My husband and I started playing yesterday. As long time Gemstone III and IV players we have been in search of something better since we decided to leave. Unfortunately the RP was really going downhill and we didn't have the time to spend on it for the amount they wanted per month to play. A quick search online brought me to this forum where another ex-stoner had posted. I thought I should pay it forward for any others who may be in the same boat.
One word: Awesome.
Getting started: A little hard to decide what to pick (we ended up going with practice characters as we didn't want to commit our favorite names to classes/races we later didn't like).
Newbie tutorial: The best we have been through (judging against Gemstone, Aardwolf, and Threshold). Very thorough, wonderful help on newbie channel, LOTS of info in help files.
Getting around: REALLY EASY! For those coming from gemstone; It's like they have a built in Lich system. Lots of channels to communicate, though they are not OOC which made us happy, walking scripts, aliases, pretty much anything you need.
The people: Amazing. I think this might be one of the greatest parts so far. The Romeo and Juliet helpers have been great. Everyone has been really accepting and helpful with a smile on their faces. I ventured into a larger town in search of a tutor yesterday and met Tesha who helped me find what I was looking for but took the time to let me find it myself so I would learn my way around instead of just rushing me there and dropping me off.
Verbs: A huge list of really fun verbs. We find they are much more playful than gemstone verbs and way less ooc than aardwolf verbs. The perfect mix, imo. And yes, they even allow emotions in speech and differentiate between talking, screaming, etc. Though we found that the whisper verb doesn't work for private conversations within a room, everyone just sees that you are whispering and can hear what you say.
So, a big thank you to everyone who has helped us on our first day and we look forward to meeting more of you!
On to the questions:
1. We are currently in Targossas. Is this a thriving town or will we eventually want to relocate once we get older?
2. Can we make our own landmarks? If we find a spot that we like to walk to frequently is it possible to set an alias to get us there?
3. Are there any particular classes that are lacking in Achaea? I tried to find this ahead of making my first character to avoid being yet another siren priest (as an example) if there are already too many but had no luck.
4. Aside from the official documentation on the website, help files, and wiki, are there any websites we should bookmark to help us further?
Thanks in advance for your help!