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Welcome to the Hogwarts Live New Player Primer

Hogwarts Live (HL) is turning out to be a fairly expansive game, with a lot of areas to explore. It's easy to get lost with all that there is to do out there, so keep in mind that Hogwarts is pretty much the center of this game. This area will give you access to most other areas that you can get to, with a few exceptions (we'll talk about those in a little while). If you ever get lost, or are not sure what's going on, just head back to Hogwarts and regain your bearings.

Your first day
Your first day at Hogwarts can be very confusing! You're presented with a lot of information, and you don't need almost any of it! It's true! One thing you should probably keep an eye on though, are your hit points. This is found under "Vital Info." No matter what profession you choose, in the end, you are some kind of wizard or witch, and so you need to learn how to do battle. The best way to do this is to look for creatures to kill in the forest. When you find one, check it out, and make sure that it's not a higher level than you, because if it is, you might not live through the fight. Keep in mind that you can always try to run away from something that you encountered, but sometimes it might take several tries before you get away. You might want to buy armor and weapons in Diagon Alley in order to give yourself a better chance against these creatures out in the forest.

Once you have defeated a creature, you'll notice that you're probably a little hurt. Head on over to Hagrid's Hut, and you can get patched up in short order. While you're level 1, healing is free, but as you advance, it becomes more and more expensive. Also keep in mind that it's more expensive to heal 1 point, then later heal 1 point again than it is to heal 2 in one shot. So if you're trying to save up some money, and you're barely hurt, you might risk a fight or two while you're a little hurt, and heal the damage from several fights in one shot.

After you've killed a few creatures, you should head back to Hogwarts, into Classes & Training, and talk to your professor. Your professor will tell you when you are ready to challenge him, and when you are ready, you should give him a shot (make sure you're healed up first though!). Your professor won't kill you if you lose, instead he'll give you a complimentary healing potion and send you on your way.

Death is a natural part of any game that contains some kind of combat. In Hogwarts Live, being dead is only a temporary condition. When you die, you'll lose any money that you had on hand (money in Gringotts is normally safe), and some of the experience you've accumulated. While you're dead, you can explore the land of the shades and the graveyard. In the graveyard, you'll find Bellatrix the Mistress of Torment. She has certain things that she would like you to do for her, and in return, she may grant you special powers or favors. The graveyard is one of those areas that you can't get to from Hogwarts, unless you enquire the services of a certain seer. In fact, while you're dead, you can't go to the Great Hall!

Unless you can convince
Bellatrix to resurrect you, you'll remain dead until the next game day. There are 12 game days each real day. These occur when your muggle watch reads midnight.

New Days
As stated just above, there are 12 game days each real day. These occur when your muggle watch reads midnight. When you get a new day, you'll be granted new forest fights, interest on gold you have in the bank (if the goblins see that you have used up enough turns!), and a lot of your other statistics will be refreshed. You'll also be resurrected if you were dead, and get another chance to take on the world. If you don't log on over the course of an entire game day, you'll miss your opportunity to partake in that game day (this means that new game days are only assigned when you actually log on, being away from the game for a few days won't grant you a whole bunch of new days). Forest fights, PvP battles, special power usages and other things that get refreshed on a daily basis do NOT get carried over from one day to the next (you can't build up a whole bunch of them).

PvP (Player versus Player)
Hogwarts Live contains a PvP element, where players can attack each other. As a new player, you are protected from PvP for your first 5 game days or until you accumulate 800 experience, unless you choose to attack another player. You may be given the option to opt-out of PvP via your Preferences page, in which case there is no chance that you'll be attacked.

When you are attacked and die in PvP, you only lose gold you had on hand, and 1.5% of your experience. You won't lose any turns in the forest, or any other stats. If you attack someone else in PvP, you'll get 12.75% of the experience they had, and any gold they had on hand. If you attack someone else and lose, however, you'll lose 15% of your experience, and you'll lose any gold that you had on hand. If someone else attacks you and they lose, you'll gain the gold they had on hand, and 10.25% of their experience. You can only attack someone who is close to your level, so don't worry that as a level 1, some big level 15 player is going to come along and beat on you.

For those so-called pacifists out there who think it is okay to brutally murder the creatures in the forest but it is not okay to attack your fellow players and for those of you who are unadventurous cowards who do not wish to be attacked, you may choose to opt-out of PvP by going into Preferences and clicking the PvP opt-out tab. Please keep in mind this will not let you attack anyone and will affect you for a whole Voldemort Encounter.

When you reach Thirdyear and can access Hogsmeade, you can buy a room in the Inn when you log out to somewhat protect yourself from PvP. The only way for someone to attack you when you\'re in the inn is for them to bribe the bartender, which can be a costly procedure. "Log out and Save" means that someone can attack you without having to pay money or gems to the bartender. You cannot be attacked while you are online, only while you are offline, so the more you play, the more protected you are ;-).

Ready to take on the world!
You should now have a pretty good idea of how the basics of the game work, how to advance, and how to protect yourself. There is a whole lot more to do at Hogwarts, so don't forget to explore everything including the many areas outside of Hogwarts. Get out and enjoy the magical world! Don't be afraid of dying, particularly when you're young, as even when you're dead, there's yet more stuff to do!
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