An essential part of playing Allods Online is chatting with other players. You can type a message by pressing "ENTER", typing your message, and pressing "ENTER" another time. All messages will appear in the chat window which is located in the bottom left-hand corner of the interface.
You can customize the appearance of your chat window by clicking the exclamation point in the bottom left-hand corner of the window. In this menu you may change the font type, font size, lock or unlock the window, minimize the window, enable or disable the time stamp, enable or disable the spam filter, or clear all messages in the window.
If you choose to unlock your chat window, you may position it anywhere around the interface by clicking on the arrows in the top right-hand corner and dragging it to the desired location. You can also change the size of your window by clicking on and dragging the yellow triangle in the bottom right-hand corner.
For further customization, you can right-click the General tab in the chat window to bring up a menu that will allow you to choose which chat channels appear in the chat window. You can also change the color of the text that each channel is displayed in.
There are many different chat channels that can be used in Allods Online. Below is a list of the different channels, their functions, and the default color they appear in:
- This channel displays messages in a limited range around your character.
- This channel displays messages that are visible to any player in your zone.
- This channel displays private messages to only you and one other player.
- This channel displays messages to only members of your party.
- This channel displays messages to only members of your raid.
- This channel displays messages to only members of your guild.
- This channel displays messages to only the officers of your guild. It can only be accessed if you are an officer in your guild.
- This channel displays messages to every player in your zone, and is in a different color than regular zone messages. It can only be accessed through the use of a
- This channel displays messages to every player of your faction. It can only be accessed through the use of an Astral Megaphone.
- This channel displays messages to every psionicist. It can only be accessed if you are a psionicist.
Chat bubbles are bubbles filled with words that appear over a player's head when they send a message. It works for every channel including shout, raid, zone, party, say, guild, and even whisper.
The contents of the chat bubbles can only be read by players that would have normally received the message in their chat window.
For example, messages that were typed into the guild chat channel are still only visible to guild members, whispers are still only visible to the intended party, and so on.
Chat bubbles can be turned on or off in the Interface section of the Settings menu. Their opacity can also be adjusted there. This means that the color of the chat bubbles' background can range from black to clear.
Slash commands are special commands that you can use by pressing "ENTER", typing the command, and pressing "ENTER" another time. Some of the commands are called emotes and they can make your character do fun or interesting things! Some emotes include /scare, /cry, /kiss, /taunt, and, of course, /dance. Other slash commands can perform useful functions such as /trade which allows you to trade with another player, or /invite which invites another player to your group.
Whispers are a large part of the chat system. Whispers can be responded to quickly by pressing "BACKSPACE", as it is the default hotkey to reply to a whisper. It will open up your chat box line and allow you to whisper back the person who just whispered you.
Grouping with other players is a key part of playing Allods Online. There are many challenges that you cannot complete alone such as difficult quests, dungeons, and flying an Astral ship.
You can invite another player to your group by simply targeting them, right-clicking on their character portrait, and selecting the invite option. You can also invite another player to your group by entering /invite followed by their name into chat.
There are two different types of groups that can be formed in Allods Online. The first is a party, and these can contain up to six different players. When in a party you will be able to view the character portrait of each party member. All of your party members will also be marked by a blue flag above their head.
The second type of group is a raid, and these can contain up to twenty-four different players which are arranged in four groups of six. When in a raid each raid member can be identified by a symbol that corresponds to their archetype instead of a character portrait.
Each group has a leader that can invite or remove players from the group. Raid leaders can also move players to different groups within the raid, as well as promote other raid members to raid assistants, granting them the same power as a raid leader. This can help the raid leader manage such a large number of group members.
While in a group, items that drop can be distributed among the group members in different ways. The Free-for-All option allows any group member to take any item they find. The Master Loot option allows a single player to decide who an item should be given to.
The Group Loot option requires all group members to roll a die when an item drops. The player that rolls the highest number will win the item. However, players can choose to pass on an item and not roll. Players can also select the greed option which will allow them to roll on an item only if no other player has selected the need option which indicates a higher level of priority.
