How to play
Once you've downloaded the game from our main GEMMO page, you'll find yourself looking down at the city of Atlanta. At this point, downloads are only available for approved beta testers. If you'd like to help test the game, just post in this thread and we'll get you set up.
Each city in the game holds a crystal, guarded by a vicious boss. Your goal is to collect the crystal from each city.
Before you do anything else, you'll probably want to turn off Google's default city display ("Borders and Labels"). You might also want to disable the "Roads" layer, though that is less important (see attached image).
In the sidebar you'll see five network links under your new "GEMMO" folder (see attached photo). Here is what each item is for:
Your Character - This one hold basic information about your character. Inside you will find a link for your items, which is where you can use them. This is also the place that generates the information box at the top of the screen. This network link will refresh itself whenever you stop moving the camera, so it'll always be current.
Browse - This one does most of the work for you -- it will search for enemies, shops and other players on the map. Pay attention to what is going on here, as you'll need to be zoomed in pretty close for it to work.
Battle - Whenever you start a battle with an enemy, this network link will spring to life and provide your options for fighting. It will also include an updated count of remaining HitPoints for that enemy, along with a brief summary of your most recent attack.
Cities - This network link simply shows the cities around the world. It updates about twice a day to show any new cities added to the game. Cities (and their surrounding enemies) have different difficulty levels -- Green cities are level 1, yellow cities are level 2, red cities are level 3 and black cities are level 4.
Messages - If you get any messages from other players you can read them here.
Moving and Attacking
Moving around is easy. There is no need to ask your character to "move" to a new location. If you go to a shop or fight an enemy, you simply go -- no waiting required! Consider it teleportation. :)
To find an enemy to attack, expand your "Browse" link so you can see what's going on. Then just start flying around! Each time you stop moving, the screen and sidebar will show the current enemies in your view. Enemies are only located near the cities listed in the game, but these are wide areas and there are literally tens of thousands of enemies out there.
Before you fight, you might want to pick up a weapon or a spell first. To do that, you need to find a shop.
Shops aren't always easy to find. There are one or two near each city, but sometimes you have to hunt for them. We'll help you out with the first one, though. Look just north of Atlanta, near Sandy Springs and a shop will appear. Make sure your "Browse" link is active, and wait a second after you stop moving for the shop to appear. You'll want to help each other out in the forums to find some of the other shops.
There are four types of shops around the world (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4) and they each sell different items. The level of the shop is the same as the level of the city that it is near.
Once you click on a shop, a list of items available to purchase comes up. If you pick an item that your character can't support (magic spells for a warrior, sword for a mage, etc), the purchase won't go through.
Also, the shopowners are very finicky and have a very strict "NO RETURNS" policy. Once you buy something, it's yours forever (aside from potions, of course, which can be consumed).
Once you have initiated a battle, put a checkmark in the "Battle" box on the left and expand it. You should see something similar to the attached photo.
To attack, simply click the item you wish to attack with (you start with only your fists) and the attack will be made. Once the network link refreshes (wait a few seconds, or you can refresh it manually), the results of the attack will be shown in the Battle box. It will tell you how many points you hurt the enemy and how many they hurt you. This is also where "Level Up!" information will appear, so be sure to check it after each battle.
If you die during a battle, you are removed from the fight, the monster takes 50% of your money, you are given one HP and placed back in the starting zone north of Atlanta. If you think you might die, it is a good idea to put a placemark near this enemy (using the normal Google Earth placemark tool), so you can come back and fight them later -- they have some of your money!
Your HP regenerate at a rate of 1 per hour, so if you're dead broke with no way out, you can always just wait a day (or, if it's early on, just reset your game).
Each city is guarded by a boss. As a general rule, they attack with roughly as much power as normal enemies in the area, but have far more hit points. A few other points about bosses:
- You cannot run away from a boss battle once it starts. You either win or die.
- Boss battles are unique to your character. Other enemies are available for everyone -- if someone is killed by a normal enemy, you can swoop in and kill the enemy to collect the extra gold. With bosses, each person has to fight a single, full-powered boss in each city.
After the battle, you will get the crystal for that city. Collect all of the crystals and the game is won!
To highlight this achievement, the city will change from a square to a star. Since the city network link only refreshes itself a few times a day, you'll need to manually refresh it to see the change (see attached photo).
- Your HP and Mama automatically regenerate at the rate of 1 per hour, whether you're in the game or not.
- You can team up on all enemies except bosses. To team up, you simply choose to fight the same enemy at the same time. There is no limit to how many people can be in one fight. When the enemy is killed, the money and experience points are split up evenly among the users engaged with that enemy, even if they never issued a fight command.
- You can have more than one user saved in a single copy of Google Earth. Have your brother/roommate/whoever log-in to our forums with their own username, download their file from the GEMMO page, and load it into Google Earth. Each person's file will be labeled with their own name, and you can uncheck the box for whomever is not playing at the current time.
How the heck do I time it so we are attacking the same creep at the same time? Or do I for example attack a creep, then wait till my icon appears over it, then invite someone ine?
Originally Posted by Mickey