Getting Started With WildStar Logs
Welcome to WildStar Logs! This page will help you get familiarized with the Web site and all of its features. You will need an account to upload logs to the site, so if you plan on uploading logs, first create an account. You do need a valid e-mail address, since we verify it via an activation e-mail.
What is a Combat Log?
A combat log is a file created by the game (or in this case by the WildStar Logs add-on working with the WildStar Logs client application whenever you hit the Save button) that contains a series of events. These events contain information such as what abilities your team used, what damage they did and to whom, and what healing was received.
The idea behind combat logging is pretty simple: record what happened so that it can be sent to Web site for analysis.
Enabling Combat Logging
Because WildStar has no combat logging functionality, WSL has to fake it using both an in-game add-on and a client application. You can read more about installing the uploader here.
The add-on, called WildStarLogger, can be obtained from Curse. Once you have it installed in-game, you can bring it up by typing /wsl (Note: that's an L, not a 1). Once you turn on logging in the add-on, it will begin storing events in memory. It is very important that every few fights, you hit the Save button to cause the events to be copied to the system clipboard. If you never hit the button, the events will pile up in the game's memory, and this will eventually result in slowdowns, etc. Make absolutely sure to hit Save regularly, and you will have no issues.
However, before you hit Save, you also have to set up the client uploader to listen for the events that the add-on is throwing to the system clipboard. Think of this setup as a game of catch being played between the add-on in the game and the client uploader application out on your desktop. When you hit Save in-game, the add-on tosses the combat log events to the uploader, and if you don't have the uploader set up to catch those events, they'll just get dropped on the floor and lost.
The top text field in the uploader application after you launch it lets you specify a file location that the uploader should write to, and the button next to the field cause the uploader to record the events it receives to the file you specified. Through this complicated process, we get a combat log file created and written to disk that can then be uploaded to the Web site.
In order to upload logs to the Web site, you use a client application. This application can be obtained here. If you have any issues getting the application to launch or install, we encourage you to go to the forums for assistance, since it's likely someone else has encountered the same issue and can help.
Two Kinds of Logging
There are two ways you can choose to log. The first is to upload the entire log file after your raid is over. The second way is to do what we call live logging. In this model, the client monitors the log file and whenever it sees new events tacked on to the end of the file, it sends those events up to the Web site. The live logging mode is great for when you want to study wipes right after they happened to see what went wrong.
Where Do Logs Go?
You have two choices for where to upload your logs. Every user on WildStar Logs gets a personal log space just for them, so you can always upload your logs there without ever joining a guild.
The second option for log uploading is to upload your logs to your guild's area. When you do this, everyone in the guild will be able to see the logs. Think of it as a shared space for official raids by your guild.
Before you can upload logs to a guild, you must first join the guild. If the guild does not exist, you can also create a guild.