One of the almost-indefinable reasons that Fallen Earth has resonated so strongly in myself — and, I suspect, in others — is that this is truly a MMO where you are carving yourself out an existence in an incredibly harsh territory. Life isn’t handed to you on a magic platter; you have to work for everything good that you want, including shelter, transportation, food and even bullets.
I don’t think there’s a better feeling than being a fresh, wet-behind-the-ears newbie in MMOs, at the base of a large mountain of levels and achievements and gear and skills. Starting from scratch, there’s a special exhilerating feeling of accomplishment when you finally do make it up the mount. Before, the world didn’t even acknowledge your existence, and now you are master of your domain.
That said, one of the more valid criticisms levied at Fallen Earth is that the starting experience is simply too wide, too inscrutable and too bewildering for some players. You learn as you go, for sure, but the problem is that you can make a few regrettable errors at the start that you will kick yourself for later. So while I’ve previously posted a few tips for Fallen Earth, here is a follow-up guide on what I’d consider to be essential steps to getting off to a good start in the game:
- Your three best sources of info are the newbie help channel (read it!) and the helpful advisers that inhabit it, Globaltech ATLAS (awesome guides), and by typing /support in game, which brings up an in-game wikipedia thing that covers several helpful topics.
- Running around stinks as a form of transportation. Craft (train) an improved riding horse as soon as possible.
- Hold off on spending Advancement Points (AP) until you’re fully informed as to how you want to build your character. You can get by on 0 AP spent for the first half dozen levels or so.
- Save your money! Generally don’t spend a lot (or anything!) on ammo or gear starting out — that’s a good way to go broke. Instead, I’d recommend that you begin in one of the crafting starter towns (South Burb or Midway), as they give you lots of crafting books as quest rewards. Then pick up and scavenge everything, and make your own weapons, ammo and gear, and continue to do quests to get gear as rewards from them as well.
- Store commonly-used crafting mats in your sector vault, less-used items in your barter vault (every town has a sector vault, only a few have a barter vault, and only one per sector has a VIP vault). The more crafting skills you try to level, the more space you’re going to have to devote for mats.
- Never get rid of older transportation vehicles/horses! They can sit in the garage/stable forever, and each has an inventory that you can use as an auxiliary vault. Right now I have three horses, an ATV and a bike that I use for storage. Speaking of which, whatever you’re riding around on, make sure you have fuel and healing/repair kits on the mount itself.
- Even if you’ve outleveled the content, plan on doing as many AP missions as possible (here’s a great guide for them). The more AP you get = the better your character can become.
- Gear and weapons need to be repaired once in a while, or they’ll go “red” and you can’t use them until you fix ’em up. Just buy an appropriate repair kit (armor, ballistics, melee), then go to your gear screen (“G”), right click on the item that’s showing a damage bar underneath, and select “repair”.
- If you’re not a crafter, consider at the very minimum doing geology, nature and science. Geology and nature lets you harvest more items in the world (along with scavenging), and both science and nature are important for crafting mounts (science for vehicles, nature for horses). Science + Ballistics = bullet production for rifle/pistol users.
- Buff the heck up. It’s easy to overlook buffs, but they really can be the difference between life and death in the game. You can always have on one stance at a time, and have on buffs that regenerate stamina, health, and increase various stats. Food and drink also add on one buff apiece, depending on the item.
- Read this great thread over at Globaltech ATLAS on new player tips. Invaluable stuff!