*For those not awake enough to see a joke when they see one...this is a joke*
Getting started playing Shayia is quite a difficult task. Not only does a newbie have to learn the language, slang, and jargon of the game, but the player also has to learn how to adjust to the gameplay style and rules. In order to help everybody get accustomed to the game, I have addressed the most important concerns and issues that newbies have to deal with, and combined them all into one easy-to-follow article. Yes, within minutes you'll be acting like an experienced veteran!
Character Creation: A name is the most important aspect of your character. Make sure to choose a title that effectively "roleplays" your character's personality. For example, here's how to make a name for a caster character: this class is very close to nature, and likes trees and the woods and various biodegradable things. Create a name that combines a stupid nature reference in category A with a goofy pseudo-verb in category B.
Category A: stupid nature references.
Category B: goofy pseudo-verbs.
Optimal name combinations include "Moonskymmer", "Mistwalker", "Sunsweeper", and "Wolfwalker".
•If you're one of the many under 18-year olds who enjoy playing, be sure to name yourself after your favorite Pokémon.
•When choosing a name, try to use the letters "a", "e", and "h" as much as possible. Feel free to take your name and "roleplayify" it. For example, "Jason" turns into "Jahsaen", "Steve" can become "Staevah", and "Rob" is easily "Raehbeaahhea'aeah".
•Warriors should all be named after a particularly violent action or verb. "Smasher", "Breaker", "Crusher", and "Basher" are all valid names. Try to misspell the word as well (ie, "Smashur", "Breakur", "Crushar", "Bashur").
•Since casting classes already start with a bonus in the INT and WIS categories, dump all your points into STR or REC. By doing this, you will create a caster who can not only throw around killer spells, but also whoop *** with weapons, the best of both worlds!
•Remember: if you're a male, you can only play as a male character! If Aeria finds out you're a male playing as a female, they will take away your account. This is so people can form deep and meaningful relationships while grouping. Since this rule is in place, you can be 100 percent sure that every woman on the server is actually a woman who you should befriend, in the hopes of getting her phone number and having cybersex with her over your favorite AOL chat channel.
The "/yelling" channel is solely used to announce when you've gone up a level*. You should do this by typing "/yelling DING! Level x!!!" where "x" is the level you just reached. People who don't know you are very concerned with what level you are, and you should always inform them of what level you just reached.
*Advanced newbies only:
You can use the /yelling channel to inform people when you've died as well. Be sure to complain about "LAG" when doing so and make a sarcastic comment along the lines of "Gee, thanks Aeria for making such a WONDERFUL game!".
You should shout this as soon as you start your character and enter the game. This is the true sign of Shaiya Mastery
•Lag in Shaiya hardly ever occurs. If you do experience lag, you should "/yelling LAGGGGGG!", which will inform and warn all other characters. If the lag continues, you should "/yelling This is ridiculous! I can't play with all this lag!" but you should continue to keep playing at all costs (very important). Proceed to periodically warn everybody of the lag every two minutes, and refuse to log out for the next six hours.
•The trade channel is used to ask what the function or purpose of every single item in the game is. Don't know what to do with those broken shoes? Ask everybody on trade! Don't know what the stats are on that rusty ax? Chances are that somebody on trade will!
•If you just logged in and are part of a super-k3wl guild, you should announce your presence over the /yelling channel. Make sure your guild has a hilarious and witty greeting! For example, if your guild's name is the "Clan of the White Wolf", announce yourself by shouting "Hail Clan of the White Wolf! HOOOOOWWWWWWLLLL!" at which point all other guild members should respond with "HOOOOWWWWLLLLLL!" This will set your guild apart from the other, more inferior guilds, by demonstrating how organized and important your guild obviously is.
•To make it easier for you, type in all acronyms. For example, if you need help in the Gliter, type "/yelling WTS WTT RS EP3 + OJ PM". If you're looking for an NPC merchant, type "/yelling LF NPC M Not".
•Partys are a important aspect of playing Shaiya. If you'd like to party with somebody, find a person who's at least 20 levels higher to you (that way it'll be easier to gain experience in the party). Walk up to him, don't say anything, click on him and hit the "Invite" button to invite him to your group. If he doesn't respond or declines your offer, keep inviting him (he's just playing hard to get). Follow him around, repeatedly inviting him. If he doesn't accept your offer within the next 50 minutes, challenge him to a duel for being such an incredible jerk.
