Light And Shadow - Frequently Asked Questions
Copyright © 2001-2002 WOTLAS Team

        This is a small FAQ about the wotlas project. If you have a question or problem that is not listed here, please post it on one of our forums : http://sourceforge.net/projects/wotlas.


I - FAQ - Wotlas Server

1.0 - What do I need to do to host a server ?
1.1 - Why do I need to register my server ?
1.2 - What is the manual setup wizard utility for ?
1.3 - My server has a fixed domain name, can I enter it in the setup utility instead of the IP address ?
1.4 - My server has no domain name and its IP is often changed by my Internet provider. What can I do ?
1.5 - How do I get my server's IP ?
1.6 - I have a DSL Internet connection that works with a DSL hub which is connected to my server via an ethernet network. How can I make my server be enabled from the Internet ?
1.7 - How can I move my wotlas server to another computer ?
1.8 - I have a firewall on my computer what do I need to do ?
1.9 - How do I shutdown my server ?
1.10 - I can't host my wotlas server anymore, how do I un-register ?
1.11 - Someone mailed me to ask for a key to create a special character ? what's this all about ?
1.12 - I want to delete someone's account. How can I do that ?
1.13 - I'm using ports above 1024 for my wotlas server and it seems nobody can connect to my server ! what's happening ?
1.14 - Do I need to warn the wotlas network administrator if I have to stop my server for some time ?
1.15 - Are there any start-up options I can use for my server ?
1.16 - I've found a free domain name offer on the Internet, do you advice me to use it for wotlas ?
1.17
- My DSL modem is using PPPoE, not PPPoA. Do I have to do something special to configure my server ?
1.18 - I'm tring to use the Setup utility but the file tranfer with pscp doesn't seem to be working... what's happening ?
1.19 - How do I create a bot ?
1.20 - How do I get rid of the password I have to enter for SCP ?
1.21 - How do I configure my transfer script for Unix ?

II - FAQ - Wotlas Client - Technical Problems

2.0 - When I start wotlas, nothing happens, no windows appear. What's going on ?
2.1- When I start wotlas, the log window appears and then nothing happens. What's going on ?
2.2 - I have a firewall on my computer, what do I need to do ?
2.3 - I'm trying to start wotlas from my work office and it doesn't work. What's going on ?
2.4 - How do I know if my Internet connection uses a proxy ?
2.5 - When I start wotlas I have a window telling me to choose a server to create an account, but the server's list is empty ! What happened ?
2.6 - The game crashed after the final step of the account creation. What happened ?
2.7 - My problem is not listed here or Wotlas has crashed... what do I need to do ?
2.8 - Are there any start-up options I can use for my wotlas client ?
2.9 - I've connected to the game, why does the game screen flickers when I click it ?
2.10 - I have Windows XP. Why are all the windows flickering when I play wotlas ?

III - FAQ - Wotlas Client - Playing Wotlas

3.0 - I'm searching for some help on how to play wotlas, where can I find it ?
3.1 - Can I create more than one game account ?
3.2 - Ok I'm in the game. What can I do ?
3.3 - I'm trying to speak to someone in the chat but he doesn't seem to hear me. How does this damned chat work ?
3.4 - Why are the movements on the world map so slow ?
3.5 - I'm on a map where there seems to be an opening on a side, but it doesn't lead me to anywhere. What's this all about ?
3.6 - I've been wandering on a map and I don't seem to be able to leave it. What's happening ?
3.7 - I don't meet anybody in this game. Isn't it supposed to be an online community ?
3.8 - Can my character get killed in wotlas ?
3.9 - I see a lot of people in the game but they are transparent and don't answer me. Can you explain ?
3.10 - is my discussion saved when I chat with someone in wotlas ?
3.11 - Sometimes when I travel to a location of the game the wotlas server connection seems to be shut and automatically re-started. what's happening ?
3.12 - What's this multi-server feature all about ?
3.13 - Can I spy chat groups ?
3.14 - I want to become a darkfriend, what do I need to do ?
3.15 - How do I know the people I'm speaking to are darkfriends ?
3.16 - I'm trying to speak to another connected player be he/she doesn't react ? what's happening ?
3.17 - Can I use wotlas for meetings on other subjects than the Wheel Of Time ?
3.18 - How does this Lie feature works ?
3.19 - Do other players always remember the name I used the first time I met them ?
3.20 - Can I turn on myself in the game ?
3.21 - Where can I use the macros I have created in the Macro Plug-in ?

