While i'm playing crossfire you see in the text window
a lot of newcomers dieing for silly reasons, such as:
starvation, forgeting to equiq armour or using cursed
stuff, attacking things far too hard, etc. Then you
quite often see this happen to the same player several
times, before they log off and never comes back. I know
there are signs, newbie tower and usually helpful
experienced players, but i think some kind of 'newbie
bot' could help them even more.
This 'newbie bot' could introduce the player to the
game and tell them about the basics of play (controls,
gameplay, do's and don'ts, etc). This would save on
reading manuals, signs, etc (ie: online tutorial). This
'newbie bot' could also add some kind of underling
background story/history to the crossfire world, which
most comercial rpg's have in the form of an intro.
It could also help stop newcomers repeatedly dieing for
silly reasons and help them out with life potions and
booby-prizes/gifts when they die (at low levels only),
along with advice on why they died, and how to not die
like this in future. This should stop people from
getting frustrated and leaveing, as i see all too
The 'newbie bot' could also provide help in a similar
way to the 'hoz bot' running on some servers, but could
also offer advice on 'things to do' based on what the
user requests and the current status of the user
(Level, class, etc). Examples could be quests,
missions, xp gaining ideas/places, item gaining
ideas/places, etc. I think this would keep a newcomer's
interest for longer and would be the next best thing to
an experienced player helping out online ('shouts').
I have lots of other ideas concerning this 'newbie
bot', but there is not enough space here. You can
contact me by email: email@example.com (I have a good
knowledge of C/C++/AI/Linux and would be happy to help
- if you like this idea).
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