The quality of the items that are distributed through the Master Loot or the Group Loot option can be changed by the group leader so that all items of lower quality will be distributed using the Free-for-All option.
A guild is a group of players that have formed an organization to socialize or complete complicated quests and dungeons together. Also, guild members frequently cooperate to crew an Astral ship. Joining a guild can make your adventuring in Allods Online much easier, for you will be able to rely on guild members for help when you need it.
You can create a new guild by using a special object called a Crystal of Unity. It can be bought from each faction's official Guild Master who is located in their faction's capital. In order to activate the Crystal of Unity, you must be in a party with five other players who are not currently in any guild. As soon as the Crystal is activated, a name must be chosen for the guild. After this last step the new guild is founded and the party leader becomes the guild master while the other members of the party become the officers.
Guilds are hierarchical in nature and each guild member is assigned a rank. The first rank is the guild master. There can only be one guild master at a time and that individual is the leader for the guild. They have authority over all the officers and can disband the guild, promote and demote other members, accept or remove members, and change the guild information and message of the day.
The second and third ranks of the guild are for officers. They are usually experienced players who help the guild master run the guild. They can accept new members, remove regular members, and promote or demote regular members. However, they cannot remove, promote, or demote other officers - this ability is reserved for the guild master only.
Following the officers are the regular guild members. The middle ranks are usually given to more distinguished members, while the lowest ranks are given to newly accepted recruits and punished players.
All players that are in a guild will have a guild tag that lists the name of their guild. A player's guild tag is located underneath their character's name.
All guild members can view the guild information and message of the day. The guild information is usually filled with vital information about the guild such as the guild's website or goals. The message of the day is usually filled with current information such as schedules and events. The guild information and message of the day can be edited and changed by the guild master and officers.
The auction house is a place where you can buy and sell items to other players. You can find anything on the auction house, from weapons and armor to consumables and trade goods! You can also sell any item as long as it is not bound to your character. The auction houses are conveniently located in each faction's capital, and they can be accessed by simply talking to an auctioneer.
As a seller, you can create an auction by going to the My Auctions tab and dragging an item that's in your bag into the auction house window. Before you can post the auction, you must set the auction duration as well as the minimum bid. You can also set a buyout price which will allow any player to instantly purchase your item at that price instead of waiting for the auction duration to finish. However, the services of the auctioneers aren't free and you will be charged a small deposit fee as well as a percentage of your earnings.
As a buyer, you can search through other players' auctions by going to the All Auctions tab. Here you can search by item name, type, level, quality, current bid, and buyout price. These options can be found at the top of the auction house window.
You can attempt to purchase an item by selecting it and clicking on "Place a Bid" or "Buyout". If you choose the buyout option you will win the auction instantly, and if you choose to place a bid you will win the auction if you are the highest bidder when the auction duration finishes. You can view all of your current bids by going to the My Bids tab.
You will receive all purchased items and earnings in the mail along with an invoice of the transaction. You will also receive notices that you have been outbid on an item, and will receive any items that did not sell.
The in-game postal service can be used to send and receive mail. You can access your mailbox by simply talking to a postal worker. The postal workers can be found on every allod, working tirelessly to deliver your packages and letters!
To view the letters or packages that other players have sent you, you can check the Inbox tab of the mail window. All items that you have been sent can be retrieved by simply right-clicking on them. All mail that is sent to you will only remain in your mailbox for up to thirty days. The only way to check your mail is to visit a postal worker, so be sure to stop by and see one often!
You can send a letter or package to another player in the Outbox tab of the mail window. Simply enter the name of the recipient, a title for the letter, and any message you wish to send. You can also send up to five items as well as an unlimited amount of gold in a single package. You must pay a small fee of fifty copper in order to send any letter or package, but they will arrive at the recipient's mailbox safely and quickly.