What is your best tip for new users? (in General)


Admindudemus [jabberwocky] December 3 2008 9:54 AM EST

i would like to see everyone's best tip for new users posted below. Perhaps we can get some kind soul to the add them to the wiki on a "new user tips" page or somesuch.

My tip:

You have an opportunity to reach the top with the New User Bonus, use it! Click the "get more" link in the left frame next to your BA number to get free BA each day. You should also try to use all of the natural BA regen each day, if you are coming back to 160 BA then you are likely missing some.

QBJohnnywas December 3 2008 9:58 AM EST

Don't be afraid to ask questions, in chat or in the forums if there's something you can't find in the Wiki (labelled 'Help!' in the top left hand corner of the left hand frame.). Not knowing something, unlike some other games, doesn't get you treated like a second class citizen. We're all too keen to show off our knowledge of Carnage Blender!

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] December 3 2008 10:18 AM EST

Simple is always better

Eurynome Bartleby [Bartleby's] December 3 2008 10:34 AM EST

''Let it grow on you.''

Angel of Death [Hell Blenders] December 3 2008 10:45 AM EST

stop before your as addicted as us, leave when you still can!!!

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] December 3 2008 11:23 AM EST

Stay out of debt, it may seem like everyone around you has really high net worths, but you'll soon catch up with the nub bonus. =).

Wizard'sFirstRule December 3 2008 11:29 AM EST

It is a good idea to have this available to new user (without them randomly clicking on this thread). e.g. put it as a link in the tutorial in wiki (even better, make it a goal and have them read it)

My Tip of the Day:
Hiring more minion does not give you more XP per fight, it simply splits the XP into two and give it to your minions.

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] December 3 2008 12:03 PM EST

BBB. this is what he said in the first post.
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Perhaps we can get some kind soul to the add them to the wiki on a "new user tips" page or somesuch.
=)

Wasp [Demon Forging] December 3 2008 12:03 PM EST

Best tip has gotta be:

Don't screw this chance up otherwise you'll have to spend loads of cash to start an NCB!!

Sickone December 3 2008 12:09 PM EST

Top tips

#1 : Don't be lazy nor a recluse !

Not lazy = read the darn wiki (a.k.a. "Help!" page)
Not a recluse = say hi, and ask for help (AFTER you stopped being lazy, i.e. you read the wiki thoroughly).

#2 : Pick a strategy (any) as fast as possible

Say two weeks or so tops, but honestly, if you follow tip #1, it should be more like a couple of days, if not hours... and then STICK with it until the end of your NUB.
The only (partial) exception would be if you pick a two-parter strategy. That means, a strategy specifically designed from the start to be radically altered at some specified MPR threshold.
You can "try" different or radically new strategies on NCBs afterwards, don't waste your best money-making and growth opportunity by fumbling around too long - just use one of the many tried-and-true wiki-listed strategies, tweaked for the latest gameplay changes (with the help of "the vets" or even more wiki reading).

NOTE : Picking a strategy might involve firing some of your (recently hired) additional minions. I believe the tutorial had you hire one at some point.
In the first couple of days, feel free to do so (fire minions). You don't lose much by doing it now, if you think a strategy with less minions might appeal more to you. Actually, it MIGHT be a very good idea to keep a single minion team up to a certain MPR anyway, even if you're attracted to a 4-minion team.

#3 : Buy a "regular" tattoo ASAP.

Obviously, buy one that fits with your chosen strategy, there's no point in buying a "wrong" one, unless you feel you could still change the strategy with no significant losses. The level of the tattoo doesn't really matter, even a base one will do fine.
Sell any "lesser" tattoo directly to the store as soon as you got your desired "normal" tattoo, it will probably be a waste of time to try and sell it in auctions anyway.

#4 : Join a clan

Any fighting clan will do.
The sooner you join the cheaper it is (and easier to notice early if you fit in or not) and the more clans can accept you (PR limits, grr).
Try to at least keep your clan points positive - this means, try to fight other "fighting clan" members whenever possible/reasonable, and use as many BA as you can.


