First was Loom Island... then came the Trial of Rebirth... and now begins the third age of Achaean newbiedom! We're excited to release a brand-new, two-part introduction to Achaea for our new players: Escape from Miba & the Cultist's Conspiracy!
For those of you familiar with the previous intros, the new one works a little differently.
Character creation consists of choosing a race, then a class, then a city (choices are limited to those who accept the player's class). The main difference here is that players do not have the option to select a house at this point! That comes after both parts of the intro are completed.
Upon creating a character, players undertake the first part of our new storyline, "Escape from Miba." There, they are isolated from one another and learn the most basic commands like getting around and attacking things. This functions exactly like the current intro, but is much, MUCH shorter.
The second part of the storyline, "The Cultist's Conspiracy," puts the player, who is now level 5, directly into the "real" game. They continue learning the basics of Achaea while investigating a plot that leads them to various newbie areas and their home city (if they belong to one), before culminating at Great Rock. They are guided through this part by the new TASKS system, which replaces the old orientation tasks.
When newbies are finished with the intro, they will have reached level 10 and should have clothes, a health vial, and either some basic weapons or a mana vial, depending on their class. In the near future, we will implement a new "city novicehood" training system that will continue teaching new players about Achaea in a free-form TASKS-based system and bridge the gap between the intro and joining a House. For now, though, when new players finish the intro they are given more tasks and are urged to join a House.
We invite you to try out our new introduction (for the full experience, try it via our HTML5 client (http://client.achaea.com))! And if you are so inclined, we welcome your feedback below.