General gameplay tips

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Introduction

Welcome to the new players guide! Here we will attempt to give you a running start at playing Project Gorgon while showing you how and where to find things on the wiki. A few things to keep in mind, Project:Gorgon(PG) is a game under development and because of that changes will occur (fast and often at times). Don't be alarmed if something doesn't work, just send a bug report and continue on, things are improving all the time and every reported bug helps.

Project: Gorgon is a game that will give YOU the tools that YOU need, give advice, and tell YOU where to go or what YOU need to do to complete whatever task you want you have in mind, but it will not hand it to you. It leaves it to the player to find the tool, the quest/advice giver and whatever else the player might need. So then, players should keep in mind that most NPC talk is laced with hints and will be useful for something. So be prepared to go backtracking and searching the wiki if you are a habitual text window closer! (Hint: We all do it.)

Next! If PG gives a warning about a boss or skill or whatever it may be: Believe it. The warnings are there for a reason and may cause permanent changes to the player's character that cannot be reversed. That being said... Exploration is a major theme in PG, discover new places, new skills, new enemies, and discover new people, because PG aims so that that there will have plenty of content for everyone to explore and enjoy at all stages of the game. We ask players to be considerate to others that may not know or not have discovered as much in the game. Everyone wants to have the thrill of discovering something new, so please try not to shout out spoilers if possible.

  • Good luck, and now to the good stuff!


Basics

User Interface

InGame
  • Note: In this picture you can also see a players Inventory(top right), party window(bottom right), and player Chat on the left.

For the current User Interface a player has 3 main panels.
These are Main UI Bar, Equipped Skills, and your Special Abilities.

  1. Main UI Bar
    The Main UI.
    Account Status
    Account Status
    A place to report bugs, Un-stuck toggle, Give Suggestion, Report Abuse. Inventory
    Inventory
    Shows players current carried items Chat
    Chat
    Panel for talking to other players.
    Skills
    Skills
    Panel that shows the players current skills and their level in each. Map
    Map
    Shows the zone map in which the player is currently in, if applicable. Quest
    Quest
    Shows the players current quest, stuff to do, and a notepad.
    Recipes
    Recipes
    Shows all recipes that the player has learned. Pets
    Pets
    Shows the players current pet(s). Persona
    Persona
    Shows current Equipment, Player Statuses, and Player Abilities.
    Options
    Options
    Shows various options..
    • key commands,
    • Mouse and Movement Parameters,
    • Graphics,
    • GUI and Windows,
    • Sound,
    • Special Settings,
    • Logout,
    • Quit Game.
    Social
    Social
    Shows players hunting group and Friends list. Game
    Game
    Word Game that players can Play. (Currently just a blank tile.)
  2. The Equipped Skills bars, at the bottom of the screen, are where you can see your currently equipped skills, be they combat, animal, performance ect.
    The default controls for a player's Equipped Skills are:
    • For the top bar: numbers 16.
    • For the bottom bar: Ctrl+16.
    These are the abilities that you will be using regularly.
  3. The Special Abilities bar, far left of the screen, holds special action skills such as First Aid, Armor Patching, and even items from your inventory, allowing you to use items instantly.
    • These generally have a longer cooldown times and have better long term effects special in that some cannot be used.
    • Note: Players cannot switch armor or weapons if they are currently in combat!

Controls

For a complete listing see Controls.

Player Controls

Default player Controls
Command Key Alternate Key
Turn Left A
Turn Right D
Strafe Left Q None
Strafe Right E None
Move Forward W
Move Backwards S
Jump Space None
Run Left-Shift Right-Shift
Toggle Run/Walk ' None
Use Ability 1⇒6 16 None
Use Ability 7⇒12 Ctrl+16 None
  • Default Movement Controls
  • Standard WASD or Arrows Movement
  • Holding RMB + LMB will make your character move forward.