IV - FAQ - Known Bugs

4.0 - The game has crashed with a 'external exception occured' message. What happened ?
4.1 - I've checked my c:\Windows\temp directory and it's full of font*.ttf files ! What's that ?
4.2 - The music volume increased suddendly. What happened ?

V - FAQ - Wotlas Project - Miscellaneous

5.0 - What does the name wotlas mean ?
5.1 - What gave you the idea to start this project ?
5.2 - Do you intend to continue this project ?
5.3 - What are the next features that should appear in the next version of wotlas ?
5.4 - Where can I get information on the current development of wotlas ?
5.5 - How can I help you ?
5.6 - Are you going to use the wotlas user database for some purpose ?
5.7 - I've found a lot of english language mistakes in this FAQ. Don't you read what you write ?
5.8 - Can you give me some numbers on the wotlas project ?
5.9 - I'd like to have some API documentation of your code. Where can I get it ?




I - FAQ - Wotlas Server

1.0 - What do I need to do to host a server ?

You need to have a computer with a DSL Internet connection or better. That's all for the hardware. If your computer has its own domain name it will make things easier for you, but you can still live without it ( depends on your Internet provider ). The most important thing to know is that your computer will have to run 24 hours per day and 7days per week. Of course you are still free to stop your server now and then or stop hosting it for ever. We are not a dictatorship !

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1.1 - Why do I need to register my server ?

To enable other users to find it and connect to it ! This way your server will be listed in our public server table. Of course you can also create you own wotlas network with your own list of servers. To do that download the wotlas manager package and follow the instructions ( note it's experimental ).

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1.2 - What is the manual setup wizard utility for ?

This utility is used to publish your server's IP/DNS address on our wotlas web server IF the Automatic Update feature is not working with your configuration. Each time your server's IP change you'll have to use the setup utility. That's why you should prefer to configure the Automatic Update feature.

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1.3 - My server has a fixed domain name, can I enter it in the setup utility instead of the IP address ?

Yes. If your server has its own domain name, just enter your DNS name in the Setup Wizard. You can now start your server and won't need to bother again about it... unless your computer's IP changes often. You can find free domain name offers on the Internet but you should avoid them. To learn why, read the answer to question 1.16 .

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1.4 - My server has no domain name and its IP is often changed by my Internet provider. What can I do ?

Select Automatic IP Update in the Setup Wizard. This way your server will automatically publish the new IP on the wotlas web site. You'll just be asked to enter a Login & Password for file transfer when you start your server. In the case of our public wotlas servers, we use pscp for file transfer so your password is never shown non-encrypted over the Internet.

Note also that if your network connection is reseted there is no need to stop & restart your wotlas server.

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1.5 - How do I get my server's IP ?

On Windows systems just open a MS-DOS window or command-line window and enter ipconfig. It'll display all your IP interfaces. On unix systems enter ifconfig to obtain the same result. You may also open this url in your web browser : http://checkip.dyndns.org:8245

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1.6 - I have a DSL Internet connection that works with a DSL hub which is connected to my server via an ethernet network. How can I make my server be enabled from the Internet ?

If your ADSL modem is directly connected to your computer via a PPPoE connection please go to question 1.17. If not you'll have to set up NAT ( Network Address Translation) entries on your ADSL hub.

You need to use NAT because you have only one public IP address, so you'll have to do port translation ( for the 3 ports you declared in the register.bat utility) to the computer where your wotlas server is running.

For example, if your server private IP is 192.168.1.2 and the declared wotlas server ports are 763, 764 and 765, then :

1 - add the following NAT rules:

- ADD IP NAT TCP 763 192.168.1.2                   ( Game server )
- ADD IP NAT TCP 764 192.168.1.2                   ( Account server )
- ADD IP NAT TCP 765 192.168.1.2                   ( Gateway server )

2 - Start the Setup Wizard. Edit your server config : select your private IP as server interface (192.168.1.2 here ) and enter your ADSL modem's public IP in "Publish another IP/DNS". The public IP we publish is the address clients will use to connect on your server.

