2 Setting Up the Game
2.1 Entering and Selecting Account Data
If you are new to Tibia, you must create an account before you can start playing. A Tibia account is like a personal register that will help you organise your activities in Tibia. Relevant information such as payments, punishments for rule violations, or your list of characters will be recorded in your account. You can check the status of your account anytime by having a look at your account page
Since accounts represent players in the game, each account must be assigned to an individual email address. It is possible for players to have more than one account, but each account must have an individual email address.
While creating your account
, you have to perform the following steps:
- Selecting an Account Name
First, you will be asked to enter an account name. Account names are used to identify accounts. Select a safe account name which cannot be guessed easily. Memorise your account name well, since you must enter your account name whenever you wish to play Tibia. If you have forgotten your account name, you can request it by using the Lost Account Interface. The account name will be sent to the account email address. For a fee of € 5.95 you can change your account name later on.
- Entering Your Email Address
Next you need to enter a valid email address to which you want your new account to be assigned. You can only register one account to one email address at a time, so make sure the address is not assigned to an account already.
Note: The email address is the key to your account. If you should ever lose access to your account, you can always get it back as long as you have access to the assigned email address. If you have lost access to the email address, and if your account is not registered, you will not be able to get your account back. For this reason you should pay attention to your email account and use a secure email password that is different from any other password you are using elsewhere. If you have a free email address, make sure to use it now and then because free email addresses are often removed by the mail providers if they are not accessed regularly. For further information on how to protect your account please see our security hints.
- Selecting a Password
Last but not least, you need to select a password. You should make sure your new password is secure. For details on how to create secure passwords please see our security hints.
Passwords can be changed later on by clicking on the corresponding button on the account page. For further information please see the manual section on accounts.
To make sure have entered the password correctly, you need to repeat it in the line below.
2.2 Creating a Character
In the next steps, you will create your first character. Before you can embark on your adventure you need a hero of your own! To create a character you must give it a name and select its gender as well as its game world. Note that each account can contain up to 20 active characters. All of these characters can exist on one game world, but it is also possible to create characters on different game worlds.
2.2.1 Choosing a Name
First off your character needs a name. You have great freedom in choosing your favourite name, but there are some limiting factors. For instance, your character's name cannot consist of more than 29 letters, and it must not contain numbers, special characters, certain words or combinations of letters.
Above all, however, the name must not violate the Tibia Rules
. We recommend you select a name that fits well into the magical world of Tibia, because this way you can help us to create a nice fantasy atmosphere for all players. Keep in mind that you have to pay a fee if you want to rename your character later on, so you should really pick a name you like.
If you find your imagination lets you down, or if none of your proposals are accepted, our automatic name generator may be able to help you to find a decent name. All you need to do is to click on the link "Suggest Name" right under the box in which you need to enter your new name. The name proposal will appear in the box now. You can click on "Suggest Name" as long as you have found a name that you like.
2.2.2 Choosing Your Character's Sex
It is up to you to decide which sex your character should have. Of course, this will determine your character's outfit. Also, your character's gender will have an influence on certain situations in the game, but in general both sexes are equal in Tibia.
It is possible to change your character's sex later on for a small fee. For details please see the manual section on accounts
2.2.3 Selecting the Game World
Although there is only one Tibia, the game unfolds on many parallel worlds that are identical in many ways. However, for all their similarity you should be aware that there are some notable differences between the various game worlds.
- World Category
This option allows you to select your world category. There are two categories to choose from:
- Regular World:
This is the default world category, where all game features work exactly as described in this manual and changes are only released after extensive testing. We recommend players should generally choose to play on regular game worlds, especially if they are new to the game or if they prefer to play in reliable, well-tested environments.
- Preview World:
This category is highly special, as such preview worlds are occasionally used by CipSoft as proving grounds for new game features. They differ from regular worlds in several important aspects. For instance, players can only create a character on a preview world if they already have at least one other character on the account. Moreover, it is not possible to transfer characters from or onto preview game worlds. Thirdly, preview worlds will sometimes enter so-called preview phases as well as unannounced tests, during which new game features are temporarily introduced for evaluation. Although such features will be tested carefully in advance, there is always a chance that they turn out to influence gameplay in an unforeseen and undesirable way. Because of this, CipSoft expressly reserves the right to reset these game worlds to former states during preview or testing phases!
Apart from these differences, preview worlds are like any other regular game world, so players can and should play normally in all other aspects. Preview worlds are recommended for players who are curious about future developments, or who wish to contribute to the ongoing development and improvement of the game.
