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 Tutorial: Welcome to New Banian, orientation and command basics
Final Fantasy Online
Posted: Nov 17 2004, 08:21 PM

Official FAQ

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Your adventure begins in the bustling town of New Banian. While it is tempting to venture out and begin battling immediately, you will fare better if you take a few moments to orient yourself and make preparations.

Basics of Movement:

Unlike most BYOND games, FFO discourages the use of arrow keys for movement. Instead, simply click on the map, and your character will move until it has reached the specified destination.

You may be wondering why your character is moving so slowly. No; it's not lag. The movement speed of all mobile characters is highly regulated, and at low levels, your movement speed is relatively slow. There are two ways to increase your speed: class-changing as a Black Belt or Thief (to Master and Ninja, respectively), or to wear shoes with the speed suffix.

The arrow keys and the the num-pad (with numlock off) are not, however, completely without use. Pressing a directional key will cause your character to walk one tile in the direction pressed. Although it won't happen immediately, pressing keys will cause the character to move in the path determined by the buttons pressed. (For instance, pressing right quickly five times will eventually place you five tiles to the right.)

NPC Interactions:

There are numerous non-player characters (NPCs) in New Banian, and you will be interacting with many of them in the near future. To talk to an NPC, simply click it; you will walk over and, once within range, hear what the NPC has to say.

Head's-Up Display (HUD):

Being able to navigate the HUD will make your FFO experience much more enjoyable. The most important area of the HUD, directly beneath the viewing screen, displays your vital statistics, your gold purse, the attack prompt, and 10 "Quick Select" slots. You should quickly familiarize yourself with the health (red) and mana (purple) bars on the left side of the HUD; the thin, horizontal line beneath these is the stamina bar. There are also "hunger" and "thirst" meters, represented by a ham (for hunger) and a jug (for thirst). The thin, horizontal bar placed just above the Quick Select slots is the experience bar.

Beneath the slots are 20 social command buttons. The side-panel is used to access all of your various spells, skills, and items, among other things. Both will be discussed in detail in a later FAQ.

Floating your mouse over a HUD button will display the button's name below the console. Floating your mouse over your gold purse or the various status bars will display your numerical statistics below the console.

If you have any questions or problems as you familiarize yourself with FFO, press the Newbie Say button in the expanded HUD or type "NSay" in the console. Newbie Say allows you to communicate with all players under "newbie protection status" and any "guides" who happen to be playing.

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