3 - Start your server.

Beware ! Each time your public ip changes, you'll have to use the manual setup wizard utility (cf. 1.2) to export your server's plublic IP (cf. 1.5). You won't have to restart your server.

IMPORTANT : To test the wotlas client ( via the wotlas-client package ) from your private network, the file base/servers/server-N.cfg.adr must contain the private ip address of your server (not the public address!). Good Luck !

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1.7 - How can I move my wotlas server to another computer ?

The easiest way is to move the entire wotlas server package to the other computer, re-start the setup utility and of course re-start the server. If for some reason you can't tranfer the entire package just move the following directories : base/home , base/servers, base/universe, base/configs .

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1.8 - I have a firewall on my computer what do I need to do ?

You'll have to configure it to make it accept : incoming connections on java ( if you want to be precise just open the ports you declared in the register utility ), outgoing connections on java ( your server will probably use HTTP, your server's ports and the gateway ports of other servers, so the easiest solution is to let any outgoing ports available for java ).

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1.9 - How do I shutdown my server ?

Press Enter. It will take 30s to shutdown. If nobody is connected on your server just hit CTRL+C. If you are not sure press ENTER.

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1.10 - I can't host my wotlas server anymore, how do I un-register ?

Just mail your wotlas network administrator. Attach to your mail the following zipped directories of your server package : base/home , base/configs. You should also delete your server-X.cfg.adr file on the wotlas web server.

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1.11 - Someone mailed me to ask for a key to create a special character ? what's this all about ?

Special characters are characters that can only appear once in the game. Players have to mail you to ask for the ones that are not already taken. You should keep a list of the already taken special characters. The keys to enable a special character are listed in the base/configs/server.cfg . Note that these keys change each time you start your server and are changed by the server every 24 hours. Therefore when you mail a key to a player, the player doesn't have a lot of time to use it. Your keys should be kept secret.

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1.12 - I want to delete someone's account. How can I do that ?

You'll need to know the primary key ( aldiss-1-1 for example ) of the account you want to delete. Once you have it you'll have to stop your server ( press Enter ), delete the directory in base/home/ which name is the primary key and re-start your server.

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1.13 - I'm using ports above 1024 for my wotlas server and it seems nobody can connect to my server ! what's happening ?

Well we have no explanation but we witnessed this problem on some Windows OS. This is why we often use the reserved ports : 770, 771, 772. These ports are quite never used on the Internet.

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1.14 - Do I need to warn the wotlas network administrator if I have to stop my server for some time ?

If you have to stop your server for less than 12 hours there should be no need to ring the wotlas network administrator. If you have to stop your server for more than 12 hours mail the administrator, he will update the wotlas news to warn users.

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1.15 - Are there any start-up options I can use for my server ?

Edit your server.bat or server.sh script. At the end of the ServerDirector line you can add : a -debug if you want more debug information, a -erroronly if you only want errors to be displayed and not NOTICE, WARNING messages. There is also a -daemon option if you want your server to send the log messages directly to disk without printing them to the screen.

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1.16 - I've found a free domain name offer on the Internet, do you advice me to use it for wotlas ?

Well, it depends on the offer's content... know that a domain name will be useful to you ONLY if it offers you to have a static ( or quite never changing ) IP address. Well, all the offers of this kind we've met so far are not free... (see your Internet Provider offers). So what can you do ? well, you can still use a free domain name for your wotlas server BUT you have to know the side effects. Let's take the example of www.dyndns.org that proposes you a free xxx.dyndns.org domain name :

1 - The offer consists in the association DNS entry / your IP address. Therefore if your IP changes you'll have to use the Dyndns web interface to update your IP in the dyndns DNS tables.

