FAQ

General
What is Astonia(tm) 3?
What do I have to do to start playing Astonia(tm) 3?
Where can I buy Astonia(tm) 3?
What are the system requirements for Astonia(tm) 3?

Technical Stuff
When I try to start the game I get a DirectX Error. What's wrong?
Why can't I enter the game?
What is system memory and all the other weird stuff on the client window (the log-in screen)?

Accounts
I can't log in, the server says my password is wrong!
I can't log in, the server says my character is still active!
How many characters can I have in my account?
How do I create an account?
Will I have to pay when I create an account?
I forgot my password, what can I do?
My account is locked, what can I do?
How do I cancel my account?
Why was my password rejected?

Payment
What are the billing plans that are available for Astonia(tm) 3?
How can I pay?
What will happen when my subscription expires?
How can I check if you received my payment?
What will happen if my payment arrives late?

In-Game: Equipment
Why can't I use a certain weapon/armor?
Why can't I equip a torch?
Why is all my equipment gone?
How do I know if I can wear a weapon/armor/item?
Why can't I wear armor?
How do I buy/ sell items?
What's "base value"? What's "mod value"?
Why doesn't the special item I just found increase my skill XXX? It says XXX + 5 in the description!

In-Game: Player Killing
What's the matter with being a PKer? How do I become a PKer?
I got killed by another PKer and he took all my stuff, you gotta do something!

In-Game: Misc.
Why do other characters suddenly appear/disappear?
What are the minimum requirements for the common items?
Help! I'm frozen!
How do I open locked doors?
I have checked the whole area, killed all the monsters, and still can't find the key to the door!
How do I equip items?
When I try to give the quest item to the NPC (Non-Playing Character), he won't accept it, or tells me that I "have better use for this" than he does!
How come I keep getting killed?
How do you talk with people who aren't on the screen or who are in a different place?
How come sometimes when I'm talking or walking everything pauses or stops?
How come some characters only say one thing to me?
How do I get a character (NPC) to talk to me?
I don't know where to hunt for experience or gold; where should I try and where should I not?
Why am I missing gold or have died after I left the game?
How do I leave the game?
Why is everything dark suddenly?
Why can't I use the teleport system?
How do I join a clan?
What will happen if I die?
Can another player get my items from my corpse?
What is negative experience?
What is Karma?
What are saves?
What is the meaning of the number next to my name in the chat window?
My Bless is not working! I can't re-Bless myself!
I got a message that says, "You're exhausted"; what does that mean?
I think I found a bug, what should I do?
What are staffers and what do they do?
What is a recall scroll?
I followed the path leading north-west from Cameron and it leads nowhere; what's wrong?
How do I stop the Tutorial window from popping up?
Who is the Macro Daemon?
What is an alias command?
How can I change my clothes colors?
What is The Pentagram Quest™?
Another player is harassing me/making me uncomfortable. What can I do?

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General

What is Astonia(tm) 3?
Astonia (tm) 3 is a massively multiplayer online role playing game (in short, MMORPG). Each player assumes the role of a battle-hardened warrior or a powerful mage. He enters the world of Astonia and begins to train for battle. The experience gained as characters solve quests, discover new places, and kill evil monsters, can be applied to raise any of a large number of attributes, skills and spells. Characters gain rank and power, qualifying them for better and more powerful equipment for the new and greater challenges that lie ahead...

What do I have to do to start playing Astonia(tm) 3?
Go to the website at www.astonia.com, click on Create Account and follow the instructions. Then download the game's client.

Where can I buy Astonia(tm) 3?
Astonia (tm) 3 is not sold in stores; go to the website at www.astonia.com, click on Create Account, and follow the instructions to download the online game.

What are the system requirements for Astonia(tm) 3?
To play Astonia (tm) 3 you will need (minimum requirements) :

Windows 95/98/NT/Millenium/XP
14.4 kBit Modem 300 MHz Processor
4MB PCI (or AGP) Graphics Card
DirectX Version3.0 or higher

 

 

Technical Stuff

When I try to start the game I get a DirectX Error. What's wrong?
Make sure you are using the latest version of DirectX; many download sites on the internet offer the latest version for download. Also, make sure you download the game to your C drive instead of a network drive.

Why can't I enter the game?
If you are certain that your payment status with the game is current and up-to-date, then check to be sure you have correctly entered your character name and password at the log-in screen.
Check to be sure you are online; Astonia (tm) 3 can only be played while you are connected to the internet. Occasionally, the server may be down for maintenance and/or update installation, so try again after a few minutes.

