FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

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FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby TotalyMeow » Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:48 pm

Since a number of new players seem to be posting the same questions over and over again, I'll be putting the answers to many of those questions here. These first few are just off the top of my head. Please suggest questions to be added below and I'll add them here. Useful links appreciated.


1. I just started playing, what do I do?

Salem is a sandbox game and so doesn't have specific goals. However, if you need more help than the tutorial gave you on how to build a base or develop your character, we have some useful links, including links to wikis here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=92

Consider going to the Planters and Pilgrims section of the forums and looking for a town to join. You will learn very quickly with a group of other players to help you.


2. I've been gone for months and everything is different. What do I do?

If you've been gone more than a month, chances are you'll be a bit lost trying to get back into the game. There is a very good summary of what major systems have changed or been added since July 2014 here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13240. This link also includes direct links to every patch announcement near the bottom of the OP.


3: I logged out before finishing the Tutorial and my character disappeared! Where did it go?

Nothing gets saved in the Tutorial. If you log out before you finish it, you'll have to do it again and get to the point where the Indian Guide has brought you to a leanto somewhere in the Salem wilderness. That is when you will be saved for the first time, when you are actually in the game. Why do it this way? The Tutorial is a completely safe, single-player zone. Salem itself is a risk-laden, dangerous, multi-player game. Therefore, we don't want you staying in the Tutorial; if you choose to do so, you are taking a risk of losing it all. Salem is full of risks, rewards, and consequences. You can stay in the Tutorial and get the rewards of an easy and safe time leveling some skills and humors for a few minutes or a few hours, but the risk you take is that you will be disconnected for some reason and lose your progress. Don't worry, if you've lost a character here already, it won't be your last.


4: I'm being knocked out over and over again! Why do I keep passing out?

You most likely were just mining and have a bat on your neck. Open your equipment window and Ctrl-Click the bat on your neck to make it fall off. Be quick; you'll only have a few seconds. Once it is off, you must run away from it or kill it as it will try to attack you again.

Less likely scenarios include:
You're wearing a Leech. Leeches will cure Maroon Fever if you are diseased, but they also drain your Blood humor slowly. Open your Equipment window and take it off.
Someone tricked you into wearing a Crown of Thorns or you accidentally wore one yourself and it is doing Blood damage. Take it off.
You have set up your homestead in darkness and are dying from darkness humor drain. You must quickly eat something while you are awake to regenerate your humors. Alternatively, quickly port to Providence when you wake up to stop taking drain.
You became a Witch and your homestead is set up in the light. Witches take drain in the light instead of the darkness. You must eat to counteract it. Providence is unfortunately not an option for you.


5: I logged in and a bunch of my stuff was gone! Where did it go?

You are never safe in Salem. When you log off, players can peek into your leanto or claimstone and see your inventory. If they like what they see, they may steal something. That will leave scents which you can see with 'Toggle Tracking' in your Adventure menu. Be sure to leave the area and come back to make the scents load. Scents can be used to find the perpetrator, get revenge, or put the criminal in the stocks. Find out how by checking a wiki or asking here in the forums.


6: My minimap is covered in so many foragables, I can't tell one from another. What can I do?

Very common foragables are not visible in the default client map so you shouldn't have this problem if you are using the official client. But you may be using a modded client with an editable radar file that you need to update. How to update that file is covered here: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6708. That thread is also a good place to ask questions about your radar file. Any other questions about modded clients should also be asked in the Artifice and Arcana section.


7: I can't log in to the game, what's going on?

The server is probably down due to an update or a crash. Check here to see the server status: http://login.salemthegame.com/portal/state. Check here for the most recent news on server crashes and hotfixes: viewforum.php?f=25.

If the server is not down and you are getting a 'Token Expired' message, you may be banned. You may have broken one of the in-game rules (such as no botting). For more information, contact John Carver via forum PM.


8: I got KOed and now I'm just lying there not going home to my homestead. Is this a bug?

This is not a bug if you've been committing crimes. If you KOed with a Crime! debuff, you have to wait for it to wear off before you will be sent home. If you are actually lying on someone else's claim, you're going to be waiting several hours and the owner may come home and do horrible things to you while you are lying there, or you may be able to convince them to send you home early.


9: I tried to trade with someone and they stole all my stuff. How can I trade safely?