2 - Of course Dyndns proposes client programs that will detect when your IP changed and will automatically update the Dyndns tables. But even if you can get these client programs to work, there will remain a huge trouble : Internet uses a lot of DNS buffers, proxies and it will take around 4 hours for your new IP to be spread among them. So each time your IP changes your wotlas server will be unreachable for about 4 hours...

So, unless you have a domain name with its own static IP, we strongly advice you to prefer automatic interface monitoring in the wotlas setup wizard. It will make your server immediately available to users.

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1.17 - My DSL modem is using PPPoE, not PPPoA. Do I have to do something special to configure my server ?

Well, as long as your ADSL modem is directly connected to your computer there should be no problem with PPPoE ( PPP over Ethernet ) as with PPPoA ( PPP over ATM ), though PPPoE can be confusing.

With a PPPoE DSL modem you'll notice that if you list your IP interfaces ( ifconfig or ipconfig ) you have two interfaces linked to your DSL modem :

Ethernet adapter DSL Modem:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.1
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.0.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.120

PPP adapter FastAccess:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 63.11.11.11
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 63.11.11.88

The IP interface you want to use here in Setup.bat is the last one "PPP adapter FastAccess".

Thanks to Fred McMaster for his help on this entry.
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1.18 - I'm tring to use the Setup utility but the file tranfer with pscp doesn't seem to be working... what's happening ?

First check that, if you have a firewall on your computer, pscp has access to Internet. Then, if you have registered your server on the wotlas public network, you'll have to make sure pscp knows the encryption key of SourceForge.net. To do that open a shell/command window and enter the following line :

       pscp   test.txt   mySourceForgeLogin@shell.sf.net:/home/groups/w/wo/wotlas/

Once you have done that the Setup utility should be working perfectly. For your information here is what the PuTTY docs says :

       PuTTY records the host key for each server you connect to, in the Windows Registry. Every time you connect to a server, it checks that the host key presented by the server is the same host key as it was the last time you connected. If it is not, you will see a warning, and you will have the chance to abandon your connection before you type any private information (such as a password) into it.

But because we are using PuTTY's pscp in batch mode you won't see the warnings at all, the command will just fail.

Thanks to Fred McMaster for his help on this entry.

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1.19 - How do I create a bot ?

First you'll need to install our wotlas-alice-server package and follow the instructions to run the alice server ( see www.alicebot.org for more information on AliceBot). Once you have your wotlas server running as well as the AliceServer, just :

- create a new account for the player that will become a bot.
- in the game move your player where you want your bot to appear
- whisper the chat /makebot [password] command. The password is defined in your base/configs/server.cfg config file ( property bots.controlKey, it's a server generated key ).

Once you enter the /makebot command you'll get disconnected and your player's control will be handled to a bot. You can still reconnect on your bot account to move the bot.
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1.20 - How do I configure my transfer script for Unix ?

1 - Generate a public key with NO passphrase ( needed for SCP ) :

cd /home/myapps/wotlas                                  # where you installed wotlas,
ssh-keygen -q -f identity.wotlas -t rsa1

2 - Add your public key identity.wotlas.pub in your authorized keys on SourceForge
      ( go to your account page, click on Account Maintenance then Edit keys )

3 - Create a ssh config file named config.wotlas in /home/myapps/wotlas/ ( where you installed wotlas). Here is the content of the file :

Host wotlas.sourceforge.net
User identity
IdentityFile /home/myapps/wotlas/identity.wotlas
ForwardAgent no
ForwardX11 no
Compression yes

Edit the path in the IdentityFile property to make it point on your identity.wotlas file.

4 - If your server's IP is the IP you use on the Internet (server directly connected to the net) then do the following : (1) Launch the Administration Setup and then start the Setup Wizard, (2) Select Edit your Config, (3) At the Network Address Setup step select Automatic Updates, (4) click on 'Next' until you quit the wizard, (5) Edit the Transfer Script in the Administration Setup, make sure the WEB_NAME, WOTLAS_HOME and SERVER_ID are correct. Your wotlas home is where you installed wotlas ( /home/myapps/wotlas in the previous examples ). You can now start your server.

