Like any multi-player game, Wizard 101 has a wide variety of personalities playing and not everyone is polite. In fact, some players get downright rude; but some do so without even knowing it. The wide age-range of players accounts for some of the general lack of good gaming manners; newer and younger players just don’t know what is or is not acceptable behavior. Some preferences you can only learn from playing the game a while with others.
General Game Play – The basic rules apply to Wizard 101 as to real life. Don’t be rude or mean to other players. Remember that no one likes to be called a “noob”; regardless of whether they are just inexperienced at the game or if someone is using the term to just be rude. Running up to a chest or reagent and grabbing it when someone else is standing right there may not qualify as completely unacceptable, but it isn’t a very nice way to play. Creatively working around the chat filters to use profane language is definitely not something you should be doing and could get you banned from the game.
Friend Making And Keeping – Most of the game can be soloed, but in certain levels you will need to work with other players and in others it is just easier with someone else to help. Friend making is recommended, but you should go about it the right way. Do not ask every random player you come across to be your friend; it is annoying for most other players and you usually won’t get quality friends this way. Don’t assume someone who is way ahead of you in levels will add you, but you can still ask; they might friend you anyway. Ask someone to be your friend if they have helped you in a battle or joined an instance and you have built some rapport. A general question in a populated area about making a friend would be ok, but spamming someone to be your friend who keeps turning you down is not. Once you make friends with someone, don’t abuse them by calling them for every street fight you get in or simply ordering them to port without the courtesy of finding out if they are busy or when you really don’t need their help. If you want them to see your house, ask if they want to. Don’t just tell them to port without explaining what you want. On the opposite side of the coin, don’t randomly port to friends without finding out if they would like you to. It might mess up some of the game play for them. Read the etiquette for instances and battles for further information on treating your game friends right.
Instances And Battles – This goes for friends as well as random players. It is considered rude to join a fight without asking. Some battles will pull in another enemy when you join; if the wizard playing is low on health and close to ending the fight, this could be a problem for them. Some players prefer to solo as many of the quests as possible. This is why you should not port to friends without asking; they may not want anyone to join their fight or add a new enemy to their battle. When you are fighting with others; ask before using the traps they have set up on enemies. Different players use different strategies that incorporate the use of blades and traps and if you use their traps, it could have an effect on the damage they can inflict. When you have developed friends, you learn their style and whether or not they mind you using traps they put on. Don’t flee when you are in a battle with someone else; the other player will be left alone to fight the enemies alone. If you are running an instance with someone else, don’t make them always take the first battle position. They will end up incurring the most damage throughout the instance. An exception to this is if you have someone who has a lot of health and a lot of resist and can handle the damage better than everyone else, provided they agree to it.
What To Ignore – There will always be people who are rude, annoying or inappropriate in multi-player games; to enjoy your experience there are some behaviors you should simply ignore. Begging for someone to gift them items, crowns or pets is quite common behavior seen among players in the commons. People will ask you to trade them mounts for cards, or mounts for pets. Again, just ignore these people. Some will follow you around just to be annoying or rude; a change of realms or porting home will get you away from them where they can’t follow. Incessant pleas for boyfriends and girlfriends in the game happens frequently and don’t really affect your game play, but if it bothers you, leave the area. Even people on your friends list will sometimes do things that you don’t like. You can ask them to stop; as a last resort, you can remove them from your friends list. Just be aware that once you remove them, you will be unable to add them back unless you know them in real life and can make arrangements to meet up in Wizard 101 again.
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