Getting Started

Character Creation

Classes

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There are four classes in The Realm.

Warrior: A powerful fighter who primarily relies on melee attacks. 
Wizard: A spellcaster who uses magic to deal damage.  
Thief: A nimble and stealthy fighter who is primarily melee but relies on their speed over strength.  
Adventurer: A “jack of all trades” type hero who excels at nothing in particular but can do a lot of things competently.

A warrior or adventurer is a good pick for your first character, as these tend to be more survivable and easier to level.

Attribute Points

In the Realm, the race and attribute point distribution of your chosen class will matter for how successful you are at certain things in the future.  For example, if you wish to be a skilled enchanter with the lowest chance of destroying gear, you should create an elf wizard and place all your attribute points in intelligence.

You will receive 8 points when you create your character.  You are unable to change your attribute points distribution later so choose carefully!

Optimal Build Recommendations

ClassRaceAttribute PointsAKA
WizardElf+8 IntAIEW
WarriorGiant+8 StrASGW or “Hitter”
ThiefElf+8 DexADET

Intellect affects your spellcasting, Strength affects your weapon damage with most weapons and how much you can carry. Dexterity affects your damage with daggers, claws and throwing daggers, and your accuracy with all weapons, as well as acrobatics, pickpocket and other thieving skills. Endurance determines your health points.  Your movement speed in combat is determined by your strength and dexterity.

Other Aspects

Alignment can be selected but has relatively minimal impact on the game.  I recommend starting with “Good” as you can sometimes get free heals out in the world from certain mobs while at a good alignment. If you are creating a wizard, your starting alignment effects which spells you begin with: Good starts with 2 Thaum, 1 Sorc; Neutral starts with 2 Elem, 1 Sorc; Evil starts with 2 Nec, 1 Myst.

Gender and appearance is cosmetic and will not impact anything with the exception of sex restricted items at higher level – generally the female variations are less expensive.

Basic Information

Home

When you log into the game with your character, you will start in your house.  Your house is password protected, and in the second room there is also a password protected chest.  You may store your valuables here.  

There is a Sorcery rank 1 spell to teleport home, but you can also ask the NPC at the entrance of each village to teleport you.

Towns

There are 12 towns in the Realm, typically abbreviated by their initials in chat.  Most types of shop can be found in multiple towns, but not every town will have every type of thing.  

Once you have the level three sorcery spell “Teleport” you can warp to any of the town gatekeepers from any place you wish, but until that point the town gatekeepers can “Teleport” you if you ask.

Exploration

The Realm is not a seamless world, with everything being divided into rooms.  As a result, you may obtain directions to things in the form of phrases like “3R, 4S” meaning go three rooms to the right and four rooms south or down.

Currencies

Gold is the currency in the Realm and it is used to buy everything.  Gold is stored in your inventory but can also be dropped in your house or in your chest if you only want to keep a small amount on you.  Mana crystals are the currency used for spellcasting.  They must be purchased in advance from shops at the cost of 5 gold each and carried in your mana pouch (Shown in the bottom right corner) to allow you to cast spells. 

Food & Drink

Your character No longer needs to drink or eat to survive.

Items

Most items you find in the world are useful for something, whether it is food to eat, gear to wear, or items to use in crafting.  However, while you are new it is usually safe to sell most things you find so you have access to gold if it is not something you can immediately use.  You can sell items to any shopkeeper NPC.

Some items will need to be identified when found, either via a Scroll of Identify (purchased at magic shops) or through the second level myst spell “Identify”, or the level five sorcery spell “Greater Identify” – which tells you what magical properties the item has.  These can include scrolls, baubles, elixirs, potions, and unnamed gear and weapons.

Chat

There are six chat tabs on your screen for interacting with other players in the game.

Room: The room you are in.  This will contain “out loud” messages to/from other nearby players, as well as any relevant combat or room-related activity. 

Gossip: These are the public and private chat channels you can join to connect with players and talk with everyone no matter where you are in the world.  Sometimes guilds/clans will make private channels for discussion amongst their own members.

Group: If you group with other players for hunting or dungeoning, that chat will be here.

Friends: This is your friends list

Mail: Mail can be sent and obtained here.

Tells: These are private direct messages to/from other players.