5 - If your server is on a local LAN and has a private IP ( 192.168.0.1 for example ) you'll need to use NAT to redirect the a part of the incoming traffic of your Internet gateway ( or ADSL modem ) on your server. Read the beginning of question 1.6 to learn more on NAT. Once you've created the NAT entries do the following :

If your Internet gateway doesn't have a fixed IP :

(1) Edit the wotlas/bin/unix/update-server-ip.sh script, make sure the WEB_NAME, WOTLAS_HOME and SERVER_ID are correct, (2) Configure your crontab service to run the script every two hours ( set to more if your IP is not changed very often by your ISP ), (3) Launch the Administration Setup and then start the Setup Wizard, (4) Select Edit your Config, (5) At the Network Address Setup step select Never. Manual Updates, don't bother about the Publish options, (6) click on 'Next' until you quit the wizard, quit the admin setup and start your server.

If your Internet gateway has a fixe IP :

(1) Launch the Administration Setup and then start the Setup Wizard, (2) Select Edit your Config, (3) At the Network Address Setup step select Never. Manual Updates, and select Publish Another IP/DNS address, enter the IP of your Internet gateway, (4) click on 'Next' until you quit the wizard, (5) Edit the Transfer Script in the Administration Setup, make sure the WEB_NAME, WOTLAS_HOME and SERVER_ID are correct, (6) quit the Admin Setup, go to the wotlas/bin/unix/ directory and launch the transferScript.sh once. You can now start your server.

 

II - FAQ - Wotlas Client Technical Problems

2.0 - When I start wotlas, nothing happens, no windows appear. What's going on ?

Oups... If you have installed Java 1.3 or 1.4 this situation should not happen... Please contact us. We also witnessed a situation where wotlas makes Windows crash (?). Thank god it's very rare because we have no explanation... If only we could get some error messages... we tried to use tools like Rational's Purify ( thanks for the demo !), but we failed to reproduce the bug...

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2.1- When I start wotlas, the log window appears and then nothing happens. What's going on ?

It probably means that the wotlas web server is unreachable. Look at what is displayed in the log window, there should be a message saying "Wotlas Web Server Unreachable. Trying again... (1/12)" . So wait until these tries end and you should get a message explaining the situation. The message is the following : "We failed to contact the wotlas web server. So we could not update our servers addresses. If this is not the first time you start wotlas on
your computer, you can try to connect with the previous server config files. Otherwise please restart wotlas later.".
You will get this message if :

(1) the wotlas web server is not working. Because our default web server is SourceForge.net this situation is unlikely to happen every day...
(2) you are trying to use wotlas from your work office. There is 99% chance that your company uses a firewall or a proxy and wotlas doesn't like it very much... ( prefer wotlas at home... ).
(3) a strange error occured... in this case contact us ! ( take a look at question 2.6 to know what to do ).

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2.2 - I have a firewall on my computer, what do I need to do ?

You'll have to configure it to make it accept outgoing connections on java ( your wotlas-client will probably use HTTP and various server ports... so the easiest solution is to let any outgoing ports available for java ).

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2.3 - I'm trying to start wotlas from my work office and it doesn't work. What's going on ?

Read the answer to question 2.1 . There is 99% chance that your company uses a firewall or a proxy and wotlas doesn't like it very much... ( prefer wotlas at home... ).

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2.4 - How do I know if my Internet connection uses a proxy ?

Check you Internet browser's parameters. For example, on Windows if you have Internet Explorer ( personal note : have you tried www.opera.com ? ) find the Internet Options in the menu and take a look at the Connections tab. If your HTTP port is not 80 it means there is a proxy somewhere.

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2.5 - When I start wotlas I have a window telling me to choose a server to create an account, but the server's list is empty ! What happened ?

Are you sure you didn't get a warning message when you started wotlas ? no ? well, if there wasn't any you can still read the answer to question 2.1, there is 99% chance it'll explain your situation... but if there is an error message somewhere in a command window please contact us, you've probably found a new bug...

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2.6 - The game crashed after the final step of the account creation. What happened ?