What is system memory and all the other weird stuff on the client window (the log-in screen)?
These are game settings you can choose based on what you know is best for your system, your graphics card, etc. If you are not sure what settings to choose, then use the default settings; if you seem to be going too slow, suffering from screen freeze, or using an older computer, try using System Memory, No Alpha, a lower graphics card setting (4 MB card, for example), Reduce Lighting, and Reduce Animations settings. These settings may not give you the full graphical experience the game can offer, but may improve your performance. Also, unchecking the Enable Sounds box may offer some additional improvement.

 

 

Accounts

I can't log in, the server says my password is wrong!
Be sure that you have entered your character name and password correctly (check spelling and capital lettering). Be sure the Caps-Lock key is not engaged on your keyboard.

I can't log in, the server says my character is still active!
A character safely exits the game by standing on a blue square and hitting the F12 key. If your character exits in any other manner, such as hitting F12 when not on a blue square, getting "knocked offline" by your ISP (Internet Service Provider), or otherwise losing connection with the game by some other means, then your character stays in the game for up to five minutes afterwards. Only one character from each account can be played at any given time.

How many characters can I have in my account?
You can have up to 25 characters in your account.

How do I create an account?
Go to the website at www.astonia.com, click on Create Account, and follow the instructions.

Will I have to pay when I create an account?
No, you can play the game for free for 28 days. After the free test period, you can decide whether you wish to continue playing and pay, or not.

I forgot my password, what can I do?
If you lose your password, go to the website and click on "Accounts", and then on "Password or ID forgotten". The only thing we can do is send it to your account's e-mail address. If that e-mail address turns out to be wrong or doesn't exist, there is nothing more we can do for you.

My account is locked, what can I do?
If you are a paying player, you will have the option of appealing to the game management (game@astonia.com) to get access to the game again. If you are a test player, your character will be lost forever

How do I cancel my account?
Go to the website, login and follow the instructions.

Why was my password rejected?
Your password must consist of at least 4 characters (letters or numbers, or a combination of both).

 

 

Payment

What are the billing plans that are available for Astonia(tm) 3?
The monthly subscription fee is US$9.95. You can save up to 20% if you subscribe for a longer period. Please click on "Payment" for more details.

How can I pay?
You can pay by credit card (Visa, Mastercard/Eurocard, American Express), by check, by Money Order, by Postal Order or by PayPal.

What will happen when my subscription expires?
Astonia (tm) 3 is a subscription-based service, so at the end of your selected billing period, your account will automatically be renewed at the same rate you started with (unless you canceled it before that date, of course).

How can I check if you received my payment?
Go to the Accounts section of the website at www.astonia.com You will always find your latest payment status there.

What will happen if my payment arrives late?
If we haven't received your payment at the end of your subscription period, your account will be locked. However, we will keep your characters in our database for six (6) months, so that you can continue playing as soon as your payment reaches us.

All questions about payment should be send to: cash@astonia.com

 

 

In-Game: Equipment

Why can't I use a certain weapon/armor?
Some armor/weapons have a minimum level requirement, meaning that if your level is lower than the minimum level, then you cannot wear/equip that particular item until you reach the minimum level. Mages cannot wear armor.

Why can't I equip a torch?
Two-Handed weapons, Staffs, and a few other weapons in the game, require that two hands be used to wield that weapon, thus leaving no free hand with which to wield a torch at the same time. Lit torches can be set on the ground, though....

Why is all my equipment gone?
There could be several reasons why this has happened:

1. You have died and your items are on your corpse (you have 30 minutes from the time you die to make it back to your corpse to retrieve your items).
2. You accidentally deposited items into your depot at the bank.
3. You accidentally sold items to a merchant while the trading window was open.
4. You accidentally dropped the items in the grave of a slain enemy while the loot-window was open.

How do I know if I can wear a weapon/armor/item?
You can always look at an item (RIGHT CLICK) to read about it and learn if there are any special level or skill requirements for its use.

Why can't I wear armor?
Warrior class players (Warriors, Seyans, Arch Warriors, Arch Seyans) are the only classes who can wear "classic" style armor (chest pieces, leggings, sleeves, etc.).
Mages (Mages, Arch Mages) cannot wear "classic" style armor, but there are other protective items that they can wear, such as pants, hats, capes, etc. You can always look at an item (RIGHT CLICK) to read about it and learn if there are any special level or skill requirements for its use.

