias time to drop the stick and bury it if necessary.|
|Objandeller's Thaumic Funnel||15||15||225||Requires extra alias time to drop the funnel and bury it if necessary|
|Master Woddeley's Luminescent Companion||10||15||225|
|Torqvald's Many Colours||10||15||225|
|Eringyas' Surprising Bouquet||10||10||150||Requires extra alias time to drop and bury the bouquet.|
|Friddlefrod's Hydratic Extrusion||10||10||150||Will make you slightly wet if you were already dry (Which you probably will be).|
|Grisald's Chilly Touch||5||10||150|
This is where the XP comes from. Wizards have three unique 30x commands, they are:
The simplest of the commands, costs 50 GP and gives 1500 XP with no complications, all that is required is a staff or cane. Octograve should be learnt as quickly as possible (31 levels in magic.items.staff).
Note that if your skills are too low there is a risk you will drop your staff in the process, just remember to pick it up again.
Scribe is slightly more complex, given that you must include holding a quill, making a piece of paper available and disposing of the resulting scroll if necessary. After Octograve, learning scribe should be your second priority (51 levels of magic.items.scroll).
Scribing a spell costs the same amount of GP as it would to cast it. The best way to include scribe in your alias is to get yourself a small piece of cigarette paper to ensure your mind balks when you try to scribe the spell, cutting out the dropping and burying of the scroll and having to restock on paper. However, if you want to chase the scribing achievements while idling this is a reasonable option.
The current largest spell to scribe is Crondor's Marvellous Sequestration, costing 350 GP and giving 10500 XP. Professor Flambardie's Grim Amulet is also a popular choice, costing 200 GP and giving 6000 XP.
Recharge is the hardest and most expensive command to use as an idlechasing Wizard. It requires 100 levels in magic.items to learn.
- Due to the changes to recharge it is no longer a viable option to be used in the common idle alias. Now recharge only takes gp when it is successful, so you'd always need new reagents.
Unlike the other commands, Recharge requires a consumed reagent to use. This can be either a charged black shell, purple mineral powder or grey dust. Grey dust is impractical to use as it is 100x less powerful than purple mineral powder and can only be obtained in small amounts.
As charges are added to the artifact each time the command is used, the wizards must either use them, remove them with a wand of cancellation or let the artifact explode and replace it with another.
The GP cost of recharge depends on the artifact used. The following is a list of known artifacts and GP costs:
|Balsa wand||240||7200||Magical Supplies Emporium Sator Square|
|Black fluted wand||220||6600||The Majjik Stall|
|Long white wand||220||6600||Hobliet's, BP Artifacts|
|Red staff||210||6300||Hillshire Magic Shop, Magic & Meddlers|
|Charred wand||200||6000||Hobliet's, BP Artifacts, The Majjik Stall|
|Blue crystal ring||190||5700||Hillshire Magic Shop, Magic & Meddlers|
|Grey wand||180||5400||Hobliet's, BP Artifacts|
|Pink crystal ring (Ring of Energy)||180||5400||Hillshire Magic Shop, Stumplott's Taliasmans|
|Thin stick||180||5400||Hobliet's, BP Artifacts, Hillshire Magic Shop|
|Short wand||155||4650||Hobliet's, BP Artifacts|
|Oak wand||55||1650||Hobliet's, BP Artifacts, The Majjik Stall|
|Small stick||55||1650||The Majjik Stall, Summoned with CIPS|
|Yellow wand||25||750||Hobliet's, BP Artifacts, The Majjik Stall, High Tide Market|
Minor Guild Commands
These commands give only 10x GP to XP, and thus should be avoided like the plague.
Contemplate uses all of your GP to have a good think about the spell. TMs are possible, but quite unlikely.
Spellcheck costs 25 GP per stage of the spell checked. Full spellchecking, i.e. checking each stage of a spell, counts as repeating the command and thus is fairly useless for idlechasing purposes.
One disadvantage of using a spell-heavy alias is that casting spells in a room with high levels of background magic may cause you to take damage, or even break and lose limbs. See thaums for more information.
Here are a few examples from players so you get a general idea of how things work.
hide unhide conceal my staff unconceal my staff get whistle from <container> blow whistle play whistle perform solo on whistle serenade human 1 with whistle slip whistle into <containter> hold staff octograve get quill, cigarette paper from <container> into left hand scribe Crondor's Marvellous Sequestration on my cigarette paper with quill put quill, cigarette paper into my <container>
This is the best 4gp regen alias, the concept is to fill the 9 15x filler commands needed with the lowest gp expended, so the 30x commands can be fired off as much as possible.
Other 10gp commands such as the following can be substituted depending on the players
failure rates on hide and conceal
palm <item> from <container>
point thaumometer at < enchanted item>
peek human 1
hide unhide conceal my <object> unconceal my <object> octograve with my staff scribe Crondor's Marvellous Sequestration on my cigarette paper with quill
This alias is the best 3gp regen alias
Other 10 gp commands listed in the previous 4gp regen alias and list can be substituted for
hide, unhide, conceal and unconceal
- Not burying summoned food or flowers will result in a lot of spam, especially when the food starts to rot. Small Sticks and Blue Funnels, however, produce minimal spam and can be useful in some situations.
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- The best way to incorporate chapbook scribing into your aliases is to buy them in bulk, but before putting them into your bag 'open chapbooks' and use 'get open chapbook from <container>' in your alias. When the last page of a chapbook is torn out it automatically closes, so this way you don't have to worry about trying to tear a page out of an empty chapbook.