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UO Tips! Things you may not know...

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Sarsmi, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Sarsmi

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    General mouse/keyboard controls/macros:
    * Ctrl + shift brings up an item tag. You can drop items directly onto the tag if they stack, you can double click item tags, and you can right click while having CTRL + SHIFT held down on tags that you don't want visible.

    * Ctrl +q repeats the last thing you said, but not everyone realizes that repeated use of ctrl +q will cycle back through the things you've said. Very handy when pricing a lot of stuff on vendors.

    * Ctrl + W goes the other way.

    * Hold the right mouse button down and click the left, and your character will follow your cursor.

    * Alt + Shift then left click someone to "follow them".

    * When you have a pile of life bars but someone leaves and you want to get rid of just the one, Press Alt and left click the bar then let go and the bar will no longer be attached.

    * Holding shift can move whole stacks without choosing an amount.

    * Special moves can be accessed via the purple book at the feet of your paper doll. The two moves available to you vary depending on the base weapon you're holding. The moves can be quickly accessed by dragging the icons to your desktop (in the same way as magery scrolls), or by assigning them to client macros.
    Newbie Tips (Production shards)
    * When gaining skill make sure you have another skill set to lower if you are at your skill cap, else you could waste time and resources trying to train a skill that won't gain.

    * In New Haven you can do escort quests around town every five minutes and earn 500 gold per escort. It's a great way to make some starting cash to buy a horse, buy up new skills, etc.

    * Before you do the dark knight quest, make sure you have at least 35 magery and are using a recall scroll to recall off the rune. It is a one time use rune and if you fizzle, you're out of luck.

    * Powergaming a newbie on a new shard (by Harlequin)
    Newbie quests in Haven are a very good source of starting skills and blessed equipment eg undead slayer spellbook, blades for cutting corpses, lrc wizard hat. Blessed equipment remain with you even when you die.

    1) Use KR to crate a char, it allows you to pick 4 skills and 120 skill points, plus the dark knight quest. The 2D client only allows you 3 skills and 100 points.

    2) For the first char, you will want a scribe mage to make money/mark runes/make runebooks/scribe scrolls. You also want to start off with skills at 49 instead of 50 to take advantage of the newbie quests. The NPCs woun't offer to apprentice you if you already have 50 points in the skill they teach.

    3) I like to create a character with 49 scribing, 49 necro (to get the initial necrobook/regs), minimal magery (to get the initial spellbook/reg), any remaining points into chiv (spellbook). Use an elf with maxed-out INT.

    4) First thing when you emerge in New Haven, buy a packy. You need it to carry the gold you will be making. Next, find and escort your first NPC. Put whatever you don't need in your bank, and all gold/regs/blank scrolls/scribe pen on you.

    5) Accept the focus trainer's quest (she's just next to the bank). Just double click her, read through the instructions on how/where to train and accept her quest. Additional note on the "where" - A gong sounds when you enter an enhanced skill gain area that you are eligible for. Also, an icon will show in the buff/debuff list (the one you get when you click the blue button in your character status gump)

    6) Make your way to the mage shop up north. Buy out all the blank scrolls and nightshade from the 4 mage vendors there. Remember to buy 1 nightshade for each blank scroll. Don't spend all your gold on blank scrolls, only to find that you have no money to buy nightshade. Accept apprentice quests from both the meditation (3rd floor)and inscription trainers (2nd floor).

    7) Stay on the second floor library room where the inscription trainer is in, and start scribing poison scrolls. That 1 point in magery that you started with, gave you a pouch with 30 of each reg, and a spellbook with 12 spells, including a spell called poison. Poison is one of the cheapest spell to cast/scribe. You should hit 50 inscription in a few tries (2 tries if extremely lucky). Double click the inscription trainer to collect your Hallowed spellbook. This book has 1st-5th spell circles all filled and is an undead slayer to boot.

    8) You can now do the necro quest or continue scribing until you hit 50 med or 50 focus or the shop keeper runs out of blank scrolls. The latter should happen first. But rememember to collect your rewards from the respective trainers once you hit 50 med (lrc wizard hat) or 50 focus (mana regen bracelet).

    9) Once you feel like taking a break (eg shop keeper ran out of scrolls, waiting for mana regen, it's getting old, you've earned your first 10k of gold), you can work on getting a full necro book. Go to the necromancer building east of the mage shop. Accept the necromancy quest.

    10) Head out east to the old Haven ruins. You will hear the gong to signify that you are in the right area. The undead here will not aggro you. Equip your undead slayer spell book, then use the necro spell "Pain Spike" to kill the undead. Zombies are the weakest, Skeletons are a bit stronger, Spellbinders are a bit stronger than skeletons because they cast curses. Should take you no time to get from 49 necro to 50 . Now go back to the necro trainer and collect your full necro book.

    11) Now you can continue scribing to make more money, train scribing higher level spells, work on the Magery, Resist, Hiding/Stealth/Ninjitsu apprentice quests, or go loot LRC, +skill, resist items from public corpses at popular hunting spots. Once you can cast mark, you can mark runebooks for your other characters and start creating a warrior or even crafter.
    GGS/Skill gain:
    * Grow plants on characters who still need to work skills, you can get your GGS when you log them in to water the plants each day.

    * Creating a single button macro each for "last object" and "last target" is most handy. For example, say you want to chop a tree but you're running the circle of transparency. Whenever you get too close to the thing you can't target it 'cause it turns invisible. You can first target it from a distance, then use your "last target" macro button to hit it once you get in close.

    * If you have a skill that is tough to gain in and you don't mind shelving the character for a bit (and have a bit of cash), buy a scroll of alacrity for the skill you need to train. Wait until it is GGS time then gain in your skill and immediately log them out. Log them back in when it is time again for your GGS gain, until you have used up your 15 minutes.

    * If you have less then 25 points in a skill, you will gain off every single attempt to use it (even if you fail).

    * Newbie quests in Haven are a very good source of starting skills and blessed equipment eg undead slayer spellbook, blades for cutting corpses, lrc wizard hat. Blessed equipment remain with you even when you die.

    * Use KR to crate a char, it allows you to pick 4 skills and 120 skill points, plus the dark knight quest. The 2D client only allows you 3 skills and 100 points (great tip!)

    * When training a new skill on a char I always remove all other skills I do not need to a soulstone, you get much faster GGS gains that way.
    Virtues and Gains:
    * To gain compassion, mark a rune a bravehorn start and bravehorn finish... recall to the start (where the deer spawns) and then gate to the "finish" (the pond you're taking him to) you will gain compassion on every trip and you don't have to wait 5 minutes to gain the most mind numbing virtue... like you do escorting NPCs.

    * The star symbol at the top of your paper doll allows you to access the virtue system. Two virtues which are well worth following are Honor and Sacrifice.

    * Honor is gained by targeting monsters with it then killing them - gain enough and you can then target yourself, causing monsters to ignore you for a limited time. Monsters with more fame give more Honor. It only decays when you use it.

