This is not a manual on How to play Runes of Magic, nor even a guide. It rather is a compilation of tips to help you get started in runes of magic. Many details have been deliberately omitted and you are expected to put your own efforts into learning.
As for the advice you will find in this memo, don’t follow it blindly. Do your own research, and then make your own choices.
Some links that might be helpful:
http://anakrasra.eu/category/guides/ good place to find a manual and start learning.
http://www.rom-welten.de/database/ online database with all quests, NPCs, gear etc.
Google : searching for “runes of magic” + “problematic-quest-or-other-issue” can resolve many questions.
There are two major considerations to look at before you get involved with the game
Although claiming to be a Free-to-Play game, Runes of Magic is actually a Pay-to-Win game
Of course, you can get quite far in RoM without spending your real life cash but don’t expect to be on a par with other players who do invest in the game.
Don’t be discouraged by this however, all is not lost.
While DPSers require very good gear, support classes can be viable with quite modest pieces.
You do not need to invest constantly unless you intend to say at the very top.
It’s possible to make a considerable initial investment to get some gear and then earn in-game items with it.
Ultimately, it’s a choice of spending either money or your time for the game.
And last but not least, many people don’t want to run the highest instances in hard mode.
If you prefer questing it is possible to enjoy a long time in the game whilst investing a minimal cash amount – farm gold to buy diamonds from players who do invest in the game.
This is a social game
If you are reading this you have already found a guild. Now try to participate in it’s life and get along with other members.
The way you approach both the game, also it’s social aspect, i.e guild communication, is what will ultimately define your whole game experience.
Try to be helpful to other players.
Despite your low level, there are still ways to contribute, such as participating in your guild’s Siege Wars.
Small favors like giving fake party or joining HoS run for numbers are appreciated too.
Never expect other players to play your game for you.
Ask questions about something you don’t know but always try to do your own research on the subject before that.
Remember – a player who tries to help himself first will always be more likely to get help from others.
Don’t be lazy and don’t be too persistent for something you may not really need.
“Powerlevel me because I’m too lazy to do quests” or
“Reading guides is too boring so explain me the whole gear upgrade system” or
“Take me to that ini and repeat until I get a good item, you all have nothing better to do anyway” or
“Good gear is too expensive so give it to me for free”
are all examples of how not to do things.
And don’t be shy, guild life depends on communication!
Subjects to learn, the sooner the better
Daily quests and Phirius tokens
Every day you can complete 10 quests, which are marked in blue, unlike regular quests which are marked in yellow. Each daily quest gives you 10 Phirius tokens.
The tokens can be used to buy goods from certain NPCs, and are also required for some minigames. Make sure to do them every day unless you are a heavy investor in RoM.
These give very important buffs. Since leveling Housekeepers takes time, start the process as soon as you can.
These are also a must at endgame.
A tip that you don’t find in old guides. At level 90 you can start doing Mirrorworld instances and will be able to buy enough golden eggs. So don’t bother grinding at Miller’s ranch unless you plan to level slowly.
Completing some minigames, such as Goblin Mines or Malatina’s give you this currency once you reach level 50. You can use it to buy items from certain vendors in Varanas Central Plaza. The items themselves are not too impressive, but they may have useful stats on that can be either sold for a good price, or used to upgrade or make your own gear.
Those are another currency. Similar to the above except that the items are actually needed to make PvP gear so save your HD parts. And they also have the same stats.
Honor points are awarded for participating in siege wars or doing drill grounds minigames inside the guild castle.
These are seasonal events that are usually changed every month.
Completing festival tasks can give you some useful rewards, and are also the only source of elements to create your Zodiac pets.
These are very helpful, so make sure to create enough of them to cover your needs.
Whatever class combination you choose to play, it will perform best only when you get the elite skills.
The easiest way to learn all skills up to 50 is doing red quests in Heffner camp. Typically each of them gives you an additional skill bar. Use them properly to get enough key points and receive an old bag for each finished quest.
A word of caution. Don’t open more than one old bag without learning a skill since the second certificate for the same level disappears.
You may want to create more characters to see what other classes can do. Furthermore you will eventually run out of storage space on your primary char and have to start keeping unbound items somewhere else. When you start an Alt character do it on a new account as you can possibly play them simultaneously. Registering more accounts also gives you more daily loyalty bonus rewards and therefore a higher chance to get a good item.
Also some gear upgrade aspects like making tiering stones require many arcane transmutor charges and you may want your alts spending their tokens for you. Alts can also farm you more shell stats, honor points etc.
These are 3rd party extensions for the game – there are many, but some are dated and no longer work. Be sure to remove those you don’t need since they can increase memory consumption and possibly lead to crash.
The game also allows you to create your own macros which facilitate many tasks.
Gear upgrade system
This is a central part of the game since a character’s power is mostly defined by the equipment it wears, and so upgrading is a topic you will eventually need to know as much detail as possible about.
Some tips for the start:
There’s no need to bother with your equipment at the outset.
Land of Malevolence is the last zone where you can be relatively comfortable in your quest gear.
In Redhill Mountains you really should start moving towards upgrading.
Tergothen Bay and higher zones require certain gear.
Gear will need to be replaced very quickly during leveling. Don’t invest much in any particular item since it becomes obsolete very soon (no high tiering and plussing, clean statting, fourth rune slots etc).
Dirty statted white items can make your experience much more pleasant at low levels. Consider buying / borrowing / making it yourself.