#5 : Keep fighting as often as possible as a main priority AND as high as possible as a second priority only.

Use your free "purchaseable" BA during "XP time" whenever available, and try to have as close to 160 BA as possible when "XP time" starts (and be there before the end to burn all remaining ones too).
Don't waste too many BA probing for targets constantly, just do MAXIMUM one 160 BA set of probing per week (preferably during "money time").
The higher you go in MPR, the less often you'll have to actually be around to use most of your BA.

#6 : DON'T FORGE. Just don't. Wait until after your NUB runs out (6 months).

#7 : CONSERVE CB$

You will be tempted to buy a lot of nifty items and sell them after you realize they don't work properly. It's kind of a subpoint of point #2, actually, since once you pick out a strategy, you should have a pretty good idea what items you'll need. Well, just don't - only buy things you KNOW already you will need, and even then think twice (especially if the item comes up as a large portion of your cash reserves).

You will also be tempted to forge or blacksmith things, then disenchant them because... well, it happens. If you want something upgraded, check your NW allowance first, then try to hire a forger or insta-up, it's usually cheaper. Only use the blacksmith if the item is unforgeable (elven items and a couple of others) or you're really, really in a big hurry and it just can't wait (note : it usually can always wait a while).

#8 : The only stupid questions are questions not asked

Seriously, it's not a shame to not know something, or be unable to find something, or just... you know... ask for help. The people here are generally helpful - just remember, they're doing YOU a favour, so try to be polite.

#9 : There ARE alternatives if you need CB$ fast

First one is to get a loan. While this might take a while (especially if you're new and ask for a lot of CB$) and you end up paying back a bit more, smaller sums are usually granted relatively fast, and you do build up a reputation as a trustworthy user.
Second one is to simply buy CB$ with USD (most people prefer PayPal payments) from other players that have too much of it. It's actually quite cheap nowadays... if you are willing to spend cash on the game, that is... but then again, you would probably be better served by first buying a supportership and maybe some item namings a bit later (on items worth naming, that is - not all are worth naming).

Although, on second thought, if you followed all other advice, you shouldn't really need a lot of additional CB$... unless it's for buying additional minions at some point higher up in MPR, or heavily upgrading your grossly undersized weapon... then you might actually need additional CB$.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] December 3 2008 12:09 PM EST

i remembered another important one as well:

your first major purchase should be a greater tattoo...save up for it!

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] December 3 2008 12:10 PM EST

Tip: Work hard for 6 months, otherwise spend USD or you're screwed.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] December 3 2008 12:22 PM EST

well i am trying something new here. i made this a google doc and opened it up to everyone as collaborators. please go the link:

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dc9dfjn8_86dcsh4vnk

once we feel it is complete, maybe someone can just copy and paste it into the wiki? i got some of the entries on there, but ran out of time if someone else wants to copy and paste the new ones.

three4thsforsaken December 4 2008 2:31 AM EST

try not to do too many things at once. A good strat does what it needs to do in a simple way!

Flamey December 4 2008 7:57 AM EST

I think it's best if you could simplify each tip as much as possible. Nobody wants to read an essay of tips. Also it might help to separate them by certain categories, i.e. NUB, Minions, Strategy, Money?

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] December 5 2008 8:38 AM EST

if someone would be kind enough to spawn a wiki page, i could paste what we have so far in the google doc. i think the page would work best in the faq section on the home wiki page and we could call it "Tips for New Users" or something similar.

lostling December 5 2008 8:53 AM EST

simple tip... use chat

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] December 5 2008 8:57 AM EST

i spawned the page and threw some of the easier ones on there. it doesn't adhere to the style guidelines yet, i will work on it later or someone else can edit it if they like.

please add your new tips there as well as any that i may have missed. i do think that if you can boil it down to its simplest for it will be better than a multi-paragraph tip.
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