Text Games: The Quest for Dragon
by Alyissa Pickering
Having spent many years playing Achaea and a few other Iron Realms text games, I have realized that there is a certain art to obtaining the wonderful rank of Dragon. This is achieved upon reaching level ninety-nine in the Worlds. When you first enter an Iron Realms text game it does seem quite daunting. There are rewards around every corner, though. In this article I will outline how to achieve your goal, though it can definitely be applied to other MUDs out there that have a reward upon completion of a set number of levels.
1. Patience is a Virtue
The best thing to do is the be very patient in how you hunt. Know that you will die as you advance throughout the levels and this should be taken with a grain of salt. Though, at a low level you will lose close to a level, at a higher level you will lose much less. It does scale to how long it takes to hunt in a location. Text game areas will be hunted out, but the best thing to do is not wait. Even if it takes half an hour for a text game area to repopulate, there are always other places to hunt. I have learned that even hunting a location such as Manara, which is usually level thirty-sixty, I was still getting .1% every three gnolls at level 97.
2. Those Who Run Away
Live to fight another day. Don't try and be a hero, always believing that 'this next hit will kill it'. More often than not you will find that that extra hit will get you killed. Especially since most text game creatures have two attacks. One is generally weaker, but they always have one that hits just a little bit harder. As you reach the higher levelled areas you will notice that some creatures have starburst tattoos, crystal tattoos, shield tattoos and even inflict with loki and cause blackout. Remember that the two seconds it takes to run, the five seconds it takes to heal back up, and the rest of the time to kill the creature can add up in the long run instead of having to wait for a resurrection or to Pray.
3. Buff Up, Big Boy
Don't be afraid to take advantages of the various buffs either your text game character or another rpg game adventurer can bestow upon you. Get runes from Runewardens, blessings where you can and make use of any stat boosting skills your own class has. Make sure to include a full set of tattoos and sometimes, in a tough situation, you will want to use a Tree or a Crystal tattoo. Dependent on if your text game class is willpower or endurance based, you'll want to have either a Megalith or an Ox tattoo. Those will ensure you can hunt for longer periods of time.
4. While the Cat's Away
The best times to hunt are the times when there are less people in the text game Realms. You will usually notice the same people tend to hunt the same areas, and they usually have it pretty well timed. You can either camp the location before they get back or you can beat them to the respawn. My personal preference is to just leave and find somewhere else a little less inhabited by other text game Hunters like yourself. As you progress you will soon learn how long it takes for an area to fill again with inhabitants. Also, during the later hours, you will notice that the text game experience you get in a location is much higher and the longer you leave it alone, the more experience you will get the next time you hunt it.
5. With Our Powers Combined
Take advantage of any promotions Iron Realms is having in their text games. Whether it's double experience, increased criticals or bigger gold drops. In the end, it will offer an incentive for you to hunt. Despite the idea that most places will be hunted out during double experience, a lot of people actual steer clear of Achaea during those times because people are only focusing on one thing. If you can bypass someone else who is hunting, take advantage of the hole. The best bet is to make friends with everyone who is hunting in the text game area, even delegating so that no one is trying to up the other one, making it a challenge rather than an enjoyment.
Remember that dragon is a very hard thing to achieve if you're doing other things within the world of Achaea besides hunting morning and night. If you are involved in deep roleplay, it tends to get difficult to sneak away. Sometimes it's good to clear your head. The milestones are there, you just have to believe you can make it.
- Level 92 is 50% of the way to Dragon -
Alyissa Pickering is a text game enthusiast who enjoys the best online role playing games from Iron Realms!