GUI Controls

Default GUI Controls
Command Key Alternate Key
Show Inventory Window I Ctrl+I
Show Chat Window C Ctrl+C
Show Persona Screen P None
Show Quest Screen None None
Show Config Screen Shift+O None
Show Map Window M Ctrl+M
Close Last Panel
Can also open options menu.
Escape None
Select Next Enemy Tab None
Zoom Camera In Numeric Keypad:+ Scroll Wheel ⇑
Zoom Camera Out Numeric Keypad:- Scroll Wheel ⇓
Select Next Non-Combatant None None
Use Selected U None
Screenshot Ctrl+P None
Screenshot: High-Res None None
Turn On/Off GUI Windows = None
  • At the bottom of the options panel, the player can see their current Ping, FPS, and Game Version.
  • Typing "/wiki chicken" in the game chat will open an internet browser and search this wiki for 'chicken', quite helpful when first starting. (Yes, there is a chicken page.)
  • Select Next Non-Combatant is Useful for selecting ground items, especially if they are hidden in foliage. Highly Recommended
  • Use Selected is Handy to use in tandem with Select Next/Previous Non-Combatant, to quickly loot ground items,
    or shuffle through a pile of dead mobs.
  • For High-Res Screenshots F12 is suggested.
  • For capturing screenshots in general and in particular screen portions Lightshot is highly adviced.
    Especially with it's default PRT-SCR key-usage.


Combat

Short and sweet version here check out Combat for a full run through of all buffs/equipment/effects.

Armor, Health and Power bars as of the alpha build

Above, you can see your characters Armor, Health, and Power as shown in-game. These are the players main resources while in combat, used to protect health, stay alive, and use player skills, respectively. They can be regained through five diffrent ways: out-of-combat regain, in-combat regain, combat refresh, player skills, and consumable buffs. These diffrent types of in/out of combat are especially important to pay attention to as they have very diffrent rates.

  • Out-of-Combat, is the regain when the player is not currently fighting any mobs. It is quite high compared to the other states, and it's free!
  • In-Combat is a markedly lower regain of stats state while the player is fighting enemies. It's low regain makes it necessary for players to efficiently use their Combat Refresh while fighting. *Some player skills are healing skills or can be modified to give heals when they are used.
  • Consumables are the food, flower, statue, meditation, ect... They require a item to be (surprise!) consumed  or used to gain their buff, the better the item the better the buff, usually.
  • Combat Refresh is the system used to restore armor, health, and power while in-combat. Activating a skill's basic attack will activate this, on a 10 second cool down, not all skills have basic attacks that will activate this however. See page for details.
A chicken's Stats

Armor, as a resource, plays an important but subtle function in combat, it mitigates 1 point of damage for every 25 points of armor remaining and is lost when mitigating damage. So then armored becomes more effective per point, the more you have of it.

Power is consumed by most skills but there are some skills, like emergency abilities, that have no Power requirement, and typically have a longer cooldown. The amount of Power available and your ability to recover Power between encounters is very important if you hope to take on more than one enemy at once, or even solo dungeons. But be aware! Running while in combat will drain power.

This goblin is in vulnerable state as indicated by the overhead icon.
Rage is a special resource used by monsters to activate their special attacks. As you hit monsters or they hit you, they gather Rage, and when their meter is full (an orange looking hand), they user their super power. There are some skills that "manage rage', as they decrease a mobs rage or slow its ability to produce rage somehow.

Vulnerability is another special mechanic for monsters, they periodically go into this vulnerable state and some abilities have a chance to cause it. Some attacks do extra damage against vulnerable monsters, so it’s sort of a whack-a-mole mechanic — you use your vuln-boost ability when you see the monster flashing vulnerable.

