Creating a Character
So, you’ve decided to give this Lensmoor place a try. Great choice! However, perhaps now you find yourself staring at the character creation screen wondering "What exactly do I do here?"
Upon connecting to the MUD, the first thing you'll see is a nice ASCII art "Lensmoor" welcome. The game will then ask you for your name.
If you'd like to log in as a guest and check the place out without having to go through character creation, use the username Guest and the password guest. (Notice the name is capitalized, the password not.) The guest character is somewhat limited, but is a fine way to get a basic impression of the MUD.
If you'd like to make your own character, however, pick a name and enter it in. The MUD will present you with a few brief rules on acceptable names. The rules are fairly simple:
- Nothing offensive. Swear words, insults, obscenities, and so on.
- Names that are words put together. ToastMaker, DemonSlayer, ReallyStrongGuy are all not suitable names for adventuring in Lensmoor's world.
- Famous names from literature or history. While we have nothing against Wolverine, Einstein or Buddha, they don't fit Lensmoor's theme.
- Nonsense, keyboard mashing, etc. No one wants to be friends with a fellow named ggtghgsh.
Beyond these guidelines, the sky is the limit. If you're having trouble thinking of a name, there's a number of great resources on the web to draw inspiration from, including:
Once you've entered in your name, and agreed that the name fits the standards by typing Y, you'll be asked for your password. As with any password on the internet, it's suggested that you pick something secure. You will be asked to re-enter your password, to confirm it.
Now we get to the real meat of the character creation process! The first big choice you'll come to is to pick your starting continent. There are two options, Lensmoor and Antrippa.
Next up, what race would you like to play? Each continent has its own set of eight unique races. More information on each race can be found on their individual pages. Type the name of the continent you wish to play on.
The next option allows you to select what sex your character will be. Each race has slight stat differences between the sexes, the details of which you can see on that race's page. Type the name of the race you wish to play as.
To use the simple or advanced creation option is your next choice. The advanced system lets you set advantages and disadvantages for your character, as well as how much experience you will require to level. For new players the basic system is STRONGLY recommended.
If you choose to go with the simple system, this will be the final question. The game will display the word 'color.' If it is in color, type Y. Otherwise, N. Most, if not all, clients support color, and it is recommended that you make use of it.
If you decide to go the advanced route, there's a bit more work to be done. Keep in mind that the choices made in the advanced system can have serious repercussions on your character. Although you are able to change these settings later on, you may only do so for free before certain levels. Help level features has more details.
First, advantages and disadvantages. To customize your gameplay there are perks and drawbacks you can add to your character. Each has a cost associated with it. You start off with a total cost of 0. Adding advantages will raise this total while adding disadvantages will lower it. Your final total cannot go below -1000.
Should it be above 0, you will receive less trains when you level.
As a combined total, you can have up to four advantages and disadvantages.
This does not include any free ones you may get as a racial bonus.
The following commands may be used in the (dis)advantage editor:
Add a (dis)advantage. 'add insomnia' for example.
Removes a (dis)advantage. 'remove insomnia' for example.
Lists your current advantages and disadvantages.
Exit the (dis)advantage editor and move on to the next step in character creation.
Now you can set how much experience your character needs to level, from 1,000 to 10,000 experience points. The number of trains you receive when you level is largely dependent on this setting. For this reason, the 10,000 setting is strongly recommended. Although a lower setting will allow you to level quicker, you will receive fewer trains, resulting in a much weaker character over time.
At a setting of 1000, you will receive 1 train when you level. For every 4500 points above this minimum, you will receive an additional train. This means you can receive a maximum of 3 trains at a setting of 10000. Please note, you will receive less trains if you have a positive cost carried over from advantage setting. While a negative cost cannot be used to receive more trains, it can be used to offset the penalty from a lower exp setting. This is the case if your exp to level setting is lowered by an amount less than, or equal to, the negative cost.
Once you are finished with these two settings, you will be told an average of how many trains you will receive when you level. A decimal figure means, every so often, you will receive one less train than your other levels.
You will also be asked to confirm if this figure is acceptable to you. If not, you will be taken back to the Advantage/Disadvantage editor.
Finally, the game will display the word 'color.' If it is in color, type Y. Otherwise, N.
Once you have completed these steps, you'll have created your first character, and will be logged into Lensmoor, ready to explore!