Movement with laptop keyboard ideas?

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Does anyone have any suggestions on movement with a laptop keyboard? I'm aware movement can be done with the mouse, by clicking on the 'square' you'd like to go, but moving with the keyboard is much better (nearly all things are better with the keyboard than mouse, IMHO) - except on laptop keyboards that don't have a numeric keypad.

I can use num lock on my iBook, but that still requires use of the fn key on my iBook (OS 10.4). Hence, to move with the keyboard means using num lock and the fn key together, then pressing the directional key. But this means laptop keyboard keys 7, 8, 9, U, I, O, J, K, and L can't be used; without turning of num lock.

I realize this is a small issue, but a snag nonetheless (especially for BOA players who come from the world of Angband and Rogue!).

Has anyone had any luck re-mapping their iBook keys for BOA? Am I overlooking an OS-level settings that are impacting how keys are mapped? What do other laptop users without dedicated numeric keypads use (yeah ... I have a full sized Apple keyboard at my desk but I buy laptops for their mobility!).

Thanks for any suggestions!

- Joel
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You could always buy a portable numeric keypad, I suppose. Not an ideal solution, but it's better than dragging a whole second keyboard around with you.

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Can't you just use the arrow keys?

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Not if he wants to move diagonally.

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I use the arrows for walking, and I only walk diagonally (wjich I do with the mouse) when I'm in combaot or have some sort of a time limit.

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Originally written by Marvin, the paranoid android:

I use the arrows for walking, and I only walk diagonally (wjich I do with the mouse) when I'm in combaot or have some sort of a time limit.
Hah! That's an idea - I hadn't thought of that before. Outside of combat there are few reasons to move diagonally - most of them to avoid a certain square.

I think the problem is really the MacOS laptop keyboard - it doesn't seem to behave the same way a Windows/Linux keyboard behaves with numlock activated.

You're solution is a lot better than dancing around the keyboard using the numlock and fn keys all the time!
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I happen to use the normal arrow keys (not the number pad) in conjunction with the mouse, and it works great for me on my PC laptop.

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