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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to a few basic queries.

Here's a collection of frequently asked questions. Type newbie for more information on getting started once connected to the mud. You may also type mudfaq to view this document while logged in.

  1. What is a MUD?
  2. Where am I and what am I doing here?
  3. What should I do first?
  4. Where do I get equipment?
  5. How do I learn skills and spells?
  6. How do I use the skills and spells I have practiced?
  7. Where do I go to kill things?
  8. What is the best weapon for me to kill with?
  9. What should I kill?
  10. Ack! I picked something too hard! How do I escape?
  11. How do I talk to people?
  12. Can I bring on two characters at the same time?

  1. What is a MUD?

    A MUD (Multiple User Dungeon) is a computer program into which users may log into and explore. Each user takes control of a computerized persona. You can walk around, chat with other characters, explore dangerous monster-infested areas, solve puzzles, and even create your very own rooms, descriptions and items. You can also get lost or confused if you jump right in, so be sure to read the rest of this document before starting.

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  2. Where am I and what am I doing here?

    This depends on your choice when you created your character. You could start in the mud school or in the Temple. If you chose the mud school you will end up in the Training Grounds south of the Temple. By typing RECALL you can get to the Temple. Both are in the city of Midgaard, the hub of Kallisti, and your hometown. Type help midgaard for the local map to get yourself oriented. Also, there is a little map and key shop just two south, one east and one south from the Temple that sells maps of nearly the entire realm for relatively little cost.

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  3. What should I do first?

    There are two things you should do first: get a little experience and go meet your guildmaster. Your guild can be located by typing guild.

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  4. Where do I get equipment?

    Generally when you start a character you are given a few things in your inventory, like a spell book and a wooden staff. You can wield and wear whatever you start with, but the rest of your equipment is up to you to get. A good place to start is the training grounds and the newbie donation room (1 north, 1 east of the temple). All of the items there are for levels 20 and under. Anything higher is donated automatically to the Veterans donation room in the city of Boring. If there is nothing in the donation room, you might want to try the shops in Midgaard for useful equipment. The shops are spread throughout Midgaard, most of them located along Main Street, though exploring southern Midgaard is helpful for finding others. Many mobs (mobile objects, ie. the things you kill) carry on them items of value. To get these items, you must first slay the beast. Look at the corpse - there will be a list of all that is in the corpse. To get a particular item, type get (object) corpse. You can type autoloot if you want your character to always loot the things you kill or autogold to loot only the coins you may find.

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  5. How do I learn skills and spells?

    You start out knowing a few skills and spells but your guildmaster can help you with learning more. Go to your guild and type practice for a list of skills/spells you are able to practice and how many skillpoints that you have to use. For a list of all the skills your guildmaster teaches, type list. This will also give you the number of skillpoints and the prices for skills that cost money/experience. Once you know what you want to practice, simply type practice (skill) and you will begin learning it. Almost all the skills and spells you learn will take more than one practice session, so be sure to practice up completely. To see your progress with a skill, go outside your guild and type practice. This will show you how well you know the skill and how well you can use the skill. For information on specific skills, type help (skill name) .

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  6. How do I use the skills and spells I have practiced?

    Now that you have learned some skills, the time has come to utilize them. Aggressive skills can be used in combat and many times, to initiate combat. Simply go up to a mob (when you first learn a skill, try to pick a mob you think you can beat. Remember to use consider discussed in question #9) and type (skill) (mob). For example, type kick fido. This will kick the fido, and it will initiate combat. For non-aggressive skills (ones you use on yourself, objects, or other players), the use is similar. For example, to caste haste on yourself you would type caste 'haste' or haste. Remember to include the ' symbols on either side of the spell name if you use cast. Many spells now have short names like skills so check the help on the spell to see if there is one. The more you use a skill, the better you will become at it.

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  7. Where do I go to kill things?

    There are many creatures to kill, and many places to kill them. The best place to start killing is the Training Grounds, located about 10 south from the Temple. Once you have obtained level 5 however, you will not be allowed back into the training grounds. Other good places to start are the Manor Farm and the Faerie Realms. Directions to these and other areas can be found by using the command type help dirs, though not all of the areas listed there are suitable for very low level adventurers and there may be other appropriate areas that are up to you to find. You can find areas for you level by typing areas (min level)-(max level) so at level 5 you might type areas 5-5 to find areas for your level. When you see an area you want to go to type help (area name) which will give you a short description of the area, the recommended levels, and directions to it from the temple.

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  8. What is the best weapon for me to kill with?

    The best weapon for you is ... well, the best weapon for you. Many players have different opinions on what is the 'best' weapon for each class and level. The easiest way to figure out how good a weapon is is to look at it or use a scroll of identification (found in the magic shop). To use one, just type rec id (object) and it will show you all the stats on the item, including size, weight, class restrictions, hitroll, damroll, and any special effects like mana points, ac-apply, and extra damroll. You may also compare items to one another to check if one seems to be a better weapon. To do this, type compare (object 1) (object 2). This gives a very broad comparison, but can come in handy if you haven't the money to buy identification scrolls.

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  9. What should I kill?

    With so many creatures to choose from, killing the right ones can be a difficult choice. The most important step before you kill anything, is to consider it. When you approach a mob, type consider (mob) and the display will show you just how hard it would be for you to kill it. Depending on how lucky you feel, work with what consider has to tell you. Be careful, though. Some mobs are terribly aggressive and may attack you first!

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  10. Ask! I picked something too hard! How do I escape?

    This is where the recall command and, later, recall scrolls are necessary. If you are below level 20, simply type recall and you will be transferred to the Temple of Midgaard. Once you have attained level 20, however, you will need to stock up on scrolls of recall. These can be bought at several locations throughout the realm, the closest of which being the magic shop in Midgaard. (Hint: not all shops price things equally; hunt around different towns for different deals). To use a scroll of recall (or any other scroll), type recite (scroll). If you are a long ways away from Midgaard and you don't feel like trekking back to your prey, or if you have forgotten your scrolls, type flee will work in a pinch to evade combat. Typing flee at any time will cause you to run away into another room. Be careful with this though, it does not always work and it will take away some of your experience every time you use it. You can also set it up so that you automatically try to flee below a certain number of hitpoints by typing wimpy (number).

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  11. How do I talk to people?

    Several lines of communication are open on Kallisti, including gossip, tell, shout, and advice. At level 1 you can use the advice channel for asking general questions of anyone that has the channel on. For information on how to use the different communication channels including tell, type help (channel). Some channels cannot be used until you reach certain levels, such as gossip, which cannot be used until you reach level 2. These channels will keep you in touch with the rest of the players, and can be turned off at any time with the channel feature. There is also a general message board in the temple which is used for posting any general messages to the players. To use the various public channels type (channel) (message).

    Note: Please do not post any offensive or personal messages on the bulletin boards, as they only clutter up the space on the board and turn it into something it was not meant to be.

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  12. Can I bring on two characters at the same time?

    Generally no. Multi-playing is not permitted on Kallisti, and having two characters on at the same time is permissible only in a few rooms. For more information on this, type help rules.

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