Five races are offered to Dark Swords players while creating the character. Each race has its own advantages and disadvantages. You can view detailed information on each race in - Character: Races
Name and Appearance
The first thing that other people get to know about the character is the name and appearance chosen at the beginning. The player gets the possibility to choose the appearance of the character from a great variety of portraits which emphasize character certain qualities. It's a common practice that appearance and name have to have similar meaning for a greater character personification. The preliminary plan of character development is the factor in appearance choice - his/her career, game style and personal preferences are not the least of the factors.
It's necessary to remember that any hints of obscenity and rudeness in character names are a direct violation of strictly considered rules.
The initial parameters chosen at the beginning, are of a great importance to the first stage of the game. The 4 basic character parameters are: Strength, Constitution, Dexterity and Intelligence. Those parameters define the set of abilities which influence the character and efficiency of it's actions. You can view detailed information in Character: Parameters
The initial value of any parameter of a character can't be lower than 8 points; when creating a character player gets an extra 8 points that can be added to any parameter at his or her discretion.
Remember!!! Once chosen initial parameters values can't be changed in the future.
There is a great variety of weapons in the Dark Swords world – swords, axes, spears, maces, knifes and staffs. Each type of the weapon has its own advantages and disadvantages. You can familiarise yourself with every type and choose the most suitable for you in Items: Weapon types
The continent Tharasos - on its teritory there are two kingdoms the Rainbow Kingdom with its capital in Seastone and the Enigmatic Kingdom with the capital - Arkijah. To the south-east from the Rainbow Kingdom lie ancient bastions of the Boundary Realm. The biggest one is Ruby Fort. You can view certain regions on the world map.
Starting the Game
Entering Dark Swords is accomplished by using the client application of the game available for download on the site. You need to create a character by simply clicking on "Start the game" After creating a character and choosing the "starting city" you need to run the game client and enter your character details there.
Upon entering the game for the first time the character finds itself in the central point of the chosen hometown - location «Stairways to Heaven». Your character is provided with a Training set of armour and gets the minimum amount of healing potions. Character position is automatically saved upon exiting the game - so the character will reappear in the game at the same location it was left.
Exiting the game is accomplished simply by closing the client application window. The character data update goes on constantly in real time, however it should be remembered that upon exiting your character stays in the gaming world for another 5-7 minutes, that's why it's important to choose a safe place to logout (e.g. locations such as shops, guilds or «Stairways to Heaven»).