Effortpost begin (feel free to only skim this):
Our village of Briksborough is suffering from a severe lack of activity, so I figured I'd explain the game and our own immediate goals.
Haven and Hearth is a PvP game, with absolutely no restrictions and permadeath, so people will take every chance to steal & murder anyone, especially those too weak to protect themselves (like us). To this end, Goal #1 - FINISH THE PALISADE YOU LAZY BASTARDS
Palisades offer a very basic measure of security, protecting us from other noobs (although experienced players with their absurdly high Strength scores can basically tear them down at will.
Completing the palisade requires Yeomanry ( probably the most important skill in the game, it allows you to claim and own land, costs 4000 Learning Points and should be grabbed ASAP by everyone. I'd finish the wall myself, but its a shitload of work for one person and my experienced character got mauled by a bear.
Eventually we'll have to build a brick wall, which will be truly safe, but a palisade will give us enough security to undertake real work in earnest.
Next in importance is the building of the infrastructure needed to make warriors out of noobs! Due to the way stats work in this game, we have to raise our abilities slowly and evenly ( the game uses your highest stat to determine how much you have to eat to raise them, so it's best to raise them all at once.) For this, we need to manufacture food in boneriffic quantities. Once the wall's up, feel free to do any/all of these things:Build houses
: There is currently a house & a cabin being built for storage of various industries- the (already built) Farming Storage (for seeds n'shit), the Industrial Storage (for metalworking and ceramics), and a cabin for clothmaking and silkworms. Once we've got those up, we can start on a personal cabin for everyone
and an Inn (I'll live on the second floor of the inn and run a brewery in the basement to keep you awash in free booze).
Foraging: Requires a high Explore skill and Perception stat, this is pretty easy, you basically wander around and pick flowers, if you're doing this on purpose as opposed to while traveling for whatever reason, go ahead and grab a boat to speed things up. The higher your PER * Explore, the more and better you can gather.
Chantrelles and Blueberries are trade goods, so collect them (and whoever keeps eating them, stop)
Hunting: The main source of such essential items as leather and meat, different animals are hunted differently: rats, rabbits, and chickens you just sneak up to and grab, foxes/deer/aurochs(wild cows)/mouflon(wild sheep) are fenced up and slung to death (you have to get deer one at a time as they heal each other, and fence the whole herd of cows or sheep because they'll all attack you.) Boars and bears will not only attack you for no reason, they'll tear through fences. Hunt them only from the water. If you're hunting with a sling, have at least 15 Marksmanship.
Rabbit meat and leather are trade goods.
Fishing: make a pole from branches, add a string, make a hook from a bone (or some metal if you want to be an ass) and add either bait or a lure, get in a boat and go fishing!Hunting, Fishing and Foraging should all be done at the same time.
As for things that have to be done inside the walls, I can handle the farming on my own, but need someone with max Industry to do mining, metallurgy, and ceramic crafts.
We'll slowly build up our manufacturing ability, buy metal, find metal, produce weapons and armor, and go raid other villages for fun and profit.To Join:
Go to http://www.havenandhearth.com/
, register, and make a new character. When you do, you'll be in a room with 3 characters, a pool, and a ball of light. The ball is you! Right click on Cuthulu to choose gender, get starting gear from the chest, choose a name at the germany lady, and talk to the telescope guy and give him "keldoclock". Stairs will appear leading you to a point in Briksbourough.
This game's EXP is called Learning Points, and you get them in two ways- Discovering an item ( i.e. having it appear in your inventory, not just taking it from a container/the ground) for the first time( test this by unequipping your starter gear and digging sand in the starter room. The other way is through Studying Curiosities. These are found, or crafted.
The first thing you should do is run around gathering sticks stones apples etc for points, Crafting everything you can, and running east to the pine forest and amassing some Cone Cows, your first Curiosity. With the points you get, learn Foraging, Hunting, Lumberjacking, and Carpentry. Congrats, you are now basically a functioning member of our Viking village!