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Noobs guide to getting started

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Santos, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. Santos

    Santos Journeyman
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    How to get started in UO:

    I have decided to move from Pacific to Atlantic due to population and instead of character transfers, I am going to start all over. I hope that my plan and the updates along the way might help out a brand new UO player. First important note: I am using the enhanced client and Pinco's UI. I suggest every noob use it. Search the internet and you will find it.

    First I decided to make my first toon as a scribe/mage. The reason is that with inscription, I can set up my transportation network with rune books and I can make my own slayer spell books to start farming some gold. Eventually this character will become my magic crafter. Without scrolls I am going to shoot for this template to begin:

    100 Magery
    100 Meditation
    100 Evaluate Int
    100 Resist Spells
    100 Inscription
    100 Focus - eventually to be swapped for cooking
    100 Alchemy

    I started with 60 Str and 10 Dex 10 Int, 49 Inscription, 49 Evaluate int, and 22 magery. I immidiately went the the New Haven mages guild and bought 40 inscription and started the inscription, focus, and meditation quests. (Information on where to find these new player quests is on UO Guide). I worked those three skills to over 50 and got my Undead Slayer spellbook. Next, I went to new haven and killed undead and did the escort quests for 500 gp each every 5 minutes. After I got about 2K gold, I went back, bought up magery to 40 and started the Magery and Resisting spells new player quests. I worked those killing Spectral Spellbinders and standing on Messanna's house. Important note: without Lower Reagent Cost I stuck to fireball spell for offense since it only cost one Black Pearl and set up the scavanger organizer in the enhanced client to help me pick up reagents whenever I saw them. I finished those quests and called it a night. Instructions on setting this up can be found by doing a google search for Pinco's UI and scavenger.

    The next goals are:
    100% Lower Reagent Cost Suit
    Full spell book
    Train to 6 x 100 skills - Alchemy is expensive and I will do that much later

    Day 2.
    I played for a hour or two after work and killed baddies in New Haven for gold. I used vendor search to find cheap pieces of LRC jewelry and mediable armor for my beginners suit. I don't care about resists right now as I will just keep my distance and not fight any monsters with a ranged attack. I also used vendor search to find a full spellbook for 5K gold. I also worked inscription a little bit to change it up. Basically whenever I got bored working a skill, I switched to training another skill.

    Day 3 - coming soon.
     
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  2. Acid Rain

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    Welcome to Atl :party:. Help Chat is invaluable on Atl. Couple Trolls in there but 95% are good peps.

    Need anything brought over to Atl, just ask.
    Glad ta help when I can Sir & hope you enjoy all Atl has to offer:).
     
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  3. Zeke

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    A little late, but I would have started with 50 Alc vs 50 Eval to save cost of training it since there isn't a quest you can do to get accelerated gains.
     
  4. Santos

    Santos Journeyman
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    I agree that would have been smarter.
    My thought process included my next goal. I want to get 200 doom artifacts for items for my future warriors. I wanted to get my spell damage as high as possible as soon as possible and thought I remembered eval being harder to raise. My mistake.
     
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  5. Santos

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    I spent the third evening trying to farm doom artifacts and raise gold. In hindsight I think I am just better off spamming myself with mana drain while holding a -29 mage weapon while standing on Mesannna's porch getting attacked by spectral spellbinders. I will raise magery, eval, and resist at the same time. When this gets boring I'm going to work inscription. The short term goal is to get 100 Magery, be able to craft energy vortex scrolls and craft a demon slayer spell book to farm Doom artifacts.
     
  6. Capt. Lucky

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    Highly unlikely, but don't get caught doing the spellbinder thing. Technically it's an exploit. Just saying. But it sure works well ;)
     
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    Ya, technically it is an exploit, but I've never heard of anyone ever being punished for it and I do recall talking about doing it right in front of a GMs face near Haven bank. LOL

    I think for your guide you're doing great! But I'm wary of telling new players to do these grinds for skill gain instead of actually going out and gaining by playing the game like your Doom adventure.
     
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  8. Santos

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    I think doing the spellbinders unattended would be an exploit but I am attended and don't feel like I'm cheating anymore than pounding on a golem or a tamed animal.

