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01 February 2007 @ 04:03 pm
Black n' Blue Sue's LJFC Guide to the Arena Terminal  
This is a quick LJFC-newbie guide to the Arena Terminal, to help you get familiar with how things work so that when you get to Fight Club you'll be ready for action. I'm only going to cover basics here, but it should be enough to get you started. The Arena Information contacts and the Arena Tab in the Help menu can give more detailed information not covered here.





This is what an Arena Terminal (also called a kiosk) looks like. The following screenshots only show the terminals found in Pocket D, above the Monkey Fight Club. If you don't know where that is, go to Pocket D and enter the blue hero side. Facing the dance floor and DJ Zero, the entrance to MFC is on your left between the bar and the dance floor.

There are also Arena terminals inside the Arenas in Galaxy City, Port Oakes, and Talos Island, as well as inside the Golden Giza in St. Martial. These areas all have Arena Stores and Information Agents, like the ones in the following pictures:



The guy behind the bar is the Arena Store salesman. From him you can buy all tier one inspirations and a few temporary powers that can be used in the arena. For LJFC fights, the temp powers are not allowed but the inspirations are. Please only use inspirations which can be purchased from the Arena store. No tier two or three insps, no presents, et cetera.

The woman with the blue ring at her feet in this picture is the Games Information contact. She can tell you all about the different game types found in the arenas. I'll go over them briefly below, but talk to her if you want to learn more.



There's another store contact behind the bar here, and the other contact is the Arena Information agent. He can give you basic information about creating and joining events. Again, I'll go over this below, but talk to him for more info.



These are the terminal at the back of the room, and I prefer using them for LJFC since they are away from the bars and out of the main traffic area. However, all the terminals on the server are linked, so even if you are in Talos Island or Port Oakes, you can still join an event created in Pocket D or St. Martial. It doesn't matter what terminal you use, as long as you are on the same server. It's still important that you show up at Pocket D for LJFC, so we know who is there, but I wanted to mention that fact anyway.



When you click a terminal, this is the first screen you'll see. It looks like a lot to take in at first, but you're only going to be concerned with a few bits. Let's start with the buttons on the bottom:

My Gladiators - This is the button you'll push to choose your team of gladiators for a gladiator fight. I'll show you a screeny of that later and explain in detail how gladiator fights work.

My Arena Rating - We don't use ratings in LJFC, so you don't have to worry about this.

Refresh - As you might expect, this just refreshes the list of events in the window above.

Create Event - I'll show you how to create an event below. This is the button you push to do it.

Join Event - Once you've selected an event from the list above, this will be highlighted. If the event is already in progress, this button will be replaced by one that says Observe Event. Observing an event in progress will put you in the event in the form of an invisible drone. You can fly around and take pictures and see everything, but you cannot talk to or interact in any way with the combatants. They can't see you, hear you, or sense your presence. Even with Spidey Sense.

Other things you need to know about this screen:

See how many events are listed? You don't need to worry about all that. The thing you will want to look for to find your event is Creator. If you click that word in the header bar, it will sort the list by creator. So if you are looking to join my event, you'd want the one with "Black n' Blue Sue" listed as creator, for example. Once you've found the event you want, just click to highlight it, and then hit that Join Event button.

Also, see in the upper right corner where it has a drop down menu? Let's take a closer look at that, shall we?



As you can see, this dropdown menu selects which events you can see. The default is to show events that you are eligible to join. Most of the time, this is all you need to see. But if you are looking to observe an event, you will need to Show Ongoing or Show All, since once an event begins or has a full roster it will disappear from the eligible list.



Now, let's talk about those Gladiators:

When you click that My Gladiators button, you will see the following screen:



You need to make sure you do this before joining a Gladiator event. Once you have joined the event, it will be too late to choose your team.

Choosing your gladiators is simple. You have 2000 points to spend, and each gladiator costs a number of points as shown. You can have up to three of a particular type, if you can afford them, and there is no restriction on which gladiators will play nice together. Your team can be Longbow, Arachnos, Devouring Earth, and Shivans if you want to and can afford them.

However!

Special House Rules: Night Widows and Archmagi are prohibited from all LJFC gladiator matches unless all participants agree otherwise before the match. These gladiators are underpriced and overpowered and make the event no fun for everyone.

Once you've selected your gladiators, hit the OK button and it will take you back to the original screen. You can now join or create a gladiator event and your team will be the one you have chosen until you return to the My Gladiator screen to change them. You do not have to choose your team before each fight unless you want something different.

In a gladiator fight, you can control your gladiators in a limited capacity similar to a mastermind. Your character will not be able to use any powers or affect the fight other than to issue commands.



Now let's talk about creating an event:

When you hit that Create Event button, you see the following screen:



I'll go over all the important features individually. Let's first look at the options in the upper right hand corner:

So far, we have left all of these option in the default unselected mode for LJFC fights. But just in case we ever decide to play with them, I wanted to point them out. They are all pretty self explanatory, except "Tactical Start" and "Max Recovery." Tastical Start drops eveyone in the arena with no endurance. I guess that is supposed to be challenging, but it just sounds frustrating to me. Max Recovery takes endurance out of the equation by putting everyone at the recovery cap. I don't use that since there are some characters whose best strategy is to drain their opponents. Like I said, we usually don't use any of these options. I just wanted to mention that they exist. Arena contacts and the Help menu can tell you more about them.

Then there is the "Invite Only" option at the bottom right corner. We don't generally use this at LJFC, since it's just easier for everyone to join on their own than make the creator invite everyone. Sometimes we get a non-LJFC person joining our event. If this happens, I politely tell this person (via the Event Chat feature, which you can see at the bottom of this screen) that it is a private SG event. Most of the time, this is all it takes and the person will quit the event. If they don't, the Event Creator is able to kick them out.



