Playing Alts in Iron Realms MMORPGs
The games that Iron Realms provide are all incredible and each has a different theme, a different flavor and a different feel. Within each game there are different factions and subfactions, leading to even more flavor between every game, factions, Houses and even character classes and races. There is simply so much to experience in the Iron Realms MMORPGs, one can hardly be blamed if they want to experience the 'other side' or another game with the same quality. But before you go on making alternative characters, here are a few things you really should know:
Don't Mail Items Between Characters!
In contrast to MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, alternative characters and accounts aren't allowed to help eachother in any way. You may NOT drop vials somewhere on your 'main' and pick them up on your alt, that would be one character aiding another. The same goes for gold, herbs, clothes, armour, weapons, etc. However, you MAY transfer website-purchased credits between characters -- just not in-game acquired credits such as buying through the credit market.
Don't Use Cross-Character Information!
Perhaps the most important part: information learned on one character should NOT be used to aid another. Now, this one is tricky, becaues it's one of those grey areas. Maybe you're not conciously more aggressive towards person X for reason Y learned on character Z, but try to keep this in mind: keep it to the character. If your first character has a rivalry with person H, don't carry that rivalry over to your next character. They're separate, so try to make sure they think separately too!
Keep them Seperated!
Can't really say this concept enough. This isn't so much a rule as it is a tip: try to make your characters act differently. This will keep them a little more secret, and keep them feeling different, fresh and enjoyable to play. Try to log into them at different times if you're trying to keep them secret, too. This can be very useful, for example if your main is a popular raider from Ashtan, you may not really want Shallamese figuring out who your Shallamese alt is -- while you should try to act differently towards the same people across characters, it doesn't guarentee everyone will.
In other MMORPGs you often need to start a new character at some point to continue enjoying the game, but in Iron Realms games, that is just an option. The main thing is to have fun -- if you can do that on your main character without even being tempted to look at the other side, that's great. But some people will inevitably be curious, and for those people, alternate characters are a fantastic way to re-play the same game in an extremely different way, and experience a whole new world through the eyes of your next character.