Welcome back to the Landmark Guide Post.
So, today I wanted to talk about making a claim.
I know, I should talk about gathering materials and getting around the spires. But, here’s the thing. You don’t really need a guide for that. That is to say, you don’t really need an additional guide for that. The game itself contains a starter guide that is pretty good. It will walk you through getting your initial materials so that you can make your claim flag and so on. When you come into the game, you start at a portal spire, so no worries finding them.
By the way, make portal shards. They are infinitely useful. If you do it right, between your shards and Port-to-Friend, you will never have trouble getting around.
But, okay, there are a few things to know about the spires.
1. They will take you to any island and any server. So if you start on, say Serenity, and find it is just too crowded, or you can’t find any prime real estate, no worries. You don’t have to log out and log back in. Just select the server from the left and the island from the right when you’re on the spire’s menu.
2. They will take you to any island on any server. I know, a repeat from 1, right? But this is a caution. In Alpha, we had problems of it defaulting to different islands, and so you’d be running around looking for your claim, really confused that you couldn’t find it, only to realize that you ended up on another server by mistake. The bug was fixed, but as we are in Beta, I would expect it to return. So take a second to make sure the correct server is selected.
3. The portal spire will tell you what Tier an island is (and the same island names are the same Tiers across servers) so that is easy, but it doesn’t tell you what is on the island. Right now, each island has different biomes: Tundra, Old Forest, Jungle, and Desert. Each island has a combination of two biomes. That will change later, but for right now, in closed Beta, you can use this clever link on the forums to tell you what is what.
So, that’s really what you need to know about portal spires. You can get around and gather.
Now, onto claims.