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I've been playing AoW for a few weeks now and have just created another character as I wasn't satisfied with the progression of my other one. There a few things in regards to new players that I would like to point out.
- Even though there are no "levels" as such, there is a form of levelling through cultivation, which increases your stats over a time period; you earn experience points which then convert over to cultivation points which you use to level your skills.
- With the "levels" comes a title which is called "inner strength" which is what all new players should be aware of as this will help you identify who will probably kill you straight away. There is also an indicator at the top of another players nameplate once selected which will notify you how quickly you will die, or what chance you have (which will be either unfathomable which is the highest or "will die in one shot" which means you will kill the player or npc quickly)
- Gear can pretty much be purchased by every player, whether you have just started or have been in the game for weeks. It can be purchased via "gold" which you buy with real money and then you transfer that gold into a decent amount of silver which can be used to purchase goods from player stores. Gold will buy you goods from the in-game store, which consists of clothing with no stats, mounts ect. These items are not worth it as they have time limits on them. If you purchase the game you will be given a package containing a fast mount with a time limit and 15 gold which shouldn't be spent at the in-game store. Use it to purchase silver, which will give you a head start with certain items.
- Do as much research on the schools as possible, although this is hard as there are few proper guides out there; try your best as you cannot create another character on your account. Find a school that suits your taste and play style best. Try to find a guild that will help along the way, best source of information thus far for me.
- Do the full tutorial, this is similar with EVE, if you try and jump into the world of wushu straight away, you will find yourself greatly challenged. Thankfully the world isn't as big as EVE so you will not get lost in space. There are teleporting places, and two will be set as default which will be your starting area (which is determined by whatever story you choose in character creation) and the school you choose. You can only have the two teleporting points, unless you purchase more with a small fee of silver, which is something I'm not a big fan of.
- There are 3 types of professions, manufacturing, gathering and literature. You can only choose 1 manufacturing profession and 1 literature profession. These are called life skills in-game, earning life experience will give you experience towards whatever profession you earned it for. The best way to level up your manufacturing profession is to participate in the mini game you can play with your life skill trainer, it basically Bejewelled, there are levels of difficulty to the mini-game and you can play it until you reach your max life skill cap (yes there is a cap on the amount of experience you earn) this basically saves you as a manufacturing from creating thousands of trash items to level up your skill in that profession.
- The best way to speed up cultivation is to participate in team practice which will be commonly broadcast as "25 TP at Falls" which almost sounds like a raiding event. The team practice is best done with 10 players, which isn't to hard to get other players for as everyone generally wants to speed up their cultivation. You will need at least 85k of cultivation to get the best out of team practice. It works like a slow version of dance dance revolution, so you just have to hit a sequence of " w, a, s, d and j" to complete your part of cultivation and you will probably only do it twice or 3 times if your team has done the sequence correctly which results in maximum cultivation. You gain fatigue in team practice, which will refresh the next day after you reach 100 percent. Another way to gain cultivation fast is to practice martial arts, where you essentially pay money to purchase a pill that speeds up the process, so unless you have lots of in game money and impatient, it will level you well and fast.
- Each school has 3 types of martial arts. Which will consist of 3 different types of fighting styles, some may be defensive, offensive or healing/support. The 1st martial you will learn is when you arrive at the school and have done the initial quests to be inducted into the school, the 2nd martial art you will learn is when you finish your first story line mission and the 3rd martial art is when you reach level 10 of your internal school skill. (Which is the most important to level up after you reach level 5 in the first internal skill you receive.
These are just a couple of points that made me re-roll into another character so I could do things right.