Salem has no 'safe trade' mechanic for one-on-one trades. You must take a chance or you must find someone trustworthy you know won't scam you. The Tradewinds section of the forums is full of trustworthy traders who will trade with you honestly or act as a go-between if you want to make an expensive trade with a stranger. Be advised that there are many impersonators and scammers out there too and your best bet when trying to trade high value objects is to first contact your trader here to be certain you are not about to be robbed. Then remember to kin them in-game for later trades.
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Re: FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby bologna_man00 » Fri May 01, 2015 1:43 am

TotalyMeow wrote:3: I'm being knocked out over and over again! Why do I keep passing out?
You most likely were just mining and have a bat on your neck. Open your equipment window and Ctrl-Click the bat on your neck to make it fall off. Be quick; you'll only have a few seconds. Once it is off, you must run away from it or kill it as it will try to attack you again.

Less likely scenarios include:
Someone tricked you into wearing a Crown of Thorns or you accidentally wore one yourself. Take it off.
You have set up your homestead in darkness and are dying from darkness humor drain. You must quickly eat something while you are awake to regenerate your humors. Alternatively, quickly port to Providence when you wake up to stop taking drain.
You became a Witch and your homestead is set up in the light. Witches take drain in the light instead of the darkness. You must eat to counteract it. Providence is unfortunately not an option for you.


Don't forget about leeches!
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Re: FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby TotalyMeow » Fri May 01, 2015 2:55 am

Indeed, I'll add leeches.
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Re: FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby Procne » Fri May 01, 2015 6:08 am

You know, you could have the client check the server status on login screen
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Re: FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby Rifmaster » Fri May 01, 2015 8:01 am

TotalyMeow wrote:You became a Witch and your homestead is set up in the light. Witches take drain in the light instead of the darkness. You must eat to counteract it. Providence is unfortunately not an option for you.


Providence is definetly an option for witches, but I don't want to anger mother and tell everyone how to make the evil brew we use to negate the light!
Oh i've said too much already!
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Re: FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby Kandarim » Fri May 01, 2015 1:05 pm

Rifmaster wrote:
TotalyMeow wrote:You became a Witch and your homestead is set up in the light. Witches take drain in the light instead of the darkness. You must eat to counteract it. Providence is unfortunately not an option for you.


Providence is definetly an option for witches, but I don't want to anger mother and tell everyone how to make the evil brew we use to negate the light!
Oh i've said too much already!


hardly an option if you have your homestead set up in the light and are constantly being knocked out. Also, beetlejuice is in the patch notes ;)
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Re: FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby hijack01 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:54 pm

I made a character and was guided to friend's (we met playing Haven) homestad with the New World Survey. After building a leanto I went to look around and ended up getting bit by a snake. I started running towards my display homestead marker but then we figured otu he forgot to tell me I would have to set leanto as my homestead. So I ended up running to random direction where my spawned homestead happened to be, got KO'd and ported there. He gave me another New World Survey but the explorers refused to take me, they had voice acted line demanding cake or something. I ended up creating new character and grinded inspirationals at the tutorial zone. Friend said he needed to go quick so I closed the client thinkign I will do something else, having played Salem for multiple hours. He then said in skype that his other friend can give me New World Survey so I logged back in. But my account only had my first character on it.

TL;DR my character is missing after I closed my client while still in tutorial zone.

If this is intended I have to stay is pretty damn stupid with no warning or anything.
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Re: FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby Dallane » Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:54 pm

hijack01 wrote:I made a character and was guided to friend's (we met playing Haven) homestad with the New World Survey. After building a leanto I went to look around and ended up getting bit by a snake. I started running towards my display homestead marker but then we figured otu he forgot to tell me I would have to set leanto as my homestead. So I ended up running to random direction where my spawned homestead happened to be, got KO'd and ported there. He gave me another New World Survey but the explorers refused to take me, they had voice acted line demanding cake or something. I ended up creating new character and grinded inspirationals at the tutorial zone. Friend said he needed to go quick so I closed the client thinkign I will do something else, having played Salem for multiple hours. He then said in skype that his other friend can give me New World Survey so I logged back in. But my account only had my first character on it.

TL;DR my character is missing after I closed my client while still in tutorial zone.

If this is intended I have to stay is pretty damn stupid with no warning or anything.


Correct you need to finish the tutorial to get your character in the game.
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Re: FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby TotalyMeow » Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:31 pm

Yes, after seeing a few posts about this, it looks like I better add an entry to the FAQ.

Edit: Done.
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Re: FAQ - Weird Happenings? Confused? Check Here First

Postby khang0000 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:43 am

I park a canoe on the claim land, then try to get my canoe out and got KOEd with 0 black bile. The owner seem to leave this spot but still put the claim stone there. What can I do now ? Now i'm KOed with crime on claim land, stuck there. Even my friend cant get me out of this. PLz explain to me.
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