    * Sacrifice is gained by using it on humanoid red-titled monsters (such as demons and evil mages). This causes you to lose all your fame, but gain in Sacrifice accordingly. With enough in stock, you can resurrect yourself a limited amount of times each week. Sacrifice decays a small amount each week, but not with use.

    * Regular Liches (not lords or ancient) & Enslaved Gargoyles are also valid targets for sacrificing fame. Only the evil mages are actually Red (daemons are not red, though definitely low karma, and valid sacrifice targets).
    NPCs (non aggressive):
    * When buying large quantities, hold down the shift Key and Double Click on the item (such as 999 scrolls) and you'll buy them all.

    * Saying 'Balance' to a banker NPC tells you how much cash is in your bank, but does not include checks - use a house placement tool, and when you pick a design the real total you have in the bank (cash and checks) is shown as the 'bank balance' available to build the house.
    Killing monsters/Monster behavior:
    * The respawn engine checks what mobs are missing and randomly spawns any mob that hasn't reached it's quota. eg The area is supposed to have 2 boars, 3 goats and 3 bulls. If you kill everything, at the next respawn interval, the engine randomly picks one of the 8 animals to respawn. This means (for example) to get the solen queen pretender to spawn more quickly, do not kill her attendants, but lure them off instead.

    * A non-player's dex rating determines it's movement speed. At about 125 a creature can move about as fast as a running, unmounted character. This is why rune beetles and most paragons are so incredibly fast.

    * If you want the mob to flag on you, just teleport... all monsters automatically flag on you.

    * Another way to get everything on the screen flagged on you is to open your paperdoll when you are walking. This refreshes the screen.

    * One good thing to know is if your down in doom carry some kind of bladed weapon, (This is where use last object is handy!)... when you see the "unholy bones" lying on the floor double click the bladed weapon and target the bones, (sometimes you have to do it 3 or 4 times but eventually they will be destroyed) this keeps them from spawning more spawn on you. You DO NOT have to be standing beside the bones... You can actually cut them up from across the room.

    * The unholy bones aren't just a Doom thing - Neira the Necromancer (the champ spawn boss) ALSO tosses unholy bones, and they can be cut just like the Doom DF versions.

    * Another point re Unholy Bones, the amount of chops required to destroy them varies, and relates to the the strength of the monster that'll spawn.

    * To tip a cow keep double clicking on any cow....eventually it'll fall over!

    * Do the same with a boar and it will squat.
    Looting:
    * Sometimes corpses of mobs stack on each other and the bottom one doesn't open (it gives you a "you must wait" and opens only one of them). Just hold your use last object macro down and you will eventually open it. You can also move a few tiles away and hit your last object macro, then move back and hit it.

    * If the corpse is in an inaccessible area, you can cast teleport/shadowjump and target the corpse.

    * Disable gump offset so that all containers/corpses that you open will be placed at the top right of you client window. Then open your loot bag and position it directly below that position (Ed note: I do this! Very useful). This way when you loot, you minimize the dragging you have to do and thus speed up your looting. Minimizing mouse movements to improve efficiency by up to 500% is taught in designing efficient human interfaces like application frontends or webpages.

    * Similarly try to set macro keys to cast spells/use skills as much as possible, especially those you use often or those you need to use quickly (like recall and sacred "retreat").

    * Mimic common macros that you use on different characters - assign the same buttons to the same macros for different characters so you are comfortable swapping characters and won't hit the wrong buttons in a panic.

    * Cutting up copses and animate dead/spirit speak closes that corpse's gump for everyone that has already opened it. Can be used to buy you a bit of time to loot a public'ed corpse if you are far away, a tad annoying to other people though.
    Party/Group/Chat:
    * UO has a chat system!

    * When you are running in a party and have the party bars up, if you are a mage, you can click on the Red dot on someone's health bar to cast Greater Heal and the Green dot to cast Cure.
    Crafting
    * Check the Craftsman Forum for more tips, including the numbers for the Salvage bag (it gives 1 extra ingot per item, and you need to be 101.1 or higher mining, counting gloves, to get the most ingots back).

    * When filling BODs, fill the exceptional ones you have first. If you fail to make an exceptional bone armor piece that you need, you can use the normal to fill a normal bone bod, and save on resources that way.

    * Like water troughs, looms do not require you to be near them to use.

    * For efficiency of space, add ons like anvils/ovens that you do not need to dbl click or target to use, but simply need to be within 2 tiles of it, can be placed on floors above or below you.

    * For efficiency, you can cram everything in a small space. Use a teleporter to get to the center of the room. Keep all containers within 2 tiles so they are within easy reach. You can plop an arcane circle down in this area too.

    * You can dye some containers with a furny tub - crates stack higher than chests so if you need more containers it may be worth it to use them.

    * Using a square goza mat raised up several times, you can place an anvil or small forge on the mat, then place it's counterpart underneath. This is true for any single tile add-on. Multi-tile add ons can be "broken" using goza mats, and can be usable in their smaller forms. See the Homes and Castles forum for unusual and useful ways to use goza mats.
    Resource gathering:
    * For bone gathering shadow wisps work really well, they drop cuttable bone about half the time. Ant lions drop bone as well. However, if you are needing regular leather, regular quality bone armor (for tapestries or rugs), you can kill skeletons for any kind of bone armor drop, or you can kill savages for arms and legs. You can also enhance this bone to get spined, horned, or barbed regular quality bone for bods.

    * Double click a skinning knife while wielded or a butchers war cleaver (made by smiths, ML recipe) and target a corpse. If it can give hides and you are lightweight enough it will skin the animal, cut the hides into leather, and put them in your backpack. It will leave the leather on the corpse if you are too heavy.

    * Salvage bag smelts/unravels at 1 single go, it's faster and gives back more resources than smelting individual items. NPC provisioners sell these bags.

    * A good way to collect bolts from meers with no karma loss and no fighting use the spell dryad allure on the meer captains then release them and they will drop a blue bag on the ground that says meer captains bag open it up and take the 50 plus bolts and there is a bag of 15 to 20 regs also no gold but easy way to farm bolts with no danger!

    * You can use empty pitchers on cows to milk them.

    * Shearing live sheep gives more wool overall then shearing dead sheep.

    * Not only do Tsuki wolves have bones, but give hides, and spawn very fast!

    * When harvesting bones, if you are turning the bones from the normal piles/parts into the crafting resource, if you go overweight, the bones you cut will fall to the ground. HOWEVER, if you put them into a Salvage Bag, and use the "Cloth" or "All" option, all the bones will but cut into a single pile in your backpack, even if overweight.

    * If you use the "shift" method to buy all of an item at once, the stack of items will fall to the ground if it will not fit in your pack, so be prepared to immediately pick it up and stick it into a pack animal (if possible) or your bank. The downside to trying this near a bank is that someone faster than you might pick the pile up before you and stick it in THEIR bank box instead.
    Plant growing:
    * Create endless water pitchers by using a water pitcher on a wave tile many times.

    * If you make a UOA macro to fill the pitcher you don't even need to be near the water source (you can be a couple of screens away). Works for water trough add-ons too.

