Foundry Tactical Combat is a user interface enhancement for The Elder Scrolls Online designed to give players access to relevant combat data in an easy to process framework which allows them to respond quickly and effectively to evolving combat situations. The components of the FTC addon are designed to restore certain information to the game environment which veteran MMO gamers may feel is missing from the default interface.
Foundry Tactical Combat now includes and supports localization into French and German client versions!
The addon is still in active development by Atropos, and will hopefully continue to evolve and improve during the coming weeks and months. If you are a fan of the addon, keep an eye on the main addon page on Tamriel Foundry to guarantee you always have the latest version.
What Does It Do?
Foundry Tactical Combat has three primary components which are each optionally configurable.
Custom Unit Frames - The unit frames in Foundry Tactical Combat are designed to be minimal, unobtrusive, and informative. Allowing you to focus your attention on what matters most in combat. The frames can be re-positioned wherever you want them using an option in the addon settings menu. Disabling the custom unit frames will revert to the default ESO attribute bars, however these default bars still include heads-up tracking of current, total, and percentage attribute levels.
"Elder Scrolling Combat Text" - The scrolling combat text component provides on-screen data reporting outgoing and incoming damage and heals. The combat text has several options for fine-tuning the visual appearance including the scroll path presets and toggling of ability names for outgoing damage and heals. The combat text component also enables an "Alerts" system which notifies the player when critical combat events occur like low attribute warnings, experience gain, ultimate availability and more.
Active Buff Tracking - Foundry Tactical Combat includes a module for tracking the duration of outgoing buffs and debuffs. This provides a close (but not exact) approximation for the duration of important combat effects. The functionality of this component is limited, but it still is an invaluable tool for players who care about optimizing their combat performance.
Combat Damage Statistics - Foundry Tactical Combat tracks your in-combat damage and healing performance, and provides further breakdown and analysis for individual abilities using a configurable hotkey.
Installing Foundry Tactical Combat
Download "FTC_031.zip" from the link at the top of this article.
Place this zip archive in your ESO addons folder found in My Documents/Elder Scrolls Online/live/Addons/. Mac users should use Documents/Elder Scrolls Online/live/Addons.
Extract the .zip archive into this folder.
You should now have a folder inside Addons named "FoundryTacticalCombat" which contains the addon files.
Launch The Elder Scrolls Online. FTC should be automatically enabled. If not, go to the Add-Ons section of the game menu and make sure that the box beside Foundry Tactical Combat is checked.
Configuring FTC Components
You can modify the settings used by Foundry Tactical Combat by going to the "FTC Settings" section of the in-game settings menu. Within this menu you can change several features of the addon:
Enable Frames - Toggle whether FTC uses the custom unit frames component. Setting this to "off" will cause the addon to use the default ESO attribute bars.
Enable Buffs - Toggle whether FTC displays active buff tracking.
Enable Combat Text - Toggle whether FTC configures and displays scrolling combat text. Disabling this component will also disable the "Alerts" system.
Unit Frames Settings
Show Player Nameplate - Toggle whether you want the friendly player unit frame to display your own name, level, and class.
Enable Mini Experience Bar - Turning this setting ON (default) will display a tiny experience bar beneath your nameplate for easy monitoring of your leveling progress.
Buff Tracker Settings
Display Long Buffs - Toggles whether FTC will display long duration buffs (greater than 75 seconds).
Scrolling Combat Text Settings
Combat Text Scroll Speed - Modifies the speed at which combat text scrolls across the screen. Higher numbers cause faster scrolling.
Display Ability Names - Toggle whether or not ability names will be displayed for outgoing damaging and healing abilities.
Scroll Path Animation - Select your preferred scroll path for combat text, available options are Arc which slightly curves the text outward to either side of your character, or Linear which scrolls the text vertically in a straight line.
Lock Positions - Clicking this button will "unlock" the position of all the core FTC elements including player frame, target frame, long buffs, outgoing combat text, incoming combat text, and combat status alerts. You may then use your mouse to drag these elements to re-position them wherever you want them to appear. Your preferred positions will be automatically saved. Once you are done re-positioning elements return to this menu to re "lock" the frame positions to remove their background indicators and so you do not accidentally drag them in combat.
Version 0.36 - Supports API Version 100010, Updates LibAddonMenu-2.0, Bugfixes, New abilities added to effects tracking, post total healing to chat
Version 0.35 - Supports API Version 100009, Migrates to LibAddonMenu-2.0, Minor stylistic improvements to scrolling combat text
Version 0.34 - Update for APIVersion 100008, fix to Crystal Fragments proc tracking
Version 0.33 - Code cleaning, patch 1.3 prep, updated LibStub, some buff corrections
Version 0.32 - Add configuration option for ultimate tracker, reverted several changes from 0.31 after ZOS hotfixes, re-designed DPS print-to-chat output, many improvements to German localization, small improvements to French localization.
Version 0.31 - Incoming damage names, improved dps meter accuracy, group dps meter, print-to-chat DPS report, continued localization, updated for API version 10004
Version 0.30 - Unit frame transparency slider, additional German localizations, combat status alerts, might of the guild tracking
Version 0.29 - Public release of unit frames, buff changes, German and French localization
Version 0.28 - Internal release, updated unit frames
Version 0.27 - Option to restore unit frame text when using ESO default frames, Option to de-anchor buffs from unit frames allowing them to be freely repositioned
Version 0.26 - Adds potion tracking, mini-dps meter, damage analysis and statistics, Nightblade passive buff extensions, additional unit frames options, removed mini character sheet, various bug fixes
Version 0.25 - Private development and refactoring
Version 0.24 - Increased self-buff detection sensitivity, fixed bug affecting sorcerers using Crystal Fragments with empty hotbar slots.
Version 0.23 - Public launch version.
Version 0.18 - 0.22 - Internal overhauls post-API nerf
Versions 0.13 - 0.17 - Further refinement pre-API nerf
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