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[center][size=5][b][color=#0000FF]User Interface Guide[/color][/b][/size]
By: PD
Previously Owned & Started by: DragonYugi[/center]
[b]What you can learn from this Guide[/b]
You can learn the basics of MechQuest, mostly the interface. The interface is the game itself to be honest. It represents every single thing that makes the game random, good and balanced. you can't play without an interface. Here you will learn how to master it!

[b]How can you improve this Guide[/b]
By replying or PMing me.
[color=green][b]Green Text[/b][/color] - Tip/Trick
[b]Bold Text[/b] - Title
[color=#000099][b]Blue Click-able Text[/b] [/color]- Link
[b]Table of Contents[/b]
[*] The Screen Dimensions
[*] Log In screen
[*] Character Selection Screen
[*] The Profile
[*] The In-Game Menu
[*] The Battle Menu
[center][b]The Screen Dimensions[/b][/center]
Firstly, before even playing the game, you must decide on how you view it. The view of the game is something very important, although most people forget it. On the [link=http://www.mechquest.com/][b]website[/b][/link] you can see that under the [link=http://mechquest.battleon.com/game/default.asp?w=750&h=550][b]Play[/b][/link] button there are 3 variables represented by numbers: [link=http://mechquest.battleon.com/game/default.asp?w=750&h=550][b]750x550[/b][/link], [link=http://mechquest.battleon.com/game/default.asp?w=950&h=697][b]1024x768[/b][/link] and [link=http://mechquest.battleon.com/game/default.asp?w=1400&h=1027][b]1600x1200[/b][/link]. Those are the Window Sizes. They let you decide what the dimensions of the game are when you play it. [color=green][b]Tip:[/b][/color] After clicking Play, in the adress bar, above the game window you will see this link: 


(X being the width and Y being the height). You can play with those numbers to make your own game window size. 
Remember! The default size is 750x550! 
[center][b]Log In Screen[/b][/center]
 After clicking "Play" you will see the  Log In Screen. You will notice the name "MechQuest" And under it with small text a version type and a version number (when I posted this guide it was Omega Ver. 3.5.2). That represents the version of the game which doesn't help us with nothing. Under the "MechQuest" title you will see a 2 white boxes. the first one is where you put your Username, and the second one is for your Password. [color=green][b]Tip[/b][/color]: Click on the "?"s beside each box to see what an Username and what a Password is. If you haven't got a game account you should  Register one. If you do have a game account please fill in your username and password. Remember to NEVER EVER give your password to nobody! Staff will also NEVER ask for your password! Next to the boxes there is a helpful interface option called the "Save" button. there is one next to each box. The "Save" option, activated, will automatically save your username and/or password (if you activated both) for the next time you access the game. If you are on a public computer leave the Save options UNCHECKED! You don't want pesky intruders in your account! You may also notice that under the Username box there is a text named  Create a New Account! which is the same with the  Register link. Under the Password box there is a text named  forgot your password?. In-case you don't remember your password you can click that text, and it will redirect you to the  [link=http://www.mechquest.com/mq-lostpassword.aspx]Password Recovery page[/link]. The "Login" button takes you to your Character Management screen. Under the "Login" button you can see a row of text which is important! the first part of that row says "Flash Version Detected: Number". That is your current Flash Player version. Good for when reporting bugs, because in the bug reporting form they ask for your current Flash Version (mine is currently The next part of that row says "Flash Version Required: Number". This tells you the minimum requirement of your Flash Player in order to play  MechQuest (At the time I posted this guide the minimum version was 8.0 and up). Next to the little robot you can see the CopyRight emblem which clearly states that  MechQuest is part of Artix Entertainment, LLC, and they have all rights reserved. 
[b][color=green]Tip[/color][/b]: Move your mouse on the little robot to see some text. 
[center][b]Character Selection Screen[/b][/center]
 After you logged in, you will see 2 main important columns. The one on the left, under the "MechQuest" text is the Newsfeed. It says what are the current new  events,  items,  NPCs and  missions. 
 Under the Newsfeed you will see a row which contains 2 notes (very important). The first one is named "Account: Type of account". It says what is your membership status in  MechQuest. Mine is currently "Free". The second note is "Status: Confirmed or not". It tells you if you confirmed your account with the E-Mail you received after registering that account. Mine is currently "Confirmed". 
 On the right column you will see a "Create New Character" button (if you have no characters), or your current character shown like this: 

Character Name
Equipped Suit, Level X

 (X representing your character's level) 
 If you have no characters, click the "Create New Character" button and go and make one. the creating is simple and does not require a guide for it. If you already have a character's click on the Character's Button. After clicking your character's button, you will see that the NewsFeed as been replaced with your character's info. It looks like this: 

ID#: X
Level: Y
Rank: Equipped Suit
Status: Ready or not

 (X represents your game ID, which will help you in many things both in-game and on the forums; Y represents your character's level) 
 My current character info looks like this: 