  • Click on Expand in the table below to see the current combat skills available.
Skill Description How to obtain
Archery Expertise with using bows to hunt and kill. Learned by new characters automatically, however you need to find the bow and arrows in a dilapidated chest on Anagoge Island before you can use it.
Animal Handling The art of taming animals and teaching them to fight alongside you. Learned from a Shrine outside Serbule Crypt
Battle Chemistry Using alchemical concoctions in the heat of battle. Not for the faint of heart, or the particularly sane, this combat style specializes in area affects of all types. Advanced Practitioners can also ingest their formulae directly to take on new combat personalities. Masters can even create homunculi to serve them in battle. A Test NPC in Marna's shop teaches this for now, but the intended functionality is that you need an Alchemy of 50.
Druid Druidin' Use the Druid Shrine in Sun Vale
Fire Magic Using Fire to destroy your enemies. This is a very potent offensive skill, including long-range and area-effect attacks, and even some Cold attacks for versatility. However, there are drawbacks: Fire magic is extremely Power-intensive; all creatures generate extra Rage when they are burned; and many creatures have some resistance to fire. Talk with Velkort
Hammer Mastery of the user of hammer and clubs in combat. Hammers are generally considered the least versatile, least complex combat weapon, best suited to violent brutes. There are few abilities to learn, since it's so simple. Power consumption is higher than average, but so is damage. This is a weapon for crushing enemies, no more and no less. Reach a higher Favor level with Agrashab.
Mentalism The power of mind over matter: psychic powers! This combat ability focuses on recovery and restoration, but it also has multiple damaging abilities. Reach Friends Favor level with Echur
Necromancy Necromancy is control over the undead, along with other powers that triffle with mortality. To use necromantic abilities, you must be wielding or wearing a necromancy gem. You can often find these on weapons, and less often on pieces of armor. (If you are in a beast form, necromancy gems in weapons won't work, but ones in armor will.) ((Subskill: Corpse Talking) Use the Necromancy Shrine in Serbule Crypt Level 2.
Psychology Understanding the mind of sentient creatures. Also, using that knowledge in combat and other stressful situations. Discover Psychology on Anagoge.
Shield Expertise in the use of a shield, both as a weapon and as a defensive tool. Reach Friends favor level with Tyler Green
Staff Mastery of the staff as a martial weapon. Staff fighting has a mix of both offensive and defensive abilities. Raise favor level with Hogan.
Sword Expertise with swords, rapiers and the like. Swords are very damaging, and can reduce an enemy's Rage. Learned by new characters automatically, but you must find a sword on Anagoge Island.
Unarmed Mastery of the martial arts. Not especially damaging, but with great controlling and stunning abilities. Generally requires one or both hands to be empty, although you can use kicks even with other items wielded. Learned by new characters automatically while exploring Anagoge Island.

General tips for choosing between the combat skills:
- As a newer player consider having 1 primary combat skill and choose a support skill (e.g. Psychology or Mentalism) as your secondary. That will give much better ways to heal up during combat. There is also chart to indicate which combat skills can be used together.
- As a newer player the Archery and Fire Magic can be very expensive to level in above level 10. (Archery requires specialized higher quality arrows for the higher level abilities. Those arrows are generally not available to be bought from vendors. You would have to also level Carpentry and Fletching to be able to make your own arrows.)

Levels & Skills

  • A short explanation: (see Level for a thorough walk-through)
    • Most MMORPGs use a numeric Level system to indicate the power of players, NPCs, and mobs. Project Gorgon does not do this. Skills begin at level 0, and do not show in the player's skill panel. To get level 1 (and a usable skill), the player will need to find the appropriate NPC/quest or item that teaches/gives the skill they desire.
  • Skills
    • These are what players use as abilities/skill/attributes that allows them to accomplish things in the game world. See:skills
    • In Project Gorgon skills are increased by using them, so the more a player uses a specific skill the higher their level will be in that skill.
    • It is important to note that if active skill levels are too far apart (more than 25 levels), abilities that are above the 25 level difference are grayed out on the skill bars and unavailable for use. The player simply needs to select lower level abilities in the skill in order to use the same abilities.
    • To change active skills (archery, sword, necro, etc) click the arrow button that is on the left side of the skill bar you would like to change.
  • Combat Level:
    • A player has two combat-abilities they can bring to a fight, each with their own skill level, as well as the armor items that the player has equipped, this leads to a, hmm, 'hazy' view on what the effective level a player really is in combat. Generally players are considered on the levels of their two currently equipped skills with the assumption that they have equipment that is reasonably close to their skill's levels. NPC Foes are judged on a case-by-case basis, with none really having at true 'level', the player will have to make an educated guess by looking at the mob's stats, again see Level for complete details.
  • First time's the charm
    • Most events in the game reward bonus XP the first time you complete them. This applies to using recipes in various Trade Skills, to eating all types of foods (Gourmand), slaying foes (both common and bosses), dying in different ways, and even Binding yourself to a Teleportation Circle!

Death

  • Death is a unique and new experience in PG for most experienced MMO players for a few reasons.
  • Death is a skill, as in, each death is unique and each time a player dies they get experience in the Death skill that does in fact give bonuses to some attributes and other useful abilities...
  • The game does have a Death Penalty, but only when fighting bosses. When a player falls in combat to a boss they will be cursed with that boss' unique curse, and the curses effects vary, from mildly amusing to being downright unpleasant. The player is then stuck with the curse until they defeat or find some other way to remove the curse.
  • Otherwise when a player just dies, for whatever reason, they respawn at the entrance to the zone that they are in.
  • One last Note on Death, it is possible for there to be a Death Penalty at all times, players who enjoy this type of play style can check out Hardcore Mode.
    • To activate a player must interact with the sign in Serbule Keep, and it is 100% voluntary.