How do I buy/ sell items?
Merchants will eagerly show you their wares when you say "Trade ". For example, to trade with Fred, the NPC (Non Player Character) merchant in Cameron, you would say, "Trade, Fred". The items he has for sale are displayed in a Trading Window which temporarily replaces your Skills and Spells list (the bottom left-hand side of your screen).
To buy an item, simply LEFT CLICK on it in the Trading Window; the payment is automatically subtracted from the gold you have with you at the time.
To sell an item from your Inventory, LEFT CLICK on it while in the Trading Window. The money you receive from the sale is automatically added to your gold count.
Many players looking to buy, sale, or trade items often use Channel 3 (The Auction Channel) in chat. To join this channel, type: /join 3

What's "base value"? What's "mod value"?
All your attributes and skills show two values: the first one is the base value (it shows how much you have raised it); the second is the modified (mod) value. It consists of the base value, plus bonuses from your base attributes and special items.

Why doesn't the special item I just found increase my skill XXX? It says XXX + 5 in the description!
No skill or spell can be raised through items by more than 50% of its base value.

 

 

In-Game: Player Killing

What's the matter with being a player-killer?
A PKer (Player Killer) is one that has chosen to kill other PKers - which also means that he can be killed by other PKers too. If you are killed, the items in your Equipment area and your Inventory can be taken by the one who killed you.

How do I become a PKer?
You must be level 10 or above to become a PKer. To activate your PK status, type: /playerkiller

I got killed by another PKer and he took all my stuff, you gotta do something!
Deciding whether or not to be a PKer is a personal choice and a choice whose consequences you will have to live with. Killing and being killed are part of the PK experience. If you decide that being a PKer is not want you want after all, then you must go four (4) weeks without killing another player; at the end of the four weeks, you can type: /playerkiller and disable the PK status on your character. This same command can be used to check the time remaining until you can disable your PK status.

 

 

In-Game: Misc.

Why do other characters suddenly appear/disappear?
Oftentimes, this is caused by Perception vs Stealth; a high-level player with a high Stealth skill can remain well-hidden from sight (even in daylight) unless you are just a few paces away from him . A player with a good Perception level will be able to spot a high-stealth player quicker than one with low Perception.

What are the minimum requirements for the common items?
You can always look at an item (RIGHT CLICK) to read about it and learn if there are any special levels or skill requirements for its use. The Game Manual also contains an extensive listing of game items and their "stats".

Help! I'm frozen!
During the course of fighting, some enemies will cast the Freeze spell on you. This will turn you an ice-blue color and leave you stunned for several seconds. The spell will eventually wear off, but can be cast by the enemy again. The best defense against this spell is to invest in raising your own Immunity level. This is also a good reason to carry several Recall scrolls with you too.

How do I open locked doors?
To open a locked door, you must obtain the correct key. Explore the area you are in; the corpses of slain enemies often hold keys. Be sure to talk to all NPCs (Non Player Characters) that you see; some may give you a key.

I have checked the whole area, killed all the monsters, and still can't find the key to the door!
When fighting enemies, be sure to step all the way into rooms to thoroughly check them out before moving on - there may be doors, chests, or other enemies hidden in the shadows that you could not see before from your fighting position. Carry a torch to light your way, and always check the bodies of slain enemies (SHIFT + LEFT CLICK).

How do I equip items?
To equip an item from your Inventory, for example, hold down SHIFT and LEFT-CLICK on the item then drop the item into the appropriate slot by LEFT CLICK-ing (hold SHIFT again) on the slot.

When I try to give the quest item to the NPC (Non-Playing Character), he won't accept it, or tells me that I "have better use for this" than he does!
This will happen if: you have already completed the quest; if you are trying to give the wrong quest item to the wrong NPC; if you need to complete other quests for other NPCs first; or you are giving quest items out of sequence to the same NPC. Be sure to tell an NPC "hello" or ", repeat" to get him to talk to you so you can correctly construct your quest agenda.

How come I keep getting killed?
Some of the reasons players keep getting killed by enemies again and again can include:

1. the player is fighting enemies of higher levels than himself.
2. the player (such as a mage) has not properly spelled himself for battle.
3. the player is not using the proper weapons and/or equipment or does not have these items equipped.
4. the player is not taking advantage of items that can help him, such as healing potions, mana potions, torches, recall scrolls, etc.

How do you talk with people who aren't on the screen or who are in a different place?
To talk with other people in the game, you must join a chat channel. To do this, type: /join To join the Clan channel, for example, you would type: /join 5 Other channels are available too, such as the Auction channel, the Grats (congratulations) channel, etc. When in game, type: /channel to get a complete listing of all channels available. To leave a channel, you would type: /leave 5 to leave the Clan channel, for example.

