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1 How to Start

To play Tibia you first need to create an account. Just click create account and follow the instructions. After you enter your email address and accept all terms, an account number will be entered on the page, password, character name, and the character's gender.

Please make sure you choose a name for your character that does not violate the Tibia Retro rules. Of course, you must follow this code of conduct when playing and using our website at any time. Otherwise, you may be excluded from our gaming service.

As the next step, download the client software and install it on your computer.

For security reasons, you must now also register your account.

Now you are ready to start playing. Go to your Windows desktop and double-click the Tibia Retro icon to launch the game client. On the title screen, simply click on “Join Game”. After entering your account details, a menu will appear. Double-click the name of the character you created. The client will now connect to the game server and your character can begin his career as an adventurer. Please note that if many players are online in the selected game world, you will have to wait a while before you can log in. The customer will show their current position in the login queue and automatically attempt to log in with their character after the displayed waiting period.


2 Screen Layout

You will now see the adventure screen:


Game Window
The game window is where most of the action is taking place. It shows a part of the world of Tibia, with your own character in the middle.
Much like a radar screen, the automap will show you an overview of your surroundings. In the beginning a large part of this map will be dark since you need to explore the area first. The map buttons to the right will allow you to scroll around on the automap.
Status Bars
The status bars show your current hit points (red) and magic points (blue). Note that in the beginning you will have no magic points (mana) at all.
Right below these bars you can see your inventory. It is divided into several slots for different body parts. Please note that you can put items only in the slot they are designed for, i.e. you can place a shield in your character's hand, but not on his head. The top right slot is reserved for containers such as bags and backpacks.
Combat Controls
The combat controls consist of six buttons. They determine your character's behaviour in battle.
Several further buttons are arranged next to or below the inventory screen. Some of them ("Options" and "Help") will open up menus, while others (such as "VIP" and "Battle") will open up sub-windows. Clicking on "Stop" will cause your character to stop any action he is currently taking, while the button "Logout" will end the game.
At the bottom of the screen you will find the console through which you can talk to other players. Communication is organised in different chat channels which can be activated by clicking on the little button with the file card in the top right corner of the console.


3 First Steps

Choose Your Character Outfit
You will start your adventure in the temple of the little village of Rookgaard. However, before you can do anything else you will be asked to select your character's outfit. You can choose your favourite adventurer from several different figures. Also, you can customise your character even further by painting individual body parts with the colour of your choice.

Context Menu
Once you have finished designing your character you should look around. You will find that you are not alone in the temple. There is a priest called Cipfried who is ready to welcome you in Tibia. Right-click on him. A context menu will open up in which you can select several options such as look, use, follow and even attack.

Talking to Inhabitants
But then, surely you would not want to attack a peaceful old priest such as Cipfried! He is a friendly old man who enjoys introducing people to the world of Tibia. You should talk to him because he can give you valuable tips on what to do and where to go. Simply enter hi or hello and hit the enter key. Cipfried will answer you. Now you can ask him about many important topics such as help, gold or equipment. If you are seriously injured, he will heal you - just ask him for it, even if he is already talking to someone else!

Moving Your Character
Among other things, Cipfried will surely advise you to go and fight some monsters. This is good advice, and you should heed it. Leave the temple and go north. To move around simply left-click on the spot in the game window you want your character to go to or use the arrow keys. After you have walked for a little while you will see a sewer grate in the floor. Right-click on it and select "Use" to climb down into the sewers. The sewers are a dark place, so you should light your torch and put it into your hand. Again, right-click on it and select "Use".

Your First Kill
The sewers of Rookgaard are infested with rats. Look around until you find one, then right-click on it and select "Attack". The Tibian rat is a nasty little critter that can inflict painful wounds with its sharp teeth. Don't be afraid, though - a few well-aimed blows with your club should be enough to send it to its ancestors. If your character is low on hit points, you should eat the tasty red apple in your bag. You can do so by using the apple. Eating food regenerates hit points and, later on, magic points (mana).

