As far as the basics go, most of them can
be found in 'help newbie'. The help files are your friends! They
contain a wealth of information that can be very helpful to players,
newbies and veterans alike. What I'm covering here is things that
aren't necessarily found in help files, but are still important
to know. It's more of a "newbie survival guide", if you will. :)
On Leveling and Equipment:
My recommendation for the best newbie area
to level in is the Zoo. There are many mobs to be found, of varying
levels, and the experience and gold is better than any of the rest
of the areas written strictly for newbies. However, most of the
monsters in the Zoo are neutral. If you want to be evil, fix your
alignment in the Crystal Caves. If you want to be good, kill goblins
in Mistamere. The newbie areas contain equipment, which can be found
more often than not on the floor. When you find things in the newbie
areas, they are made to be useful to you, as a new player. There
are also identify scrolls, if you're curious as to what the items
that you are wearing do for your character.
You'll want to read through the policies
of JediMUD before you start playing. The rules are slightly different
on every MUD, so familiarize yourself with what is legal in this
forum. A full listing of JediMUD's policies can be found by typing
in 'policy'. Note what will not be tolerated, and be mindful not
to engage in that kind of behavior. If you have not read through
the policies, and break the rules by chance, the phrase "I didn't
know" won't be looked upon kindly by any of the immortal staff you
have to deal with, as the policy is there in black and white for
everyone to read.
Immortals are people that have achieved Level
31 on JediMUD. Some of them have remained in the immortal realm
either for socializing with other immortals, or because of the opportunity
of promotion. Immortals that make an effort to be helpful and shine
above their peers are noticed, and may eventually be promoted if
they wish to be. A listing of all of the immortals on JediMUD can
be found by typing "immlist". A small portion of the immortals on
JediMUD have reached the level of DEMI or above, and are considered
to be the administrative staff of the MUD. These people give their
time to help the mud be a fun place for everyone, whether it be
by enacting changes, or by running quests from time to time. Annoying
members of the administrative staff is probably one of the worst
things you can do if you want to remain on JediMUD.
Different levels of immortals are in charge of different things.
Starting at GRDN, immortals have the power to enforce policies and
procedures beyond a simple "please stop what you are doing". Anyone
of level GRDN and above should be listened to, as the administrative
staff have seen fit to promote these people to a level befitting
their ability and their dedication. If an immortal asks you to stop
doing something, it would definitely be a good idea to do so.
QSTR is a recently reinstated position in charge of running quests.
BLDR is a recently installed position in charge of building areas.
Promotions of immortals are done solely at the discretion of the
administration. If you want a promotion, then do anything you can
to make yourself stand out from your peers. Begging for a promotion
will only annoy them.
If you really do have a problem that requires a DEMI+ to fix, be
patient. They are frequently away working on things to better the
mud, or perhaps dealing with another problem that has come up. That
said, don't ever be afraid to ask for help if you think that there's
a problem with your character, or with another player.
First and foremost, 'spamming' every mortal
that logs in for help is probably the best and fastest way to annoy
people. Rumor travels faster than the speed of light, and before
you know it, you've been branded as "that annoying guy", and nobody
will help you! But you can avoid this grisly fate! Ask on gossip
if you want to group. Some people will group with newbies and help
them level, and help you get some basic equipment. However, don't
'spam' gossip repeatedly begging/demanding people to group with
you. They may be busy doing their own thing, or they may not want
to help newbies. While this, perhaps, isn't nice, it is their choice.
A few players still use the [NH] flag in their title to indicate
that they will help newbies. Typing 'who -n NH' will tell you if
any of them are online.
Spamming on gossip for directions also won't
get you much of anywhere. My advice to the newbie is simply to explore.
Explore, explore, explore. However, be careful! Read the room descriptions
as you explore! Death Traps lurk out in the realm, waiting to take
all of your equipment from you irrevocably. The smart adventurer
can avoid these if he simply reads the room descriptions.
When you explore, make sure you take plenty of food and water with
you, and don't forget the recall scrolls! Nothing is more embarassing
than having to ask for a summon back to your hometown because you
got lost! A recall scroll is your quick ticket back to where you
enter the game. So, support your local magic shop by purchasing
a few scrolls of recall before shipping out for parts unknown.
Hopefully these few tips will help you get started playing. Welcome
to JediMUD, and may your adventures be many!