It’s been a month and a half since our first Getting Started Guide for the game, and so much has changed since then! The old version is now confusingly wrong, as it refers to tons of stuff that either is no longer in the game or which you don’t encounter until after you complete the intro mission, etc.
When the game loads, the first thing to do is update to the latest beta if there are any updates available. There almost always are! This is a pretty quick process, and it gets you the absolute latest and greatest version of the game.
Keep walking off the right-hand side of the screen to continue to the next area. You may have noticed that there was more loot up high in the first area. You can’t get this now, but when you later get wood platforms, feel free to come back and grab it if you wish (though doing so is not required, and you can get the same item further into the intro mission anyhow).
The next coffer has the wood platforms, which you will need to get past the next area. But, before we go on, lets grab one other thing from this chunk. Look on your minimap: see the orange dot way up high? You’ll want that.
You can also trigger any action in your bar by right-clicking on its slot or by pressing the corresponding number on your keyboard. All of your spells and items that are not in your action bar are stored in your inventory, which you can access by pressing “I”. At any time, you can click and drag the items and spells in your inventory around to wherever you want them.
The next chunk features a pool of water. Be careful! The water may look harmless, but the cataclysm has actually made it highly acidic; staying in the water will eventually kill you. You will need to deploy your wood platforms over the water, and then jump on them, to get across.
The most important things you will need here are the potions. The green potions will restore your health, the blue ones will restore your mana. There is also a Storm Dash spellgem, which makes it much faster to traverse wide open areas. Once you have these, there’s nothing more you absolutely need inside the building; but if you want to explore the rest of it, feel free, as there are other goodies lying around.
As soon as you get on the same level as the slime, which looks like a big, red blob, fire your Ball Lightning at it a few times. Don’t get too close, because if you do, it will attack you. Once it’s dispatched, move through to the next area.
You don’t need to kill minor monsters in this game, but doing so means they won’t be hitting you. Once you have gone down to that platform, head a bit more to the right and you will see another door — behind which is the cavern containing the raw gems.
Click on the raw jade to bring up the info on a spell called “Launch Rock”, this spell will help us against that next slime. Click craft, and the spell will now be in your action bar or inventory. If you don’t see it, press “I” to view your inventory and you will find it there. There is another color of gem in the caves you can get if you wish, but it’s not necessary, and it does require you to kill your first set of minibosses in order to get them.
Whether or not you take him out is up to you, but, if you do, you will gain valuable EXP for your civilization, advancing you towards more and more powerful spells. If you don’t, you will still have numerous other opportunities to gain the EXP you need in the main game itself. Most EXP is gained by fighting bosses, though some is found by collecting EXP containers in large rooms in buildings.
From any settlement you will also be able to run a lot of the citybuilding and strategic-type features that will be unlocked as your civilization level increases. A lot of the “macrogame” features don’t show up until civilization level 3, so you have some time to just explore in the side view and get used to that.
If you feel the game is too easy, you can go to regions that are above your current level. Otherwise feel free to play in areas that are at or even below your level. You can also tune the action or strategic difficulty of the game at any Difficulty Shrine. You started out the intro mission next to such a shrine, and there is also one located in each settlement. Any time you die, your new character will appear by one of those shrines.
1. Explore various regions to gain new crafting materials to craft more powerful and exciting spellgems and spell scrolls. The Reference Info button on the in-game menu (press escape to see) has detailed info on things you can craft, what materials are required, and even where you can typically find those materials.
2. Try to gain as much EXP as possible by defeating bosses and exploring large buildings. Getting better spells and equipment will really help you in this endeavor, hence the importance of exploring for better crafting materials. Often you can accomplish both of these goals at once, as there tends to be minibosses guarding most of the more valuable crafting supplies.
3. As your civilization levels up from all the EXP you are bringing in, you’ll unlock the “strategic overlay” and the “settlement management” interfaces. These let you build homes and other buildings for your NPCs, it lets you order around your NPCs to explore the world map, and it even lets you rescue other settlers that you find in the wilderness, adding to your population. Improve the morale of your settlers to have them produce resources at peak efficiency. There are a lot of in-game tips (and tooltips) explaining all of this once you gain access to it. Bear in mind all of this is optional.
4. Try to find the lieutenants that are oppressing the land, and then ultimately the overlord that they serve. You probably won’t have an overlord move into your world until you reach civilization level 10 or so. And you’ll likely need to be around level 20ish before you can take him out. The overlord keeps and evil outposts of the lieutenants provide special and interesting challenges.
5. Explore the world for its own sake! Every time your civilization level increases, the world gets larger. As your civilization level goes up you’ll also start finding objects, enemies, crafting materials, and even whole region types that you’ve never seen before. There’s a lot to discover, and as the game continues to be developed further there will be more and more to find in your existing worlds.