Creating your character
This section will answer the following questions and also
go over the different races/classes offered on AoD and the
alternatives of having a dual/multi-classed character.
should I choose as my name?
Your chosen character name, should be nothing offensive, between
3-11 characters, no spaces, no numbers, no symbols, no ASCII
characters and preferably be something that is fantasy based.
If the name you want is taken, you will be told and given
the chance to select again. Some people prefer to choose unusual
fantasy names, others prefer more straightforward names. Most
people don't use their real names as the emphasis on AoD medieval
fantasy. If you choose a name which is offensive we will ask
you to change it, or your character will just be removed without
warning depending on how bad the name is. If you are unsure
if your name will be offensive you might just want to choose
another name. Simply put, choose a name that you feel comfortable
with and that will work well in a medieval fantasy environment.
If you just want to look around, type 'guest' when it asks
for a name. If you like the game and want to play for real,
you can then log back on as a proper character.
a Good Password?
A good password is one that is not easily "guessable". Your
password must be at least 5 characters long and we suggest
using a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers.
Some examples of good passwords are:
Never use a word or a phrase or a character
name or your name or your girl/boyfriend/dog's name or
any other name, word or phrase that someone that knows
you might guess.
Always write down your password and put
it in a safe place where no one will find it.
Never use the same password for your
MUD character(s) that you use for your Internet account.
Never use the same password on different
Never give out your password regardless
of who the person is.
When you create your character, it will
ask you for an email address. It is not mandatory to give
an email address, however listing an email address will
give you a way to prove who you are incase you ever should
lose your password.
An important note: If, for any reason, you
lose your password, you're out of luck. It is your responsibility
to keep your password safe, make sure you write it down and
or memorize it.
In all seriousness, if you lose your password
the only way you can get it back is by proving, beyond ALL
doubt, that you are you. If you have proof, then mail an Arch
with your story. If you don't have concrete proof to prove
you are that character, don't even bother mailing anyone,
you will not get it back.
Your password is a very important part of your character it
is your job to keep it safe and secure. In the case that a
'friend', 'roommate' or 'hacker' takes control of your player
character and then kills it, makes it go PK, suicides it,
or causes it to do actions causing demotion or other punishment,
we refuse to undo the actions for any reason other than a
provable violation by a wizard of the character file via edit
or patch. Please note that only an Arch wizard can deal with
such a problem.
Choosing a gender
for your character
After you finish choosing a password for your character you
will be asked to choose a gender for your character. Currently
the only two choices are male and female. Sometimes people
who are male in real life tend to choose to have a female
character or females choose to have a male character. To each
their own...There are no laws against this on AoD.
Selecting a race and class for your character
This is a very important part of the character
creation process. If you have not done so already, you should
take a few moments and read up on the available races ( click
here to view a list of races ).
At the time that this document was written
there are currently 36 available races on AoD. Each race has
it's own characteristics and special abilities. For example
dark elves have Infravision, angels can fly, faeries regenerate
faster Etc. Also all races are good in some areas and not
that good in other areas. Your race sets your natural stats
and skill modifiers (guilds, magical potions and equipment
can affect these too). Some races have a high experience earning
rate more and other races less. This depends on how good a
race is compared to humans. Angels for example have a low
experience rate because they have stats that are superior
to humans, whereas a kobold has an excellent experience rate
because they have poorer stats. Without making it more complicated
than it has to be, the reason for this is so each race is
balanced and not superior to any other race. etc.
Keep in mind that there are some restrictions
whereas some races are not allowed to join certain guilds.
An example of this is that a demon cannot join the paladin
guild, or that an angel may not be a death knight. So it would
be wise to keep in mind what guild you would like to join
when selecting your race and class. Some races work better
for certain classes and guilds (e.g.: a Dark Elf Mage), while
others are noticeably worse (e.g.: Kender Warrior).
After you select your race, you will be shown
a list of the available classes that you may choose for that
race. You will only be allowed to choose one class when creating
your character, but may chosoe to go dual or multi-classed
later on. Dual and multi-classed characters are more complex
and can take a longer time to level. It is generally not suggested
for inexperienced or new players.
There are four main classes on Ages of Despair,
Mage, Priest, Thief and Warrior. You will be asked to select
one of more classes during the creation of your character.
If you want to join the druid guild once you
log on, do not select thief class because you will only be
able to choose guilds that are thief related.
(For a list of classes
and relating guilds click here )
What is Reincarnation and how does it work?
When you choose your race, classes and guilds the only way
to undo your actions is through reincarnation. An old necromancer
who usually dwells around the cemetery of Loriah is the only
known living being who is skillful enough in the unholy rites
of reincarnation to be trusted with your soul. Also, be aware
of the fact that reincarnating your character is a costly
process especially at higher levels, and you will lose your
free trains you received when you created your character if
your total exp worth exceeds 75000 before you reincarnate.
Reincarnation is an excellent alternative to starting a new
character or suiciding when you want to try another race,
class or guild combonation since you get to keep a large majority
of your character's experience. Please note that reincarnation
has nothing to do with the character creation process.
It is just being mentioned so you understand that once you
choose a class/race that you are not stuck with it forever.
Final steps of creation
At this point, your character is almost created! You will
be asked for your E-mail address and homepage URL if you have
one. Both are optional, but listing an email address is wise
incase you have problems with your character and need to supply
proof of who you are (such as if you lost your password) Congrats
at this point your character has been created and you will
now enter the world of AoD!
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