Well, this is just after this final step, when you enter the game, that some conflicts can happen. Here are the conflicts we know about :

- Divx3.1 software. Please un-install it and install Divx4.0 (or more).
- Midi musics. If you're not lucky your sound card drivers might conflict with the javax.sound API. On the main wotlas screen, hit the Options button and turn off the music ( set the music volume to 0 ).

If this didn't help to solve your problem please read the answer to question 2.7 below.

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2.7 - My problem is not listed here or Wotlas has crashed... what do I need to do ?

If the questions listed here didn't help to solve your problem please contact us. You'll find all the needed URL in the wotlas.html file of your wotlas package's root directory. Our support page is http://sourceforge.net/projects/wotlas . You can choose to create a new bug entry or leave a message in one of our forums.

In the case of a technical problem, you'll have to (1) describe where and when your problem occured, (2) tell us about any error messages that might have been displayed in the command line window, (3) give us the content of your log file : log/wotlas-client.log .

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2.8 - Are there any start-up options I can use for my wotlas client ?

Edit your client.bat or client.sh script. At the end of the ClientDirector line you can add : a -debug if you want more debug information (beware it will really display a LOT of debug messages), -classic if you want the classic gray log window image instead of the brown one.

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2.9 - I've connected to the game, why does the game screen flickers when I click it ?

Well, wotlas is a multi-thread program and Java doesn't have any control on the way threads are scheduled by the system. The result is often unpredictable especially if you have other programs running. Usually it works fine but if you encounter any problems, stop wotlas and other running programs, then restart wotlas.

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2.10 - I have Windows XP. Why are all the windows flickering when I play wotlas ?

This is because of the shadows option. If you look in your Windows properties / appearance panel and clear the shadows on menus then the flickering will go away.

Thanks to Fred McMaster for his help on this entry.

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III - FAQ - Wotlas Client - Playing Wotlas

3.0 - I'm searching for some help on how to play wotlas, where can I find it ?

Well, you'll find some help here but you will also get some in the game : just hit the Help button ! The in-game help has some sections explaining how the chat works, how the movement system works, etc...

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3.1 - Can I create more than one game account ?

Well, of course ! There is no particular limit. Don't forget to delete old characters you don't want to use anymore.

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3.2 - Ok I'm in the game. What can I do ?

Wotlas is a virtual community so the main things you'll do here are : travel, chat with other players, build plots, travel, make up stories, search for darkfriends, chat, preach the Dark Lord's return, discuss literature, etc... whatever you like. Wotlas is a free discussion/play ground. Of course those of you that expected a real MUD ( Multi-User Dungeon ) will be very disappointed... We will probably add fights features and one power effects in a next version of wotlas but this is not our primary goal.

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3.3 - I'm trying to speak to someone in the chat but he doesn't seem to hear me. How does this damned chat work ?

It's important to understand that only people that are in the same room as you can hear you ( unless you shout of course ). The best way to be sure that you'll be heard is to walk near the other player. If you want a detailed description of our chat features you should read the in-game help ( hit the Help button and go to the chat section ). You'll see that our chat has a lot of features !

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3.4 - Why are the movements on the world map so slow ?

The answer is in the question ! In a future version of wotlas it will be even slower ! We intend to make a travel's duration in phase with reality. But of course we will never force you to wait in front of your screen for the end of a long journey ! If you start a long journey on the world map, quit wotlas and re-connect later you'll notice that your player carried on his travel on the server-side.

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3.5 - I'm on a map where there seems to be an opening on a side, but it doesn't lead me to anywhere. What's this all about ?

We let some openings on our maps to be sure we'll eventually be able to add/connect more maps to them.

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3.6 - I've been wandering on a map and I don't seem to be able to leave it. What's happening ?

Well, you are not lucky it's a room link detection bug. To solve your problem look at the room name where you got this bug ( it's the name on the top-right of the game window ). Try to come back to this room and re-try to leave it. If there is a door near you, you can also try to click it. It will produce a server-side error and your location will be reseted. Please contact us to tell us on which map/room you caught this bug.

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3.7 - I don't meet anybody in this game. Isn't it supposed to be an online community ?

Keep in mind we are all in different time zones. Also we don't advertise wotlas a lot... for now the wotlas community is rather european, i.e. players are connected around 20h-0h G.M.T.