    * The ocean in Tokuno acts as a wave tile, so you can simply target the water around the short to make an endless water pitcher.

    * Plants grown in your backpack will not undergo a growth check until you log them in. So backpack gardening is a great method of plant growing for forgetful gardeners, or those who can't log in every day.
    Player vendors:
    * If you want your vendor to face forward but they are positioned awkwardly, you can open their menu, click on customize, then walk to where you are standing in the direction you want them to face, even if you are outside of the house at this point, and then right click the menu to close it. They will turn to face you wherever you are.

    * Besides going into and exiting the customizing to make the vendor face you, you can also say "<the vendor's name> browse" to make him face you.

    * Do you want to put a painting on the wall behind a vendor but can't get them off the tile? You can customize a customizable home and put a wall tile where the vendor is, commit, then go back in and remove the wall tile. This will pop them into the crate and you can retrieve them by using your own context menu on your avatar.

    * Alternatively (if you have a classic home) you can go outside of your house and click on their life bar to get them to come to your location. This gives you three minutes to do whatever you need to do on that floor tile.

    * This is for those that need to mark runes to their vendors - Set UOA's "use once" macro to ctrl+Q but leave UO's ctrl+q blank. Put all your marked runes in a bag and add it to the use once agent. Now you can press ctrl+q, it brings up the "rename rune" prompt plus brings up your last line of text at the same time (ie whatever you want to rename your rune to). Makes renaming tons of runes easier.

    * To give money to your vendors, put in a bandage (or whatever you have handy) and price it 100,000 gp. Then have a second account buy it. Works even better if the second account also has a vendor, so he can put a similar item on his vendor for you to pay him back (note: you can also do this with checks, so you can essentially buy back what you paid for the check and put it right into that character's bank.)

    * For those that only have one account and want to stock vendors with gold, grab a Bulk order book with a single BOD. Place the bod inside, price it with the amount of gold you would like to transfer on to your vendor. Once priced, place the book on the vendor and hit escape (making the book not for sale). You can then purchase the bulk order deed from your own vendor. This is the most effective way to transfer gold from your bank account straight to your vendor.

    * Always put a sample item or visual aid to let people see what your vendor is selling. You can lock down this in front of the vendor, or if you organize your vendor's goods in bags, put the sample/visual aid next to the bag. Nothing worse than finding a dozen unlabeled bags on a vendor and having to open each one to see what they hold. Lots of people just browse the first level.

    * If you are marking runes to your vendor house, do not mark all your runes at the same exact spot. Spread them around several tiles. The reason is that some people will not move from the tile once they recalled in, this will block other people from recalling from runes to the same tile.
    Housing:
    * If you secure your trash barrel and set user settings to "anyone".. anyone inside your house can use it. Otherwise, only house owners can use it. Also, A secured trash barrel has no weight limitation (also true for any other secured container).

    * Locking down deeded items such as vet rewards, holiday items, taxidermy items, etc, that typically do not need to be locked down, will keep them from moving to the moving crate when you customize. (This also works great for those chopped up stone tables to keep them from poofing.)

    * Heritage token apple trees will give 20 apples from each tree. 10 from the top half, 10 from the bottom.

    * If you want to move heavy boxes inside your house (like from the first Floor to the 4th Floor) lock them down on the front steps and then customize your house. They will go into the moving Crate. Since you can get your moving crate anywhere in the house you just need to claim it on the floor you now want the boxes and take them out of the crate.

    * Although you can't stick things directly into your moving crate (or the strongboxes within the moving crate), you can drag items into any other containers that are already in there.

    * Some items (eg bulletin boards, soul stones) will always go into the moving crate when you enter house customization mode (even if they're legally placed). If you think you've lost something, it's a good place to look for it.

    * Avoid marking runes directly next to your steps, mark them 1 tile farther out. Animals and NPCs have a tendency to stand next to your steps. (They are actually trying to go to a tile inside or behind your house, but can't proceed beyond the steps).

    * Besides "I ban thee", also make a "Remove thyself" macro. Useful for private houses where you can't ban people/NPCs/mobs.

    * If your house has teleporters, you can also leapfrog the heavy item so it's on the ground next to the teleporter for the floor you want to move it to. hold down control/shift to bring up the item tags of everything around you & right click to remove the items tags for everything except your heavy item. step onto the teleporter and in the 1 second delay before you *poof* to the next floor, grab the item tag of your heavy item (while still holding down control/shift). that will allow you to teleport with the heavy item even if it's waaaaay heavier than you can carry. then drop it on the floor when you arrive and leapfrog it to the desired location.
    Death and Recovery:
    * ctrl+shift object handles can be very useful. But 'all names' is better for finding your corpse in a pile of monster corpses.

    * Using all names you can set the appearance color of your corpses name which makes it easier to find.

    * I always have an insured bandage summoning Talisman on me ...Works like a charm if me and my pet die I retreat, summon bandies and it usually holds me over until i can loot my corpse or the mob that looted the bandies.

    * Here's a tip for those with ML humans. If you haven't done so, I recommend doing the spellweaving quest. With the JOAT 20 spellweaving ability, you'll be able to cast Gift of Renewal and Nature's Fury pretty consistently. These are a boon, particularly when you are dead and are trying to return to your body. Nothing like having a healing spell and something that distracts spawn, all of it only requiring mana and nothing else!

    * Logging out causes your pet to stable, so long as it isn't loaded with items. It'll automatically rejoin you when you next log in - so long as your character is alive. If this is not the case, then it'll rejoin you after you've ressed and relogged once more.

    * Mark a couple of spare runes and rename them to something like "re-usable". This allows them to be dropped into runebooks. Now you have spare runes that won't drop if you die. Just remove a rune from the runebook when you need to mark.

    * Also remember to charge your runebooks, even if you have an LRC suit. They can be lifesavers (eg running out of insurance money).

    * If you ever die behind a building and can't get to your corpse, and it looks like it's inside the building when you know you died outside, this is a glitch. It's still outside, even if you can see it on the floor inside. Use circle of transparancy or item tags to recover your things.

    * If you die, the mob that killed you will likely hang around your corpse. Having stealth allows me to safely loot my stuff back 99% of the time. Only times where it's a bit iffy is when there are a lot of corpses around. In this case, there's an advantage in having yourself guilded, since the show incoming option or allnames macro will show your corpse in green. This allows you to quickly identify your corpse. Just dbl click your corpse even if you are far away, this sets your last item. Then keep your use last item macro pressed and approach your corpse. You can also run past to do a drive-by if fighting mobs with area attacks like Crimson dragons.
    UOAssist
    * If you want to make UO count smoke bombs or enchanted apples... click the "User 1" in the resource menu... set the item and name it appropriately. Hit the "advanced" button and you can up to 6 items listed on your top bar. If you don't like them all running together, type what your item is, then put your cursor back the the beginning of the word and add a couple spaces till it wont let you, that way you can space out your 6 items across the top of your game window so they are easier to see.
    Miscellaneous:
    * To see if an item is "newbie" and therefore blessed, you can try to sell it to the appropriate NPC vendor, cut it up (if it's clothing, newbie clothes can't be cut up), or try to lock it down in your house (it won't lock down. Be prepared to grab the item fast, as newbie items decay very quickly). Death robes are newbified items. If you like to wear robes, you can save yourself some insurance money by dying a death robe and wearing that.