Looting Monsters
Once you have killed a rat you should right-click on its corpse and select "Open". With a bit of luck you will find some gold pieces or a useful item. To take items left-click on them and drag them onto the bag in your inventory. To check the contents of your bag right-click on it and select "Open". If you have collected many gold pieces, you should consider storing your riches in your bank account.
Please note if more than one character obtained experience points for killing a creature, only the one that made the most damage will be able to loot in the first 10 seconds after the kill. During this time it is also impossible to move the corpse. If a character has joined a party, every member of this party will be able to loot the dead creature.

Experience Points and Skills
However, gold is not the only thing you will get if you fight monsters. For every monster you kill you will get experience points. If you have gathered enough experience points, your character will advance in level, which will make him faster and stronger in a number of ways. Please note that your character must have reached at least level 2 before he can cross the bridge to the north of the village and explore the surroundings.
In addition to his experience your character also has skills that determine how well your character can fight, fish etc. You will improve these skills simply by using them. To check out your current experience level and your skills click on the "Skills" button beneath your inventory or press the key combination Ctrl+S.

The counter for your stamina indicates the time that is left until a character is too tired to gain experience while hunting. Characters can hunt for up to 56 hours before they no longer gain experience points. However, during the final 14 hours defeated creatures will only yield half the experience. Stamina regenerates while characters are logged out. For every 2 minutes you are logged off, your character will gain 1 minute added to its stamina.

Climbing Ladders
If your character is low on hit points, it is a good idea to head back towards the safety of the village, because hit point regeneration is a slow process. Go back to the ladder you took when you entered the sewers. To climb up the ladder simply right-click on the floor in front of it and select "Use".

Logout Block
Please note that you always should use the logout button to quit Tibia. If you are not allowed to log out immediately, it is likely that you have recently been involved in fighting. The so-called logout block ensures that you cannot escape from a challenge in an unfair way. Remember if you simply shut down your client, your character may stay in the game even if your computer has been switched off. This can be very dangerous so always log out properly in a safe place.

Buying Equipment
Once you have saved a bit of money you should invest in better equipment. Obi will be happy to sell you his quality wares in his shop. Make sure to visit him and to ask what he has on offer. You will find those rats will be much easier to kill with a good short sword and a trusty shield in your hands. A rope is another useful item you should buy as soon as possible.

Sending Messages to Other Players
Of course, you do not have to buy from Obi or from other inhabitants of Rookgaard. You will find there are many other players around, and surely some of them will be happy to trade with you! To talk to other nearby players enter any text in the default channel and hit the enter key. You can also message players directly by right-clicking onto them and selecting "Message to" and the name of the character. This will open a channel where you can talk to this player in private.


If another player agrees to trade with you, you can do so by using a special trade mode. Simply place your character next to the player you want to trade with. Right-click on the item you would like to trade and select "Trade with ...". The cursor will turn into crosshairs. Now all you need to do is to click on your trade partner. Your partner will now see the offer, and if he agrees to trade, he will offer another item in exchange. If you are satisfied with his offer, click on "Accept" to complete the deal. If you want to trade several items at once, put them into a container and offer it to your trade partner.

4 Mastering Rookgaard

General Hints
Your first aim should be to make your character as strong as possible. The village of Rookgaard and its surroundings are exciting places filled with secrets and adventure, but you should be wary - there are worse monsters in Tibia than rats! Try to collect as much experience as you can. Also, you should save money to get the best equipment there is. A rope should be among the very first things you buy, because without a good length of rope in your backpack you may be trapped in a dungeon! If this should ever happen, all you can do is to wait for another player to rope you out. Also, make sure to always have some food with you to heal your character after battle.

Don't be too frightened to go out and to explore, though! Soon, killing a rat will be a trifle and, frankly, a bit boring, so you should move on to meet new challenges. Remember the worst thing that can happen to you is death - and death, thankfully, is not the final matter in Tibia as it is in real life. If your character gets killed, he will reappear in the local temple safe and sound. However, there is a penalty for dying - your character will lose experience, skills and probably some items as well.