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3.8 - Can my character get killed in wotlas ?

Well, I'm sure lot of wotlas users are not aware of it, but yes, your character can get killed in wotlas... In fact the Dark One is the only character that can kill someone in the game. So if you go to Shayol Ghul don't displease him ! Note also that he can only kill your character ( connected or not ) if your are near his prison.

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3.9 - I see a lot of people in the game but they are transparent and don't answer me. Can you explain ?

When you quit wotlas your character stays in the game. Note the word 'away' appearing near the player name when you click on a player. Also the player's Away Message appear when he is not connected.

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3.10 - is my discussion saved when I chat with someone in wotlas ?

Yes. Take a look at the content of your wotlas log/ directory. It contains all your wotlas discussions. They are automatically saved.

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3.11 - Sometimes when I travel to a location of the game the wotlas server connection seems to be shut and automatically re-started. what's happening ?

This is because of our multi-server feature. See question 3.12 .

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3.12 - What's this multi-server feature all about ?

Since v1.2 wotlas can share its game universe among multiple servers ( the unit of share is the building ). It means for example that one server will host the White Tower in Tar Valon while another server will host the remaining buildings of the Tar Valon town. When travelling from the White Tower to another Tar Valon building your wotlas account will be automatically transfered to the other server, your connection will be closed and re-opened on the new server. Of course this operation can fail if the target server is not running. In this case you'll get an error message telling you to retry later.

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3.13 - Can I spy chat groups ?

Yes but don't get caught ! try to move near enough a chat group ( humming... looking at the sky...  ) to hear what is said and then don't move. Beware ! you won't hear what is whispered... A good solution if you don't want to be identified too easily is to first create a fake name in the lie panel... but of course it won't work if the people you are trying to spy know you already !

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3.14 - I want to become a darkfriend, what do I need to do ?

Try to find other darkfriends or make a trip to the Blight ( north of the world ). You can also visit Shayol Ghul but it can get dangerous...

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3.15 - How do I know the people I'm speaking to are darkfriends ?

Well, if they are trying to convince you that the Dark One can't be beaten... or that the dark side has its good aspects... If you are hunting black ajah Aes Sedai, remember that a true Aes Sedai can not lie...

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3.16 - I'm trying to speak to another connected player be he/she doesn't react ? what's happening ?

Someone may be connected to the game but doing something else, not seeing that you are there. To draw attention try to enter a /bell, /fanfare or /knock in the chat. Hope that the other player has not turned off his/her PC speakers ...

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3.17 - Can I use wotlas for meetings on other subjects than the Wheel Of Time ?

Yep sure. It's free, you can use wotlas for any kind of meeting you want...

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3.18 - How does this Lie feature works ?

You can create up to 5 fake names for your player. Players you encounter in the game will only know you by the name you were using the first time they met you. So be aware that if you talk with a group of players they might call you by the different names you used... revealing your identity... or your lies.

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3.19 - Do other players always remember the name I used the first time I met them ?

No. Each wotlas character has a limited memory. The most you speak to people the better you get to know them and the longer you will remember their name. Each time you travel to another place your memory of them is diminished. If you make long journeys ( trips to other Towns ) you will only remember the name of the people you talked to / met a lot. Once a player name is forgotten the next time you'll meet him you'll get his current name.

N.B : your memory also fades with time... ( a little each three days ).

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3.20 - Can I turn on myself in the game ?

Yes. Since wotlas v1.2.2, to turn on yourself just (1) press the left button of the mouse on the game screen, (2) move the mouse on the right or left.

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3.21 - Where can I use the macros I have created in the Macro Plug-in ?

Each macro has an alias ( @3@ for your third macro ) you can use in the Chat, Away plug-in and in the declaration of other macros. Each macro alias can only be used one time in a chat message, away message, or macro declaration.

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IV - FAQ - Known Bugs

4.0 - The game has crashed with a 'external exception occured' message. What happened ?

Well, we thought we had fixed this bug... it was due to a bad synchronization in our sound library. Try to turn off the music in the Options panel. If it doesn't work please let us know.

