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the Dystopian alphabet, for new players

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Postby Unruly » Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:13 pm

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obj wrote:X is for xenophobia, a variety of which is often directed at newbies in Dystopia.


Whut?


Fear of the unknown. In other words, we're afraid of new players so we treat them like shit.
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Postby ocun » Sun May 25, 2008 8:32 am

revived!
still need a V, X and Z
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Postby obj » Sun May 25, 2008 8:48 am

X is for the, shock horror, X, coloured red that appears by your cyberdeck implant icon when you're not near a jack-in point or for other reasons can't deck in.
I will wear only black and white and hide in the alleys on Saturday nights.
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Postby omenapuu » Sun May 25, 2008 1:13 pm

V: V55
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Postby Pyroguy » Sun May 25, 2008 2:38 pm

Zero tolerance policies are in effect on almost every server towards cheating. Play the game the way it was meant to be played. Don't cheat!

(my contribution for Z)
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Postby dE » Sun May 25, 2008 4:08 pm

V: Vote. A vote is a way of influencing the server when no Admins are present. Voting is useful to change the map or remove griefers from the server. To call a vote you need to have the console activated and can just type: callvote
Source will highlight all the possible options for you by then.
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Postby ocun » Sun May 25, 2008 6:40 pm

first post updated with link to the guide
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Postby Coat_Hanger_Abortion » Sun May 25, 2008 8:44 pm

You need to make some corrections there. A is for Avv. C is for Coat Hanger Abortion. L is for Lez. and U is for Urinal-Cake.
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Postby Lez » Sun May 25, 2008 10:03 pm

Coat_Hanger_Abortion wrote:You need to make some corrections there. A is for Avv. C is for Coat Hanger Abortion. L is for Lez. and U is for Urinal-Cake.


PROPS MA HOMMIE.
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Postby Ansob » Mon May 26, 2008 3:42 am

ocun wrote:first post updated with link to the guide


You need to clear up the billion and a half grammatical errors in the guide.
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Postby ocun » Mon May 26, 2008 6:12 am

yup, i'm not a native english speaker so would be great if someone helped out spice things up a little.. make it somewhat more funny
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Postby Pyroguy » Mon May 26, 2008 7:45 am

Ahaha the style and layout of the document is great. What program did you use to make it? I'm working it into the wiki right now...
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Postby ocun » Mon May 26, 2008 8:03 am

Pages for Mac OSX :-)
you could wait a little longer perhaps till ive corrected the spelling etc.
or otherwise, while you port it to the wiki you could try making it a bit more funny or fluent here and there? i'll apply those changes to the pdf then aswel :-)
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Postby Pyroguy » Mon May 26, 2008 8:17 am

ocun wrote:Or otherwise, while you port it to the wiki you could try making it a bit more funny or fluent here and there?


Yup, that's the idea.
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Postby Ansob » Mon May 26, 2008 10:08 am

ocun wrote:yup, i'm not a native english speaker so would be great if someone helped out spice things up a little.. make it somewhat more funny


I'll take care of it in a week's time (when my exams are over). Just remind me then.
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Postby lord of the doubt » Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:38 am

I suggest T be replaced by Thermals. While it is important for them to learn the use of TAC scans, In my eyes it's much more important for the to learn the nuances of Therms, TAC scans are easier to figure out yourself.

Thermal Vision:
This implant, when activated by the appropriate key (signified by an eye icon in the top left of the screen), allows you to clearly see enemies who are stealthed, or in a dark area. While this is great for spotting hidden enemies and sniping, It is much more difficult to tell the difference between enemies and friends in this mode so it's important to know the identifying features for each class on each side. Any player with a coldsuit cannot be seen in Thermal vision.

Or something like that. I probably made it too long winded.
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Postby ocun » Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:08 am

thermal vision is dicussed under I for invisibility if i remember correctly
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Postby lord of the doubt » Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:38 am

Right you are, though I still don't think gives enough of a mention to it, Therms TKs are still a major issue in Dys, and new players should also know that it is often used as an aid for snipers, if only to give them some idea how to get past the legions of spawn-camping MK 808's on most official maps.
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Postby Ansob » Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:07 am

This is the spelling- and syntax-checked version of the alphabet.

NB: V should really be for Voting, and X ought to be for Xenophobia (reminding newbies not to get discouraged if they run into the odd asshole - there are plenty of nice people online, too). Z is fine as it is.

Edit: cheers u-c.

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Assault rifle: picking a medium loadout with assault rifle, cyberdeck, thermal vision, mediplant and wired reflexes is a good way to start your Dystopian adventures. Press 'm' to bring up the loadout menu. To toggle implants on and off, use the appropriate F keys (F1, F2, F3 or F4).

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By standing next to one of these <img>, you can get extra ammo!

Cortex bomb: when on low health, this implant will prime an explosive charge that can potentially kill anything around you (including yourself). Since it cannot be deactivated, you'll need to suicide using a kill-bind when your cortex bomb goes off near teammates. You can bind a key to "kill" in the keyboard options.

Decking: to enter cyberspace one must have a cyberdeck implant (normal or advanced). First, find an access point, also called "JIP" (Jack In Point). Stand in front of the JIP and toggle the cyberdeck implant (F1 key) to enter cyberspace. Press the same key to exit cyberspace at any time.

Energy: most implants consume energy when activated. Watch your energy level so you don't run out at inappropriate times. This is most important when (cyber)decking, as you will be kicked out of cyberspace when your energy is depleted.

