Game guide for new folk

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Game guide for new folk

Post by Daedra » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:53 pm

(please don't post in this thread, keep it clear for tutorial posts. If you have comments or questions ask them elsewhere. We thank you :) )

by popular demand - a list of maps in order of challenge/reward

1. City Central.
There are no combat nps on City Central. It is a safe zone for beginners.
Your first objective should be to raise enough cash to go shopping at Benny G's

2. Park & 9th
Almost entirely safe. The worst you'll meet here is the Life Thief Runt. If you've got basic armour and weapons (Benny G standard) you'll be fine here. The Order, the gentleperson's club that is a cover for the vampires in DF, is here, and the best sword shop in the city is two doors right of it. It'll be a while before a beginner can shop there though.

(little tip - if you want to join the Order, do not join other factions first. They don't like it. Do not join the Paragons at all - they're sworn enemies).

3. Cemetery
Be careful - the ghosts here only take spiritual damage. As a beginner you can't do spirit damage (unless you've done the tutorial and picked up the basic blessed ring. Seriously - do the tutorial. It has goodies).
You can't be killed on the beginner levels, you just run away. If you don't have enchanted weapons or rings you'll be doing a lot of running away in the cemetery.

4. River Street
Home of strip club Summer Aphrodite (the secret cover of one of the game's major factions)
DANGEROUS FOR BEGINNERS - home of the life thief adept, the toughest npc in the ordinary city levels. If you're not fully armoured to at least Benny G standards, and ideally Protective Clothing (next door to Benny G), then avoid. You won't die this early, but you will lose all your health. Frustrating.

5. Pirate's Wharf.
In some ways the most important beginner's level. Benny G is here, Protective Clothing is here. It's a tough level - Life Thieves of all levels are here. If you've got decent armour and a half decent weapon, this is a very good training level for the beginner.

(remember if you're stuck for healing then you can always drop back to City Central, raise a few bucks feeding on civilians, then hospitals are pretty cheap. The City Centre hospital is at 4th and 9th.)

(BEWARE MUGGING - if you feed on a civilian then you're panhandling. You get a little cash, and some life. No harm done. If you attack them then you're mugging. You get more cash but there is a chance you will get arrested. This increases your notoriety, which could cause issues later on in the game. As a beginner, just feed).

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Re: Game guide for new folk

Post by Daedra » Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:01 am

Howto post #2. And an apology.

DF is split into two halves - the city, in which you can feast on the blood of innocents, build an empire of crime, build a gang, rising to be the dark magic ruler of a cursed city and other wholesome vampire activities; and the realm beyond the Vortex. A universe of magic and monsters.

Getting from one to the other requires the Vortex Amulet.

Getting the Vortex Amulet requires a quest.

It is brutal. In fact it is too brutal, but if I try to tone it down the existing elite players howl at me, so I don't.

Ready for this? Here we go. Hang on to your hats, and take *lots* of healing potions (you'll need Bernard's Curio Shop for those. Hospitals don't sell magical items), and some Stones of Ama (teleport stones back to the City Centre, available from The Temple of Ama, also in the City Centre. Trust us, you'll need them):

Buy more healing potions. No, more than that.

Travel by subway to Champion Street Courts. See that hospital next to the subway station? That's the last friendly square you will see for the rest of the quest.

The NPCs in CSC are tough, but until you're despatching them with contemptuous ease don't even think about going any further.

You're looking for the chapel. The NPCs in there are harder, the ones in the Chapel Undercroft harder still. From there you're looking for The River Caves, and in there, somewhere, is A Wrecked Ship.

Now the fun begins. The NPCs in the ship are *hard*, but they're the only thing that drops the amulet. It's a very rare drop, you could be in there for days or even weeks. Having said that the realms beyond the Vortex are very, very tough, so train while you can.

Eventually the amulet will drop, just as it has for every Voidwalker before you. Put it on. Never enter the Void without it or you will die instantly (superior versions are available in the Void, but they're a long way off).

Congratulations Voidwalker. And welcome to the Void.

So yes, brutal quest. Sorry. It does make you an elite player though.

(I have been able to sneak something past the existing Voidwalkers. There is a game secret that makes it slightly easier. PM me for it :) )
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