If you've got a magical weapon that you're trying to sell, start the bidding at a high price and work your way down. Did your friend get you a rare Dread axe? Try selling it for 1 billion and just wait for the bids to come flowing in! If nobody has the money to spend, try lowering your price to something more reasonable, such as 700 million and a set of Goddess Armor
•If you see a female character who needs help in combat, be sure to help her out at once! After you've saved her life, give her as many buffs and magical items as you can. If you do, she'll be incredibly attracted to you and will undoubtedly want to have s*x with you in real life. As mentioned before, all people playing as female characters are really women in real life. If you see a guy who needs help, let him die, because he's probably just some weirdo who will stalk you or something afterwards.
Always remember: Shaiya is a SOCIAL game! /yelling every single thought that comes to your mind, no matter how inane! Announce how many lapis you're carrying! Tell the world what level you are! Say "hi" to friends and guild members! Ask what time it is! Don't hold back!
•If you've hit a new level and just got some brand new spells, immediately try them out on some creatures that con red or purple to you. The spells are undoubtedly way more powerful than anything you've dealt with previously, and you're sure to kill anything in a few blasts! If it ends up killing you, it's because Aeria obviously doesn't know jack **** about "balancing the game".
•If fighting in a party, the sole function of everybody else in that group is to keep you from dying. Remind them of this repeatedly, and if you ever get below 85% health, start shouting that you need heals.
•Instead of concentrating all damage on one creature, try to attack everything around you. You'll weaken them all down and just rake in the exp. with your killing spree! This goes well with our next point:
•Area-effect spells are the best type of spells in the game. Use them at every chance!
•Before going into combat, ask every single person in your zone for a AoP regardless of their class. Since they have undoubtedly already cast it on themselves, demand they come to you and cast it. If nobody responds, "/yelling AoP plz!!!!!!" until you log off. Resume shouting next time you log back on.
•When losing in combat, be sure to "/yelling HELP". This is the quickest way to elicit a response from fellow characters, and hoards of GMs should rush over to your aid within seconds. If you die, be sure to blame everybody in the zone for refusing to help you because they're obviously idiots.
Death / dying:
•If you die, complain nonstop about how "Aeria nerfed your spells" or about how "things were a LOT better before the last patch!" or how "They screwed our class over SO BAD."
•If you know you're going to die, try to bring all the monsters over to somebody resting, in the hopes they/ he will kill them. Don't bother asking for help, because if a player is meditating, he can still see all around him (it's a power everybody else has but you). Then, when you die and cause the person resting to be killed by your train, make sure to curse at the other person for not helping you out and killing all the monsters.
•Once you respawn, make sure to "/yelling Anybody PL me" over and over. Aeria employ a team of hundreds of people to solely run around the servers, looking for people to power level.
•If you die while fighting in a party, blame every other member of the party. Complain to the Orcs for not healing you enough, yell at the tanks for not taunting more effectively, and whine to everybody for agreeing to let a Assassin in. This relates to the next point:
•Death is NEVER your fault. Death is either the fault of your party, Aeria, Internet connection, parents, computer speed, weapon / class imbalances, the alignment of the stars, or the decline in tech stocks on the NASDAQ.
•If you are killed by something that cons gray to you, it's obviously a bug. Petition it immediately, demanding you are given all your experience back ASAP. Oh, and an extra 500 million for your inconvenience.
•Once you die, "/yelling plz help!!!!! lost all my xp to Golem!!!!!!" and wait for those level 70 people to start showering you with gold and weapons. Remember: everybody else playing is there to help you!
•Thanks to some serious twinking by your high level buddies, you can safely solo purple monsters. Find something purple, then "/yelling WHAT LVL ARE X?" where X = the red creature's name. If nobody responds, make sure to petition the GMs and complain about how rude everybody is. Or complain about virtually anything, just make sure to use the /yelling command to say something.
•There's lots of people who want to party with a level one character. When you first start up your player, immediately let everybody know you're a hot commodity and are on the market to party with a very lucky collection of people. Don't worry about spelling all the words correctly, they'll understand what you mean.