There are many upgraded weapons, rings, necklaces from old times, try to get them.
Your weapon is your first priority. Make sure to tier it a bit. Low plussing doesn’t contribute much, but you may want to consider +3 or +4 if the mobs seem too tough and you want every bit of damage you can get.
The second priority is critical damage. Get plussed rings and start accumulating as much critical hit rate as you can.
Dirty statting is good enough until quite a late stage but don’t bother with finding perfect stats for this technique.
Instance items are generally better but don’t think less of blue items you get from quests.
Endgame gearing is a completely different story. Make sure to learn it before spending a lot of resources on an item.
The easiest sequence is:
Level to 10 or higher, get the second class, level both to 20, go to Heffner Camp and level both to 50.
After this go through Weeping Coast, Savage Lands, then Autolia Volcano until you reach 54, and meet Mysterious Torrog near Snoop in Dimarka village. Follow his questline, and you will eventually be taken to thunderhoof hills. Work through the available quests there until you reach Dalanis city, making sure that you pick up the ‘Envoy of Dragons’, and ‘Return of the Glory’ epic questlines. Keep doing those as well as doing other quests you find from thunderhoof onwards.
There are more low level zones in the game but they are not required since Coast of Opportunity and Xaviera are enough for fast leveling.
Now the bad news.
One thing you should know from the start. Reaching the level cap with quests is easy but they are not enough for two classes.
This is not necessarily a disaster since some combos don’t really need the maxed subclass. But others can lose their performance significantly.
If you do want to max more than one class there are some things you can do.
Fully utilize exp/tp events and do as many quests as you can during these periods. This includes using daily tickets to do more daily quests on the same day.
Find someone to powerlevel you, but be aware that you may have to pay for the service. Be sure to take every available buff and again, the exp/tp events will be your best friend here.
But also be aware that power leveling from a low level when on your first character in the game is a generally bad idea – you will reach end levels yes, but without good gear, and with no knowledge of the game or of understanding the techniques and skills and thow to actually play your chosen classes, all needed for endgame. Play the game through on your first ever character without power levelling to learn the game fully.
Try to join Goblin Mines when some high level player does them, usually many guildies offer to do this favor.
Some old bag quests in Xaviera can give you exp/tp buff which works for quests too. The best strategy here is to complete a number of quests and then mass turn them in while the buff is in effect.
Legendary Zodiac pet with quest exp/tp bonus is a great help too.
Remember that you can turn in quests whilst on a class that is 10 levels below the quest level so make use of the possibility to switch classes.
You can also get quest exp/tp potions from the Item Shop and daily gifts, use them wisely.
Never clean your death debt with quests, use the Guild Castle’s library, debt NPC, redemption tickets etc.
Guild Castle buildings
Make sure to get buffs from the stables and towers. Use drill grounds every day for Honor Points. Clean your debt in the library. Farm resources if you have nothing to do.
Walking around the zone takes too long.
Buy a permanent mount if you can. Otherwise wait for an Anniversary Event and farm your free one.
As a temporary solution you can rent one for Honor Points in the OS, also for Ancient Mementos in Weeping Coast. But this is probably a waste if you have to do this for months since they require Phirius Tokens too.
Use mount tickets from minigames or buy them at the AH. Some guildies might give them away for free if you ask nicely.
Temporary mounts are also a possible reward during some festivals once the requirements are met.
You don’t have to participate and at low level you are an easy target for enemy players. Still you might want to join SW at least towards the end to get the rewards. Badges of the trial are unobtainable from any other sources, and will give you some nice titles in the long run.
And you can help others greatly even without endgame gear. Some tasks you can do: farming merits, driving rams, watching castle gates, defending the castle with catapults and much more.
Many aspects of the game allow you change your path at any point and go another way. Some actions are final like completing a regular quest. Normally you don’t have to worry about this but pay attention to the following.
Siege war titles. Always choose those with “+ all attributes”. They give the most important skills which are required both in pve and pvp.
Zodiac pet buff. This is not really a problem since you can always make a new one. Moreover, you would want to have several zodiacs with different buffs. However, buffs for the secret pets are final too. Make sure you choose the one you want.
The following aspects are not required but you may also want to pay them some attention
These require everyday grinding for quite a long time but the reward is good too.
No need to bother at the beginning. You can start learning it any time. And you better first get an idea what is important and what is useless in this area.
Certain production runes are always in demand. If you don’t want to craft yourself, sell them or put in the guild bank.
If you do decide to start, be sure to learn tips and shortcuts for faster leveling.
Start doing MW instances once you reach level 90 and check what you can buy for mirror shards. Once you reach Mirrorworld, you can obtain Cenedril pets, which can be levelled to give useful buffs.
Investing at low levels
You’ll be fine at early stages with the items you get for free. But throwing in some money can bring you a more pleasant experience. This is what you may want spend dias on:
Permanent mount. Choose a fast one that can cross water such as the Flame.
Long-term riding speed potion.
Selling dias for gold.
First, you can hire housekeepers on your first day.
Second, you can buy equipment or some bag stats for dirty statting. But first learn or ask about what’s worth buying and what’s not.
Get Escape Artist title once you reach level 55.
Daily loyalty bonus. Open item shop to get your reward. The next one will be available 24 hours later.
Debt NPC at Varanas Central Plaza Channel 1, near the bank. He clears all TP and EXP debt for your char once a day.
Learn what potions and food give good effects and are easy to get.
(put your own tips in comments please)