Sandbox Interactive, the developer of cross-platform MMORPG Albion Online, has released an informative guides for those who will play the sandbox MMO in the closed beta starting later this week. This guide includes explanations and tips for major gameplay features such as crafting, class, GvG and PvP, etc.
The Ins and Outs: A Beginner's Guide to Albion Online
Somewhere deep in the confines of Albion’s eastern continent, in a place desolate of peace and ridden by political warfare, the tale of a new beginning was bound to reality. It was time for history to be written of a new hero.
Welcome, Adventurer. You've come to the right place, and the right game. Albion Online is a medieval Sandbox-MMORPG, designed entirely with the objective of providing a well-rounded and challenging experience. From the simplistic, yet impactful animation design, to the minimalistic approach towards its aesthetically pleasing art-style, the game demands attention.
With that being said, I am here today to provide you with a few pointers on your initial course of action when taking your first steps into the world of Albion. Let us begin with the first thing you should take note of when logging into the game, naturally: The Destiny Board.
The Destiny Board: Your Central Hub for Progression
When first entering the game you may notice that there is no quest giver or NPC to direct you on your journey. Don’t be alarmed as this is intentional. In Albion Online, you script your own legacy and determine your own path. However, the Destiny Board is available as a support-system to help you better define who you wish to become as a player. The first thing you will want to do is open the Destiny Board by hitting your "N" hotkey.
Yes, at first glance the destiny board will appear to be very complex, but don’t feel discouraged as it will only take a few moments to fully grasp that it is a lot more coherent than it appears. This will be your unspoken guide for character progression in Albion, and it is accessible anywhere, anytime. You will begin progressing your destiny board from the moment you log in. After closing your destiny board, take a look at the bottom-middle of your screen. There you will find your initial destiny board tasks to complete and begin your journey.
Now that you understand the basic style of progression and have begun your journey in Albion, let us discuss the first tasks you will embark upon.
Beginning Your Journey
Upon arrival at the shores of Albion’s coast, you will end up in one of three locations: Westerly Cross, Middle Cross or Easterly Cross. If you plan on beginning your journey with a companion, then traveling between each starter city is a rather simple process. This can be done by speaking to the Travel Planner located on the ship docks of each starter city. You can then travel between each starter city… for a small fee of course (thought you were getting away for free eh?).
Before you do anything, open your mails located at the top of the screen. Apart from vanity items your Founder’s Pack gives you, you will also find a horse and an ox that make travelling through the world of Albion easier. But beware: once you enter the Red Zones, people can take the Founder's items, including your mounts, away from you after killing you.
As mentioned previously, the first task you will want to undertake is located at the bottom-middle of your screen on your destiny board checklist. Proceed by gathering those initial rocks and logs, and slay those innocent bunnies to your hearts content! Don’t forget to loot all the rabbit-hide while you’re at it. Grabbing some extra of each resource will come in handy, as every resource you gather will prove to be useful in one way or another.
After you complete your initial task of gathering resources, it’s time to create your first items: gathering tools and weapons. Head on over to the first NPC you will encounter in the game, in the middle of the map, which will provide the workbench necessary to create your initial gear and tools. Onto your first creations!
Now that you have your resources in inventory, you’re ready to make your first tools and weapons. Gathering tools are an immeasurably important component of Albion Online’s crafting system, as they allow you to gather higher tier resources, thus resulting in crafting stronger weapons and armor in the process.
Resources come in eight different tiers. Each tier becomes increasingly challenging to find in the open world, as resource scarcity is a very tangible factor in world of Albion. Only the best of the best will be able to maintain the highest tier of gear, so keep in mind that the world is indeed a competitive one. You will need the appropriate tier level of tools to gather a resource of the same tier. With that being said, make sure to always have gathering tools on-hand if you plan on gathering and creating your own gear. Knowing that you plan to be the best of the best, go on and create your tier 1 tools. This will be your first step in achieving the ultimate goal of unlocking tier 8. With your tools in-hand, gather some more stone, wood and hide (or use those handy-extra ones you gathered earlier) and create your first weapons and armor in Albion.