First of all. I'd like to introduce myself to you.
My name is Wesley and I'm 17 years old.
Tibia, the game we're putting under the magnifying glass in this thread, was my first MMORPG I've ever played.
Every day, hundred thousands of people log in to play this game.
I've been playing the game with breaks for 3 years now, even though I am retired at the moment.
During some of those breaks, I've tried several other MMORPG's differing from World of Warcraft to EVE online.
In total time, I've spent around 5000 hours playing this game.
Sad? Maybe, but you might get why if you read this thread.
I suggest you read this when you feel attracted to "a new kind of MMORPG" or when you are interested in my point of view of the game "Tibia".
[b]The skill system.[/b]
I'll tell you about the basics of Tibia now.
Tibia is a game which resembles your normal everyday MMORPG.
You can choose a class to play, kill monsters, gain experience, advance in levels and in skills.
The skills sytem is very simple, the more you fight with an axe, the more your skills in the arts of axe fighting will be. This goes for the swordfighting, clubfighting, distancefighting and fistfighting aswell.
Then there's the shielding skill, which will advance in action if your shield is equipped, and the fishing skill, which will also improve if you fish a lot.
[b]The magic system.[/b]
Then we've got the magic system, which would be the skill system in other MMORPG's of today.
The magic system allows you to learn spells, which can be used by typing the necessary pronounciation for the spelll. Your level determines wether you are ready to learn a spell or not. If you reach the required level, you can buy the spell at the class-guildbase of your class. You can then use the spell, if your magiclevel is high enough to cast the spell. Your magic level increases when you use your manapoints, thus casting spells. Each class has a wide variety of spells, except for the knight since this class only comes with 10 spells in total.
Spells differ from spells that heal yourself slightly to spells that do devastating damage. To regain manapoints, you must eat food which will slowly recover mana or use manapotions.
Mana is a very scarce source so it is to be dealt with carefully.
When you start the game and log into your newly created character on one of the currently 72 servers you will be stuck to that server. In total, there are 3 types of servers;
1. The PvP server; This is the most common one and allows PvP everywhere except in protection zones, this includes every town it's depot (where you can store your items) and for example houses the player has bought/is invited to.
2. The non-PvP server; There are quite some of these servers too, you might guess it already, there is no PvP allowed in any area.
3. The PvP-enforced server; You can kill everybody and even gain experience for your kills. Though your victim must be in a certain range around your level.
This is one of the devastating spells called the Ultimate Explosion. The "Hail Portal Tibia is a message the caster put behind the pronounciation.
The pronounciation for the Ultimate Explosion is thus exevo gran mas vis.
You can see the character casting the spell reaching quite a range with this spell, however, the spell does not reach above him. This is because the protection zone honours it's name. In this case, the protection zone was a depot. I can already tell you that the amount of protection zone that's in the game lies around the 1% of the whole mapped area. This means that you're almost always vulnerable, which makes a quick solve if you have a fight.
[b]The skull system.[/b]
Noticed the red skull above the head of the casting character?
This is what you get when you kill 3 people or more (more in this case) on one day. Normally, if you attack someone, you'll get a white skull for 1 minute, if you kill someone you will get a white skull for 15 minutes. This allows other people to kill you without getting a skull. A pretty neat system because it's very simple, but it does justify.
The red skull lasts for a month, and you won't be happy when you have one. You will lose all your equipment if you die and you can't kill anybody unjustified (without a red/white skull) because you will get banned automatically for 7 days.
[b]The four classes.[/b]
There are four classes;
The knight, the paladin, the sorcerer and the druid.
Each class comes with their benefits, spell sets and fighting style.
- Knights are the ones closest to combat, they advance faster in melee skills and in the shielding skill. They can use a small selection of runes (I'll get to that later), they advance slowly in magic level and slowly in distance fighting. They gain more health points and capacity (the amount of weight you can carry) but less mana when they level up. These brave warriors are often the core of any fight since they can distract the enemy and block it so the flanks on the back can attack it.
- Paladins, surprisingly to you, are fighters who advance the best in the distance fighting skill and advance medium in magic level and melee, they do advance just as fast in the shielding skill as the knight does. They can create/use a medium selection of runes and gain a medium amount of health points, capacity and mana when they level up. Some say: Too good to be a knight but too bad to be a sorcerer/druid. Not that a knight is a wrong class to choose, on the contrary.
- Sorcerers are the ones who use wands and can use/create a large selection of runes. They advance faster in magic level and the slowest in melee and shielding skills. They gain a low amount of health points and capacity but a high amount of mana when they level up. They mostly have offensive spells. Some say this is the strongest class available.
- Druids are the altered twins of the sorcerers. They use rods instead of wands and can also use/create a large selection of runes. They advance faster in magic level but slightly faster in the shielding and melee skills than the sorcerer does. They also gain a low amount of health points and capacity but a high amount of mana when they level up. They mostly have healing spells. Don't underestimate the druid.
There are two types of spells; Rune spells and instant spells, and they all have the same amount of cooldown time (exhaustion), you cannot spamm spells.
Instant spells are triggered instantly while rune spells are spells that are enclosed in... runes. Runes can be used for hunting and PvP, they are a very good source of power and healing.