    * You can throw almost anything into a backpack or bag and hand it to a cobbler to throw it away. And a goat.

    * If you are heading into a dangerous area, have a runebook open and drag it to the side. I drag it to the bottom left corner and leave the button to my safe rune visible for quick escapes. It's my panic button.

    * Another tactic is to open gate to destination, then recall to the same spot, if in danger, click gate to get back.

    * One more is to cast ethereal voyage before going into the area.
    SKILLS:

    Jack of all Trades:
    * If you are human and not a mage... you can use teleport scrolls thanks to JoaT... conversely... you can also use tracking!

    * Another JOAT perk is the inferred 20 points of Focus means you cannot use all your stamina just by running around. Elves without real Focus (or other stam regen) can't run indefinitely like a human can.
    Hiding/Stealth/Stealing/Snoop:
    * Stratics Hiding and Stealth FAQ

    * If you hide, you get a ten second "skill wait time" penalty. This penalty does not stop you from using stealth. The stealth wait time is only about three or four seconds, and that wait replaces the one you already had in effect, so by hiding then making sure you stealth, you'll be able to use your next skill sooner then usual.

    * There is a 100% chance to hide in your own home, and when you hide and then stealth you have a chance to gain in hiding. So hiding and stealthing in your own home is one of the fastest ways to GM hiding.

    * In order to hide instantly no matter how many aggressors you have on you... teleport (magery spell) and hit your hide macro right after you teleport (it used to be teleport, tab and then hide... 9 years ago... when people ran scribe hide mages!)

    * You can snoop mirror images which is useful for training (if you have ninjitsu).

    * For safe banking in Fel, hide yourself and use the banker's context menu to access your bank without revealing yourself.

    * 80 stealth is enough to always succeed in stealth attempts if you are wearing med-able armour.

    * Once you hide, you can immediately walk to start stealthing, no need to wait for the skill timer or double click the stealth skill.

    * Stealthing checks both your stealth and hiding skills, and consequently, gives you skill gain to both. On the flip side, you will be revealed if you fail either one of the checks

    * If you have ninjitsu, 50 ninjitsu will give you the ability to use smoke/eggbombs. However, eggbombs are much cheaper to make.

    * Assign one of your UOA marcos to use eggbombs and trigger it whenever you are in danger. I use my mouse wheel button, in case people do not know, the mouse wheel can be clicked like a button.

    * If you attempt to hide while too near a mob that has aggro'd you, you will get the normal "you can't hide right now" message. Unfortunately, if you try to use the eggebomb now, it will tell you that "you must wait to use another skill". Always use eggbomb first, don't save. A 50 gp eggbomb will potentially save you thousands of insurance money.

    * Also use invisibility in conjunction with hiding in the presence of mobs that can cast reveal. When you cast invis, it will break aggro. Spell casting monsters will attempt to cast reveal once at the tile where you invised yourself. If you can't or are too slow to move out of the reveal range, just hit your hide / eggbomb macro when you get revealed. As long as you did it before you were re-aggro'd by the spellcasting monsters, they will not recast reveal

    * To add on to the invis/hide tactic, just opening corpses to see what it contains does not reveal you unless it belongs to a player. So you can check out what's in a corpse and identify all the loot you want first, then make preparations/hover your mouse cursor on the chosen loot and quickly grab them all in 1 go to minimize revealing your presence

    * Using the above trick, I have looted tons of threads/plane swords/shields/paragon chests/gold during the Moonglow invasion by following berserker daemons as they kill other mobs. Once I open the corpse, I will drag the gold, but leave the gump open near my loot bag, ready to be looted by a single click on the "ok" button. Next, I hover my cursor on the chests/threads etc. When I am ready, I will begin to cast invis, while my character is going through the casting animation, I will grab all the threads/planeswords/shields/paragon chests, then click the "okay" button on the gump for the gold. Just last target yourself when the target cursor comes up. If any mob aggros me and catches me in their reveal, I will just eggbomb (Ed note: you can drag items even if you have a targeting cursor up, just don't click on the item, but instead click and hold down the left mouse button and drag the item as if it was a regular cursor.)

    * If you have already 50 ninjitsu, bumping it up to 70 will let you use llama/ostard forms, allowing you to move twice as fast while hidden (your llama/ostard walk speed is the same as an unmounted player's run speed). You can even sprint short distances without revealing yourself.

    * When you are hidden/stealthing, switching to animal form will reveal your position. Other people will see a puff of smoke/sparklies that accompanies the spell casting.

    * Shadowjump reveals you the same way to, other people will see the sparklies on the tile you jump from AND the tile you jump to.

    * When running away from players, animal form into llama mode (or any of the >70 skill that lets you walk at double speed), run in 1 direction, slow down to a walk (so that you don't auto reveal yourself on that first step after hiding), use smokebomb to hide, then immediately switch direction. Most people will think you are still heading in the same direction.

    * Shadow jump is more sensitive to z-axis than teleport. So if you can't get to a certain tile by shadow jump, you can try teleporting.

    * Chances to deflect an attack to mirror images is equal to Ninjitsu minus 30. Meaning if you have 120 ninjitsu, you can deflect 90% of all attacks. This is much higher than the 40% from 120 parry/120 bushido/wielding a 2-handed weapon
    Taming and Pets:
    * Stratics Taming FAQ

    * Stopped pets wander around like wild critters. Usually, a pet won't be "stopping" because you specifically told it to: feeding it also puts it into stop mode, so after doing so you must give the follow order again or it'll walk away from you.

    * Telling a pet to "come" will make it use more advanced pathfinding techniques to get to you then the follow command. However, when it reaches you it'll again go into stop mode until you give further orders.

    * Pets that are carrying items do not log out with you. I have forgotten to unload my packies at least once and when I re-logged in, they have already wandered off somewhere. To prevent loss of pets like your beetle or packies, keep a pet ball for each pet in your bank. Works only if you did not log off for too long and the pets did not go wild.

    * When controlling multiple pets, the one you've had out the longest will obey your orders first. This means that if you tell your group to attack an enemy, the first critter you pulled out of the stables will attack first, and the monster will attack that pet (as opposed to any of your other ones).

    * JOAT is also enough to allow the use of Animal Lore on tamed creatures. This reveals a full listing of it's stats, skills, resistances and damage potential. Pets gain stats/skills in the same way as characters, but gain no extra elemental resistances as their Resisting Spells skill increases. They lose 0.1 from each of their skills each time they die - that is to say, a tamer is probably worse off if his pets die then if he dies himself!

    * Giving a pet an order will make it happier if it follows it. If it ignores it, it'll lose happiness. The more happy a pet is the more likely it'll obey you.

    * A pet may refuse to be transferred, even if Wonderfully Happy, if you have never fed it.

