Alter Aeon FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
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Section 1 - What is Alter Aeon?
1.1 - What is Alter Aeon?
1.2 - All text? No pictures at all?
1.3 - Is Alter Aeon multiplayer?
1.4 - What kind of game is Alter Aeon?
1.5 - How do I connect? I want to play!
1.6 - Do I have to pay anything at all?
1.7 - You accept donations though, right?
1.8 - How big is Alter Aeon?
1.9 - I've played MUDs before, is Alter Aeon based on one of them?
1.10 - Is Alter Aeon heavily administrated?
Section 2 - Donations and services
2.1 - Master Price List and Index
2.2 - Why donate to the game?
2.3 - How can I send a donation?
2.4 - So what can I get for my donation?
2.5 - What can't I buy?
2.6 - In-game Credits
2.7 - Creating new clans
2.8 - Clan related donations
2.9 - Custom Object Strings
2.10 - Custom Player Strings
2.11 - Player renames and name swapping
2.12 - Weightless containers
2.13 - Character Conveniences
2.14 - Storage lockers
2.15 - Miscellaneous items
2.16 - Equipment Transfers
2.17 - Character Sales and Transfers
2.18 - Account Transfers
2.19 - Refund policy
Section 3 - Channels and talking to other players
3.1 - Why don't I see anyone talking?
3.2 - How can I create a channel?
Section 4 - Improving your character
4.1 - How do I level, and how should I level?
4.2 - Where do I level?
4.3 - Why don't I automatically gain levels?
4.4 - How do I get experience?
4.5 - Where is the best place for me to get experience?
4.6 - What is a practice?
4.7 - What are stats?
4.8 - Is there a maximum amount I can train my stats?
4.9 - What stats are most important to train first?
4.10 - How and where can I learn spells and skills?
4.11 - Is there a maximum amount I can learn spells and skills?
4.12 - What spells/skills do I want or need first?
4.13 - What skills and spells are important for all players?
4.14 - How do I increase my mana regen?
4.15 - How do I increase my cast or skill level?
4.16 - What god is best to follow?
Section 5 - Combat and fighting
5.1 - Where can I go to kill things?
5.2 - What happens when I flee?
5.3 - What happens when I die?
5.4 - What does "You feel sick" mean?
5.5 - What is a kaoken?
5.6 - How does AC and armor work?
5.7 - How do I regen my hit points faster?
5.8 - What do I do when it says "You are too exhausted"?
Section 6 - Equipment, items, and inventory
6.1 - Where can I get EQ to wear?
6.2 - Are there shops? How do I get to the shops?
6.3 - What do I do when it says "You can't carry that much weight"?
6.4 - Is there a way to get rid of things I don't need?
6.5 - Where do I get gold?
6.6 - Is there somewhere I can store my gold?
6.7 - What does it mean when it says an item is bound to you?
6.8 - What are resistances? do I want them to be + or -?
6.9 - Can I buy/sell equipment and characters from/to other players?
Section 7 - Grouping with other players
7.1 - What are the advantages to grouping?
7.2 - How should I behave while in a group?
7.3 - How can I set filters to make it easier to tell what's going on?
7.4 - What is a tank?
7.5 - What are the advantages of being a group leader?
7.6 - What commands are there to help me run the group smoothly?
7.7 - What else should I know to be an effective group leader?
Section 8 - Player run clans
8.1 - What's a clan?
8.2 - How do I know which one is best to join?
Section 9 - Generic questions
9.1 - How do you set your title on the 'who' list?
9.2 - What's a ground string?
9.3 - How do you get a ground string?
9.4 - What does "You're hungry" mean?
9.5 - What does "You feel yourself getting older" mean?
9.6 - What are quests, and how do I start them?
9.7 - What's a reboot, and what is it for?
9.8 - How do I get through this door, it says it's not pickable?
9.9 - My prompt turned into a ']' and now I cant do anything! Help!
9.10 - I forgot my password, how do I get it back?
Section 10 - [advanced] Spell system questions
10.1 - Why isnt there a 'protection from good' spell?
10.2 - Why isn't there a 'gate' spell?
10.3 - Why isn't fly the way I think it should be?
10.4 - Why can't I maintain <your favorite spell name here>?
Section 11 - [advanced] Fame
11.1 - Misconceptions
11.2 - How do I get fame?
11.3 - Do minions steal fame?
11.4 - How can I see what creatures are fame?
11.5 - I killed mob X and it still shows up on 'where fame'!
11.6 - How long does it take for fame to kick in?
11.7 - I killed mob X and I never got fame for it!
11.8 - I logged in and got a bunch of fame out of nowhere, what happened?
11.9 - I logged in and lost a bunch of fame, what happened?