Knights for example only have a light healing spell, this often doesn't heal more than 1% of the knight's health. Though there is the rune spell of the druid called ultimate healing (not to be mistaken with the instant ultimate healing spell which is cast on yourself when you use it) which they can enclose in a rune and which can be used when you reach magic level 4. This is not a very hard task to complete for a knight, and thus he relies on the ultimate healing rune created by the druid, these runes often heal 40-70% of the knight's health. Runes are a good way to make money and that's why you will see a lot of sorcerers and druids making runes all day long in front of their houses.
[b]The guild system.[/b]
Then there's the guild system. In one sentence people join up with people who they like. People make guilds wherein they can chat, have their own guildhall to come together and maybe war with other guilds.
A guildmeeting of the Satori. They existed 4 years.
Those were the basics, now we shall get to the real part of the game;
Each game has it's own sort of people, the community is an important element in a game. Most of the games nowadays are based on fighting and fighting only. Tibia, on the other hand, is not a game based on fighting only.
There are 72 servers split up in 3 types of servers. But even these 72 servers each come with their own gameplay. Each server has it's own community, and that's what it's all about in Tibia, wether you play a PvP, non-PvP or PvP-enforced server.
Most of the communities are divided in 3 layers;
- The 1st layer, you'll see a lot of high-leveled players here, but also a lot of mid-leveled and low-leveled respected players. These players often have quite a "poo"load of cash.
- The 2nd layer, which consists mostly of mid-leveled players and low-leveled players but also some high-leveled players, they are not well known within the whole community but they just tag along with the rest of the server. They don't really interfere with any conflicts or anything and just live a normal everyday life.
- The 3rd layer, a lot of low leveled players are to be found here. Mostly the ones who just started and players who don't speak English very well, when this happens they often come in groups of 3-8 people from their own country and live pretty isolated lives. There are also a few mid-leveled players among those.
Respect and status are of major concern. If you ever get into a conflict, then you will rely on your own strength. But if people start popping up with friends, you might want to fall back on your connections. Conflicts do occur, and not too shabby either. Conflicts can involve the whole server.
This is the part where I'll explain you about each server coming with it's own gameplay. Cause not every server is peaceful and quiet, as in most other MMORPG's.
Ofcourse there are servers which are peaceful and quiet, but on PvP servers there are often conflicts about power. These conflicts pretty much always involve the whole 1st layer. People will hunt eachother down and face eachother in large scaled fights to drive the opposite group off of the server.
These people want to reign a server and often abuse their power so they can get better from it.
Some people have wars for fun, some people have wars because they could just drink eachothers blood and some people have wars because they are addicted to warfare.
Some people like to join those people, some like to oppose them, some like to live under their protection and some don't even know what's going on such a server.
But ofcourse there are different types of servers, but even on those servers lots of fun events and things can happen.
We'll proceed to the tight and fun community now!
The fun things mostly involve the people who are not interested in leveling up and all that. People don't want to stare at monsters all day, kill them, go to the next one. People like to have fun. And Tibia is the perfect way to have it! We don't need help of gamemasters to have fun and to have events, let them do their jobs and ban cheaters! We have all the possibilities to have fun, and why not make use of it? People organize events every day, that's what keeps people from getting bored and let the people have fun.
These events often involve the 2nd and the 1st layer, but some high-leveled players get sick from leveling too every now and then. I'm not saying that there are no high-leveled players who don't enjoy events, even if they took all the time of playing Tibia.
I can tell you from my 3 year experience, that people come up with the weirdest things.
I've seen big-ass parties where everybody comes together just to have a hell of a time.
I've seen zoos, where people lure all kinds of creatures to a certain area and enclose them with objects so they can't run away and ask an entrance fee to enter their zoo. I've seen dozens of restaurants and I even ran the love bar where people could meet and enjoy a glass of wine while getting to know eachother better.
Big football tournaments held each year with fantastic prizes such as these.
We've got TBL for example.
Miss. Servername Elections.
And if people can't get it at home, why not in Tibia?
Make your own castles or whatever you want to make.
I've made ones 10 times as big as that one, but I don't have any screenshots from 'em anymore.
Get married or be the guest of your friend who's getting married and have fun!
But that's not all... This game goes far, way far. People fake screenshots just for fun and capture humor in just 1 screenshot or faked screenshot.
People make songs, incredibly popular sites have been put up for this game with news resources and a lot of other stuff. I've even started cooking with Strayko once, and tried to create a Tibian live soap series.
Maybe this will give you an idea of how big Tibia is...
Been to the movies?
Wherein Eternal Oblivion is the highest leveled character in Tibia at the moment. I think Achilles is going to have a hard time.
School of fishes?
This is Santa's house in Tibia. Normally, the places where they stand aren't reachable.
People use spells in tibia as company names...
Coincidence? No, it's the pronounciation of the strong haste spell in Tibia.
The above 4 screenshots were all fake, except for the company called Utani Gran Hur.
These screenshots were all "pictures of the day" from the site named www.tibianews.net
If you are curious about the game I suggest you take a look there.
Now, I hope I gave you an idea what Tibia is all about. It's about friendship, community and fun. Atleast, that's what it is for me.
I'm proud that I have been a Tibian.
This is why. This is why Tibia.
The official site of Tibia is www.tibia.com
If you are interested you can sign up and download the client.