Inventory, Items, and Equipment Mods

Storage basics

  • Hulon in Serbule Keep is the vaultmaster. You can use storage in the main "council storage", and you can also use the nearby chest which is meant to transfer items between your characters on the same account.
  • Many, many, NPCs offer storage once the player is their friend, this is very handy once the price of more bank slots becomes unmanageable. see: Storage
  • Some skills, like Endurance, also give the players inventory slots as part of their level up reward.

Combat Items

Example Purple item.
  • Currently, items come in 5 Tiers, Common, Uncommon, Rare, Exceptional, Epic, Legendary, see Items.
  • When a mob is killed that has an item that is Rare, Exceptional, Epic, or Legendary a small visual and sound effect will play.
  • Belts Item-icon-belt.png give a slight increase in chance to get magical gear rather than 'white' gear.
  • Stacking Item effects: All augments, flat or percent damage increase, stack. Augments with a chance to activate each roll their own chance separately. (So if you have two items that have 15% chance to activate, they each will activate 15% of the time.)

Loot

Various looting options become available once you have the required tool in your inventory. Burying a corpse (to reduce the respawn time of the creature), skinning, butchering, and so on. Most of these items are available from the townsfolk of Serbule Keep.

See the following (mild) spoiler for a list of such items, or see the relevant skill pages.

Spoiler!

Equipment Mods

Most equipment comes with mods on it. The number that they can have is based on their rarity, while their effectiveness is based on their level. So while a level 5 item mod might increase a skill's damage by 25% a level 60 item might increase it by 125%.

Mods can and will determine most of what your build does once a player is able to obtain skill specific gear. Several skills have heals, as well as damage, and/or buffs and/or debuffs. Having your gear's mods focus the area you want will vastly increase a players wanted output, be that heals, damage, buffs...whatever. But To clarify: low level players should not worry about min/maxing their equipment, just use equipment that is appropriate for your skills' levels.

Once a player reaches mid range levels players can keep an eye out for equipment that has mods that will work well together. As mobs become harder players will need to have more power available to them to be able to deal with higher damage and stronger defensive abilities.

At high levels mods can make a build do loads of damage, be able to take lots of damage, or heal away any damage taken. It just depends on what the player decides, and what mods they can obtain.

Save Things!

  • Nearly everything that drops off enemies and harvestables are either useful in crafting or will earn you Favor (see below). As a new player make sure to use the "Small Talk" option with every new NPC you discover to learn about their likes and dislikes. Experiment by giving gifts to NPCs that have skills that you would like to level up. This will give you over time an idea of what's worth holding onto.
  • If you still are not sure or want to hold onto stacks of items to gift later, players have the option store it with Hulon and start buying additional vault slots once they run out.
  • For those what are worried about running out of room on their characters personal inv space, certain armor mods, skills and potions (temporarily) can increase the amount of space you have to carry items. Beware though! If you become overburdened with items you lose the ability to run.
  • Do note that storing everything will lead to inventory problems! There are lots, and lots of items each with their specific use. While it may be helpful to have stacks and stacks of materials later, the space may be better used for items and materials that you can use with the skills you are working on at your level. If you do find yourself with not enough storage space, try to find an NPC that will take the extra items for favor, even if they are not in your arch of skills they may offer better prices or more down the road.

NPC's Quests and Favors

Get every NPC on your side!

  • Most NPCs in Project: Gorgon have services and special rewards when you gain enough favor with them. They also offer additional quests. So for the player who is used to haveing a guiding "main quest line", this is where you can find some of your goals as you try to complete errands and earn favor from NPCs, which will send you to explore the world and the dungeons.
  • It is common that after completing a quest you'll find you still need to get a bit of favor to reach the next relationship level (for example you are 60% into "Comfortable" after doing an errand for the NPC, you still need 40% favor to move to "Friends" level). So if no more quests are available, check Small Talk and learn about their likes and dislikes and collect gifts for them.
  • Getting Comfortable or higher with most NPCs can earn you significant benefits, such as the ability to Shop, additional Storage (ie. permanent storage for your items), more quests, special recipes, etc.
  • One important thing to note is that it is very possible for a player to receive a quest that they cannot currently do, be that because they are low-leveled, missing skills, or need to go to harder/different areas no worries! Just keep the quest in your quest log and when you can complete the quest the NPC will give you your reward once you return to them.