    To do less grinding the other option is to just get some spellbinders to follow you and run around Haven blasting skeletons.

    The problem with doom at my current skill level is killing fast enough and emergency management. I still fizzle on blade spirits and can't cast invisibility yet.
     
  9. Capt. Lucky

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    I honestly didn't think GMs enforced anything these days. So yesterday I was on Atlantic doing some shopping. I'm upstairs Luna bank and was doing the vendor search thing. This guy had been standing there macroing for hours. I guess someone paged on him. He was in a different room so I didn't hear the conversation. But the GM stood there for about a minute then disappeared. The GM came back about a minute later and stood there for awhile. The GM disappeared and the player disappeared. So I don't know if they just booted him or actually did anything. But it was mildly refreshing to see the law out there keeping an eye on things. I think it's all fun and games till someone pages. I noticed the language on Atlantic has been much more "unvulgar" also. Not perfect but improved. So I guess if we really want to see a difference in this game, we have to do something about it ourselves and report it.
     
  10. Capt. Lucky

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    Just being technical here, I've done it myself. But if they (spellbinders, etc) can't touch you, as in melee, then it's an exploit. I actually saw this written up somewhere concerning this specific "situation". I'm not judging you, just saying. I've had some pretty old toons that never did max out resist the "normal way". It gets old after awhile.
     
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    I mean I curse on Atlantic chat all the time. I think too many people treat the game like a job. It's time this became a leisure activity again IMO. I treat my gametime as downtime. And I curse during downtime. I try not to curse AT people though.

    I know the filters aren't permission to curse, but they are there if you're offended or if your kids are playing. I don't try to bypass them by adding characters to get around filters.
     
  12. Elenni

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    I think this is a great guide for experienced players wanting to power-level a new character on a new shard. I may use some of your ideas to get a few newly-created characters leveled up so they can recall/gate/mark etc. on other shards for when I visit them, thanks!

    Question: What is "Mesanna's House?"
     
  13. Gamer_Goblin

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    It's the marble patio house on the west side of the Old Haven undead infested area on every shard.
     
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  14. Lord Frodo

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    Eval Int is easy to train and costs nothing. Just Eval others and you will gain, it is just like Animal Lore.
     
  15. MalagAste

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    Well as long as you are attended you can do whatever anyway you want to win you win... right?

    As for the unattendeds macroing I saw someone on GL's in a shadowwyrm costume unattended trick or treating. How do I know? They were doing it at the new Eodon Moongate and just before they were doing it at the Ter Mur Moongate with a macro set up to trick or threat their Personal Attendant... Only the personal attended didn't join them in Eodon... so it was super obvious they were unattended.

    Not very bright if you ask me but... eh... I suppose that's how they win. *rolls eyes*
     
  16. Duncan McDermott

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    Don't know how cheap you are looking at for armor? I found a suit of LRC for 5K. I could make the money pretty easy doing escort quests in Haven. then I was able to work magery faster.
     
  17. Viquire

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    Oh the happy days of yore when we would summon a mess of demons and attack them from a boat. :)
     
  18. Santos

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    Day 4: With my 100% LRC suit I managed to piece together for about 2K I sat in New Haven holding a -29 Mage weapon wand and spammed myself with mana drain. Currently my skills are:

    Magery 73.7
    Eval 82.1
    Scribe 61.3
    Resisting spells 92.9
    Meditation 100
    Focus 100

    Grinding away these skills is not the most interesting thing in the world to do. A more exciting alternative would be to hit one of the graveyards and blast undead from outside the fence. Once there is a nice pile, head in and loot. In fact, I'm going to go do this for a while right now...

    From a noob perspective, actually engaging in combat will help you learn how to stay alive and help you function better within the game. Macros and hot keys are absolutely vital to performing against the higher end content in this game. You have to build muscle memory for developing speed.

    In the beginning I think there are two hot key macros that are absolutely necessary for survival. First is your oh double whopper with cheese button: Invisibility spell. Set this up to target yourself with the click of one key. If you get in a hairy situation, invisibility can give you a time out to figure out your next move. The second one is your looting organizer. The faster you can loot the faster you can make money and move on to creating the next corpse.