Classes of Camelot Frequently Asked Questions
Umm, this looks confusing.
It's not so bad; let's begin at the beginning. On the top right is your Multi-Panel. It has 6 buttons along its top edge, and clicking on the 6 buttons will switch between the 6 panels. From left to right, those panels are: Character Panel, Inventory Panel, Ability Panel, Combat Panel, Spell Panel, and Group Panel. Go ahead and take a good look at each of the 6 panels so that you have a good idea of what they do. I won't go in to detail about them - part of this game is about exploring =)
On the top left is your Quick Bar. The Quick Bar is where you can store Hotkeys - shortcuts for making your character do something. The Quick Bar has 10 pages; you'll notice at the top there are two arrows and the number '1'. Go ahead and click on the arrows to see the Quick Bar Page Number change. Let's create a simple hotkey. Open your Ability Panel, and click on the icon by 'Sprint Ability.' It is a green icon of a person running. Once you click on it, it will be stuck to your cursor. Drag the green man over to your Quick Bar and drop it in the 8th slot. Now, to activate your new Sprint Hotkey, you can click on the icon, or simply press '8' on your keyboard. Once you press it, you'll notice at the bottom of your screen, the Chat Window will say, "You prepare to sprint!" in the upper half. This is the same routine you'll follow when creating any Hotkey - be it for casting a spell, creating a text macro, or executing a combat style.
At the bottom left is the Chat Window. The Chat Window is divided into two sections - the top is your battle and game messages, and the bottom is for player messages only. There are 5 tabs along the top - Main, Broad, Guild, Group, and Chat. If you are in Main, click on the text field at the bottom of the window, and type "Hello" and then press Enter. You will see in the player message half of the Chat Window something like, YourName: "Hello." If you were on the Broad tab, then it would broadcast your message, if you were on the Group tab, it would give that message to only those you've grouped with. More on chatting later.
At the bottom right is your Player Window. This shows your character name, as well as your Hit Points (red), Power (yellow) and Endurance (green). Please note that Power is also called Mana! The classes that cannot cast spells have a permanently empty power bar. Below that is your experience meter showing you how much experience you have in your current level. At the bottom is your Target display. Go ahead and click on any person or monster you can see right now. Their name will appear in your Target Display, as well as their current hit points. These are all of the basic interfaces of Camelot.
How do I move a window around?
At the top left of any window is a small box with 4 arrows in it. Click and hold down on this box, and then you can drag the window around. If you've gotten a window stuck somewhere and cannot click on the arrow box, you can hold SHIFT and click on the edge of any window to drag it around.
What are those circley-things at the top right of my windows?
Those are the 'Hide' icons. Your Quick Bar and Multi-Panel both have this circle. Go ahead and click on it, you'll notice the corresponding window hides itself. Ahh, the wonders of modern technology amaze me. Click the circle again and the window re-appears.
How come this window has an 'X' at the top right?
Some windows, like the Chat Window, cannot be closed, only resized. If you click on the 'X' and hold down, you can re-size the window by dragging the mouse in the direction you'd like to re-size.
What's this compass I hear everyone talking about?
The compass is just that - a compass. If you cannot see your compass, hold SHIFT and then press C, and you should see it appear somewhere on your screen. If you do SHIFT+C again, the compass will grow larger, a third time will make the compass disappear, and a fourth will make it appear small again. You can move the compass around using the SHIFT method I described above.
What is this lag meter I hear everyone talking about?
The lag meter works just like the compass, but its command is SHIFT+P. The Lag Meter shows three shapes/colors. The leftmost shape is Ping, the middle is Latency, and the right is Frame Rate, where Circle/Green means good, Triangle/Yellow is fair, and Red/Square is Bad.
What's an Alpha Setting?
If you right click on any of the windows in Camelot, a box calling itself 'Alpha Settings' will appear. Basically, the Alpha Setting measures the transparency level of a window. 100% is solid, 0% is completely transparent. You can change any window in Camelot to be however transparent you'd like it.
Whoa, What's a Camera Angel?
Not Angels, Angles. Camelot has three Camera Angles - ways for you to view the world. By pressing F11 you can rotate through the three camera angles, which are third-person view, stationary view, and first-person view.
There is also a mouselook button that allows you to pan the camera around freely in third-person with the mouse.
How do I take screenshots?
The default key for screenshot is the '-' key on the keypad. Where the screenshot ends up depends on which client you're using. If you're using the original Camelot client then the screenshots will be saved as bitmaps in you Camelot directory. If you're using Shrouded Isles or Trials of Atlantis the screenshots will be saved as jpegs in the 'Isles' or 'Atlantis' directories respectively.
Can I add my own names for the screenshots I'm taking from in the game?
Yes you can. The default name is something generic, like 'sshot1.jpg', but you can set your own name for the files with the /sshot command. Whatever named you put after /sshot will be used as a base name for all the screenshots you take until you use /sshot again. So the command "/sshot dragon" would give you screenshots titled dragon-01.jpg, dragon-02.jpg, etc.
How do I buy from Merchants?
The interface is pretty simple, just click on the item you wish to buy and then click the 'Buy' button. To sell something, just highlight something from your inventory and click the sell button. You can also set up hotkeys for selling in the Keyboard setup. For instance, I have my 'Quick sell' button set to 'K,' as in, 'O.K. - sell it.'
What if I want to buy from a merchant in bulk?
If you want to buy alot of one item from a merchant at once you can click on the item you want, then shift-click on the buy button to bring up the amount window. In that window you can click on the arrows to raise or lower the number you'd like to buy. You can shift-click on the arrows to raise or lower the number by 10 at a time. Just click 'ok' when you've set the amount you want.
What if I'm crafting and I know I'm frequently going to be buying materials in bulk?
Not to worry, you can used /mbuy to set up a quickbar macro to buy in large amounts with ease. To use the /mbuy command, first figure out how much of something you'll want to be buying at once. Then create a macro like this: /macro 50 /mbuy 50. That command will create a macro for your quickbar named '50'. You can change the amounts to anything up to 100. Once you have the macro on your quickbar, click on the icon for whatever you want to buy in the merchant window. Then, with the icon on your cursor, click on the mbuy button on your quickbar. That's it! Just be careful not to buy 100 crystal flasks at once. Merchants are awfully stingy about buying back materials you bought by mistake.
How do I know what an NPC does?
It will say underneath their name what they do. For instance, if Gandalf is a spell merchant, it will say [Merchant] underneath his name. This is useful for locating your trainer! If you are a Warrior, you should look for the [Warrior Trainer].
What are the highlighted words in the NPC text window?
If you stumbled upon an NPC who brought up a text window and some of the words are [highlighted], those are Key Words that you can click on, and the NPC will tell you more about them. On rare occasions NPCs may not respond when you click on the [highlighted] words. Never fear! They will respond if you /say the words or phrases exactly as they're written. You can even include them in longer sentences, and as long as the phrase is exact, they'll still recognize them. So if Niamh happens to ask you if you [walk the path of cad goddeau]. You can either click on the phrase, or say something along the lines of: "Oh yeah, I walk the path of cad goddeau, baby!"