If you’ve ever wished you didn’t have to run ‘stat weights’ every time you changed talents or gear, you’re reading the right article.

We’ve been doing it for you throughout most of Legion. That’s what our “Adaptive Gearing Strategies” do – they use simulation data that’s customized to your character. That’s possible because we’ve already simulated the required talent and gear setups for you, ahead of time.

When you change talents or gear, the recommendations adapt to those changes – all still based on simulations custom to you.

As you may have already guessed, we have to run a lot of simulations to make sure we have data that gets customized to every character. You might also have guessed that takes a lot of time and money.

  • Timing: our target is to finish adaptive gearing strategies before Uldir.
  • When Blizzard releases their tuning patch a few days after Uldir launches, we’ll update the necessary data. That means we’ll re-sim anything that’s affected and update the gearing strategies and rankings. We expect to finish those in 3-5 days after the patch.

How you can help

If you have a desktop computer, you can help. When you aren’t using it, you can let us use your computer power to run these simulations. This is what we call the Global Network (GloNet).

When you join GloNet, your computer helps us finish the simulations faster so we can get the adaptive gearing strategies done sooner. It lets us add more fight types sooner (we’ll start with single target, then add AoE, etc). When the game gets patched or hotfixed, it lets us rerun the simulations to get updated data faster too.

And best of all, it allows us to continue to offer this feature for free. It’s really important to us that everyone has access to this level of custom gear advice, even for students and others who can’t afford it. The GloNet was developed so we could make this a reality without rolling it into Premium.

We also think it’s fair that if you are contributing computing power, so are we. We are matching computing power of everyone who joins. If you join, we also add more servers on the cloud to match you, doubling the computing power.

Ready to join the GloNet?

Yasssssss! TY so much. Smooches. You are the best!

I have two suuuuper important things to tell you first
  1. The program will not start when you reboot your computer. If you want to keep contributing, you need to launch the program after a reboot.
  2. Please sign up for my GloNet emails. Pretty please, cherries on top and all that jazz. This is a separate email list that is ONLY to communicate GloNet stuff (never marketing, ever).I email things like ‘Hey, we’re ready to start running simulations, everyone launch your programs!’ I also send out updates on how many (and which specs) the GloNet has finished because we release them as soon as they are ready. Once GloNet has done it’s job, you won’t get emails from me (until the next big patch when we have to redo this all again).
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If you have questions, there’s an FAQ at the end of this post. You can also stop by our forums.

Below is a full tutorial on how to download and setup the program (referred to as ‘the client’). While it looks long, it is easy. I just wanted to be very thorough.

Tutorial to join the GloNet

TLDR - GloNet Setup
You download a program (here). You start it up and login with your Ask Mr. Robot account. You choose a couple settings (step 5 in the tutorial), and you’re done. That’s it!

Step 1: Download the client.

Download it here.

If you already have it, make sure version 446 or higher is running. If it isn’t, just run any simulation from the site to force it to update (or download it again, whatever you prefer).

If you haven’t run it in a long time (months or more), the update might get stuck. In that case, just delete the entire folder that the program is in, and download it fresh. (Basically, delete and reinstall it).

If you installed the program already and are familiar with it, skip to step 5.

Step 2: Unzip the file.

After you download the file, you need to find it. If you didn’t save it to a specific spot, it is likely in a folder called ‘downloads.’

Right click on the AskMrRobotClient-(someStuff).zip. A menu should pop up that lets you ‘extract all’ as shown in the screenshot below.

Extract the client

Step 3 – Open the client

After you extract it, look for the AMR.exe file and double click it to launch the client.

amrexe

Step 4: Setup the client with the super magical interface

The first time you open it, you will be prompted to login. Use your Ask Mr. Robot website login.

Type in your username, then hit the enter key. Next you will be asked for your password – type that in and hit enter.

It’s a pretty fancy UI, I know 🙂

login

You might be prompted for some other settings, follow along, using arrow keys to move between options and enter to select an option.

Note: you cannot type a number in to select it (sorry).

Step 5: Enable the global network.

Press any key to bring up the menu if you don’t see this menu already.

options

Choose the Global Network option, using arrow keys. Typing “5” into the console won’t select it.

Then choose a Global Network Mode – this tells us how much of your computing power we can use. Use the arrow keys and hit enter.

max

Next you will be asked if you want to run it on a schedule. This is optional. If you don’t choose a schedule, you can just open the client when you want it to run, and close it when you want to use your computer.

I set mine to run overnight, from 3am until 10am. Use military time. So my example is 0300 – 1000.

You can set multiple schedules. For example, from 1am until 8am (0100 – 0800), while you are asleep. And again from 10 am until 5 pm (1000 – 1700) while you are at work. To enter multiple schedules, separate them with a comma. For this example it would be 0100-0800, 1000-1700. Hit enter when you are done.

schedule

That’s it, you are now on the Global Network. You need to keep your client open so we can use your computer.

If you need to interrupt it, no problem. Press any key to open the menu. Select the “Exit” option. You can also just close the client, although using the exit option is slightly better.

Have questions?

If the FAQ doesn’t answer your question, please stop by this forum thread and drop us a line.

FAQ
  • What if I have a laptop? We advise you not to join GloNet. Simulations require a lot of CPU power which heats up your computer. Laptops don’t have as powerful cooling systems as desktops and we don’t want your laptop to overheat.
  • What if I need to use my computer, you know, like when I’m power leveling in BfA? You can schedule hours for the GloNet to run (like when you are sleeping… you are sleeping this week, right?). If you need to interrupt it, that’s not a problem. The program lets you stop it at any point. We have redundancies built in so that you don’t have to worry about stopping in the middle of a simulation. Alternatively, you can change the Global Network Mode to use less of your computing power while you do what you do. If you have a strong computer, you can easily play WoW and let the GloNet use a couple cores. If this is confusing and you need help, stop by our Discord – hey, not everyone knows the in’s and out’s of computers!).
  • Can I put it on more than 1 computer? Yes*. Free members can have 1 client running at a time. Premium users can have as many as they want (making their own little network to run their own sims lightning fast). If you have more cores to donate but don’t have premium, fill out this form.
  • I joined but don’t see anything happening, is something wrong? Nope. The Global Network only runs when we tell it to. We either aren’t ready to run something right now, or we are in between batches. We feed batches into the Global Network and there might be an hour of downtime (or more) between batches as we verify the data and setup the next batch.
  • Can I see how much I’ve contributed? Yes. Go to your account page on the website. At the bottom you will see Simulator Client Statistics, with a line for “Total Global Network Sims Run.”
  • Is there a leaderboard? Yes, because it’s the internet and people love leaderboards, we track how much computing power everyone has donated. We post these in our Discord occasionally.

PS, if you didn’t sign up for the GloNet email yet, please do so. As a reminder, this is only to communicate GloNet stuff.