Useful Shortcuts and Commands

Keybind/CmdFunction
Alt + TBrings up the treasure table for the room you are in.
Alt + SBrings up your spellbook
/openOpen up a group
/closeClose a group
/whoList of online players
/giveEnable or disable people giving you stuff
/weightShows your character’s encumbrance
/insBrings up the insurance information window
/instoggleToggles player insurance on or off

There are also some chat shortcuts for basic emoticons:

KeybindFunction
Alt + GSkull
Alt + JBroken Heart
Alt + ILightning Bolt
Alt + 1Smile
Alt + 2Frown
Alt + 3 through 8Other misc expressions
Alt + 9Heart
Alt + –Sword

Gear

The type of armor you will wear will depend on your class and encumbrance.  Better armor generally weighs more.

Armor TypeTypically Worn ByNotes
ClothWizardsLowest armor type
LeatherWizards, Thieves
Troll LeatherWizards, ThievesBest non-magic armor for wizards
IronAdventurers, Warriors
SteelAdventurers, Warriors
MythrilAdventurers, WarriorsBest vendor available armor for Adventurers/Warriors, available Usk 2u 1l or East Leinster 4d 1l.
ObsidianiteAdventurers, WarriorsHigher armor rating, find/made only
Adamantium
Highest armor rating, find Only

There are also many magic items that can be obtained at higher level.  These have special names and often special appearances.

High level wizards can enchant gear to provide extra buffs, although this is usually not worth doing until you have good gear.  Enchanting has a chance to destroy the item, so make sure the wizard you ask is an all-intell elf for the best odds.

You can dye your armor using purchased dye from various shops around the Realm.  Be careful not to dye anything with a special appearance, however, or you will lose its unique look forever!

Combat

Experience points (xp) are the key to leveling.  You earn experience points by killing creatures around the world.  Harder fights with high levels or multiple enemies will award more experience than easier fights with lower levels or single mobs.

You can initiate combat with mobs in the game by clicking them and selecting “Fight.”  Some mobs may attack you first if you are in the same room as them.

Combat is turn-based in the Realm.  You can use one action per turn.

All classes have access to the same spells (for example, a warrior can still heal and a wizard can still melee) but their success and quality of those attacks will depend on their class, attributes, and training.

As with traditional tabletop RPGs, proximity and space within the combat area is relevant in the Realm.  Your turn and your enemy’s turn may involve movement rather than an offensive attacks if you are not nearby each other in the combat space.  You can also use movement to create distance between you and a melee attacker.

When entering combat, you will have eight options:

Attack: melee with your weapon

Use: use a scroll, bauble, or item

Charge: Rush into melee, focusing your first hit on the target without countering

Move: Move to a particular spot in the combat room

Guard: Take up defense and attack within range, works with throwing weapons

Eat/Drink: Drink a potion or elixir

Cast Spell: Cast a spell from your spellbook

Flee: Attempt to leave the fight, fleeing indoors has lower success, and the longer you are in the fight the lower success rate is. You lose 500 exp for fleeing any time except the first round that you are attacked.

If you select nothing within the time limit, your character will guard by default.

Death

Death is not without repercussion in the Realm so choose your fights wisely and attempt to flee if you know you can’t win!  Death results in a loss of XP as well as a chance to drop some of the items you are carrying or wearing.  Sometimes you can pick these items back up, but often they will be picked up by other players or NPCs.  If that happens, you can try killing whatever picked it up, but your items dropping to get back is not guaranteed!

Hunting & Dungeons

The places you will want to hunt on your character will depend on your level.  You want to try to fight enemies that are close to you in level to maximise xp gains without too much risk to your life.  You can explore and look for similar-leveled mobs to fight (you can see their level by looking at them), or you can start in one of the general areas below.

Each level range below is approximate based on the most common mobs present.

Level RangeNameApproximate Location
1 – 5Ratling RunRight from EL Gate
5-10North HavenwoodLeft from EL gate until you can move up
10-20West HavenwoodWest of West Leinster Gate (need to go up first)
20-40South HavenwoodSouth of EL

There are also dungeons appropriate for each level range.  These are harder and you may wish to group with others for them, but they can drop superior loot.  They are instanced, which means no other players will be able to wander into the same dungeon as you at the same time.

Dungeon NameLevel RangeNotes
Troll Spit Cellar (TSC)1 – 101 left East Leinster gate, Innkeeper has a quest
Wen Cellar1-12Wen Gatekeeper – 1w, 1n, 1w, door, trapdoor

For location, directions, and maps of each dungeon, please check this site:  http://realm.holtgard.com/maps.html

Skill Training

To be able to successfully do almost anything combat related, you will need to first train the skills on that character by purchasing the relevant skill books and spending your build points.  

