Getting Started

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Now that you've taken the first steps towards starting your adventure in Legends of the Jedi, there are a few tasks that new players will find themselves needing to complete in order to begin. The list may seem intimidating at first, but this guide is meant to help people that have never played a MUD before. Some of the information it explains might be simplistic for a MUD veteran. For those players needing help with a specific section, please click on one of the titles below.

Connect to the Game

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Choosing the client that you wish to use can be one of the most important decisions you make in your MUDing life time. Once you are comfortable with one, it becomes very hard to switch between them. While they are, for all intents and purposes, the same, there are subtle differences that showcase the strengths for each one. This is not an exhaustive list of every client available, but it does cover the most used clients from our pbase. Feel free to explore other options and figure out which one works best for you! You can find a walkthrough on how to install, setup, and connect to the mud for each of the clients listed below. For new players, we strongly suggest that you use Mudlet. It is the simplest client to setup because of how the Legends of the Jedi client installs automatically when you connect to the mud.

Web Client

What the webclient lacks in sleekness and customization, it makes up for with it being the easiest of any client to jump right into the game. You can go to the portal and start playing right away. No installation or setup necessary. It needs mentioned that a new account cannot be created on the Web Client. Our accounts are set by IP address so you will need to log in at least once with a different method to create your account. The webclient also lacks plugin support which includes a mapper.

Pros: Lightweight, no installations, instant access.

Cons: No trigger or alias support, doesn't support 256 colors, occasional connection issues from multiplay restrictions.

Mudlet

Mudlet is one of the new clients to hit the scene for players still enjoying MUDs. It has a sleek interface, runs on Unix, Windows, and Mac OS, and sports a strong suite of LUA integration for scripting. There is very little to say in a negative way about this client. The only big thing is that the community has not fully taken to using Mudlet yet and as such, some of the useful community built scripts have not been converted over yet. This is quickly improving, however.

Pros: Sleek design, works on all modern OS, good system optimization, and robust scripting tools.

Cons: Trigger and alias interface has a learning curve, missing some of the useful community-built plugins.

Mushclient

Mushclient is one of the older contenders these days. It might not be the most eye catching piece of software, but it still holds its own from a functionality standpoint. Mushclient is the most used client in our player base, and the fact that many have used it for 10 or more years is the biggest factor to have not switched to Mudlet. It does have the biggest repository of custom built scripts and plugins that the player base has curated through the years.

Pros: large library of community scripts, easy to learn triggers and alias configuration, robust scripting tools.

Cons: eye sore, slow updates, poorly optimized for today's systems, only works with Windows.

Explore the Academy

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When you first load into Legends of the Jedi, you'll find yourself in the newbie academy. Banvhar Station is a mixture of Out of Character (OOC) interactions and a staging ground to get your character prepared for the actual game world. There are sections designed to teach you basic mudding commands, LOTJ specific commands, ways to craft or purchase clothing, and a few beginner quests to get you started. We like to advise players to take their time and read through the room descriptions, but we also understand that it can be information overload. Players will help you along the way with the things you forgot or missed once you reach the game world, so fret not! Below is an image of the mapper for Banvhar Station.

A map of the newbie academy.

Learn the Basics

When you're ready to proceed, head north out of the starting room. You'll come to a cross roads. Heading west will take you along the path for learning the basic commands of MUDs and some of the more commonly used ones on LOTJ. The path loops back to this room when you reach the end. East will take you through a few more advanced commands that are LOTJ specific and you'll end your route in the training grounds for Banvhar. If you take that route, head on down to the Complete Some Quests section. If you decide to ignore that path for now, head north into the shopping area of Banvhar Station, the Acad-Grad Shopping Mall and proceed to the next section. If you look at the map above, you can also see the turbolift to reach the training grounds there.

Grab Some Gear

As you'll soon find out, gear in LOTJ can be acquired in different ways. Two of the more common approaches for gathering gear is to buy it from a vendor, or from another player. In Banvhar Station, you have the option to either craft your own gear with the MAKECLOTHING skill, or purchase it from the vendors in the Acad-Grad Shopping Mall. There is a wide assortment of supplies, clothing, arms, and even a few pieces of armor to choose from. It is recommended that most players pick up a Lem's Repeating Blaster from the shop, a number of ammunition cells, some medpacs, and the "piloting for dummies" instruction manual. You can look at this manual to get information and also look at the subsequent chapters listed. Flashlights are never a bad purchase either as they tend to break easily. If you're more combat oriented, or even if you're not, the bantha hide armor is some of the best you'll find until you can purchase some from an Engineer later. If you'd rather to try your hand at crafting your own clothing, you can find cloth and sewing kits in the training grounds. Remember to RESEARCH the makeclothing skill or you might find yourself failing quite often. There is a library in the training grounds as well.

Character Development

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At this point in your character's life span, you've learned the basics of the game, you've probably gathered equipment from the various shops or created gear your own clothing in the workshop, and you've gained knowledge in a few of the classes that Legends of the Jedi has to offer. It's time to build the character itself. A character has three basic characteristics that help get you started. You need to create a description of what the character looks like, a history of why they are how they are, and build out their persona (quirks, accent, etc). This will help you bring the character to life and give you a foundation to grow your RP from.

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