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Tabula Rasa Journal: Searching for General British. I failed.

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    I tried to partake in a live event on the Tabula Rasa servers a few days ago.  The event was something like a treasure hunt, or a hide-and-seek game where everyone on the server was looking for one person: General British.  People who found General British got prizes such as a Tabula Rasa t-shirt as well as bragging rights.

     

    Being still fairly new to the game, I wasn't successful at all at finding General British.  He gave hints over global chat, such as saying he was around people who were wearing armor, or near a cave, but I had no idea where to head.  Instead, I concentrated at completing a couple of quests from NPCs.

     

    I'm sure all MMOs are like this, but quests at lower levels are brain-numbingly dumb.  One quest had me fetch 8 items that were coincidentally dropped by some non-aggro animals nearby.  So I and some other people who I assume were also doing the quest just camped one area and waited for the animals to spawn.  While I was waiting with these people, I noticed that there's not a lot of socialization going on.

     

    The lack of socialization in this MMO could be due to two things: I was hanging around the newbie area and everyone was more focused on learning how to play the game, and it's not overtly clear how to even talk in the game.  I checked the control options and the website, but it wasn't until I asked someone on the Tabula Rasa team that I found out what keys to press to type out text messages.  Maybe I'm just a newb, but pressing / and 'enter' to talk to people while in game wasn't very intuitive.

     

    Now that I figured out how to talk, I tried to get chummy with a few players who ran by me, but they just ran on by without even stopping. I wasn't sure if they read my text or not.  So far, Tabula Rasa feels like a bunch of people playing a single game who just so happen to be sharing the server together.  Most of the quests I accepted were easy to do solo, so there was no need to party up.  Hopefully, when I get to a higher level, quests will get harder and more people will be willing to play together.  I still haven't even entered an instance yet, I think.

     

    I did finally reach level 5, which means I get to pick some sort of specialization. The problem is, I can't find the NPCs who are supposed to train me.  Some helpful players reminded me to clone my character in case I don't like the specialization I picked, so I could go back and choose a different one. Cloning a character is exactly what it sounds like. In the character selection screen, you click 'clone' and it makes a new character with the same stats as the one you're cloning, only you can choose what it looks like.

     

    Next on the agenda: finding NPCs who can train me so I can use better guns.

    Louise Yang

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