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2018/07/04 03:59, Vainamarin: 
Hi all, I used to play a small bit here (mostly on another Tolkien MUD, but its pbase has seemed to dwindle to 1 on at any time), and was going to head back after not playing since like 2003.

What's a good whitie to start to learn things again with? Cleric or something? Just curious for any tips on stats/etc for someone to explore and learn the ropes again.

Thanks much!

2018/07/04 05:00, Fieldy:   
Welcome back!
I would start with a scout. You can explore a lot, level up fast, don't need too fancy eq. First go for a good pierce lvls 1-7, then shoot/flee lvls 8-16, then backstab lvls 17+. All the time find new mobs, move to new areas, then you will gain xp a lot faster and levels also. That is because you get more xp on new mobs, rather than circling one area in particular.

Also, check out pFaine's website (whois Faine).

2018/07/04 10:15, Svarten:   
Play a strong warrior!

2018/07/04 10:19, Rashnak: 
I recommend thief also, and specifically elf thief rather than hobbit.

If you start in Lorien, you can collect items and plants to sell for money and equipment without too much difficulty, and also there is plenty to kill for low level xp.

For exploring and acquiring travel points, you can then venture either west and south-west to Fangorn (excellent xp for well prepared thief around level 10 or even sooner) and further to Rohan, or north along Anduin Vale to town of Ingrove.

Most importantly, in your position, don't let dying and level loss turn you down.


2018/07/04 14:23, Barret:   
Lorien is certainly a great place for newbie elves, especially scouts. But it can be a little lonely. If you spend your mid levels in Bree/Fornost there should be plenty of new xp, more potential group mates, and mercs to really speed up your shooting game.

2018/07/04 15:16, Elestir:   
If you are planning to play solo, play scout (hobbit/elf/human) or mage (elf). If you are planning to play in group, play warrior (human/dwarf) or cleric (half-elf). Ideal group is 2 warriors and a cleric.

2018/07/04 19:05, Odoinn:   
'potential group mates'
Hello? What decade are you living it?!

2018/07/04 19:22, Andróg:   
Don't listen to any of this thief-talk. Thieves get easy once backstabbing really starts to work. Until then they are not really that easy for a newcomer. On low levels dwarven warriors are by far the easiest to play for newcomers in MUME. You have enough power to kill stuff, you have hps to survive and you won't go moveless that easily either. Plus, you don't have to level up for your main skills to actually function properly. You can start slicing mobs up with an axe right away.

2018/07/04 20:23, Odoinn:   
> Thieves get easy once backstabbing really starts to work. Until then they are
> not really that easy for a newcomer.

Bollocks. The bow is the easiest way to level up, period. Max bow, then shoot/flee; the more sneak, the better of course. But a cleric can do good even without sneak: just blind and then shoot/flee.

2018/07/04 21:23, Arcanum:   
I would play some character with high defence or max hps for start. Dwarven axe-warrior is an excellent choice since shops are bursting with mighty dwarven axes and fine metals. You can also mine ore in blue mountains :P

Once you have your mapper/client/mume-reactions all set up, pick a class you fancy. If it is a caster, plan to use 'charm' spell while stating/pracing. Then it is not too lonely when no-one wants to group.

I started to learn the game as a cleric as the very first char long long time ago. It is hard if you do not know what you are doing, I can guarantee.

2018/07/04 21:24, Ghanic: 
*agree Androg*
Go for warrior. Get some good absorb and a few mercs and you're set. Wield an ob weapon but buff on wimpy. You'll have enough hps to survive a spell/hit or 2 from a darkie and enough moves to make it to a safe place. Grab a mapper to help you so you don't get lost. And if you are fortunate enough to find groupmates you'll have the easiest job of the bunch as a buffer/basher until you get the hang of things and can take on a more complicated role.

2018/07/04 23:19, Vainamarin: 
Thanks for all the advice everyone!

Not sure whether to laugh or cry at the notion of going for charmies so I don't feel lonely.... =)

2018/07/04 23:38, Elizalde:   
Play bn thief, with bow. Darkies will help supply you with endless arrows too. No better way to jump back into it than under the Dark Lords ranks.

2018/07/04 23:53, Vainamarin: 
Funny enough I feel like I played a little BN long ago and your name sounds extremely familiar ;)

2018/07/05 15:53, Rashnak: 
On the note of shops bursting with might dwarven axes and fine metal, I'd add that shops these days are also bursting with iron rings and fine grey cloaks if you are a dodging thief. Not so much with ruby rings for offensive warrior, or BRDs for backstabbing thieves.

If you look to complete a 'full' set of eq without necesarily killing a single smob, then a shooting pewk scout is by far easiest.

For new or returning player who wants to explore, elf (or half of) is superior already because easy Lorien citizenship. For other races the safety of that haven takes much more effort.

2018/07/05 19:27, Andróg:   
To Odoinn and other defenders of the bow & shoot-flee combination:

You're not taking into account that you were asked about the easiest way to start AS A NEWBIE. This shoot-flee stuff as a scout takes a lot more skill than simply getting full metal, mda and a decent shield and hacking the shit out of all those foxes, wolves, boars and bears out there. As a newbie, dwarven axemaster is the way to go because it's just so ridiculously easy to do. There can be faster options, but they're also only faster if you know what you're doing. Newbies don't.

2018/07/05 21:00, Eldaril: 
'its pbase has seemed to dwindle to 1 on at any time'

I'm not entirely convinced MUME is different these days...

2018/07/05 21:18, Fieldy:   
I got my first legend as a scout. Way quicker than with a warrior.

2018/07/06 07:33, Rashnak: 
Androg: not a complete newbie, but a returning player who also wants to explore. Thief skills like sneak, search and pick helps with that a lot.

Even for a complete newbie, getting that full metal set and MDA in the first place is much more troublesome than having decent defense with plain clothes. Not to mention re-acquiring it after losing it.

Good dodger with piercing can do quick work of wolves, boars and bears too, especially with mercs.


2018/07/06 15:42, Andróg:   
Well, I mean, it really depends on how much he actually rememebers. I doubt it's much if he last played in 2003. Thus I don't really expect him to have the skills to pull off all that shoot & flee stuff. Exploring... well, depends how thoroughly you intend to do it. Most of Arda these days can be explored just fine as a warrior as well.

I don't have the time right now to log in just to check shops, but I'm going to guess that a proper scout setup (a good bow+shield+stuff) is not really that much cheaper than mda+shield+metals. Perhaps a bit, but not significantly. Besides, battle axe works just fine at very low levels, until you have money to buy that mda. And bashing & cleaving is a way faster way to kill those wolves, boars and bears than dodging and piercing.

2018/07/06 20:53, Elizalde:   
I think Bn is easiest to explore, especially if you make fodder for this very purpose. Sure, it is harder to xp/level, but it forces you to learn and be strong, which in my opinion makes a better player for TEAM SAURON later. Thing is not to waste time trying to get from point A to B as lowbie bn, as most likely you will die trying. To explore where you pray, xping along way, is great way to learn or relearn, and less time wasting. Darkies(most) are most gracious to help lower levels when needed for eq and even other adventures, especially when there are no vomits to hunt. To each their own though, and there are a lot of good players to express their opinions as to what worked for them as you see. Now you take all of their opinions and advice in, and figure out what works for you and where your own will lead you. Good luck!

2018/07/07 14:22, Vaelrin:   
Get an account from a friend, then use a high level cleric to blind exp for you.

Or just roll one whitie and one darkie (from another IP) to keep an eye on narrates to make sure that noone is after you.

2018/07/07 21:13, Muff:   
Ahha Snakr say'd it all:)


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