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Alter Aeon FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)



FAQ Section 1 - What is Alter Aeon?


Question 1.1 - What is Alter Aeon? Alter Aeon is a text based game that you can access from any computer on any kind of internet connection. You can interact with it by typing commands, and the game sends back the results of your command. You can also use one of our custom game clients to get buttons, hitpoint/mana bars, maps, etc. To try out one of our custom clients, see our web page at: http://www.alteraeon.com
Question 1.2 - All text? No pictures at all? Yes. There is some ascii art (pictures drawn with text characters) but for the most part, the game describes what you see, hear, touch and interact with by sending you words and descriptions.
Question 1.3 - Is Alter Aeon multiplayer? Yes. Alter Aeon has an active userbase and has been around for 14+ years. A lot of the appeal of the game is found in the interactions you have with other players, whether by grouping, socializing, trading or exploring together. We have a full featured chat system that helps support communications, including private tells, user created channels and an internal email system.
Question 1.4 - What kind of game is Alter Aeon? Alter Aeon is loosely based in a fantasy setting, and largely resembles Dungeons and Dragons in game mechanics. You can kill monsters, use spells and skills, explore, or just relax and talk to other players.
Question 1.5 - How do I connect? I want to play! You can connect to the game via the custom game clients that were created specifically for Alter Aeon, or you can use a standard telnet client, or any of the other major clients that support the telnet protocol. You can download the custom clients and read more about them at: http://www.alteraeon.com/alter-2.1/connect.html The address for the game is alteraeon.com, and the port is 3000.
Question 1.6 - Do I have to pay anything at all? No. Alter Aeon is free to play, and there is no restriction on how long or often you use it.
Question 1.7 - You accept donations though, right? Yes, we do. Donations are always welcome, but you will never be asked or required to pay money to play. Note that the things you can get for your donation will not buff your character, make it stronger, or give you a permanent edge over other people in gameplay. We do not sell characters, awesome equipment, fame, or experience. Even though you can't use your millions to buy a super-powerful godlike character, there are some real nice things you can get, including incredibly convenient weightless containers and extra practices for learning extra spells and skills. See section 2 of this FAQ for details.
Question 1.8 - How big is Alter Aeon? Alter Aeon is HUGE. As of this writing, Alter Aeon has over 200 areas spread across over 30,000 distinctly different rooms. In those areas are 13,000 different types of objects, and 8,000 different types of interactive 'monsters' or 'mobs' for short. For objects and monsters, there may be several of each type in the game at once, so there is never a shortage of things to do or items to collect. You can see a list of the major areas to visit at: http://www.alteraeon.com:8080/areas
Question 1.9 - I've played MUDs before, is Alter Aeon based on one of them? No. Alter Aeon was coded entirely from scratch. It does not use any kind of generally available code base, and is unique. The default command interface and prompt is similar to DIKU and MERC variants, with the addition of many common commands used in other codebases. There are also a huge number of custom commands and interfaces specific to Alter Aeon.
Question 1.10 - Is Alter Aeon heavily administrated? No. Unlike other MUDs, we prefer to stay out of the business of our users unless absolutely necessary. There are powerful and effective commands available to everyone to use in the case that some kind of dispute arises. That being said, there are strict rules against any kind of harassment, real world threats, and illegal activity. See the 'rules' command for details, or visit the web page at: http://www.alteraeon.com:8080/rules



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