Slightly different take on the articles for the next few installments. I'm mpostly known as a more roleplay centric player, my character gets involved with teaching, research, ritual, religion and other cultural aspects of Achaea, my favourite MUD from Iron Realms Entertainment.
But, I really do enjoy combat, and in Achaea that is a huge mess of intricate balances to learn. I'm not very good, luckily I've bashed up to level 102 (I'll see 101 again if I die a bit more) so I have my big fat, tanky dragonform to lean on in group combat. But it is high time I learned how to use my skills as an Occultist, for duels, arena events and other small scale fighting activities.
This is going to take a few weeks if I'm lucky, but I thought I'd bring you all along for the ride. not sure if I'll get anywhere as of yet, but I'm certainly going to try.
I started out today with this in mind, and after having played Achaea for a couple of years my triggers, aliases and other bits of code that I rely on have gotten all kinds of messy and haphazard. So, with a fair bit of cursing, a headache or six and some walking away from in disgust to take a break, I've managed to clean up the basics that I already had setup and bring some sort of order to things to work from.
A few things I've made a start on that will make my fighting life easier are:
Aliases for my Tarot abilities.
Tarot cards can do all kinds of things for an Occultist, but to use them each has to be removed from the deck (OUTD'd), charged up and then flung. This is an awful lot to type out each time, so I use Mudlet, a MUD client that allows me a lot of scripting leeway, and means I can shorten all of this up for ease of use.
From the above you can see an example of this, it's my hangedman alias and whenever I type han it'll execute the rest for me.
Another thing Occultist newbs like me can have trouble with is managing the number of entities or loyals we can summon, eighteen in total and that can be a lot to keep track of! I've got a couple of nifty scripts that allow me to summon them all swiftly, order them around, to attack someone, to follow someone, or to move and a way to keep track of which one's I'm missing so I can resummon with ease.
I also learned to use a handaxe today, by spending a few lessons on the proficiency and some time flinging it at someone. I can add a bit of venom to this and throw it at my opponent in order to add a bit more oomph to my offence. (At least, that's the theory!)
This was today's installment, and not without its headaches. I'll update again soon with my haphazard attempts at gagging stuff I don't need cluttering up my screen, my first lesson in tactics and maybe even a few beginner spars!
Maybe you'll learn something from my fumbling around as I try to run with the big boys, maybe it'll just be a laugh, or I might see you in the arena. If any of this is of interest to you, why not roll a character in Achaea, it's free to play, so come and spar with me and others.