How come sometimes when I'm talking or walking everything pauses or stops?
Oftentimes, this phenomenon is caused by what we call lag, which is a suspended moment online caused by a disruption in service from your ISP (Internet Service Provider). Other things you have running on your system as you play, such as CD players, downloads, etc., can also cause gameplay to slow down. Try turning off these extras to ensure as little interference to your gameplay as possible. Type: /status to see a list of toggles you can use that may help your lag situation. Contact your ISP if you suffer from repeated lag bursts.

How come some characters only say one thing to me?
Many NPCs (Non Player Characters) in the game will give you quests or missions to complete in order to gain experience or items. Once you have completed that quest or mission, the NPC will say something different to you, or either will not talk to you. If an NPC keeps telling you, for example, to check a western path, this is probably something you should do before you can advance further in the game. Once you have completed a quest, return to the NPC that gave you the quest and he/she will direct you further or either tell you that you successfully completed the task.

How do I get a character (NPC) to talk to me?
The best way to get an NPC (Non Player Character) to talk to you is to say "Hi" or "Repeat, <NPC name> If an NPC will not talk to you at all, then you may have to complete another first before he will discuss his quest with you.

I don't know where to hunt for experience or gold; where should I try and where should I not?
When in doubt about where to proceed next in the game, try going into a town or a tavern and talking to the NPCs (Non Player Characters). Did you miss talking with any NPCs in that other town? Try returning to that NPC and talking to him again. He may have more quests or clues to give you.

Why am I missing gold or have died after I left the game?
A character safely exits the game by standing on a blue square and hitting the F12 key. If your character exits in any other manner, such as hitting F12 when not on a blue square, getting "knocked offline" by your ISP (Internet Service Provider), or otherwise losing connection with the game by some other means, then your character stays in the game for up to five minutes afterwards. If this has happened in an area with enemies, than you may have been killed by those enemies during those five minutes and you could not retrieve your gold and items from your corpse.

How do I leave the game?
A character safely exits the game by standing on a bluesquare and hitting the F12 key or by clicking on the "Exit" button in the top-right corner of your screen.

Why is everything dark suddenly?
Sudden darkness can be caused by several factors:

1. your torch has expired, in which case you will have to equip another torch and LEFT CLICK on it to light it.
2. the sun has set and you need to equip and light a torch.
3. you have entered a dark place and you need to equip and light a torch.

It is always a good idea to carry several torches with you.

Why can't I use the teleport system?
When you touch a Transport Station, the Teleport Map appears. To travel to a new spot on the Teleport Map, you must have visited that spot once before and touched the Transport Station in that area. If you have not touched the Transport Station in that area before, you will be unable to teleport back to that area again until you do.

How do I join a clan?
To join a clan, it is best to talk with members of the clans you wish to join and ask if it is okay if you join. If the answer is yes, then a Clan Leader (or other designated member) will meet with you at the Clanmaster in Aston and instruct you further.

What will happen if I die?
When you die, you will suddenly find yourself on a blue square - the last blue square that you stepped on. You will see a message displayed on your screen telling you the name and level of the enemy that killed you. If you were not saved (see below for more information on being saved), then your corpse will be at the place where you died and all of your items from your Equipment area and your Inventory will still be on your corpse. You have 30 minutes to make it back to your corpse to get these items. After 30 minutes, your corpse disappears, along with your items.

Can another player get my items from my corpse?
You can allow another player to retrieve your items from your corpse by typing: /allow <player name> Quest items and keys can only be retrieved from a corpse by the one who has died, even if you /allow someone to access to your corpse.

What is negative experience?
When you die, you lose experience points. Too many deaths can result in a negative experience situation. Negative experience is displayed in the upper left-hand top of your screen. Once this negative experience is made up, then experience points obtained will once again count towards leveling.

What is Karma?
Karma is a measurement of how well a player has obeyed game rules. When you receive a Punishment, you lose karma. All players enter the game with 0 karma. If you receive a Level 1 punishment, for example, your karma will drop to -1. Please review the Laws, Rules, and Regulations section in the Game Manual to familiarize yourself with the punishment system. If a paying player receives -12 karma, his account is locked. Trial accounts are locked once they receive -5 karma.

What are saves?
With each new level you obtain as you play, you also receive a Save. A Save is a gift from Ishtar: if you die, your items stay with you, instead of having them left on your corpse, and you will not get negative experience. The maximum number of saves that a player can have at any time is 10.

What is the meaning of the number next to my name in the chat window?
The number next to your name shows what mirror you are on. The world of Astonia is currently divided into 26 separate, yet identical, worlds or mirrors. You can travel to a different mirror at a portal by touching the portal, clicking the mirror you want to go to (for example, mirror 7 is notated as M7 on the transport map), then clicking your desired re-entry spot (Aston, Cameron, etc.). Although many people may be in different mirrors on the game, all players use the same chat channels.