    * White Wyrms will eat any amount of gold if offered.
    Barding
    * Stratics Forums Barding FAQ and Information

    * Have a few different Bard instruments in your pack, in case any one of them breaks and to keep others from beating your head in (ever hear a lute constantly for an hour?). Always keep one newbie/blessed instrument for emergencies. You can also insure your instrument.
    Magery/Necro/Spellweaving
    * ML Humans can cast level 1-2 spells from scroll 100% of the time with only Jack of all Trades, and are about 75% chance to cast level 3 scrolls, about 50% to cast level 4 scrolls and 25% able to cast level 5 scrolls (allowing anyone willing to take the physical resist penalties to recast Reactive Armor, Protection and/or Magic Reflection). The human is also treated as having 20 Inscription, for these spells. Most spells that require Eval, aren't worth casting with no real skill. However, having a 25-27% chance of casting Blade Spirits from scroll can be useful.

    * ANY character with 0 real skill can be used by a JOAT spellweaver to get a focus. So, if you get 5 people on an arcane circle, even if none of them ever did the quest but you, you can get the good focus - and it's amazing the power of a high-focus Gift of Renewal, even cast with JOAT.

    * More Intelligence doesn't just mean more mana - it means faster regeneration too. Casting Bless on yourself will allow you to cast spells for longer.

    * NPC humanoids in your circle count towards the power of your arcane focus (not sure if this is true of tame pets).

    * Spellbooks with some level or LRC (Lower Reagent Cost) on them are constantly discarded by characters training Inscription. A human who wishes to cast the odd low level spell using JOAT can forgo LRC on his armor or reagents in his pack with such a book. An elf can do the same, to a lesser extent, if the book also has a +Magery property on it.

    * Holding a Mage Weapon causes your Magery skill to drop by the displayed amount, the greatest amount of which is normally -29. Wands (which are easily found in bandit/gypsy chests) tend to have the MW property in addition to Spell Channeling.

    * By holding a MW/SP wand and casting, you can go all the way to about 54 points of real skill while gaining off every attempt (54 - 29 = 25). It is therefore quite pointless to take the Magery skill when starting a new character, especially when you consider that the New Haven quests can enhance your early gain rate further.

    * Summoned Moongates can be closed with the "dispel field" spell.

    * Recall scrolls can be purchased at 42 gp in several towns, eg the ones in Haven. This seems random, but I'd always found them available from at least one of the mages in Haven.
    - RE: Harlequin's advice on Recall scrolls...
    Every time an NPC mage respawns as a result of something that causes a vendor reset, it will sell spell scrolls either of 1st circle only, 1st & 2nd circle, 1st-3rd circle, or 1st-4th circle spells. This is totally at random. Just because one can buy recall spells off an NPC mage in a given town currently, does not mean that the mage will still be there, selling them, after a server publish or an event that affects NPCs cycles in replacements(berserkers killing NPCs in Vesper, or the shadowlord corruption of towns, etc.)

    * Save medable MR 2 junk Armor pieces, they make great scribe suits.

    * If you use trapped boxes and have spellweaving attunement will absorb all damage from the trapped box so I always have that running and can open my trapped box up to 5 times and take no damage !
    note: this is with bolt traps don't know about explosion.

    * With a little magery you can stand back 5 tiles and cast telekinesis on an unlocked, trapped chest in order to spring the trap. Most trapped town chests have three traps, so you'll need to cast it three times.
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  2. Nvnter

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    This thread is a bad idea for the mass of players. The Devs have a way of fixing "tips/advantages" before bugs.

    I will keep my tips to myself.:scholar:
     
  3. Sarsmi

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    I'd prefer if no one add any "bugs" they consider tips. Just things that other people may not know, but are handy/useful. Nothing illegal, folks! ;)
     
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    ctrl +q repeats the last thing you said, but not everyone realises that repeated use of ctrl +q will cycle back through the things you've said. Very handy when pricing a lot of stuff on vendors.

    ctrl+shift object handles can be very useful. But 'allnames' is better for finding your corpse in a pile of monster corpses.

    I knew someone who played for years before he found that clicking the left mouse button while holding the right one down would allow him to then release both buttons and continue following the cursor.
     
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    Actually I prefer Ctrl+Shift, then right-click on any tags I'm not interested in which causes them to disappear. This way I can dig through piles of corpses or Vendors. Allnames might work better, but I just don't use it enough to know better. :)

    When buying large quantities, hold down the shift Key and Double Click on the item (such as 999 scrolls) and you'll buy them all.
     
  6. I prefer that for spawns too but I think for all names, you can set the appearence color of your corpses name which makes it easier to find.
     
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    Ctrl + W goes the other way.

    Stopped pets wander around like wild critters. Usually, a pet won't be "stopping" because you specifically told it to: feeding it also puts it into stop mode, so after doing so you must give the follow order again or it'll walk away from you.

    Telling a pet to "come" will make it use more advanced pathfinding techniques to get to you then the follow command. However, when it reaches you it'll again go into stop mode until you give further orders.

    Magic using pets used to use teleport on occasion when given the "come" command. They still do, but it no longer actually works.

    Creating a single button macro each for "last object" and "last target" is most handy. For example, say you want to chop a tree but you're running the circle of transparency. Whenever you get too close to the thing you can't target it 'cause it turns invisible. You can first target it from a distance, then use your "last target" macro button to hit it once you get in close.

    A non-player's dex rating determines it's movement speed. At about 125 a creature can move about as fast as a running, unmounted character. This is why rune bettles and most paragons are so incredibly fast.

    If you hide, you get a ten second "skill wait time" penalty. This penalty does not stop you from using stealth. The stealth wait time is only about three or four seconds, and that wait replaces the one you already had in effect, so by hiding then making sure you stealth, you'll be able to use your next skill sooner then usual.
     
  8. Borric

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    These are all great tips!

    This one I didn't know of. Thank you!

    Borric
     
  9. I remember back when cases were being sold that they use to include a paper with common game shortcuts. Maybe we should make a sticky somewhere with all the known shortcuts. Then as a side bonus, add additional information such as tips/secrets you may not have known about. That could become a very entertaining thread/discussion.
     
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    Alt + Shift then left click someone you "follow them"

    When you have a pile of life bars but someone leaves and you want to get rid of just the one, Press Alt and left click the bar then let go and the bar will no longer be attached...
     
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    This works for other areas as well. If you are training taming at the Jhelom bull pens, just tame and kill only those animals that gives you gain to ensure only those respawn.

    The respawn engine checks what mobs are missing and randomly spawns any mob that hasn't reached it's quota. eg The area is supposed to have 2 boars, 3 goats and 3 bulls. If you kill everything, at the next respawn interval, the engine randomly picks one of the 8 animals to respawn.
     
