After character creation, you will begin your adventures in the hidden valley where you may acquire supplies by buying from the tavern keeper. Then you can descend into the dungeon or travel around wilderness to visit far lands, towns and explore the many levels of various dungeons, gaining experience by killing fierce creatures, collecting powerful artifacts and valuable treasures, and returning to town occasionally to buy supplies, weapons, armour, magical devices and other useful stuff and trade with players. Eventually, you grow more experienced and may attempt to save the world by defeating the Lord of Darkness, who resides far below the surface.
Note that this is a very complex game, and it may be difficult to grasp everything at first, especially if you have never played a “roguelike” game before. Some adventures would probably want to browse through all of the guide pages before beginning any serious adventuring.. But at the same time you could just dive into the game and learn everything by yourself; to help you with this way there is a list of game commands, which you could open by pushing ‘?’ key while in-game.
Example of gameplay
If you are new to classic roguelike games, you may want to try the following quick demonstration. For this demo, we will assume that you have never played Tangaria before. The following instructions are for demonstration purposes only, and so they are intentionally a bit boring.
Once you have started the game, you will be asked to enter your account name. Since your account will be saved on a distant server, you will also be asked to provide a password to protect your account. Don’t forget this password: you will be asked to provide it again each time you want to access your account and play with your characters! If you don’t have an account yet, one will be created for you with the password you provided.
Once you have access to the list of characters screen from your account, press
ato create a new character, then enter your character name and push
Enter. At the character creation screen, you will be prompted to select the race and class of your character. For this demo, press
athree times to select a “female human warrior” character. Then press
Enterto choose the standard roller, and choose stat order by pressing
c. After a little pause, press
Entertwice and your character will be placed into ‘tavern’.
You should now be looking at such screen:
To the left is some information about your character. To the right is an overhead view of the surroundings. A lot of things happen in Tangaria while the game is waiting for you to specify a command, so stay safe in the tavern and take a good look – use the
lcommand to ‘look’ around. Default ‘look’ mode this will cause the cursor to be moved onto each “interesting” square, one at a time, giving you a description of that square in the upper screen. The cursor always starts on the square containing your character; you could push arrows or (better) Numpad 1-8 keys to look around. To exit ‘look’ mode – push
Esc(escape). Also, you could look around with advanced ‘look’ mode – to do so push
p→ move a cursor around to look at each object (not only ‘important’ ones).
Now exit ‘look’ mode (
Esc) and press
ito display your character’s “inventory”. New characters start out with some objects to help them survive. Your character will have some food, potions, torches and scrolls. Press
eto see what you are wearing. You will find you are wearing armour on your body, wielding a dagger and lighting the way with a torch. You have several other equipment slots but they are all currently empty.
tto take something off. Note that the equipment listing is reduced to those objects which can actually be taken off. Press
gto take off the armour, and then press
eagain. Note that the armour is no longer shown in the equipment. Press
wto ‘wear/wield’ something and observe that the inventory listing is reduced to those objects which can actually be wielded or worn, press
eto put the armour back on.
So far, you have used the
tcommands and the
One of the most important things that your character can do is move around. Use the numeric keys on the keypad to make your character move around. The
2keys move your character west, east, north, and south, and the
3keys move your character diagonally.
Come to the tavern keeper. To interact with him you actually have walk into his direction while standing close. At this point, the screen should change to the interaction screen. You will see the name of the tavern keeper, hear what he is saying to you and see a list of objects which are available for sale. If there are more than twelve different objects, you can use the space or arrow keys to scroll the list of objects. One of the items sold here are flasks of oil. Press
downto highlight the line with flasks of oil and press the
pkey to purchase some →
Enter. If you are asked how many you want, just hit
Enteranother time to buy one flask. Many commands work inside the store, for example, use the
icommand to see your inventory, with the new flask of oil. Note that your inventory is always kept sorted in a semi-logical order, so the indexes of some of the objects may change as your inventory changes.
Purchase a few more flasks of oil, if possible: this time, when asked how many you want, press ‘3’ then return to buy three flasks at once. Flasks of oil are very important for low-level characters, because not only can they be used to fuel a lantern (when you find one), but also they can be ignited and thrown at monsters from a distance. So it is often a good idea to have a few extra flasks of oil. Or you may consider buying rocks, which are much cheaper, but makes less damage. Press
Escto leave the store. If you want, take time to visit other stores. While you are in first locations – you are safe, people and monsters won’t be able to attack you.
But it’s time to explore surroundings and try to find an entrance to the dungeon. Exit tavern, follow the road and after you will come to crossroads – go north until you will find the dungeon entrance.
Now move to the staircase to the dungeon and press
.), to go down the stairs. At this point, you are in the dungeon. Use the
lcommand to look around. Note that you are standing on the floor without a staircase leading back to town, to get back you have to find staircase up; if you would manage it – use the
<command to take the stairs back to town. So now you know that by using the
>command – you go down the stairs and
<bring you up.
Now, look at the screen. Your character may be in a lit room. If you are not in a lit room, keep going till you find one and look around. You may see some closed doors or some open doors or some open exits in the walls which surround the room.
You may see some monsters and/or some objects in the room with you. If you see any monsters, move up next to the monster, using the movement keys, and then your character would attack the monster automatically. Stay still until you kill the monster, or it runs away, or you die. If you die, start a new game. If the monster runs away, ignore it, or chase it. Once all the monsters in the room are dead or gone, walk on top of any objects in the room. Press
gto pick up the object, and it will be added to your inventory. If there are any closed doors in the room walk up next to them and press
oand then the direction key which would move you into the door, which should attempt to “open” the door.
Now use the movement keys to explore the dungeon. As you leave the room, you will probably notice that your character cannot see nearly as far as she could in the room. Also, you will notice that as she moves around, the screen keeps displaying some of the grids that your character has seen. Think of this as a kind of “map” superimposed on the world itself, the player can see the entire map, but the character can only see those parts of the world which are actually nearby. If the character gets near the edge of the “map” portion of the screen the entire map will scroll to show a new portion of the world. Only about ten percent of the dungeon level can be seen by the player at one time, but you can use the
Lcommand to look at other pieces of the map. Push and hold
Shiftkey, then a push direction, to “run” through the dungeon. Use the
Enter, to force your character to “rest” until she has recovered from any damage she incurs while attacking monsters. Use the
Mkey to see the entire dungeon level at once, and hit escape when done. If your food rations are still at index
ain your inventory, press
ato eat some food. If your oil or rocks is still at index
bin your inventory, and there is a monster nearby, press
'to throw a flask of oil at the nearest monster. To drop an item from your inventory, press
dplus the index of that item. You can use the
Xkey to quit and save the game.
You now know enough to play a quick game of Tangaria. There is a lot more for you to learn, including how to interpret information about your character, how to create different kinds of characters, how to determine which equipment to wield/wear, how to use various kinds of objects, and how to use more than fifty different commands available to your character. The best resource for learning these things is the online help, which includes, among other things, a complete list of all commands available to you and information about creating new characters.
An important thing to understand that certain command takes energy. In general, the only commands which take energy are the ones which require your character to perform some action in the world of the game, such as moving around, attacking monsters, and interacting with objects. If there were any monsters near your character while you were experimenting with certain commands, you may have seen them “move” or even “attack” your character. Although unlikely, it is even possible that your character has already been killed. This is the only way to lose the game. So if you have already lost, simply exit the game and start a new character.