My bless is not working! I can't re-Bless myself!
Magic users have the ability to stack Bless spells. This means that once one Bless spell runs out, another Bless spell "kicks in" (if you have cast another Bless spell to "wait in queue"). You can stack a maximum of seven (7) spells. If you hit the ESCAPE key at any time for any reason, it cancels all the stacked spells.
Many magic users prefer to use the Autobless feature, which continuously re-casts Bless for them. This feature can be enabled by typing /autobless To check the status of your Autobless, type: /status
Bless can be recast 30 seconds before it expires by hitting ALT 6.

I got a message that says, "You're exhausted"; what does that mean?
This message means that you are running low, or have depleted, your Endurance supply. Try adjusting your speed setting (located above your gold at the bottom of your screen) to Normal instead of Fast. Keeping your character immobile for a few seconds helps to refill Endurance.

I think I found a bug, what should I do?
Send an email to game@astonia.com describing the bug, how you found it, where you found it, etc.

What are staffers and what do they do?
Staffers are members of game management who help monitor and manage the daily operation of the game. They are easily recognizable in chats by the all upper-case letters in their names. They enforce rules (and punish offenders), help answer questions, and help keep the game running smoothly. Respect them and heed their words; they are helpers of the gods and of Ishtar.

What is a recall scroll?
A Recall Scroll is an item that you can click on which will take you back to the last blue square you stepped on. It looks like a parchment or note, and you can keep it in your Inventory. Recall scrolls can be purchased from merchants.

I followed the path leading north from Cameron and it leads nowhere; what's wrong?
Continue to follow the path; even though it appears to end, you will find that it does not!

How do I stop the Tutorial windows from popping up?
The Tutorial windows (the help windows) will pop up more often for newer players, but after a while they will cease. To clear the Tutorial Window from your view, press ESCAPE.

Who is the Macro Daemon?
The Macro Daemon is an NPC (Non Player Character) who may appear to you from time to time and ask you a simple math question which you must answer within five minutes to avoid a punishment. Once you answer his question correctly, he goes away. His purpose is to help safeguard against players trying to use macros (small executable programs) to unfairly gain experience or levels.

What is an alias command?
Text phrases that you use repeatedly can be stored as Alias commands and retrieved with a few characters. You can store up to 32 alias commands. To store an alias command, you first have to pick a phrase to store, then give that phrase a name. The alias command for storing text is: /alias <alias phrase name> <phrase> <enter>
For example, to store the phrase, "Let's go penting today!", you would first need a name to identify that phrase by - you may choose to name it P1. To store the phrase, you would type: /alias P1 Let's go penting today! <enter> To retrieve and use the stored phrase, you would simply type: p1 <enter>

How can I change my clothes colors?
All characters enter the game with a set of default colors for their clothing and hair, but you can change the color of your character's shirt, pants/skirt, and hair/cap if you choose. Type: /col1 to bring up the Color Toolbox. From left to right, the three circles at the bottom represent shirt color, pants/skirt color, and hair/cap color. Click on a circle, then move the color bars to find a color that you like. The model in the box displays your color choices. Click the Exit button to exit the Color Toolbox.

What is the Pentagram Quest™?
The Pentagram Quest™ is a game that all players (from about level 10 and up) can play together. It's an ongoing game that takes place in "the pents" - a large, cavernous area partitioned off according to player levels. The walls and floors of this area are covered with "stars" (pentagrams) and the object of the game is to touch as many pentagrams as possible as you fight off the evil demons that inhabit the area. Once a randomly chosen number of pentagrams have been touched, the pents are "solved", and you receive experience points for the pentagrams you touched. Killing the Demon Lords that dwell behind some of the doors in the pents not only weakens the demons that roam the area, but also helps you attain a higher rank in the Imperial Army. There are many extra chances to earn bonus experience points in the Pentagram Quest™ too: consecutively touching five pentagrams of the same color before you touch a sixth (called a Color Bonus); touching a randomly assigned Lucky Pent; or being the one to solve the pents, are just a few ways to earn bonuses. The entrances to the Pentagram Quest™ are southwest of blue squares in Aston - be sure to SHIFT + RIGHT CLICK on the doors to determine which level area is right for you!

Another player is harassing me/making me uncomfortable. What can I do?
If another player harasses you, type: /complain <reason> This command sends a screenshot of the offensive activity to Game Management. The <reason> portion of the command is for you to enter your own comments regarding the situation. You can also type: /ignore <name> to ignore the things the player is saying to you.

 

 

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