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    I've been running into new players who aren't aware of the in-game "Chat System". I realize that there are other programs out there that have these features i.e. ICQ, Vent, MSN Messenger, etc., and hey, to each their own. This is something that's already implemented within UO so there you go. Pressing Alt + T opens up the Chat. The options are:

    •Create a New Conference (make your own private room)
    •General-Trammel
    •General-Felucca
    •General-Ilshenar
    •General-Malas
    •Help
    •Trade
    •Looking For Group
    •General-Global

    There's a drop down, toggle menu that's located on the top left of the chat box (just click the down-arrow); furthermore, you can drag and position the chat window by holding the left-click button on your mouse. You're also able to resize your chat window: move your cursor on the bottom right corner of the chat window, left-click once on that triangle shape and a white border should appear corresponding to how big or small you want your chat window. You can also resize the window that's within the chat box where the actual text will appear. Again, nothing ground breaking, and it's customizable through OPTIONS via your Paperdoll with the Face/Chat Icon.

    To toggle from your in-game chat to the "Chat System", I usually just left-click between the two; the cursor will jump from one window to the other. You're also able to minimize the Chat box as well as completely close it (the options are on the top right corner). When minimizing your chat, you'll notice a bowtie icon with a circle in the center; left-clicking twice will open and close it. Well, there you go. I'm sure there are more features so experiment to your hearts content, and remember, nudity is equality and sake is a great beverage. :love:
     
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    I haven't run in to a player in nine years who wanted to use the in-game chat.
     
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    Hah! I hear you on that, man. I've ran into a few new players who've asked about it, so I thought I'd throw it out there.
     
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    Here's one that I found a few people I play with did not know.

    When you are running in a party and have the party bars up, if you are a mage, you can click on the Red dot on someone's health bar to cast Greater Heal and the Green dot to cast Cure.
     
  16. Hopeful

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    Its this kind of thinking that keeps the less informed... less informed. :). But I have the same paranoid thoughts myself. Seems I learn some faster/cost effective way to do anything only to find it was the hard way all along. But only after it was "fixed" :(.
    This could be attributed to me being "unsmart" or sucking at the game (Im sure of it). But part of me wants to beleive I just didnt know better.
    -If something is an outright exploit I would rally against it but if its good info regarding gameplay it deserves space in these posts.
    Please think about those that cant think for themselves. Your knowledge of the game is the only thing that can keep NEW players informed. Imagine I knew nothing of this site (I reffered a few young players to it) and had to email for support to EA. OMG.
    Thank you for your tips tricks hints whatever. I can use em.
     
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    Vendor tips:

    - if you want your vendor to face forward but they are positioned awkwardly, you can open their menu, click on customize, then walk to where you are standing in the direction you want them to face, even if you are outside of the house at this point, and then right click the menu to close it. They will turn to face you wherever you are.

    - do you want to put a painting on the wall behind a vendor but can't get them off the tile? You can customize a customizable home and put a wall tile where the vendor is, commit, then go back in and remove the wall tile. This will pop them into the crate and you can retrieve them by using your own context menu on your avatar...

    ...or if you have a classic home and can't customize, or don't want to go through that rigmarole...

    - you can go outside of your house and click on their lifebar to get them to come to your location. This gives you three minutes to do whatever you need to do on that floor tile.
     
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    holding shift can move whole stacks without choosing an ammount.
    in 3d alt shift would just take one out of a stack. maybe that will come back with SA.
     
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    You can start walking straight after you've hidden yourself, the game will perform a stealth check to see if you succeed or fail in stealthing :)
     
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    - If you secure your trash barrel and set user settings to "anyone".. anyone inside your house can use it. Otherwise, only house owners can use it.


    And I may sound dumb on these two, but I just recently discovered these! lol

    - Locking down deeded items such as vet rewards, holiday items, taxidermy items, etc, that typically do not need to be locked down, will keep them from moving to the moving crate when you customize.

    - Heritage token apple trees will give 20 apples from each tree. 10 from the top half, 10 from the bottom.
     
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    Nice thread. I've been playing four years and learned at least 3-4 useful things already.
     
  22. Kiwillian

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    You can snoop mirror images which is useful for training (if you have ninjitsu).
     
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    if you want to move heavy Boxes inside your house (like from the first Floor to the 4th Floor) Lock them donw on the front steps and then customize your house.

    They will go into the moving Crate.

    Since you can get your moving crate anywhere in the house you just need to claim it on the Floor you now want the boxes and take them out of the crate
     
  24. Jhym

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    Hmmmm it's tough to know what others might find useful, but here goes.

    Have a few different Bard instruments in your pack, in case any one of them breaks and to keep others from beating your head in (ever hear a lute constantly for an hour?). Always keep one newbie/blessed instrument for emergencies.

    You can tell if something is newbie -- it normally cannot be sold to a vendor, so it won't show up in the sell pane. Now, with them changing blessing rules on us several times it's not 100% a surety for blessed items, but it's fairly likely.

    You can throw almost anything into a backpack or bag and hand it to a cobbler to throw it away. And a goat.

    I'll have to log in later and see if I can think of any others.
     
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    Or insure your instrument (it never even occurred to me to try until a year ago)
     
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    i allways have an insured bandage summoning Talisman on me ...

    Works like a charm if me and my pet die i retreat summon bandies and it usually holds me over untill i can loot my corpse or the mob that looted the bandies
     
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    Here's a tip for those with ML humans. If you haven't done so, I recommend doing the spellweaving quest. With the JOAT 20 spellweaving ability, you'll be able to cast Gift of Renewal and Nature's Fury pretty consistently. These are a boon, particularly when you are dead and are trying to return to your body. Nothing like having a healing spell and something that distracts spawn, all of it only requiring mana and nothing else!
     
  28. Lady Narsil

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    I have been playing for years and had no idea thank for sharing.
     
  29. You can check to see if your clothing is original newbie issue or not - simply try to cut it up with scissors. If it's truly newbified, you will get the message: "Scissors cannot be used on that", and nothing will happen.

    Of course if you're wrong, you will end up with some pieces of colored cloth. :)
     
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    so... it's quickly becoming cumbersome trying to read through all the replies. If the OP really intends to make this post worth while... I suggest he/she start following this thread and updating the main post with the new tips.

    if bars are stuck together you can un-stick them by holding down alt.

    if you want to see if an item is newbie... try locking it down in your house (rather than cutting it up!!!) if it is really newbie, you will not be allowed to lock it down.

    in order to hide instantly no matter how many aggressors you have on you... teleport (magery spell) and hit your hide macro right after you teleport (it used to be teleport, tab and then hide... 9 years ago... when people ran scribe hide mages! )

    If you want the mob to flag on you, just teleport... all monsters automatically flag on you.

    UOAssist - If you want to make UO count smoke bombs or enchanted apples... click the "User 1" in the resource menu... set the item and name it appropriately. You can do this with 2 different items...

    to gain compassion, mark a rune a bravehorn start and bravehorn finish... recall to the start (where the deer spawns) and then gate to the "finish" (the pond you're taking him to) you will gain compassion on every trip and you don't have to wait 5 minutes to gain the most mind numbing virtue... like you do escorting NPCs.

    if you are human and not a mage... you can use teleport scrolls thanks to JoaT... conversely... you can also use tracking!


    that's all the different stuff off of the top of my head that i could think of quickly.
     
  31. Kat

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    You can also try locking down a suspected newbie item. If its newbified, it will not lock down.