Merchants

Joeh: Always with a smirk of superiority.

All NPC merchants share one common mechanic: the better your relationship with them (through Favor), the bigger their money pool and the more they will pay for your items (so eventually you can sell loot at full value).

The 'Buy Used' tab shows items sold by other players! If you can afford it, you can often buy items required by a quest rather than craft/hunt/harvest everything on your own.

Hanging out

Remember most NPCs give the option to "hang out" with them. Project: Gorgon also rewards you while you're offline, whether it is for 30 minutes or 8 hours! A good tip here is that you don't need to do that just before logging off. Chose the option at any time while you play, the last one you chose will always be active when you log out. You also don't have to worry about logging back in sooner. It won't cancel, it will just continue next time you log out.

Extra Tips for NPC Favor

Befriending the NPC Joeh, located in the central area of Serbule. He is one of the most helpful NPC's as he buys most gear you'll find within dungeons. Getting his Favor up is very easy, though a bit costly. One of his favorite and easiest things to acquire is Bacon,Item-icon-bacon.png, you can get this recipe from Fainor, located in the large Inn/Tavern style building. The fire near him is also where you can do a majority of cooking. The recipe only requires 2x Salt and 1x Pork Shoulder and gains +3 Favor per Bacon with Joeh.

Extras

  • Make sure to pick up all harvestables like mushrooms even if they don't seem useful yet. Leveling Foraging will unlock Seek Objective at level 5 which is an ability that will orient your character to face in the direction where your currently active quest objective is! (think "tracking" in good ol' EverQuest).
  • Picking mushrooms does in fact NOT raise the Foraging skill, only the Mycology skill.
  • When exiting the the east side of Serbule Keep village you may notice a circle patch of low level mushrooms to the right of you, they respawn often and usually contain enough mushrooms to get 16-18.
  • If you desire to raise your Fishing skill the best place to start is the moat around Serbule. Start with Crabs until you reach the level required for Clown Fish, from there it is mostly collecting a mixture of Crab, Clown Fish and Grapefish. Perch and Eel are very rare to find and are not optimal for leveling.
  • Empty bottles:Item-icon-bottle.png To fill an empty bottle with water you can either activate a water well (eg. in Serbule) or similar object, but you can also simply stand in a body of water outdoors and right click an empty bottle.
  • The road east of Serbule is where most Pigs spawn. They are easy to kill and always drop Pork Shoulder. Since Pork Shoulder is the main ingredient for bacon, it is extremely important for raising Joeh's Favor fast.
  • A player quote for first time visiters to the island, and when you first get to Serbule.

When you first start out, three things to remember if you want to enjoy PG: 1. Explore everywhere (and take the time to read the NPC's responses!) 2. Remember death isn't a penalty, it's a skill. And getting dying to level 10 is helpful! 3. Have fun - try something different! And when you get stumped, /wiki <subject> (preferably in a spot you won't get attacked by a wandering monster)

When you first get off the island, my biggest advice would be to curry favor with Marna. She is able to sell useful items needed for other NPC's quests, she's the only early source for disease cures, and she gives storage (others like Joeh also give storage but Marna lets you store anything). Plus it's fairly easy to work up her favor - you can give her skins (if you've gotten a skinning knife) but you may want to save those for tanning and leatherworking. It's actually pretty easy to start growing potatoes and onions (though onions do take fertilizer so may want to stay with just potatoes), cook them into an easy vegetarian dish, and give those to Marna.

It's also worth buying the following items to get some useful skills and bonuses: Autopsy kit Mushroom Jack), skinning knife (either from Kleave in the later zone Eltibule, as a reward from one of Ivyn's quests, or the easiest way is from another player), handsaw (Therese), butcher knife (another player). Autopsy kit lets you gain skill in pathology, skinning knife lets you skin animals you kill, handsaw lets you gather wood, and butcher knife lets you butcher corpses (but you can only skin or butcher a corpse, not both).

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