Some of the advice below are geared specifically for the clerical crowd.
Don't even Think of Dropping Valued Items on the Ground
There is one exception. Wayerd Pyramids lost in a game crash will be replaced. (Items in it not necessarily included)
There Are Thieves Everywhere!
Yes, there are thieves in Elanthia. They can steal your coins right from your pockets, and if you have gems in an open container, they can steal those gems from you as well.
One well-known tactic is hiding in the tanner's shed or in the gem shop, stalking you out and stealing all your money. When my ranger roommate was younger, she had an entire gold stolen from her after she sold her bundle of cougar pelts. Be very careful.
You Should Be Wearing Armor When You Hunt
I cannot keep track of how many times I've had corpses come in who say "oops, I forgot to put on my armor"! Armor check! Armor check! Armor check! Make it a habit to always check your armor just before you go into battle. Make it a ritual. Do whatever you have to do to make it a reflex on your part to always check your armor before you start hunting.
My method of checking armor is to [SHAKE] them. If you are wearing your armor, you will adjust it. If you are not wearing armor, you will not find it.
Another preferred method is to type [inven armor]. It will list all the armor items you are currently wearing.
Hands-free Box Popping is the Way to Go
There are creatures that drop trapped and locked boxes which contain treasure inside. You will need to disarm and pick the box with a lockpick to get to the treasure (it helps if you have skill, but goblin boxes are good beginner's boxes). A common mistake among the young is to attempt to disarm the box with their armor still worn.
Remove your armor when you disarm your boxes! Wearing armor will hinder your abilities and can cause you to get blasted by the trap.
Another important reason to remove your armor when you disarm your boxes is that some boxes contain acid traps. If you fail miserably, the acid could splatter on your armor and destroy it.
Digging Another Person's Grave Can Get You Killed...or Worse!
FOR THE CLERIC: Whatever your intentions, good or bad, digging someone else's grave is always bad for you. It will completely tank your devotion.
In general, digging another person's grave is bad for everyone, unless that person has clearly told everyone that you are a friend helping them. Graverobbing is a serious offense and can get you killed.
Sometimes, we try to be honestly helpful. For some reason or another, the owner of the grave is lost, or cannot be found, or needs someone to get his/her stuff from the middle of a hunting ground where he/she died. Misunderstandings can still occur. Try and get the person to come dig his/her own grave if possible.
For all you Clerics, never ever ever dig someone else's grave!
I Departed. Where did My Money Go?
When you depart, you lose all the coins you have on your body. Need I say more?
Dragging Towards the Exit is Not Always a Good Idea!
A common mistake for rescuers of corpses in the Water Sprite and Lipopod hunting area is to drag them TOWARDS the exit (trench). BAD IDEA! You will not be able to drag them past the area with Roundtimes. Once you drag them into the room with the roundtimes, that corpse is stuck...often in an area with bad holy mana. Using MoonGate to rescue the corpse will not be possible here. The only means currently to rescue a corpse from the stuck spot is to find a trader.
These are your options to rescue the corpse:
Gods Barring Your Entry
Just an interesting home tidbit I read on the boards that I thought I would share. If you try to enter a home and see stuff like this: A cow made of strands of light blocks your way. Your body and spirit cringes as you realize the god you have favor with is displeased.
A Human shaped figure made of strands of light blocks your way. Your body and spirit cringes as you realize the god you have favor with is displeased.
...these are messagings for trying to enter a home with an item on you that the system thinks is graverobbed. :) (Ack, I forgot who the people who posted the messagings above were. But thank you for sharing the info)Be Careful Who You Trust Be careful who you hand your stuff to. Never let your valued items leave your hands unless you are willing to risk the items being stolen. I'm amazed at the level of trust people have for strangers, especially if that stranger is an empath. If someone you don't know well wants to see your item, <SHOW> them only. Do NOT ever <GIVE> your item to them if they ask for it. Remember that gender and profession does not guarantee trustability. A charming female empath can rip you off just as easily as a grungy thief-type with a stupid name. Make sure you know them enough to trust them before you hand over any of your stuff for them to view.
Thanks to Fyriestorme, Flavius, Delgareth, Sarambor and Sarilya for helping me think of tips and hints.
This is a work in progress. If there are any more tips you think should be added to this page, feel free to inform me.