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Welcome to the Improbable Island New Player Primer
The village square
Improbable Island is turning out to be a fairly expansive game, with a lot of areas to explore.It's easy to get lost with all that there is to do out there, so keep in mind that the village square is pretty much the center of the village you start in.This area will give you access to most other areas that you can get to, with a few exceptions (we'll talk about those in a little while).If you ever get lost, or are not sure what's going on, head to the village square and regain your bearings.
Your first day
Your first day in the world can be very confusing!You're presented with a lot of information, and you don't need almost any of it! It's true!One thing you should probably keep an eye on though, are your hit points. This is found under "Vital Info."No matter what profession you choose, in the end, you are some kind of warrior or fighter, and so you need to learn how to do battle.The best way to do this is to look for creatures to kill in the jungle.When you find one, check it out, and make sure that it's not a higher level than you, because if it is, you might not live through the fight.Keep in mind that you can always try to run away from something that you encountered, but sometimes it might take several tries before you get away.You might want to buy armor and weapons in the village square in order to give yourself a better chance against these creatures out in the jungle.
Once you have defeated a creature, you'll notice that you're probably a little hurt.Head on over to the Hospital Tent, and you can get patched up in short order.While you're level 1, healing is free, but as you advance, it becomes more and more expensive.Also keep in mind that it's more expensive to heal 1 point, then later heal 1 point again than it is to heal 2 in one shot.So if you're trying to save up some money, and you're barely hurt, you might risk a fight or two while you're a little hurt, and heal the damage from several fights in one shot.
After you've killed a few creatures, you should head back to the village, into Joe's Dojo, and talk to your master.Your master will tell you when you are ready to challenge him, and when you are ready, you should give him a shot (make sure you're healed up first though!).Your master won't kill you if you lose, instead he'll give you a complimentary healing potion and send you on your way.
Death is a natural part of any game that contains some kind of combat.In Improbable Island, nobody is ever actually killed; they're just knocked unconscious and dragged to Network Central, to prove that they are, after all, worthy of air time.When you're unconscious, all your money on hand will be stolen by Thieving Squats (money in the bank is safe!), and some of the experience you've accumulated will be knocked back.After you wake up, you'll be in Disgrace, a separate part of the Island sectioned off for those who have embarrassed themselves in combat.In the Proving Grounds, you'll find The Watcher, Mistress of Death & Reality TV.She has certain things that she would like you to do for her, and in return, she may grant you special powers or favors.Disgrace is one of those areas that you can't get to from the main Square.In fact, while you're in Disgrace, you can't go to the village square at all!
Unless you can convince The Watcher to restore you to the mainland, you'll remain Disgraced until the next game day.There are 6 game days each real day.These occur when the clock in the village square reaches midnight.
As stated just above, there are 6 game days each real day.These occur when the clock in the village square reaches midnight.When you get a new day, you'll be granted new jungle fights, interest on Requisition you have in the bank (if the bankers are pleased with your performance!), and a lot of your other statistics will be refreshed.You'll also be restored if you were in Disgrace, and get another chance to take on the world.You can save up a certain number of game days by not logging in. However, it's always better to use as many game days in "real time" as you can.Jungle fights, PvP battles, special power usages and other things that get refreshed on a daily basis do NOT get carried over from one day to the next (you can't build up a whole bunch of them).
Ready to take on the world!
You should now have a pretty good idea of how the basics of the game work, how to advance, and how to protect yourself.There's a whole lot more to the world, so explore it!Don't be afraid of dying, particularly when you're young, as even when you're dead, there's yet more stuff to do!
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