Tips by the forefathers, something that I've found not a long time ago reading old news groups messages (1998, still relevant):
There are things you must know how to do in this game, either res and recover
from losses, or: Recall, Hiding, using Explosion potions (all types), dealing
with hidden targets, healing fast while doing other things, dealing out the
damage, and taunting the little twerps so they don't flake out on you.
When first you encounter a pk (or thief or potential pk) check yourself and make
sure you are ready for action. If you have a mage hat on, you may be ready for
spellcasting, but not fighting. If you don't have mage hat on, you may want to
switch, unless you hope to use weapons (even bow), in which case you want to be
wearing helm. Make sure you have the right item on for dealing with the pk
regardless of what else you are doing (they will often attack once you are
engaged with a whole crew of orcs, etc, so disengage and get away from that).
And make sure you know what level of spells you can cast with good reliability,
with hat or without. I think ebolt kills as many aspiring magi who try to cast
it and fail (and the pk then blasts them) as anything. If it is going to
fizzle, don't try to use it.
Hide. Practice. Get into a lot of monster fights that are easy, using
low-powered weapons, so you can practice hiding. The typical description is TAB
TAB Hide, but that is not necessary. In order to break your opponent's
targeting of you (so it is possible to hide), you only need to EXIT combat
("war") mode. Recalling or teleporting will also do it. Then hide, pressing
the two buttons in quick sequence. If your hiding skill is not over 60,
practice it. (In spite of my former position that macroing was evil, I now say
to everyone, Macro Hiding into the 70's at least. It is one of the most
effective weapons there is against pk. And since they seem to have messed with
it, making it less effective, Macro it to 100.)
And get hid, so the pk does not have you for a target, and does not see what you
are doing. Change hats if needed. Make sure you have the right weapons
selected, that your base pack is clear of stuff he could steal (see my layout athttp://www.users.uswest.net/~masters/mypackq.htm
), check your regs, scrolls,
runes, eat something, and keep an eye on him, especially those "hidden words of
power" (you DO use UOA, right?) which tell you that when he says In Vas Mani, he
really means Vas Corp Por.
If you have the magery, and the mana, etc, to spare, summon a critter and tell
it to guard you. Just one extra complication he has to worry about. If you
have tamed creatures around which you can afford to release, if he is a
murderer, release them. They will attack him at once. Otherwise put them in
Once it is clear that there is going to be an altercation, unless you are
prepared to let him have the first shot, GET HIM TARGETED. This is true whether
you plan to use weapons or not. You don't have to have a weapon in your hand,
just go to war mode and double click him. Then, as soon as you put a bow in
your hand you will start shooting him without having to target. If you do this
first you will be the aggressor, but if you cannot deal with that you should
have recalled anyway.
If you cannot laugh off a couple of ebolts, as soon as he starts Corp Por you
want to disarm and pre-cast Greater Heal, and hold it till his spell hits, then
heal yourself. If he repeats, so do you. If he gets ahead of you, guzzle a GH
potion at the same time. If he continues this exchange, you will probably win,
meaning you run him out of mana (EB takes more than GH). You may be damaged,
but he is in mana trouble. Between heals you arm that bow and register some
hits on him. If he stops to heal, you keep shooting.
All this while, keep a lose eye on everything else (he is probably a diversion
so his buds can sneak up on you), and look where he is standing. If he suddenly
winks out, drop a flamewall there. If this does not flush him quickly, you
missed, drop another one next to it. And WATCH YOUR MANA. Keep enough to
recall. Explosion potions are a good substitute for firewall, but:
Tossing Explosion potions still seems to require that you close your Paper Doll
(close it, do not minimize it, which is why you make sure you have the right hat
on first thing, so you don't need the PD anymore). This also helps make
movement just a bit better, especially coming out of hiding (still seems to be a
problem in my experience). DO NOT let your BP ever get closed, since you must
have access to your inside pack to recall or use potions.
Explosion potions are a good way to flush hiders, because they don't eat your
mana, but once again, PRACTICE. You really have to be good with these to make
them less trouble than help. They don't care, they will kill anyone.
Never forget that even with the new Worse Than Ever melee weapon damage, the
real weapon of PvP is the bow or heavy crossbow. Magic is fine, but arrows
cannot fizzle, or be resisted, and you can fire hundreds of them without even
having to retarget (if he is dumb).
Most importantly, know when to say when. Better a live chicken than a dead
Rary. Recalling out of a fight gone bad may cost you your pride, but the long
recovery period after dieing and losing your stuff will scrape a lot more skin
off your back. Come back and fight him another day.
Always carry a lesser explosion or two. I won't say I am invincible
against a single player, but sometimes it seems like it if they aren't
I hide a lot so a typical fight goes:
One or more of them casts a paralyze in the mix. I set off a lesser
explosion which goes off in 3 secs taking 3-4 hit points off while they
are keying up something like Ebolt or EV<4+ secs>. I run off screen,
stop for a sec, hide. If I miss, I just move for 6 seconds & try again.
They run on screen, I have a pretty good feeling for how long it takes
for them to time out with a spell, so I just wait. Soon as I am sure
they have timed out but probably still have their target cursor on
screen, I attack from hidden. You aren't revealed until you actually get
a shot or spell off<'cept words of power> & they find they have to hit
<esc> & recast.
While they are doing the dance, I just move & hide again.
Last fight I was in, I had full mana & health at the end of it & had
only cast a two reflects & used up one purple. Irritated the hell out of
the other guy since he didn't hit me a single time after the paralyze.
Got to pepper him pretty good with my bow, I aborted offensive spells
after making him put up reflect to counter. Kind of fun.
Of course all my chrs get killed by gangs still. One on one lasts a