Beginner's Guide

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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 each time, with no waiting for items to sell. Rarer items are worth more then their equivilent gold finds eg. 600g gold find is equivalent to a purple item which would sell for 1500g+. Even with this mining gold is still much better at the beginning.

2. Get Equipment

You should try get a full set of 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 set of equipment try and get 10 melds. If you are not very active, or have trouble keeping your battery going, it might be worth getting some more melds, but 10 is the most you will definitely need at this stage of the game.

4. Explore

When you have got 10 melds buy a yellow vehicle (a rickshaw is best) and send it out to explore other cities. Seeing all the cities alows you to watch different markets and it makes the game much mroe interesting. To do this you need to set your profession to trader (NOT Highwayman!)

5. Check Out The Forums

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 PM Nicktheh and ask to join the "Noob guild" which is a guild for new players where you can ask questions and learn about the game.

6. Choose A Profession

Once you reach 10 melds you have the difficult choice of picking which profession to take - but don't worry, you can change freely. A mistake that a lot of new players make is to go Highwayman. Consequently, they get stomped on by the better equipped players and are forced into debt by guards. It is a good idea to become a Guard when you're starting off. A guard can send out empty vehicles for no risk, and are an ideal profession for a new player. Also, with the new addition of workers, if anyone will buy your labor you get free gold for doing nothing :) (Not many factories have been made yet though, and 1 Cph work is not being bought often.)

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 peices first - it may not be worth getting the more expensive ones like the standard boots.

8. Save For Better Vehicles/More Melds

By now you have set yourself up and should be mining at a decent rate. There are 2 things that you should save up to buy: The first is a good vehicle, probably a sidecar motorcycle, which is around 450-600g (prices may change). You can use this to guard and earn some extra gold, run it empty and you wont lose anything, or use a few yellow weapons; though you will probably lose the weapons, you could potentially earn more gold. Another way to help save up that extra gold is to try trading, which is basically buying low in one city, and then selling it for a higher price in a different city. Vans are considered the best cheap option for this, and remember to bubble.

The second thing is some more melds. Getting to 20 melds will do a few things: You get 36h of battery, that is 1 1/2 days. This can be very helpful if you cannot get online a lot. You can also now use gadgets (15 melds), work for more gold and also use boats. Get a war canoe (best yellow) and vistit the island city. It may take time, but it is great to be able to see all mines.

9. Get A Second Mine

Things will begin to take 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 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 either 3k for another starter or 6.5k for a music mine. For the music mine you can buy it and sell your starter and pay back half the loan. A music mine is much better then a starter mine as items sell for more then 1g, but it is much more expensive. 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.

10. Try Fishing

While you are saving up for a new mine or paying off a loan you may want to try fishing. Fishing can provide a huge income boost, but it is very expesnive to get started and have the ships/ballyhoos to fish with. Please note before trying this that it is EXTREMELY RISKY and you can lose a lot of money if your not careful. Remember to use the bubbling technique to reduce your chances of losing your cargo!

11. Upgrade, Uprade, 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 hardies 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 :)