Muddled Times
Issue:Issue 29, March 2005
Section:Game Information

An Introduction to Quests

Quests are exactly as you'd imagine them to be, a search or adventure undertaken, in principle at least. Quests are a collective name given to an area or module designed and constructed by a wiz, which is worked into the game for a reset. It is usually a self-contained area, complete with mobiles, treasure and puzzles. That's where uniformity ends and the definition of quest blurs depending on who has written the quest. Cat, for example, takes quest to mean "lets design an area with wickedly fiendish traps in it to keep players on their toes!" Where Cat's quests are devilish, Agrazag's quest is exquisitely atmospheric and McNabb's quest is full of ghoulish humour. Quests are diverse as the wizzes who wrote them. Some people have a favourite quest and will only explore that quest until they have solved or "beaten" it. Other people see quests as a way of recapturing the innocence and wonder of a new player.

If you've not tried playing in quests before it's worthwhile, if only to try something new. Most quests are lucrative for points too provided you're sensible and careful! I wouldn't recommend taking a "prized-persona" into one (like your first high-life!) as some quests are full of traps and often result in "silly deaths" and bumping into a particularly nasty mobile isn't unheard of too. The trick with quests is to pay particular attention to room descriptions and to items and mobiles that you encounter. For example a path littered with bones and possessions of travellers past probably hints at danger ahead. A mobile that is valued at 10 points probably means that you could kill it without breaking out into too much of a sweat. (Notice my use of probably, there is always an exception to the rule although the quests that are currently run aren't that mean.)

My advice to the novice of quests would be to use a persona with magic, take a couple of friends with you, grab a weapon and container before entering the quest and to play with verbose on (type VERBOSE - this will give you full room descriptions).

Below is a table of current quests available with some other useful information including some links to reviews of the quests.

Quest Author Entrance Danger Rating Notes Reviews
Quest of the Elements Agrazag Teleportation to "Mystical Crossroads" **** An incrediably atmospheric, puzzle-solving quest.
Designed for 1 player only of sorcerer or necromancer level.
School of Magic Cat Hall of the Cottage ** A murder-mystery set in a deserted school of magic.
The Haunted Castle McNabb Story Books found in the Cottage and Inn *** - **** Explore the haunted castle to unlock its grisly secrets.
Ice Palace Tabitha Wardrobe in the Cottage *** - **** Wander the grounds and land surrounding a beautiful, enchanted Ice Palace solving the puzzles thrown your way.
Having magic is not a necessity.
Balloon Flight Cat Via a balloon at the Ford *** Let the hot-air balloon take you to a strange greco-roman world.
The Princess Cat South Dale & Sundial in the pine forest *** Rescue the princess and return her to her father for a substantial prize.
The Rebels Cat The stairs in the Cottage **** Overthrow the rebels to defend the honour of the wizzes, lots of treasure to be looted.
Gremlins Mudguard North of the Mausoleum **** A crevice has opened up allowing access to the gremlin's secret realm.
It is a lot easier to enter the realm without magic.
There is a newbie verion of this quest available.
Dunkton's Secret Tunnels Pugsley The Mines **** Dunkton, a dwarf mining engineer, built a complex of tunnels all the way under the sea in search of a vast treasure chamber rumoured to be there, but well protected.  
The Manse Cat Pine Forest **** The Manse deep in the pine forest belongs to a powerful Magus. Why is he there, where has he come from?
Dracula Pugsley The Evil Wood ** Explore the lair of Dracula.
The Immortal Mansion Hawumph Dense forest near the swamp * Wander around the residence of the Immortals to try and ascertain which room belongs to which wiz.

The Danger Rating is based upon the opinions of players who have tried out the quests.

To explore any of these quests let a wiz know which one you're interested in or alternatively keep an eye on the Event Calendar at MUDII as quests are regularly scheduled.

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