Nodeka is a huge world. Below is a map of one of the main continents. Click
the below map of Gedaon, one of five Nodekian
continents, to get a feel for the primary continent. The below map was drawn
by Nodeka's in-game map.
As a newbie, you no doubt have many questions about how the game works,
and how you can soon become a viable part of the Nodekian realm.
Your best start is to learn the basic commands used at Nodeka. For your
convenience, a running commentary designed specifically for newbies has been
implemented. This channel will be turned on, by default, when you first sign
on, and includes extremely important information about the basic skills you
will need to get off your feet. When you feel you have gone through these
special updates, you may disable the channel by typing 'toggle newbie'.
First of all, we shall discuss the layout of the world. The Nodekian
realm consists of a series of interconnected rooms. At any given time, you
will find your character occupying one of these rooms, which can range incredibly
in size and style: from an apothecary's crevice to a tropical jungle, each
room you visit will provide a new experience and new options. To see what
your current room is, use the 'look' command. Here you will be given the name
of the room, followed by the a verbose description, the<> exits by which
you can leave the room, and finally any players, creatures, and items that
happen to be in your room.
Once you have established your relative position, you may move freely
between rooms, which are usually linearly connected. The basic movement commands
refer to the directions you will be moving, namely: north, south, east, west,
up and down. Simply typing these words, or their first letters, will move
you out of your current room, and into the adjacent, where you will be presented
with a view of the new room upon arrival. We advise you experiment by movement
moving in and about the many rooms which compose the local town of Ruushi.
For your convenience, a description of the peripheral vision map is available
by typing 'help map'. Also, ask other players, and explore on your own to
find new places. Try typing 'area' for a list of the Nodekian areas.
Your next step in learning how to properly play at Nodeka would be to
attend the Academy, located two spaces above (up) from the Town Hall. There
you will further train your skills and get a better feel for how the game
Your new character has many interesting features - the best source of
knowledge about you is found in your score sheet, accessible by typing 'score'.
Here you will view your current statistics regarding all things from strength,
to hit points, to age - each value playing an important role in how your character
operates. These values will fluctuate depending on your level, the equipment
you wear, and several other variables, so it is important you learn the purpose
of each one.
You may now want to proceed to the donation room, located one (down)
from the Town Hall. The donation roomthe storehouse of discarded equipment
and items from travelers throughout the realm. To pick up an item off the
ground, simple type 'get <item>'. Then, type 'wear <item>, <location>'
to wear it. You can also type 'wear all' which will attempt to wear all of
the equipment you are carrying. In addition to picking up items, you may also
wish to discard them; this is easily accomplished by typing 'drop <item>'.
These items, although free, should still help you when you are starting
off; however, you should not rely on the donation room for all of your needs,
for often better, more powerful items will be available by slaughtering certain
creatures, or by bartering with someone.
The Nodekian economy is complex, and unique to each character. The buying,
selling, and trading of goods and services is encouraged, and is based upon
free-market/bartering economic principles. The primary currency of Nodeka
is the Nodekian gold standard. Gold is carried by nearly all creatures within
the realm, and can be procured through slaughtering or the trading of goods
and services. Above gold, there is the Nodekian platinum standard, currently
assessed at 20,000 gold standard = 1 platinum standard.
Many players will utilize the public channels to push their wares. However,
should you find their prices out of hand, you may attempt to barter with many
merchants and creatures throughout the realm. The price of their wares will
be dictated by your attributes; a smart merchant will easily cheat you on
the price if your intelligence is low.
You will soon wish to converse with the fellow players currently traversing
within the Nodekian realm. This can be accomplished through several lines
of communication. First of all, there is the say command. This command is
invoked by typing 'say <message>' and will broadcast your text to all
those currently in your room. The channel for asking questions and general
commentary about the game is gossip, and newbie. You can broadcast these messages,
which go to all players in the game who have gossip toggled on, by typing
'gossip <message>', or 'newbie <message>'. If you wish to contact
a specific person in the game, you may use the tell feature. Simply type 'tell
<character name> <message>' and your message will be privately
delivered only to that character. There are several other features to communication,
which can easily be discovered through the main help files.
Experience and leveling:
You will find that as you slaughter creatures during your stay at Nodeka,
you will be rewarded with experience points. These experience points can then
be exchanged for a rise in level, which will allow you to increase some of
your statistics, as well as refine your skills. Only your Guildmaster can
advance your level - to find them, proceed up from the town hall, and enter
your appropriate guild. When you are with your Guildmaster, type 'gain' to
advance in level. Additionally, to view the experience requirements for your
next 10 levels type 'levels'. There are 100 such "levels" available
on Nodeka, and the experience requirements increase at an exponential rate
for each successive level.
Last, but not least, remember: most people on Nodeka are friendly - and
will help you out (if you ask nicely).
Welcome - enjoy Nodeka.