What is this all about?
Mabinogi is one of those few MMOs that did it right by not following in WoW's footsteps. This private server is a version of that game before Nexon came in and fucked that all up. Here is just some of what this game has to offer:
not tab-target combat
almost RPS-like skills.
<normal attack beats smash
<smash beats defense
<defense laughs at attacks that aren't smash
<counter beats both normal and smash attacks, but is vulnerable to every other offence
comfy exists; amount of "life skills" rivals the amount of "combat skills"
get to play an instrument
get to literally compose the music you play. your ears perk up when you hear someone playing a tune you recognize on a lute/mandolin/ukelele/flute
if you win a fashion contest, you get a statue of you in town square
build campfire, if you are sitting at it, and others are siting around it too, you can share your food with them, LIKE AN ACTUAL PARTY OF ADVENTURERS SHOULD
if you're a skilled chef, your meals give buffs, so sit around that campfire and eat with your bros
The server website is mabinogi.ir
These links contain useful information about this MMO
Some things to be aware of when playing on this server:
The wiki mentions something, but I can't seem to find/do it.
The wiki is up-to-date for the official Mabinogi Servers. This server is very behind in terms of content. The wiki is still largely useful; you get the best information by setting its history date to March 2011, or as close to there as you can get. That will give you proper quest details and skill information, though some esoteric information may differ due to the server version being JP instead of NA. You may want to read the Japanese wiki instead, and there are still some discrepancies from this server having changes made.
which race should I play?
any is fine, including elven scum, but make a human to start out. A human can travel to a leader of the other races for an extra character slot of that race, but you can't get a human character if you start out with a giant or elf. It's useful as a mule if you don't want to play a human.
I want to play melee
Grind out the Windmill skill to Rank 1 before other skills. Skills give Combat Power (CP) as you rank them up, and Windmill requires you to kill with it a lot of mobs with considerably higher CP than you at higher ranks, which means if you rank up too many skills, it'll become next to impossible to rank up Windmill. mabinoger.com
I want to play ranged (not magic)
Instead of grinding out Windmill, it is recommended to grind out Refining to rank 1. At rank 1, Refining gives you tons of Dex, but requires you to fail refining ore to train the higher ranks at a decent pace, and Dex makes you succeed. It's possible to get to rank 1 on nothing but successful refining, but committing sudoku is a more pleasurable experience. Elves are recommended for archery, since they fire two arrows/bolts per normal ranged attack, and have two archery skills unique to them: Mirage Missle, an AoE DoT, and Final Shot, which lets you shoot more rapidly and teleport around during the skill's duration. Humans also have a unique skill to them called Arrow Revolver, which lets them load up 5 arrows/bolts at once. They also aim faster at rank 1 Ranged Attack than elves do.
I want to play magic
It is recommended you start off with melee, at least in part. Mana only regenerates in the evening, when Eweca fills the air, or if you have a skill called Meditate, which slows down your movement to a walk. For that reason, most people just stock up on mana potions, which will eat through your gold, which you won't have much of on a new character. For that reason, you should be able to handle yourself in a fight if you run out of mana, so make sure you can melee your way through. Elves have more mana and int than other races, but are more frail and have weaker melee ability if enemies get too close to cast magic.