You should really take the time to talk to the inhabitants of Rookgaard, too. You will learn a lot about the fascinating world you are playing in that way. Simply greet them and ask them about general things such as their job or their name. With a bit of luck, they will also have some job for you - simply ask them for a mission or a quest. If you complete their quest, they will reward you with useful items or with valuable information.

Getting Help
If you have questions about client controls, the game in general, using accounts, or the official website, there are many different ways to get help. For example, our forum, in-game Help chat and also our contact email, feel free to choose. Finally, if you discover that the Tibia Retro rules have been violated, you can report it to the gamemasters.

Leaving Rookgaard
Exciting though it is, you should keep in mind that Rookgaard is only your first step into the magic world of Tibia! As soon as your character has reached level 8 he is ready to face his destiny. Visit the oracle on the first floor of Rookgaard Academy. Premium players can also ask the gatekeeper on the first floor of the building north of Lee'Delle's shop on the Premium site of Rookgaard. They will ask you to choose both your character's vocation and your new home city. There are four exciting vocations to choose from: Be a valorous knight, a swift-footed paladin, a powerful druid or a mighty sorcerer! You should consider your character's vocation well because once you have made your choice it cannot be reversed. If you find you are unable to decide which city to settle in, you should have a look at the maps in the library section of this website.
Note: It is possible to stay on Rookgaard and level up your character there, but we strongly recommend you don't do that. If your character leaves for the main continent with a level higher than 8, he will be weaker than characters who left Rookgaard straight away.

5 The Main Continent

Player Killing
Once you have chosen your destiny your character will be teleported to the temple of your new home city. Now you are ready to explore your new surroundings. Be wary, though, because unless you are playing on a non-PvP world other players can attack and even kill your character now! It is good idea to stay out of trouble, so you should be friendly and avoid insults or provocations. If you see a player who is marked with a little skull mark underneath his name, you should be careful because that player has recently been involved in violence. If you should run into trouble, remember protection zones such as temples or depots will give you shelter until the storm has cleared.
Of course you should not only be respectful towards other players to avoid trouble. It is also a question of fairness. Therefore you are expected to follow the Tibia Retro Rules.

New Features on the Main Continent
General game play on the main continent of Tibia Retro is similar to Rookgaard. You can explore secret places, do quests, and, of course, you can level up your character. However, there are also many new exciting features to discover, such as the city depots where you can store your items, the Royal Tibian Mail which will allow you to send parcels and letters around the continent, and, of course, powerful magic! At last your characters will be able to spend their magic points (mana) on spells that will help them in many ways.
And there is more! You can give your characters a family and even a home of their own. Join up with your friends in a guild - as a premium player you can even found one of your own. Also, if you have a Premium Account, you can rent one of the lovely houses that are available in the various cities on Tibia.

Making the Best of Your Vocation
Try to make the best of your character. Keep in mind that every vocation has individual strengths and weaknesses. If you choose to be a sorcerer or a druid, your first step should be a visit to the local magic shop in your new home city. The Magic High Council has issued an order that every initiate will be given a little welcome present! Simply find the right merchant and ask for a wand if you are a sorcerer or for a rod if you are druid. Also, start buying spells as soon as possible. Keep in mind, however, that they are not always sold in magic shops. In some cities you will have to take a good look around to find your local spell dealer. Knights and paladins should also buy spells early on, for they can use some magic, too. However, adequate equipment and good skills are more important for these vocations, so perhaps it is a better idea to spend your money on arms and armour and look for some easy monsters on which you can improve your skills.
Whatever you do, you should always try to make the best of your character's vocation. There are enemies on the main continent the like of which you have never seen on Rookgaard, so you better make sure your character will be strong enough to face the challenge!

Exploring the Main Continent
It is a good idea to stay close to the safety of your home city for a while, but you should not do so forever. Remember there is a whole continent out there for you to explore and to conquer! From the troll-ridden marshes of Venore to the lurking horrors of the Ghostlands, from the awe-inspiring orc fortress at Ulderek's Rock to the fierce dragon lords in the dreadful dungeons of Fibula, Tibia is a thrilling world filled with mystery and adventure. Are you ready to take on the challenge of Tibia Retro?

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