Bard Guide for Newbies
Noticing your puzzlement, a rather effeminate - uhm, well you're not quite
sure what gender - figure sashays over to you...
"Honey, while most classes like to hide their deviancies in the closet, bards
are rather flagrant. With flamboyant attire and a tendency to burst into
song, regardless of their prowess, you may find yourself tapping your toes
and nodding your head, or desperately covering your ears. Show no shame.
Be loud and be proud baby! A focus class that uses ki to power their songs,
bards can be a frustrating class to play as they are unique in that many
songs require a wind-up before the song's effect takes place [see HELP KI
and HELP SONG]. You can learn most of these songs from the Bard
Guildmaster, Lance. From the Albatross Tavern the Bard Guildhall can be
9 south, west, south, open gate, 2 west, south, west
Right from the start you can learn whistle sharp [see HELP WHISTLE SHARP].
Merely present yourself before Lance and type:
practice whistle sharp [see also HELP PRACTICE]
Bards were designed to be a support class and do best in groups [see HELP
GROUP]. Most bard songs have effects unique to Dark Castle and can prolong
a low-level group's run before having to stop and regenerate or they can
speed the regeneration process [see HELP REGEN]. They don't make great
tanks and do not easily solo until they gain their QUEST SKILL [see also
HELP TANK, HELP SOLO]. For a list of all the skills and songs available to
a bard type HELP BARD.
Each song, skill, stat, and virtually any other topic on Dark Castle has its
own help file. You can use the INDEX command to effectively list the
available files [see also HELP INDEX]. Some basic information to get you on
the road can also be found in many of the help files geared for new players
such as: help NEWBIE, help GETTING STARTED, help NEWBIE AREAS, help NEWBIE
If by chance Lance does not have the knowledge to teach you a song or skill,
he'll know someone who does and will send you on a SKILL QUEST with a clue.
Usually there is enough of a hint in the clue to figure out where you need
to go by looking at HELP AREAS. If you find yourself stumped try using the
newbie channel or asking a guide for help [see also HELP GUIDE].
To gain levels youll need to earn experience points. A good place to start
is the Mud School which is located above the Albatross Tavern. Exploration
of the school's halls will also yield some beginner equipment and items.
You'll find the diploma is useful for leveling [see also HELP GAIN]. Once
you familiarize yourself with the Mud School you can try your luck at the
Mushroom Caverns, Kilderry, the Great Tree, or the Aerial Castle. HELP
AREAS will provide a list of other areas you might try exploring.
When gaining a new level at your guild, you'll definitely want equipment
that gives bonuses to your stats [see also HELP GAIN]. Your CONSTITUTION,
one of the bard's requisite skills (the other being INTELLIGENCE), will
determine how many hit points you gain upon leveling and your hit point and
movement regeneration rates [see also HELP CON and HELP REGEN].
INTELLIGENCE determines how well you progress in your proficiency of a skill
or song with each practice and through use. It also determines a bard's ki
regen rate. WISDOM is important in determining the number of practices you
gain upon leveling.
Stat points also determine how proficient you may become in a certain skill
or spell [see HELP BARD to view which skills and songs are dependent upon
which stats]. Some are more useful than others so you might want to
conserve your practices for useful but less used skills while gaining
proficiency through use, the more often used skills [see also HELP LEARN and
As for equipping a new bard, you'll probably want to choose from equipment
that gives bonuses to ki and hitpoints. You can also choose equipment that
gives bonuses to stats and hit and damage. However, in a group a young bard
will be asked to rely on their songs, and if forced to solo a bard's
offensive-based songs will usually produce more damage than their melee
skills. You'll also want an instrument as some songs cannot be used without
holding one [type PRACTICE to view those songs]. The newbie channel or
other bards can be good resources for finding information about what
equipment bards can wear. Once you find information on useful equipment,
you can use the auction channel to try and purchase it from another player.
Alternately you can try to get a GROUP together to run some equipment [see
also HELP AUCTION.
Welcome to Dark Castle, Sweety. If you have any questions feel free to ask
or use the newbie channel. Just remember that answers from those without
(GUIDE) before their names might not provide truthful answers. Oh and if
you happen to run into Elton John, tell that queen he ain't got nothing on
With that, sh...err he...er it? saunters away swishing her..err hi..well
whatever's ample bottom.
- Special thanks to Brannoc (the most sensitive bard of all)
for submitting this file.