ID#: 3739477
Level: 40
Rank: Mecha Pilot
Status: Combat Ready

 Above the "Play" button you will see 4 other buttons: 
 - Upgrade To StarCaptain/Buy Nova Gems: If you are a free player, the first option will appear. If you are an upgraded player, the Nova Gem button will appear. 
 - News: Which takes you back to the "NewsFeed". 
 - Character Page: This goes to your character's own page. There people can see your items and which items you currently have equipped! 
 - Delete Character: Deletes the character. This is IRREVERSIBLE! You can't get it back! 
The Profile[/b][/center]
 In the bottom left of the game screen you will see your character's head. Clicking on it will open a mini window which shows your profile. the Profile consists of your ID# (on top of the profile), your character's name (in big letters), Level, Armor Equipped/Rank and XP progress (under your character's name), your Stats (under the name, on the left side), your Mecha's name and its stats/bonuses (under the name, on the right side), the weapons you currently have equipped (under mecha's stats and bonuses) and your resistances and status (right side of profile). 
 What they tell/do: 
 ID# - Will help you in many things both in-game and on the forums; 
 Character's Name - Obvious. 
 Level, Armor Equipped/Rank and XP Progress - Your current level, the armor you have equipped and how much XP you have/need to advance to the next level (XP You Currently Have/XP Needed to Level up) 
 Stats - Luck, Reflex, Power, Accuracy, Efficiency and Perception play a HUGE roll in  MechQuest. They can make the difference between win or lose. 
 Mecha Name and Stats/Bonuses - Your current equipped mecha, your stats (HP, EP and EP Regen) and your bonuses given by the mecha (Crit, Hit, Dodge, Boost, Bonus, Defense). 
 Equipped Weapons - Obvious. 
 Resistances and Status - Resistances make your mecha stronger (Immobility for example), while status can be good or bad (Damage per Turns caused by damaging statuses like burns, freezes etc, Healing statuses caused by healing statuses like Heal, Leech etc, Improvement Statuses which raises your bonuses like Defense, Accuracy etc or Destroying Statuses which lowers your bonuses like Perception, Accuracy etc) 

Credits: Every item in the shops costs Credits, and you can get these from defeating enemies and visiting Ballyhoo. Next to the total count is how many you have received so far on your current quest, in brackets. These are saved whenever you leave or finish a quest, so you don't have to worry about losing them unless you quit the game.

Experience: This represents how many battles you have had so far. When the number on the left is equal or greater to the number on the right, you level up and grow more powerful! Next to this count, in brackets, is how much Experience you have gotten so far on a quest. This will be saved to your total Experience when you finish or quit a quest, or when it added to your current Experience is greater than the needed Experience.

[center][b]The In-Game Menu[/b][/center]
 The In-Game menu consists of 2 zones: Outside and Inside. 
 What you can see in the lower part of the game screen, above the character's head picture, are some basic commands or shortcuts. They can vary depending on city but these are the ones you MUST remember: 
 The little "x" in the left corner - Hides the command menu. 
 The Battle button - Takes you in a random battle. 
 The "New!" or "!" button - Takes you directly to the newest release in-game. 
 The "Repair" button - Repairs your Mecha... VERY important... click it after every fight! 
 The "Equip" button - Moves you to the Item Inventory menu. There you can chose which items it equips/unequips. 
 The "Mecha" button - Moves you to the Mecha Inventory menu. There you can chose with which mecha you will fight. 
 The "Shop" button - Takes you to the Tek's Mech shop. 
 The "Watch" button - Takes you to the Cinema where you can ask Ballyhoo to view ads for some quick credits. 
 The "Normal", "Hard" and "Extreme" buttons - If you are a not a Star Captain, the default is " Normal " and you can't change it. These buttons let you select the difficulty of the battles you will take on. 
 The "Zoom" button - Simply makes the command menu bigger. 
 The "Travel" button (In Zargon) - Lets you travel in the city in your mecha. Click it again to travel it with your character. 
 The "Exit" button (Not in Soluna city) - Takes you away from that planet and transports you back to Soluna. 
 To access the inside menus just move to an NPC and some options will appear. That is the inside menu. 
[center][b]The Battle Menu[/b][/center]
 After entering a battle, in the middle of the screen, some options will appear. That is the battle menu. This is what each button is: 
 1st - The Front Weapon 
 2nd - The Back Weapon 
 3rd - The Front Shoulder Weapon 
 4th - The Back Shoulder Weapon 
 5th - The Body 
 6th - The Head 
 Skip - Skips a turn, useful for when you have no energy left or when all your items are cooling down. 
 Eject - You basically run away from the battle.
[i]Thanks to DragonYugi for starting this Guide![/i]

Locked per author's request. ~Drakyloid

< Message edited by Drakyloid -- 11/1/2010 22:59:54 >
AQ MQ  Post #: 1
10/18/2010 12:54:00   

PD has allowed DragonYugi to take over this guide. When DragonYugi finishes updating the User Interface Guide, this one will be moved to the Pending Guides section where it will rest forever. Locked!

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