Experience - Midkemia Online Online Help

18.3.1 Experience

(See also HELP PARTIES. Notes on group sharing of experience included below.)

Experience - what is it, how do you get it?


Experience Defined
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Experience is a way to describe how capable you are as an adventurer. As you
live and act in Midkemia, you will typically find things to do that will
produce experience (or xp) for you. Do them and you get xp.


Experience, among other things
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Experience is only one way in which adventurers grow. Others are:
- Learning skills is another way (see HELP LEARNING).
- Attaining to power through rank and positions in guilds or cities.
- Acquiring rare and powerful artifacts (HELP ARTIFACTS).
- Gaining ranks in
  - combat (HELP WARLORDS), and
  - exploration (HELP EXPLORATION), among others.


Levels of Experience
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As you gain xp (experience) you will gain new levels of experience. At the
start, you are "level 1." As you gain xp, your level will also rise. The names
and descriptions of these levels is in HELP LEVELLIST. As you gain levels, your vital statistics (health, endurance, etc.) will rise. You will also gain points to distribute to your base statistics. See HELP STATS for an explanation of statistics and how to increase them.


Ways to Gain Experience
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Quests, Combat, Crafting, Roleplaying and Exploration are the primary ways to gain xp, but there are a few other ways as well. Read on!


Experience from Quests
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Experience is gained in a variety of ways. By performing little (or big!) tasks
for denizens of the realms. We call these tasks quests (HELP QUESTS). Find
quests, perform them, and gain experience. Quests are rarely violent, and often
quite complex and challenging. More than one Midkemian adventurer has spent an
entire career, and a very successful one at that, gaining experience only by
means of quests.


Denizen Combat
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Another way to gain experience is to enter mortal combat with denizens of the
realms. This carries with it the risk of your own demise, which would also
include a reduction in experience.


Experience from Exploration
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You gain experience by exploring new locations in Midkemia. See HELP EXPLORATION for full details.


Experience from Crafting
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You gain experience for crafting any item from a design pattern. The amount of experience you gain is based on the number of commodities used to craft the item, and the quality of those commodities - crafting an exceptionally made item awards many times more experience than a poor quality item. If you are a designer, you also receive a very small amount of experience whenever anyone else crafts one of your designs. See HELP CRAFTING.


Experience from Roleplaying
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You may occasionally receive a message that your esteem has risen in the eyes of your peers. This indicates that you have been recognized and rewarded for your excellent roleplaying! This will grant you some minor experience over several days. See HELP CREDIBILITY to learn more about credibility and esteem.


Other Ways to Gain Experience
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- Fishing (based on the weight of the fish caught)
- Unearthing hidden treasure caches when Appraising for resource nodes (See AB VIGILANCE APPRAISE, if you have that skill).


Adventurer Killing, also known as PK
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PK does not grant experience, generally speaking. Neither does the person who has been killed lose experience. The one exception to this is city raiding. A city member who kills a city enemy inside their city (i.e., one who is raiding) will gain experience, and the slain raider will lose it.


Parties, Groups and Experience
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See also: HELP PARTIES. When you form an adventuring party you will split any experience you gain with the other members of your party who are in the same location. Even though it is close, the experience split is not exactly equal: each player in a party, up to a maximum of 5, gains slightly more experience than his or her fair share. This is to encourage players to hunt together.