Welcome to Desolation!
So, you're new to
the MUD, and want to know how to get started.
- Make sure you've read all
the help files on the page, including the IFAQ.
- Read The
Story, so you can get an understanding of what is going on in
the world. Also read about The
World, The Guilds,
and The People.
- Now that you're familiar
with the world at large, you'll want to get connected. First go to our
section, and download a MUD client. We recommend GMud, it's a good client,
and it's free. Alternatively, you could use Telnet. It comes with Windows,
but is not as user friendly or functional as a proper MUD client.
- Once you have a client downloaded,
it's time to connect. The address is desolation.org, the port
is 7878. Enter these when prompted. Once connected you should
see something like this:
- You'll be asked for a user
name at this point. Try to come up with something unique and in-theme.
"DragonMaster" wouldn't really be in theme. Remember, that you can't put
a space in your name. After picking a name, you'll be asked for a password.
You're on your own, as far as coming up with a password.
- Now it's onto character
creation. Simply answer the questions: Are you male or female? Use ansi
color (recommended yes)? Censor inappropriate language? Use the mapping
feature (recommended yes)?
- After that, you will be
presented with a stat table. Pick whatever you want for stats, we recommend
high IQ and STR. After that, select your race, nationality, and starting
location. It doesn't matter where you start from, it's just a place
to drop you in the game when you get started.
- If you've made it this far,
congratulations, you're in the game. To see who else is online, type
- Depending on what starting
location you chose to start from, you should see something like this:
To see the room again, type 'look'. If you want to see something
closer, like the clock, type 'look clock'
- As you can see, there is
a lot in this room. If you have the mapping feature turned on, then
you will see the square of text at the top of every room. That is the
map. The map is very helpful in figuring out where you are, once you
learn how to use it. Below the map, is the room name, in this case the
"Ranger Center Foyer."
- Next to the room name
is the list of exits from this room. Movement is easy in Desolation,
simply type the first letter of the direction you would like to go.
'n' for north, 'e' for east, 'w' for west, 'u'
for up, and so forth. Some exits don't work with just one letter, however.
Let's say you are outside ground zero on the world map, you would then
type 'ground zero' to enter.
- Next, you'll probably want
to join a guild. While you can stay a civilian, and not join any guild,
it is recommended that you do join one. It's easier to get started when
you join a guild, and you get free equipment. No guild is necessarily
better or worse than the others, it all depends upon your character
and personal preference.
- To join a guild, you'll
want to locate the guild's recruiting officer. For the Desert Rangers,
this is the Administrative Officer. For the Badland Originals,
it is Joykill. For Association of Irradiated Mercenaries(AIM),
it's Andrew Shar. For the Tribals, Parker. If you can't
find the recruiting officer for the guild you want to join, ask someone and
they'll help you. Once you've found the recruiting officer, 'talk
to ___' to join the guild.
- Once in the guild, you will
be given two things. One of them is a tag item, an item that cannot
be dropped, sold, or removed. It shows that you are in that guild. The
other thing you are given is a starter kit. You should 'open kit'
to see what is inside, and then 'take all' to get everything
from the kit. You now have a basic set of clothes, a melee weapon, a
gun, ammo, and $80
- First, 'wear all'
to equip your clothes. Clothes do nothing for your protection, they're
just for looks. 'load gun' and 'wield gun' to equip your
weapon. Now that you're in a guild, and have a weapon, you'll want to
learn some skills.
- Skills can be learned in
your guild's library, or any town library. The ammount of skill points
you start with is equal to your IQ, adding your stat points to your
IQ at level up will give you more skill points to spend. In the Rangers,
talk to the training robot. The Badlanders talk to Renton. The Tribals
talk to Wolf. For AIM, 'use computer' in the Library. Then work
your way through the menu, picking the skills you want. We recommend
you get: Swim, Climb, Perception, Brawling,
and Clip Pistol.
- Now that you have equipment,
and skills, you should be well adjusted to the way the game works. You're
ready to venture out into the world, and start exploring. If you're
looking to level up, head to Highpool, or the Ag Center. Remember to
'consider' things before you jump into combat. To attack something,
type 'kill _____'
- If you die, don't worry
about it, you'll respawn in your guild's HQ. Simply find your corpse,
and get your stuff back. Your corpse will never decay, and other players
can't take your stuff. If you can't get to your corpse by midnight,
game time, it will go to your guild's morgue.
- To level up, you'll need
to report to your guild's reporting officer. For the Rangers, this is
Zak. For the Badlanders, Ian. AIM reports to Murray. The Tribals report
to Raven. Simply find your officer, and 'talk to him' Each guild
also sells a radio, horn for tribals, so that if you are away from your
base, you can simply type 'report' to check for a level up. At
level up, you get 2 points to distribute to your stats.
- One last thing you should
know about, before you set out into the world. Desolation encourages
Role Playing, so you may want to start building your character, if you're
going to Role Play. You may, or may not know what RP is. If not, please
check out the Role Playing
section, and read all the guides there.
- That's it. You're done.
All you need to know to get started in Desolation. If you have any other
questions, use the gossip channel, by typing 'gossip whatever.'
Gossip is a global channel, like a chat room. You can also post to our
Boards, if you have questions. Have fun, and good luck!