    Also - Newbie items can indeed be sold on a vendor.
     
  32. Sarsmi

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    That was a good idea, so I went ahead and edited my original post to reflect all the tips people submitted so far. If anyone has format suggestions (or any suggestions really) or sees a mistake go ahead and post em. ;)

    Maybe after it bulks up a bit it could get appended to the FAQ on the (newbie) player's corner board?
     
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    My memory gets triggered only when I read other posts heh - more vendor tips:

    1) Besides going into and exiting the customizing to make the vendor face you, you can also say "<the vendor's name> browse" to make him face you.

    2) This is for those that need to mark runes to their vendors - Set UOA's "use once" macro to ctrl+Q but leave UO's ctrl+q blank. Put all your marked runes in a bag and add it to the use once agent. Now you can press ctrl+q, it brings up the "rename rune" prompt plus brings up your last line of text at the same time (ie whatever you want to rename your rune to). Makes renaming tons of runes easier.

    3) To give money to your vendors, put in a bandage (or whatever you have handy) and price it 100,000 gp. Then have a second account buy it. Works even better if the second account also has a vendor, so he can put a similar item on his vendor for you to pay him back.

    4) Pets that are carrying items do not log out with you. I have forgotten to unload my packies at least once and when I relogged in, they have already wandered off somewhere. To prevent loss of pets like your beetle or packies, keep a pet ball for each pet in your bank. Works only if you did not logoff for too long and the pets did not go wild.

    5) Salvage bag smelts/unravels at 1 single go, it's faster and gives back more resources than smelting individual items.

    6) Always put a sample item or visual aid to let people see what your vendor is selling. You can lock down this in front of the vendor, or if you organize your vendor's goods in bags, put the sample/visual aid next to the bag. Nothing worse than finding a dozen unlabelled bags on a vendor and having to open each one to see what they hold. Lots of people just browse the first level.
     
  34. Kiwillian

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    My tip about the mirror images & snooping could probably go in the snooping section rather than pets :) It's mostly useful for training snooping without having to go find someone or an NPC or w/e, so you can do it in your house or on the road.
     
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    Well done! I've learned a few new tips from this, including getting the vendor on my front step to face forward! I knew about the customize to get it to face the right way, but the vendor on my step always seemed to have a mind of her own ;) Now, she's been set straight! :)

    AND!


    I had no idea about that either, and my account is 55 months old. =/
     
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    Oopsie! Fixed now. :eek:
     
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    A good way to collect bolts from meers with no karma loss and no fighting use the spell dryad allure on the meer captains then release them and they will drop a blue bag on the ground that says meer captains bag open it up and take the 50 plus bolts and there is a bag of 15 to 20 regs also no gold but easy way to farm bolts with no danger!
     
  38. Jhym

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    They can be sold on a player vendor, but they cannot be sold to an NPC vendor. I just retested to be sure something hadn't changed.

    :)
     
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    Check the Craftsman forum for more tips, including the numbers for the Salvage bag (it gives 1 extra ingot per item, and you need to be 101.1 or higher mining, counting gloves, to get the most ingots back).

    ML Humans can cast level 1-2 spells from scroll 100% of the time with only Jack of all Trades, and are about 75% chance to cast level 3 scrolls, about 50% to cast level 4 scrolls and 25% able to cast level 5 scrolls (allowing anyone willing to take the physical resist penalties to recast Reactive Armor, Protection and/or Magic Reflection). The human is also treated as having 20 Inscription, for these spells. Most spells that require Eval, aren't worth casting with no real skill. Howver, having a 25-27% chance of casting Blade Spirits from scroll can be useful.

    To add to the JOAT idea concerning spellweaving- ANY character with 0 real skill can be used by a JOAT spellweaver to get a focus. So, if you get 5 people on an arcane circle, even if none of them ever did the quest but you, you can get the good focus - and it's amazing the power of a high-focus Gift of Renewal, even cast with JOAT.
     
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    actually.... if you hit the ADVANCED button just over from there you can add another 4 more items, which will of course take you up to 6 items you can have counted and listed on your top bar.

    why stop at 2!!!

    bandaids.... music instraments.... iron, shovels, tink kits, trap removal kits ect ect ect ect.

    oh, and if you dont like them all running together, type what your item is, then put your cursor back the the begining of the word and add a couple spaces till it wont let you, that way you can space out your 6 items accross the top of your game window so they are easier to see.
     
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    When controlling multiple pets, the one you've had out the longest will obey your orders first.

    This means that if you tell your group to attack an enemy, the first critter you pulled out of the stables will attack first, and the monster will attack that pet (as opposed to any of your other ones).

    Assuming you manage to give the "kill" order before the enemy chooses a target on it's own, of course.

    Regarding enemy targeting, they'll go for whatever valid target is closest, preferring pets over players. For example, if you're standing in the same tile as your pet, everything in the area will target that before they target you.

    Unless I've missed some recent change, this simply isn't true... At least, it certainly isn't true if the monsters are already flagged on something!

    In fact, paragons are hyper-aggressive, and will very likely flag onto anything that moves nearby them (even if they're already attacking something else). The teleportation spell seems to be an exception, I've always used it to move around safely while battling para ancients/ballys with pets.

    Another JoaT perk is the inferred 20 points of Focus means you cannot use all your stamina just by running around. Elves without real Focus (or other stam regen) can't run indefinitely like a human can.

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    Although you can't stick things directly into your moving crate (or the strongboxes within the moving crate), you can drag items into any other containers that are already in there.

    Some items (eg bulletin boards, soul stones) will always go into the moving crate when you enter house customisation mode (even if they're legally placed). If you think you've lost something, it's a good place to look for it.

    A secured trash barrel has no weight limitation (also true for any other secured container).

    JoaT is also enough to allow the use of Animal Lore on tamed creatures. This reveals a full listing of it's stats, skills, resistances and damage potential. Pets gain stats/skills in the same way as characters, but gain no extra elemental resistances as their Resisting Spells skill increases. They lose 0.1 from each of their skills each time they die - that is to say, a tamer is probably worse off if his pets die then if he dies himself!

    More Intelligence doesn't just mean more mana - it means faster regeneration too. Casting Bless on yourself will allow you to cast spells for longer.

    NPC humanoids in your circle count towards the power of your arcane focus (not sure if this is true of tame pets).

    Logging out causes your pet to stable, so long as it isn't loaded with items. It'll automatically rejoin you when you next log in - so long as your character is alive. If this is not the case, then it'll rejoin you after you've ressed and relogged once more.

    Pets "recalled" in this manner will appear in the same location as your character, so if one has wandered off this is a good way to recover them. However, nothing is more reliable then a pet ball. If you truly cannot afford to lose a pet, make sure you've got a ball linked and stored somewhere safe.

    Death robes are newbified items. If you like to wear robes, you can save yourself some insurance money by dying a death robe and wearing that.

    You can use empty pitchers on cows to milk them.

