|As a relatively new character in EL, I'd like to share some of my experiences with the game. These tips may be helpful to other new users-- and then they may not.
|- by Booble
||Talk To The Tutorial NPC!
||The most important thing is to talk to the Tutorial NPC first. He'll teach you the
basics of the game and reward you once you've completed a few simple tasks.
||Join The Newbie Channel
||• n00b is NOT a four letter word. It has numbers in it! Anyway, make sure you
join the Newbie channel (#jc 1). Ask questions. There's always someone there who is
willing to help. There are a few rules in the channel, however...
• First, don't beg for equipment. It's your job to earn the gold coins needed to
buy your equipment. That's the fun of the game!
• Second, don't ask for coordinates for things. You can ask more vague questions
like, "where can I find red roses?" But nobody's going to tell you exactly where to
• Third, the Newbie channel is not for general chatting. Only ask questions,
don't chit chat with other characters. If you want to chat, join channel 4 (#jc 4).
• Finally, share your knowledge. If a n00b asks a question and you know the
answer, help them. Spread the love.
||Get Familiar With Isla Prima
||Roam around and become familiar with your surroundings. Isla Prima (the start map)
presents many opportunities for improving your character. All the essentials are
there for getting your character in shape to go out into the world (Seridia).
||At first, you'll find things will progress kind of slowly. You won't be able to fight
many things (rabbits - quick little buggers). Much of your time may be spent
harvesting so you can level up and accumulate pickpoints to improve the stats of your
character. Don't get discouraged! After a while, you'll be able to fight higher level
creatures (relatively speaking) such as rats, beavers and deer.
||Harvest Every Game Hour
||For the time being, harvesting is a quick way to level up. Harvesting is a great way
to level up and gain pickpoints early on. For new characters, flowers and veggies are
where it's at. Flowers are especially handy because you can sell them at the Flower
shops for gold coins. Lilacs will get you the most gold coins (.5gc per flower), so
try to find them close to a shop. Once you've got some cash, buy some equipment.
||Research, Research, Research
||Use some of that hard-harvested cash to do research. Buy books from the booksellers
and gain knowledge into things like Combat Tactics, Crystal Mining and the like.
Initially, research will seem fruitless, because the first book of each "knowledge
track" is a foundation for learning useful skills from subsequent books in that
track. For instance, Combat Tactics is required before you can research Goblin
||Trade With Others
||Make sure you join channel 3 - the Market Channel. There, you can sell the items
you've collected while you've fought various critters. Beaver fur can't be sold at a
shop. But another character might be interested in buying your furs so they can
manufacture things. The trick, of course, is figuring out how much something is worth.
||Face it, you will die at some point. When you die, a portion of the items you are
carrying will be dropped on the spot you died. This is what we lovingly call your
"death bag" or "db". When you're a n00b, many characters will be kind enough to
return your items to you if you aren't able to reach your death bag before someone
else does. Take stock of what's missing from your inventory. You'll need to let the
person who finds your death bag know what you're missing so s/he can confirm it's
really yours. That is, if you don't get to your death bag quickly enough.
At any rate, if you're uncertain if you can beat a creature, it's probably a good
idea to put all your equipment in storage. Fight the creature bare handed (you get
more experience that way anyway). Once you're able to beat a creature without dying,
you can confidently keep your equipment on you.
||It's important to know where the storage NPC is on every map. That way, you can
quickly drop off items that are weighing you down or store your equipment
temporarily when you're about to get in a fight. Take the time to visit storage
frequently. You'll be doing yourself a big favor.
||Finding Your Way Out of Hell
||The Underworld is the single most aggravating map in the game. The best tip I can
give you is when you die, head North. You'll know when you get to the exit. It's at
the top of stairs and glows red.