Here's the selection menu for the type of fight you want to create. Oh, by the way.. that button that says "Rated" beside this menu... checking that button will rate the event and record your performance under that My Arena Rating button I mentioned earlier. We don't use this in LJFC, but I wanted to let you know what it is. (As an aside - to earn the Lanista and Grand Lanista badges, you need to win rated gladiator fights).

The Games Information Agent can tell you all about how these ifferent types of events work, but just from the names I think you can tell what most of them are. Duels are one-on-one, Team Duels are one team vs. one team, Battle Royals are free-for-alls, Team Battle Royals are multiple teams fighting each other. These are the types of fights most common at LJFC.

Pentads are five vs. five battles where each character is a different AT.

Super Group rumbles, Gladiators, and Team Gladiators are exactly what they sound like.



With this menu, the Event Creator can select how many teams will be able to participate. Each team will have a maximum number of members, set using the slider below this menu (I'll show it to you again in a bit).



Victory conditions! At LJFC we usually do 10 minute timed fights. In a timed fight, the winning team or player is the one with the most Knockouts. Domination matches require the given number of Knockouts to end the match: first team to get that many KO's wins. I've not done Last Man Standing, but I believe it eliminates defeated characters until only the winning team remains.



Weight classes are shown in this menu. When you select a weight class, it works sort of the way Task Force level ranges work. The low number in the range is the minimum level requirement to join the event, and the upper level is the cap for the fight. Anyone higher than that level will be auto-exemplared/malefactored.

In an Any Level match, low level characters can join but they are not fully sidekicked/lackeyed up to 50. Instead, ToHit and Defense scale to level, but Damage and Hit Points don't. So lower level characters are still at a serious disadvantage in these fights when there are 50's in the match.



We don't usually use this feature in LJFC matches, but if you wanted to restrict which ATs join your event, you can do so with the following dropdown menu. You can select the desired AT of each team member this way, so if you wanted all brutes, or two defenders and two blasters, or whatever.. you can do that.




Once you have set all these variables, you can hit that List Event button and your event will now show up in the list shown previously. As mentioned, it will be listed under the name of the character that created the event, so tell anyone looking for it to sort the list by Creator and looks for your name.



Once your event is listed and people start joining, the Arena will automatically place them on teams, alternating as they join. This usually won't get people on the teams you want them on, but I'll show you how to change that in a sec.

First notice that you get a message in the chat window that a member has joined your event, and to the far right of their name in the team list you will see that little "kick" button I mentioned before. If someone I don't know joins, I'll tell them this is a private SG event. If they insist on staying, that's when I hit that "Kick" button.



Okay, so like I said - people will probably be placed on the wrong team. But that's ok. The drop menu circled in this picture will allow each player to select which team they want to join. The event creator can select team for everyone, but it's usually easier to just let each player do it, assuming they all know what team they should be on.



Remember that slider I told you about before? Here it is again. This sets the maximum number of members for each team. The minimum is always one, though. That means if you really wanted to you could have 8 vs 1 (or 4 vs 5 vs 7, or whatever).


And once everyone has joined the event and gotten sorted into teams correctly, all you have to do is hit that Start Event button. You'll get a ten-second countdown and then everyone will be teleported to the battleground.

A few notes about starting the battle:

Not everyone loads right away - Sometimes one or more of your team members might not show up when the bell rings to begin the fight. If that happens, simply shout out in broadcast for the other guys to hold their fire until all your teammates have arrived. LJFC members will respect fairness and give you a chance to get your team assembled.

Likewise, Masterminds will generally request a moment at the start of a fight to summon their pets. This is usaully allowed. A good rule of thumb is one minute to a minute and a half (maybe less at low levels) but it also may be just as easy to have all masterminds in the arena shout out "Ready" in broadcast once they are prepared.


And there you have it. This should be more than enough information to help you be ready and know what to expect when you come to Fight Club. Remember there is a little more you can learn from Arena Info contacts and the Help Menu, so I encourage you to read that information, too. And of course, post any questions or comments you may have here and I will do my best to answer them.

Thanks for helping to make LJ Fight Club so awesome, and I'll see you at the fights!
 
 
 
Alessar: hmmmalessar on February 1st, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
You've put several rules about fight club matches in here, and I don't think that's appropriate. This is labeled as a newbie guide to using the terminals; people who already know how are not necessarily going to read this looking for house rules on arena fights.
John Trussell: cox: squishykviri on February 1st, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
My guess is that the label is the part that's in error. I think this was intended to be an LJFC-specific tutorial, first and foremost.

But that's up to Quas, really...
quasadu: bnbs2quasadu on February 1st, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
kviri is correct. This is an LJFC-specific guide, hence my posting it here and not on the official forums or the main LJ communities. I'll edit the title to reflect that.

As for House Rules and procedures, I intend to make a seperate post detailing those. I only mention here those that are relevant to the subject I'm discussing.
ツクヨミcorporis_ossa on February 1st, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Good post. For some reason, I had 50's game show music running through my head and Sue posing in heels and a poofy dress.

Hmmm.

*heads to sketchbook*
quasadu: o noes!quasadu on February 1st, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
O noes! Sue does not do poofy dresses!
ツクヨミcorporis_ossa on February 1st, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
I know! That's what made it so funny in my mind!
SaintNicstersaintnicster on February 1st, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
Too much foofoora? Does she prefer a black dress with some slink?
quasadu: riverquasadu on February 1st, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Totally.