Frequently Asked Questions
1: General Information
makes Shattered World different from other MUDs?
do I start playing?
it really free?
do I win the game?
2: Technical Information
the best telnet client?
Two essential features of any telnet client are colour (things look so much prettier) and backspace (so you can correct typos in your commands). The basic Windows telnet client (which you can run by typing "telnet" in the Run window) doesn't do either of these, and thus if you want to visit MUDs more than sporadically, you should get a better one. Some of our players use CRT (get a free trial at http://www.vandyke.com) or ZMUD (a sophisticated, MUD-specific client from http://www.zuggsoft.com).
Our own java-based client is fairly simplistic and thus isn't satisfactory for demanding gamers. It's fine if you just want a look, though.
game has no colour - what's wrong?
Because what you do is dependent on which client you're using, it's hard to proscribe what to do. However, check your client's options to make sure that something resembling "ANSI Colour" is enabled. In the game, type "hilite on".
can't I connect?
am I getting so lagged?
However, if the entire game is lagged (even for Australian-based players), the problem is on our end. It may be caused by an unexpectedly large number of simultaneous players, or a bug in the game that has caused a temporary slowdown: something that has loaded up our server with more work than it can handle. Any such problem is usually dealt with quickly.
3: Game Information
are the game rules?
MULTIPLE CHARACTERS: Permitted, including playing simultaneously. You may, however, be requested to quit some if you have too many multiple characters on at times of high demand.
KILLING PLAYERS: Player killing is permitted, but must be done within the confines of strict role playing reasons and be within the laws. At the moment, the law forbids killing players within the city.
KILLING NEWCOMERS: Deliberately and knowingly killing genuine newcomers (as opposed to new characters created by an experienced player) is against the rules and will get you deleted.
BUGS: Players are encouraged to report all bugs (with the 'bug' command), although it is not mandatory. Deliberately exploiting a bug is against the rules, and particularly bad abuses (e.g. exploiting a game-crashing bug) will get you deleted.
MACROS, CLIENTS & BOTS: None of these are prohibited outright, but using them in certain ways is. Specifically, long and/or continuous macros, particularly those used to artificially practice your skills, are banned. The game will automatically detect such attempts and reduce your skills as punishment; additionally, Immortals may also dole out punishment or banish your character.
IMMORTALS: The Immortals (game administrators) will help you if you experience a bug that requires immediate resolution: just shout for attention. You should not pester Immortals unnecessarily.
do I skip these newcomer tutorials?
We know it's a pain, but there are gameplay issues if generating additional characters is easy. If, for example, you could create ten characters in a minute, you could take their equipment and sell it for quick money.
do I get money?
More general help is available in the Newcomers Hall, in the form of tutorials. And, of course, you can always ask other players. Most are very friendly and happy to help you, so long as you're polite.
many different characters can I play?
player killed me!
Generally, however, playerkilling is part of the game. This doesn't mean there's nothing you can do: you should talk to or mail the Constable about it, and he will often extract justice on your behalf. Murder within the city walls is a crime, and offenders will be bountied.
Murder outside the city walls is not a crime, and, especially if you're not a newcomer, you'll be more or less expected to deal with it yourself. At times like these, it helps to have made powerful friends.
is the best guild (class)?
Obviously, each guild has different strengths and weaknesses. You can find out current information, such as number of current members, by inspecting the big board in the upstairs section of the Adventurer's Hall; also, talking to friends you have made about guilds is a good way to get information.
For newcomers, it's probably a good idea to join a guild that has its headquarters within Sanom City - otherwise, you have to brave the wilderness every time you want to visit. There are three guilds in the city: the Mages (Xarus), the Thieves (Ke'Ting), and the Soulstealers (Javen).
is the best race?
can I choose the race I want?
do I make an intelligent/strong/dexterous/etc character?
Your race and gender are decided the same way.
do I register for a quest?
come I walk off somewhere when I quit?
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