What is hellMOO?
hellMOO is a post-apocalyptic text-based online RPG that you can play with people from all around the world. It's also probably the only game where you can run into an orphanage to rape and decapitate orphans. If that offends you this is probably not the game for you. Throughout your journeys you can acquire mutations that make you more powerful, however they all have certain disadvantages as well. The game world is filled with cultural references, as well as brutal murder and tons of quests and areas to explore.
The world is brutal and unforgiving, thus the name hell, and unless you team up with other players you're basically not going to be able to do anything. Depending on how you play, there can be tons of grind or barely any at all. Unfortunately, the beginning learning curve is steep and new players are locked out of a lot of the content. This is especially true if you have never played a text-based game and have to start from scratch. However, don't be dismayed! The player base should be accepting to new players, and you'll also probably be asked to join a few corporations that see your potential as soon as you start off.
Okay, I'm sold, how do I start playing?
In order to play hellMOO, you'll need a mud client. There are tons out there, but they all essentially do the same thing and most have the same features.
Here's a list of popular clients:
TinTin++ (http://tintin.sourceforge.net/) (for UNIX-like systems)
Personally I use Mudlet, however I know a vast majority prefer MUSHclient. It's all up to you to decide, however note if you use Mudlet to uninstall the generic mapping package using the giant package button on start-up.
After that, you'll want to connect to the hellMOO game:
...when you connect, you'll need to request an account and then it should be pretty self explanatory from there on how you get into the game.
Jesus christ, what am I doing?
When you first start you'll plunge right into the dreams of before, which is the starting area for new players. The first thing you want to do is read the hellMOO wiki for help on what's going on here.
However, if you're too lazy for that here's a list of basic commands that should help you out:
look looks to the area around you, or to a specific object with 'look <obj>'
ex(amine) examines more thoroughly, exactly the same syntax as look except it also shows available verbs for use
n,e,s,w,ne,nw,sw,se,up,down,in,out all movement related commands, should be self-explanatory
kill starts attacking something, you generally don't want to do this until you understand what you're attacking
st(atus) shows your current character status, this is useful when you want to know about things like your thirst and hunger.
sc(ore) shows your characters scoresheet, this is important when you actually begin playing since it lists your stats and skills.
Time shows the in-game time which is important, and temperature which might be important in some hot or cold areas you'll encounter later in the game
inv shows your inventory
- says something to the room
How can I get more help from players that are online?
First thing you should do is ask your corp, if you have one:
corpnet on make sure you're on the channel
c help me! sends a message to the corpnet
If no answers...ask chatnet:
chatnet on turns the channel on
chat I'm a noob, and I am cold and scared. Please help. lets everyone know you are pathetic.
If you desperately need help(this is seriously a last resort -- don't do this):
zotnet on -- turns channel on
zot "I'm a fucking noob help me." -- jesus, this is sad
page help "HELP MEEE!!!" -- also sad.
What is with PVP?
Surely this will come up in this thread, and I will answer preemptively.
HellMOO has restricted PVP at this time of writing, it used to be completely open PVP however there were some changes within the game that are complex to explain. Point being, being a new player is a LOT more forgiving now! You will not be murdered over and over again by nerds who have no time on their hands to be doing anything better! It is actually a great time to get involved in this game, especially if you quit due to these reasons in the past.
However, if you are PVP inclined, it may interest you to know that the game is taking more strides into making more areas PVP related. For example, a very recent change has been in making a lot of end-game areas open PVP. Another change has added a mini-game in for allowing open-world PVP for all players involved in lieu of the Assassins game played in college campuses, etc. which grants some rewards.
let me make this clear: This thread is not for after the end, or anything related to it. Please, do not post anything about that dying game.