Build points are achieved through leveling.  You start with three, and then each level you gain after will grant one additional build point.

To see what skill rating you are already in a particular area, click on yourself, select “Look At” and go to the “Skills” section.

Training Ranks

RankRank Name
1Familiar
2Proficient
3Expert
4Master
5Grand-Master

[Note: You will start familiar with some skills depending on your class]

The amount of build points each rank costs to learn will vary depending on your attribute points.

To find the shops that sell the appropriate skills, talk to the gatekeeper in town.

Combat Skills

For weapons training, each level you increase your proficiency with a weapon gives you both more attacks and the ability to hit more often while using that weapon type.

Weapons Skill Books

TypeLocations Sold
Short SwordSkills Academy > Warrior Academy
Long SwordSkills Academy > Warrior Academy
2handed SwordSkills Academy > Warrior Academy
DaggerSkills Academy > Wizard Academy or Warrior Academy
AxeSkills Academy > Warrior Academy
ClubSkills Academy > Warrior Academy
MaceSkills Academy > Warrior Academy
UnarmedSkills Academy > Thieves Academy
ThrowingSkills Academy > Warrior Academy
MaulSkills Academy > Warrior Academy
ShieldsSkills Academy > Warrior Academy

Combat Skill Books

TypeWhat It DoesLocation Sold
Critical StrikingImproves frequency of landing a critical strike for extra damageSkills Academy > Thieves
AcrobaticsAdds one dodge per round, per levelSkills Academy > Thieves
MeditationRaises your spell damage modifier by 15% per levelSkills Academy > Wizard Academy
TheurgismUsing magic items (Not implemented)Skills Academy > Wizard Academy

Magic Skills Magic skills are more complicated than the other training skills, as in addition to training in each school of magic, you will need to train the specific spells within those schools.

School Skill Books

TypeUsesLocation Sold
• ThaumaturgyHealing and beneficial spellsMagic Shop
• MysticismPrimarily control spellsMagic Shop
• ElementalismPrimarily damaging nature spellsMagic Shop
• SorceryPractical spellsMagic Shop
• NecromancyDeadly and dark magic skillsMagic Shop

Each rank within each school has its own unique spells.  These are purchased separately at Magic Shops which can be found in several towns like 2L EL.

To see a full list of all the spells for each school of magic and their purpose, please see this document.

Non-Combat Skills

TypeWhat It DoesLocations Sold
PickpocketingAble to pickpocket gold and mana from NPC’s, or players if you choose to be PVP flagged. Helps defend against being pickpocketedSkills Academy > Thieves
Trap DetectionThe ability to detect and disarm traps in the worldSkills Academy > Thieves
Lock PickingThe ability to pick locks on doors and chestsSkills Academy > Thieves
AlchemyThe ability to make potions and elixirs (and scrolls?)
ArmorsmithingMake armor for yourself and othersKurz > Training Academy
WeaponsmithingMake weapons for yourself and othersKurz > Training Academy

Skill Priority By Class

Not all skills are useful or a high priority to every type of class.  As a wizard, you will probably choose to focus on magic skills first while a warrior may focus on their preferred weapon type.

The following is a general guideline for which skills are the most useful — and therefore highest priority — for each class type.  Critical skills should be the first things you obtain to begin leveling.  Everything after is an approximate ranking for what skills you should focus on next.

I have not included crafting skills like smithing or alchemy.

Sorcery level one, being only 1 build point regardless of stats, may be considered higher priority for it gives the “Home” spell, which is very useful if you are lost in the wilderness, or a dungeon.

Warrior

Critical SkillsHigh Priority SkillsMedium Priority SkillsLow Priority Skills
Your primary leveling weaponOther weapons you might use, Thaum, CritMeditation, other spell schoolsPickpocketing, traps, lock picking

Wizard

Critical SkillsHigh Priority SkillsMedium Priority SkillsLow Priority Skills
ThaumaturgySorcery, mysticism, meditationOther spell schools, Primary Weapon skill, critOther weapon skills, Pickpocketing, traps, lock picking

Thief

Critical SkillsHigh Priority SkillsMedium Priority SkillsLow Priority Skills
Primary leveling weaponCritical Strike, thaumaturgyMysticism, Sorcery, Meditation, pickpocketing, lockpicking, trapsOther Spell Schools, Other weapon skills.

Adventurer 

Critical SkillsHigh Priority SkillsMedium Priority SkillsLow Priority Skills



Pickpocketing, traps, lock picking