If you are a beginner and have no idea what to do, this guide will help you get started by giving you a few pointers and some goals to aim for.
1. Mine Gold
The first thing you should do is switch your starter mine to mining gold. The reason for this is that the starter market has a huge amount of excess items. A yellow starter item will normally take a long time to sell, and you will only get you 1g, while mining gold will give you 1-4g (minimum) each time, with no waiting for items to sell. Rarer items are worth more then their equivalent gold finds eg. 600g gold find is equivalent to a purple item which would sell for 1500g+ but even with this mining gold is still much better at the beginning because of the constant income.
2. Get Equipment
You should try get a full set of at least flimsy mining Equipment. This will speed up your mining significantly, and more finds = more gold.
3. Get 10 Melds
After you have a full flimsy or standard set of equipment try and get 10 melds. 10 is the most you will normally need at this stage of the game, but if you are not very active or have trouble keeping your battery going, it might be worth getting more melds as each meld increases your total battery by one hour.
While you are getting 10 melds buy a yellow vehicle (a rickshaw is best) and send it out to explore other cities. Seeing all the cities allows you to watch different markets and it makes the game much more interesting. When exploring set your profession to trader, as that is the safest profession.
5. Check Out The Forums and Chat
Another thing you could be doing right now is read and post in the forums. The forum is a great place where you get to interact with all of the other players, discuss ideas and suggest things that you think should be added to the game. You can also talk directly to other players on the miners page, a great place to ask questions.
6. Make gold
There are plenty of ways to make gold on Minethings. You could try buying stuff for cheap in you home city and then being patient and listing it a higher price, or you could take the things you buy for cheap in your home city, and move them to another city where you can sell them for a higher price. If you don't have a lot of time, you would try out being a worker. You could try extorting bribes from a Highwayman. Or be a Highwayman yourself and pillage the routes, which can be very profitable since you don't have to buy the things. The list goes on, each profession has it's own way of making gold, give each of them a try and see what you like doing best.
7. Save For Better Equipment
Now that you have all flimsy, 10 melds and are either working/guarding the routes, you should save up for standard equipment. If you can get your BPH up you will be getting more finds. A full standard set of equipment is pretty expensive for a new player, but it is worth it. Try and buy the cheaper pieces first - it may not be worth getting the more expensive ones like the standard boots.
8. Get A Second Mine
Things will begin to take more time and be more expensive now as you have most of the basic items. Currently, you are mining 1 mine, this means your rate of mining will be very low. You should try saving up for a new mine. The best mine to get is a second starter mine. It will take a long time to get the 3000-3500g (prices may change) for a second starter mine, but it will double your rate of mining. A quicker way to do this would be to get a loan. If you ask on the forum a kind bigger player may lend you 3k for another starter mine. If you get a loan you will slowly pay it back over time, but with your increased rate of mining it will be a lot faster then if you were saving up. Asking the Unofficial Bank of Minethings, led by Furiouszap might help you find a loan.
11. Upgrade, Upgrade, Upgrade...
When you have your new mine(s), you can increase your vehicle/ship fleet, get more melds, try new professions, or save for another mine. Try and gradually upgrade your equipment to hardy and to get better mines.
12. There's No Reason To Be Bored On Minethings
These are just a few of the many things you can do to keep you busy:
- Looking for good trading opportunities.
- Trying to get more melds so you can reach the top.
- Frequently inspecting other people's items, bids, and listings so you can find out how to do #1 and #2.
- Suggest things you would like in the game on the forum.
- Selling the items you mine.
- Upgrading your mining bots' equipment.
- Winning a bidding war.
- Winning a listing war.
- Sending and receiving PMs.
- Sending ships/vehicles.
- Chatting on the forums or the IRC chat
- Working in a factory.
- Experimenting and having fun with new patches and future releases :)
If you have followed this guide should be doing very well, have fun and enjoy playing MT :)