It's a dark and stormy night, but I'm cozy with the sound of thunder and lightning rattling my location. 12 Machines hum away nearby. They're not frightened either. I need something to do with all this energy I suddenly have.
I get the urge to run an instance.
I flip on the monitor of a 13th machine remotely from the only laptop in the room -a beautiful tablet pc (but not an iPad). I rotate the tablet's monitor to drawing mode, and -connected to machine 13- remotely I drag game windows FROM the other 12 machines -running headless- picking and choosing until I have a party of 6. I have them join into a group. Of course the process IS a tad slow because 13 is now running all 12 clients itself BUT at least the machines they were on are now much quieter. They have nothing to do with the games they were running just a moment ago.
From my tablet I move -like in an RTS- my cluster of heroes and heroines into a good formation I like, and with a single motion get them on their way to the instance master. We dive right in. I turn off rendering on box 13 to save it some pain and with this RTS like skeleton on the tablet I lazy tap powers. Button 1 they all attack the same target... my taunter getting aggro instead of attacking... then with the fight the way I like it I turn on the combat assists all at once with a single keystroke and they all pound the stuffing out of anything that the taunter (the only one set to range about) brings home to roost.
Uh oh a miniboss! But wait I switch combat tactics! The assists turn off and the key groups begins their magic: the buffers buff, the healer shields, and our support healer gets the regeneration working via some quick strumming and then gets the bugger off of them when the taunter chimes in with a manual keystroke hopefully in time before support's face melts off. Not fast enough but the damage monkeys fly into the buggers face and start carving their names in.
It's a slog with turning on assists and turning them back off when things get too hairy and need some TUC... nope not tender loving care but total user control. Loot windows don't pop up so well on the tablet's RTS skeleton view so 13's screen flicks to life and the loot rolling of the IMPORTANT gear kicks off and the rest... eh the assists will handle all the "LOL MUST HAVE" like efficiency. You'd almost think 'we' were on Raid Call having a micro-debate, then just finished up, and bam. Lootzorz (Or however you'd type something like that.)
Things progress like this until the final boss but thankfully being just a giant damage soaker with some levers sticking out of their butt it's a snap to take one of the mages onto my tablet via dragging while everyone else just combat assist wails and flails on them. Under complete TUC the mage flips levers as they become active allowing the debuffs to wear off and the Boss to get them instead. Wanting a breather I enable combat assist under their titanic bulk and wait. FOOM. More lever work. I quickly flip to the RTS screen and make sure some of the nasty skills go off by spamming them passed the combat assists' power selections. This boss is going down.
One more lever action section while everyone feels the heat, and when I finish with magical lever land primary damager is feeling his -don't heal me right now!- oats and with his current hit point based powers redlining 3 strikes and the boss is toast. Almost lost that damage monkey but NOT TODAY! Final rewards are decided on as I slide the mage back onto machine 13. Back into formation they put themselves and I march the group out of the instance. WOO HOO! A bit frenetic and not at all what the designers want but it made the thing fun like a console RPG.As I cackle '*beep* real people!' while reading general chat's current decent into depravity (and humor!) I disband the group. Release the formation and they scamper back to where I like to leave them to chill -out one of them two zone transitions away! Then I send them back to their headless boxes to wait for me to play with them again. OH but wait box 7 wants my attention according to my tablet so I drag them to the tablet and ahhhh time to pick some talents. So many to choose from @.@v Oh that's right this one is void based. Makes it easier to pick and soon they are back home, and I settle in to watch Yahtzee rant about a game this week. Sure I watched it on Box 13 - it's weird watching video "from my pants" on the tablet.
The preceding is not currently possible. Close? Yeah. There are solutions that bring that close to possible. But I was "dragging whole clients around"/"dragging hot swappable client data between installations"/"using a wand" up above. I was forming my people up in an RTS like window which was telling the clients on the mythical box 13 exactly where to stand and face. AND VIA THAT RTS WINDOW MAINTAIN THAT FORMATION.
Lastly at no point was I concerned about
1)if the devs are 'sad pandas' about the way I was playing
2)what other people thought about how I was playing.
In the real world you have to be. *beep* real people sometimes ya know? :-/