I'm a programmer at ArenaNet and I wrote a bunch of the emote code for #GuildWars2
. Because I'm selfish I want everyone to use all the features that emotes support so here's my mini-guide to the lesser known features of emotes.Synchronized Emotes
I didn't implement this feature but it's super awesome so you should use it. It's most popular with the /dance emote, but it actually works for all of them. In order to synchronize your emotes with other players type an asterisk after the emote like this:/dance *
That will queue up your dance request. The queue gets processed every 5 seconds so a little time will pass and then everyone who used a synchronized emote since the last pass will have their emotes kicked off. The upshot is that if a bunch of people type /dance *
at roughly the same time they'll all dance in perfect sync. This is frequently awesome.Targeted Emotes
I implemented this feature because in many other MMOs I've played I try to wave at a person but because I frequently forget that I have something targeted I generally end up waving at a mailbox instead. Gw2 doesn't have mailboxes, so that problem was already solved, but I figured I'd just end up waving at some other random thing instead. So in Gw2 if you want to target your emote at a specific player (or whatever else) you have to target that thing and then put and at symbol after your emote, like this:/point @
If you have a target when you type that then you'll face that target, point, and "Habib Loew points at <target_name>" will appear in the chat. Not all emotes have special text for when they're targeted, but many do. That same emote without a target would say "Habib Loew points" in chat.With our powers combined...
Of course you can combine synchronized and targeted emotes. Say, for example, that you and a buddy both want to point at a friend at the same time (you know, like you do) if you both type/point @*
Then you'll point at your targets at the same time. Any combination of * and @ will work, just make sure you leave a space after the emote name.Custom Emotes
The other thing you can do is make a custom emote. It won't have any animations, of course, but you can always type something like this/me loves emoting
Emote text will appear in chat that says "Habib Loew loves emoting". /e and /emote are synonyms for /me so any of them will work. Please remember that anything you type in an emote is still subject to our code of conduct so be nice about it :)
So that's how it works. Go forth and emote!Update 8/27/2012 3:05pm PDT
Because some people asked, here's a list of the currently available emotes:
/surprised <--- especially good on a Charr!