Friendly fire is nearly always on in Dystopia. Check your line of sight and don't fire blindly down corridors; your teammates will like you for it!

Grenade launcher: the grenade launcher is very powerful once you've understood the firing mechanism. Press mouse1 to launch grenades, and mouse2 to detonate them. Most players will hold mouse2 while shooting grenades to make them explode as soon as possible.

Hovering: to hover and bounce in cyberspace, hold the jump key (spacebar). This will make you accelerate - especially handy when moving through cyberspace tunnels.

Invisibility: Light class players can become invisible by using the stealth implant. Activating thermal vision will reveal stealthers, but will stop you from seeing players using the coldsuit implant. Therefore, most players will use thermal in short 'bursts.'

JIP: access points to cyberspace are often called JIPs. Often you will hear your teammates screaming "JIP!." This usually means an enemy decker is capturing an objective from your JIP and should be stopped at all costs.

Katana: melee weapons such as the katana and Heavy phist are very powerful in Dystopia. Learn to switch between your primary weapon at long range and melee weapon at close range.
Note that the katana also has side attacks, used by holding the left or right movement key and pressing mouse1.

Laser rifle: the laser rifle, used by Light classes, is one of the most powerful weapons in the game. Hold mouse1 to charge the laser and fire by releasing. The laser beam causes the most damage when it is at its thickest. To defeat a sniper try to get close to him - the laser rifle deals less damage close up.

Movement: Dystopia contains some advanced movement features such as bunnyhopping and wallstrafing that will make you run faster. To wallstrafe, "hug" the wall by pressing the left or right movement key and press forward at the same time. This technique can also be used to climb ladders much faster.

No, there isn't any way to regain your armour in Dystopia. This is for balancing purposes.

Objectives: your next objective can always be located by running towards the floating blue or red circle on your HUD. Hover your crosshair over the icon to see a description of the objective.
Sub-objectives are marked with floating exclamation marks.

Programs: to run a program in cyberspace, approach the wall or screen on which you want to run the program and press the corresponding number key on your keyboard. When using the advanced cyberdeck implant, a program that is running can be sped up by pressing the minigame buttons in the correct order.
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Queue: each player who dies will be added to a respawn queue. Once the timer on this queue reaches 0, you will be able to spawn. Notice how this timer is increased by different amounts for every class that dies- Heavy class players add more time to the queue than Mediums or Lights. A key to victory in Dystopia is preventing many players from dying at the same time, causing the respawn timer to reach 25 seconds or more. Check how many of your teammates are waiting to respawn by opening the scores menu (TAB key) and fall back at appropriate times.

Rank: in Dystopia, each player has a global rank that is displayed ingame on the scoreboard. Detailed statistics (kills, deaths, favourite weapons...) can be viewed online using http://www.dystopia-stats.com. You can can improve your rank by gaining more points from frags, objectives, healing players or TAC scanning.
Some players also have one or more special icons next to their name on the scoreboard, indicating that they are the best in their particular field. <example>

Shaft: there are 3 weapons for cyberspace combat: hitscan (sniping), projectile (splash damage) and the shaft (close combat). To toggle between hitscan and the shaft, use your mousewheel or press the reload key (R).

TAC scan: the TAC scan implant is very powerful. When activated, it will show every enemy players' location within a fixed radius on your radar. Your teammates also get to see these, so the whole team greatly benefit from this.

Unlike some players might think, crouching does not help increase the accuracy of any weapon in Dystopia except the Heavy's minigun.

Vehicles are also available on some maps. These, called "Brutes," are steered with the mouse, while the forward key is used for accelerating.

WASD are the keys used to control the secondary fire mode of the rocket launcher.

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Xylophones do not feature in Dystopia; but if you want to go faster, use the legbooster implant. Hold walk (shift) to sprint or hold down spacebar to charge up your jump when the legboosters are activated.

Yes! Dystopia is also played competitively - check the official forums for information, and visit http://www.dystopia-league.net/ for league play!

Zoing! You have reached the end of the Dystopian alphabet! You are now ready to go frag some corporate scum! Thanks for reading, and see you online!
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Postby urinal-cake » Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:30 pm

on Z, you left out the 'W' on "now"
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Postby Warsprite » Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:31 pm

YOU ARE NO READY!
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Postby ocun » Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:17 pm

thanks ansob!

here's the corrected version, hope the spelling is okay now
i removed Y for clanplay, since there is already a link for it, and added xenphobia

i'm not so exited about adding v for voting because the current voting system is called by console and would take too long to explain (im hoping v1.2 will have a gui for calling votes in the first place)

http://dystopia-league.net/alphabet_v2.pdf
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Postby Ansob » Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:32 pm

Voting: during play, you'll often see the voting menu. <img> Consider the issue at hand carefully before deciding whether to vote for (PgUp) or against (PgDwn)!

Xenophobia (fear of strangers) often causes people to act hostile online. Don't be discouraged by the occasional grumpy veteran. Dystopia can be confusing at first, but there are plenty of nice people willing to help!

Edit: tsk, ocun. No capitals after a colon. Also, for N, the image is obscuring part of the text (it's legible, but barely).
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Postby Coat_Hanger_Abortion » Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:23 pm

I think W should for "wall hugging" and an increase in movement speed.
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Postby Keiron » Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:58 pm

Dear team, please put something with and X and a Z in it, so in v1.2 so we can complete the Alphabet.
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