Section 12 - [advanced] How do I write descriptions and use the editor?
12.1 - What's a description? What's the editor?
12.2 - How do I exit the editor if I get stuck?
12.3 - What are some ways I can use the editor without messing something up?
12.4 - How do I use the first part of the editor? (enter mode)
12.5 - How do I use the second part of the editor? (edit mode)
12.6 - How do I delete a description?
12.7 - How do I delete a board post I made?
12.8 - How do I modify a description without re-doing it entirely?
12.9 - How do I modify a board post?
12.10 - Is there a limit to how big my description can be?
Section 13 - [advanced] Starting your own mud
13.1 - What does it take to start and run a mud?
13.2 - How do I start my own mud?
13.3 - Can anyone here help me with my own mud?
13.4 - Can I get a copy of Alter Aeon to make my own mud?
Section 14 - [advanced] Becoming a builder or immortal
14.1 - What are the different types of gods or builders?
14.2 - I want to be an RP only god, what should I do?
14.3 - I want to be an administrator, what should I do?
14.4 - I want to be a builder, what should I do?
14.5 - How do builder promotions work?
14.6 - My friend is a builder but I'm not, why won't you make me a builder?
Section 15 - [advanced] Building a new area on Alter Aeon
15.1 - Introduction
15.2 - How can I become another builder's helper?
15.3 - How can I find an area that needs to be built?
15.4 - How do I know if an area is needed?
15.5 - How do I find a place for my area?
15.6 - What kind of creatures can I build?
15.7 - What kind of equipment can I build?
15.8 - Can I build equipment for my own characters?
15.9 - Can I build unkillable monsters?
15.10 - Can I build room mazes?
15.11 - Can I build catrub puzzles?
15.12 - Can I explore other areas with my builder?
15.13 - Can I have other players look around and playtest my area?
15.14 - What should I keep in mind for my first areas?
15.15 - What order should I build things in my area?
Section 16 - [imm] God behaviour
16.1 - Informational - why does this section exist?
16.2 - Is it ok for me to tell mortals things I find out with my builder?
16.3 - Well, how about seeing if equipment has any hidden effects?
16.4 - So is there anything I can tell mortals as a builder?
16.5 - But what's the fun of that?
Section 19 - [policy] Game mechanic policy decisions
19.1 - Informational - what is this?
19.2 - Waypoints are not supposed to cross planes
19.3 - If a room has a fire in it, it should be an object
19.4 - Barrier exit flags and GAME_AUTOMATION room flags
Section 20 - [builder] Generic building information
20.1 - What is a vnum?
20.2 - So what vnums do I own?
20.3 - I know my vnums, what should I try to build first?
20.4 - How do I know I'm not doing anything wrong?
20.5 - I built a bunch of stuff while experimenting, how do I delete it?
20.6 - Why should I not delete the header room vnum?
Section 21 - [builder] Strings and naming standards
21.1 - How and why should I format a long description?
21.2 - What are the conventions for room strings?
21.3 - What are the conventions for mob strings?
21.4 - So what is an example of a mob with 'good' strings?
21.5 - A second example of a mob with 'good' strings
21.6 - What are the conventions for object strings?
21.7 - What is an example of an object with 'good' strings?
21.8 - Another example of an object with 'good' strings
21.9 - Addendum - why are 'a', 'an' and 'of' bad in name/insult strings?
21.10 - Addendum - why are mob and object inventory strings treated differently?
21.11 - Addendum - why don't we just autocapitalize mobs in the code?
Section 22 - [builder] Room building
22.1 - How do I build rooms?
22.2 - What is a "plane change" on rack check? How do I avoid them?
Section 23 - [builder] Mob building
23.1 - Important - overall mob building procedure
23.2 - How do I create a new mob?
23.3 - How do I see what mobs I have created?
23.4 - Why won't my mob follow my orders? I just created it!
23.5 - My mob won't do anything when I force it. How do I tell what's happening?
23.6 - How do I check the stats on a mob?
23.7 - Now that I can see my mobs stats, how do I change them?
23.8 - Why can't I set experience or gold on my mobs?
23.9 - How do I keep my mob from wandering all over the place?
23.10 - All this typing sucks, how can I set mob stats faster?
Section 24 - [builder] Mob building - special procedures
24.1 - How can I get my mob to cast fireballs and spells in battle?
24.2 - How can I get my mob to talk and interact with players?
24.3 - My mob's interactive/special procedures don't seem to be working. Help!
Section 25 - [builder] Mob building - obscure questions
25.1 - What is the dancer estimate I keep seeing on my mobs?
25.2 - Why does the dancer estimate go down when I raise the level of my mob?