    Spellbooks with some level or LRC (Lower Reagent Cost) on them are constantly discarded by characters training Inscription. A human who wishes to cast the odd low level spell using JoaT can forgo LRC on his armor or reagents in his pack with such a book. An elf can do the same, to a lesser extent, if the book also has a +Magery property on it.

    Holding a Mage Weapon causes your Magery skill to drop by the displayed amount, the greatest amount of which is -29. Wands (which are easily found in bandit/gypsy chests) tend to have the MW property in addition to Spell Channeling.

    If you have less then 25 points in a skill, you will gain off every single attempt to use it (even if you fail).

    By holding a MW/SP wand and casting, you can go all the way to about 54 points of real skill while gaining off every attempt (54 - 29 = 25). It is therefore quite pointless to take the Magery skill when starting a new character, especially when you consider that the New Haven quests can enhance your early gain rate further.

    Shearing live sheep gives more wool overall then shearing dead sheep.

    Giving a pet an order will make it happier if it follows it. If it ignores it, it'll lose happiness. The more happy a pet is the more likely it'll obey you.

    A pet may refuse to be transferred, even if Wonderfully Happy, if you have never fed it.

    White Wyrms will eat any amount of gold if offered.

    Summoned Moongates can be closed with the "dispell field" spell.

    Although these are well known amongst most players, they aren't obvious to newbies and are probably worth noting:

    Special moves can be accessed via the purple book at the feet of your paper doll. The two moves available to you vary depending on the base weapon you're holding. The moves can be quickly accessed by dragging the icons to your desktop (in the same way as magery scrolls), or by assigning them to client macros.

    The star symbol at the top of your paper doll allows you to access the virtue system. Two virtues which are well worth following are Honor and Sacrifice.

    Honor is gained by targeting monsters with it then killing them - gain enough and you can then target yourself, causing monsters to ignore you for a limited time. Monsters with more fame give more Honor. It only decays when you use it.

    Sacrifice is gained by using it on humanoid red-titled monsters (such as demons and evil mages). This causes you to lose all your fame, but gain in Sacrifice accordingly. With enough in stock, you can resurrect yourself a limited amount of times each week. Sacrifice decays a small amount each week, but not with use.

    I have a tendency of getting carried away...
     
  42. miss uo

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    Add tsuki wolves to resource gathering....not only do they have bones but also hides and they spawn very fast.
     
  43. Hopeful

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    This is the bestest thread ever. Thanks to all. I have to go and forget a few things so I can make room for all the other stuff Ill learn here. :).
    Silly stuff aint so silly if ya didnt know it. I didnt know/forgot about a trash barrel for a long time. My house was a mess.
     
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    I think the last time I even opened it up was 9 years ago. Sooo I just did and 1 other person was in there. They just didnt have much to say. Oh well, will try again next decade.
     
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    your doing better then me Tom, ive been here 11.5 years and i didnt even know there was a in game chat.
     
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    One good thing to know is if your down in doom carry some kind of bladed weapon, (This is where use last object is handy!)... when you see the "unholy bones" lying on the floor double click the bladed weapon and target the bones, (sometimes you have to do it 3 or 4 times but eventually they will be distroyed) this keeps them from spawning more spawn on you..... and well all like it where there are NO Lich Lords with him!... Another thing to note about that is you DO NOT have to be standing beside the bones... You can actually cut them up from across the room..... so do yourself and everyone else a favor next time you go to doom and bring that blade! Happy cutting.
     
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    Additions to the above :

    Regular Liches (not lords or ancient) & Enslaved Gargoyles are also valid targets for sacrificing fame. Only the evil mages are actually Red (daemons are not red, though definitely low karma, and valid sacrifice targets).

    If WIELDED, a Skinning knife functions in the same way as the Butcher's War Cleaver, and is a lot less costly to acquire/make. The down side is that you have to equip it (when the Butcher's War Cleave works from your pack). OF course, if you're lucky enough to have a skinning knife with good attributes for your hunter... (my tailor's primary weapon is a Skinning knife with Reptile slayer, HCI and DI - and I kept enough swords & chiv on him to be effective in gathering his own spined, horned and barbed (though barbed has to be from mares or serpentine dragons), without having to change characters)

    The unholy bones aren't just a Doom thing - Neira the Necromancer (the champ spawn boss) ALSO tosses unholy bones, and they can be cut just like the Doom DF versions. In fact, given that the bone-generated creatures are likely to be PARAGONS in Ilshenar, it's more important to cut the unholy bones at Ilshenar spawns, than in Doom or the Fel spawns.
     
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    Updated with new info and did a little spell checking. Keep em coming! ;)
     
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    *Feeling mischievious and decides to keep Sarsmi busy* heh

    1) From the wife - Mark a couple of spare runes and rename them to something like "re-usable". This allows them to be dropped into runebooks. Now you have spare runes that won't drop if you die. Just remove a rune from the runebook when you need to mark.

    2) Also remember to charge your runebooks, even if you have an LRC suit. They can be lifesavers (eg running out of insurance money).

    3) Recall scrolls can be purchased at 42 gp in several towns, eg the ones in Haven. This seems random, but I'd always found them available from at least one of the mages in Haven. See Basara's post below.

    4) If you are heading into a dangerous area, have a runebook open and drag it to the side. I drag it to the bottom left corner and leave the button to my safe rune visible for quick escapes. It's my panic button.

    5) Another tactic is to open gate to destination, then recall to the same spot, if in danger, click gate to get back.

    6) One more is to cast ethereal voyage before going into the area.

    7) If you are marking runes to your vendor house, do not mark all your runes at the same exact spot. Spread them around several tiles. The reason is that some people will not move from the tile once they recalled in, this will block other people from recalling from runes to the same tile.

    8) Avoid marking runes directly next to your steps, mark them 1 tile farther out. Animals and NPCs have a tendency to stand next to your steps. (They are actually trying to go to a tile inside or behind your house, but can't proceed beyond the steps)

    9) Besides "I ban thee", also make a "Remove thyself" macro. Useful for private houses where you can't ban people/NPCs/mobs.
     
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    Another quick note or two:

    When harvesting bones, if you are turning the bones from the normal piles/parts into the crafting resource, if you go overweight, the bones you cut will fall to the ground. HOWEVER, if you put them into a Salvage Bag, and use the "Cloth" or "All" option, all the bones will but cut into a single pile in your backpack, even if overweight.

    If you use the "shift" method to buy all of an item at once, the stack of items will fall to the ground if it will not fit in your pack, so be prepared to immediately pick it up and stick it into a pack animal (if possible) or your bank. The downside to trying this near a bank is that someone faster than you might pick the pile up before you and stick it in THEIR bank box instead.

    RE: Harlequin's advice on Recall scrolls...
    Every time an NPC mage respawns as a result of something that causes a vendor reset, it will sell spell scrolls either of 1st circle only, 1st & 2nd circle, 1st-3rd circle, or 1st-4th circle spells. This is totally at random. Just because one can buy recall spells off an NPC mage in a given town currently, does not mean that the mage will still be there, selling them, after a server publish or an event that affects NPCs cycles in replacements(berserkers killing NPCs in Vesper, or the shadowlord corruption of towns, etc.)