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4.1 - I've checked my c:\Windows\temp directory and it's full of font*.ttf files ! What's that ?

It's a Java bug. The fonts we use are stored by Java in temporary system files. The problem is, for an obscure reason, Java or Windows fails to delete these temporary files... so you'll have to do it yourself. Beware on Windows 2000 and XP the temp/ directory is in c:\Document and Settings\<user-name>\Local Settings\Temp\, not in c:\Windows\temp.

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4.2 - The music volume increased suddendly. What happened ?

Well we encountered a lot of problems with the javax.sound.midi API 1.3 and we solved them all. If you still have music volume problems please let us know. There is one last bug we didn't fixed in Java 1.3 : try to produce a sound ( chat sound, door creaking, etc... ) when the current music ends... you'll notice it starts again ( normal ) but with a much higher volume... you'll have to leave the map to make it return to normal. With Java 1.4 the problem disappears...

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V - FAQ - Miscellaneous

5.0 - What does the name wotlas mean ?

Well, that's easy. It's Wheel Of Time - Light And Shadow. The name Light And Shadow was chosen after a poll among the development team.

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5.1 - What gave you the idea to start this project ?

The french Wheel Of Time mailing list has a founder member named Valère which wanted to create a new kind of mud/chat for the mailing list members. After some brain storming on the subject a development project begun in March 2001. Our goal was, at the time, to create a new kind of online multiplayer game that would offer to players enhanced ways to communicate and interact. We've not reached our goal yet but we are getting closer each day.

For more information on wotlas read our Wotlas Overview paper on http://wotlas.sf.net.
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5.2 - Do you intend to continue this project ?

Well, yes and no. We really don't know. We have a Wotlas Features To Do list that could keep ourselves busy for years... and we work very sporadically on the project... ( we are all working for busy companies... ) We are still surprised to realize that we worked on it for now more than a year... if you want to join our development team you are welcome... it might maintain the project alive.

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5.3 - What are the next features that should appear in the next version of wotlas ?

Ah ! huge question... briefly we want to add : objects, one power effects, a knowledge system, books that you'll be able to write, libraries, role playing features, bots, IA bots, money, in-game post/mails, more maps, more graphical effects, more characters, etc... and that's only the beginning... we have a huge ToDo list.

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5.4 - Where can I get information on the current development of wotlas ?

The main source of information on wotlas is its web site : wotlas.sourceforge.net. For more information on what we develop you can try wotlas.sf.net/devel but it's all in french...

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5.5 - How can I help you ?

Mainly we lack of time to create new maps for the game. So if you know how to use Adobe Photoshop, know the Wheel Of Time universe and think you can create maps that are in the same style as ours... you're welcome ! you can download our texture package in wotlas.sf.net/pub. Please mail us to get more information on the map's format, scale and cell units.

If you are a skilled Java developer and want to work on our project you are welcome too ! but know that, because we work on wotlas very sporadically, you'll have to work a lot on your own. Don't worry we'll still be there to answer any of your questions.

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5.6 - Are you going to use the wotlas user database for some purpose ?

No ! never ! the only things personal we might have from you are your password and eventually email address. We will never give them to anybody and never use them for any purpose ( apart, for the email address, to contact you in case of account problems ).

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5.7 - I've found a lot of english language mistakes in this FAQ. Don't you read what you write ?

Well, the writers of this FAQ are from a non english-speaking country. So if you find let's say typography errors ;) please warn us on our wotlas forum. Don't worry it won't offend us ! In fact we are even used to it... ;)

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5.8 - Can you give me some numbers on the wotlas project ?

Wotlas represents 370 Java files spread among 40 different packages. The Java files have a total of 72000 lines of text including 30000 of code ( if you remove comments and empty lines ).

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5.9 - I'd like to have some API documentation of your code. Where can I get it ?

If you want the Javadoc of our code just download the wotlas-devel or wotlas-source package go to the docs/build directory of the package and launch build-javadoc.bat or build-javadoc.sh The API documentation will be generated in the docs/api/ directory. Just launch the index.html file.

Other project / API / UML documentation might be available on our sourceforge.net web site.

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