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AA - Preparing for Early Release

In MMORPGs, there is a common idea that getting in the game and progressing ahead of the herd is a good idea (which it is, if you’re able to). This brings benefits like not having to farm the same mobs hundreds of other players are working on, and being more competitive (or at least being able to protect yourself) in PvP. With ArcheAge, this goes even further, though. So let’s take a look at what you can do to prepare for the early launch of the game!

Understand the Game Mechanics

One thing you really need to do is understand and refine the game mechanics. If you played in one of the Betas, you’re in luck. If not, it is a good idea to do some light research into how things work. The game does come with its own tutorial system to help catch up to speed, but it will go much faster if you can ignore the tutorial and just blast through the beginning content. The things you’ll want to understand are:

  • Mounts and how they work (in reference to gear, leveling, growing)
  • Planting and gathering
  • Building
  • Travel methods
  • Skill usage and upgrading

All of these things will put you on your way towards at least getting out of the beginner content and into the real world, where you can further refine your knowledge.

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Move Through Content Quickly

While most games advise against moving through the content as fast as possible, with ArcheAge it’s important for two reasons. First of all, it will allow you to protect yourself, rather than being farmed by griefers. And second, it will let you choose land plots that you may actually want. The former may not be too important since other players will be around you anyways, but the latter most definitely is.

Understanding Land Plots

The downside (or benefit, depending on how you look at it) to ArcheAge’s land system is that players are able to choose their own plots. Much like the real world, there are areas of land that are hot spots (extremely valuable), mediocre and pretty much worthless. As you might expect, they are likely going to fill up in that order. Land by the water, for example, is the most popular for building houses, so if you want to move there you will need to lock it down as fast as possible. Otherwise someone else will take it. While you can buy land from players willing to sell it, that requires two things: a price you can afford (and are willing to spend) and a seller that is willing to let go of land that may just increase in value.

The general idea is that you should move quickly to get your scarecrow and then place it in a piece of land you want. Then continue quickly until you can buy a house, and place that as well. From there you at least have a piece of good land; you may not be able to expand it later, but anything is better than nothing. Not to mention you may be able to buy out your neighbors and take over their plots for expansion in the future.

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Make Friends or Join a Guild

Hit up the official forums and try to find others that are in your time zone and match your play times. This will help you find people you can play with, which will increase the speed at which you can knock out content (since you’re working together) and will also help add some additional protection against griefers. Time is most definitely money in the beginning of the game, so you want to maximize your time spent.

When you find a person to play with, you generally want them to be more experienced or of equal experience to yourself. Someone that requires you to constantly tell them what to do, how to do it and answer questions is only going to hold you back. While this isn’t a problem later on in the game since you won’t be in a rush, it can be detrimental in the beginning.

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Buy Gilda Stars

Any gold you earn should be used to buy Gilda Stars as soon as possible. This will speed up your ability to get a house. This is not done through buying the currency directly, but through a sort of proxy service. You offer to buy, say 25 stars and someone else has those. They will buy the blueprint you need and then you just trade with them. In the beginning, gold won’t be nearly as important as these stars, so focus on that until you get the first house blueprint. After that, place the house where you want it and quickly farm for – and buy from the market – the materials that are needed to get the house built. Once this is done, you can relax and take it a bit slower, or try to lock down even more plots of land (which you can either keep for personal use or use as investment property).

Conclusion

ArcheAge is an awesome game and it has a lot to offer. But because of how it works, being a fast mover is important if you really want to lock down pristine pieces of land. This requires knowledge beforehand, as you are going to be competing directly with many other players on your server. To help cut down on competition a little, you can choose a more empty server. But with that comes a smaller market, less people to play with and less value for the land you end up locking down. Everything has its trade-offs, and it is up to you to decide what is the most important for you.

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