- World Location
Tibia runs on servers that are based in different countries. Although you are free to play on any server you like, we recommend you choose a game server that is close to your geographical position to make sure you get the best playing conditions available. Thus, if you are living on the American continent or in Asia, you should select a server that is based in North America, while European players should choose a European server.
- World Type
You can select here on what type of game world you would like to play. There are three different types of game worlds to choose from:
We suggest you consider the different game worlds carefully before you choose the world you want to play in. One thing you should keep in mind when selecting a game world: Power abuse and the oppression of other characters is generally tolerated and possible on open and hardcore PvP game worlds. So if in doubt, we recommend playing on an optional PvP game world.
- Optional PvP: Worlds that are marked as optional PvP (i.e. "optional Player versus Player") are worlds on which players can only attack others if they agree to it. So if you prefer to play peacefully, you should consider choosing a world such as Secura or Harmonia.
- Open PvP: On game worlds marked as open PvP it is allowed to attack and even kill other characters, although excessive killing of other characters will lead to skull marks accompanied by tough sanctions to make sure the situation does not get out of hand.A word on the game world Premia: This world is a premium game world meaning only premium players may play on this world. In all other respects Premia is just like any other world with open PvP combat.
- Retro Open PvP: On game worlds marked as retro open PvP it is allowed to attack and even kill other characters, although excessive killing of other characters will lead to skull marks accompanied by tough sanctions to make sure the situation does not get out of hand.
For more information, please have a look at the corresponding FAQ.
- Hardcore PvP: On worlds marked as hardcore PvP combat between players is actually encouraged. Here, characters can only walk through each other in protection zones unless they are standing on special fields. If you prefer the thrill of attacking other characters, you should choose one of these worlds. For details on PvP combat please see the section on player killing.
- World name
Depending on your location and type selection, a recommended game world will be displayed here. If you would like to play on a different game world, you can click on the link "change game world" to see all game worlds that fit the selected categories.
- Play Tutorial
Check this box if you want to play the tutorial. Players who already have a character on the main continent may skip the tutorial by leaving this box unchecked. These characters will start with level 2 at the stairs to Dawnport. Note that the tutorial can only be played by using the Flash client.
2.3 Reading and Accepting Terms
is a list of conditions which determine the game service supplied by CipSoft. The Tibia Rules
explains in detail which information of all users is collected and for which purposes it can be processed and used. Please read those documents carefully.
Finally, if you consent to all 3 documents, please tick the corresponding boxes below. Please note that you can only play Tibia if you have agreed to all 3 documents. If you have agreed to all terms, click on "Submit" to continue.
Once you have chosen your account data, submitted your email address, chosen your character's world, name and sex and accepted all terms, your account will be created. Congratulations! You are almost ready to start the game and to enter the world of Tibia! However, before you start out on your adventure we strongly recommend you take the time to read our security hints
Also make sure that you confirm your account later. To do so click on the link in the email that has been sent to the address you have entered during the account creation. If you have not received our email, you can request it again on your account page
. Also make sure to register
2.4 Creating an Account Using Facebook
The quickest way to create a new account is by using your Facebook profile. To do so click on "Play game" on the Tibia Facebook page or go directly to the Tibia website. If you have not entered the Tibia website before, you will both times be led to Tibia's landing page
. All you need to do there is enter a character name and select your character's gender. If you are already logged into Facebook, simply click on the button "Play with Facebook" and you will be automatically logged into the game. Note:
If you create a new account using Facebook via the account page
, your character's gender will automatically get the gender you have entered for yourself in your Facebook profile.
If you are not logged into Facebook yet, you will need to click on the button "Log in". You will be automatically forwarded to the Facebook login section. Enter your facebook login data and click on "Log in". This will lead you to Tibia's Facebook login. There click on "Play Game" and you will be automatically logged into Tibia.
Note that your character will be sent to a random game world. If you want to play on a specific game world, you can later create a new character
and with that also select the character's game world.
However, if you like Tibia and want to continue playing, it is recommended to extend
, to confirm and finally, to register
2.5 Getting Started
You can play Tibia either in your browser using the Flash client or via a standalone Tibia or Linux client program. The process of starting the game actually differs substantially, depending on which option you choose. However, either way the actual amount of data stored locally on your computer is comparatively small, since most of the actual game is handled by central computers usually referred to as "game servers". When playing Tibia, the client continually connects to the game servers via the internet.
2.5.1 Flash Client
To play using the Flash client, log into your account page. In the character list, you will find that there is a large button labelled "Play" next to one of your characters. Now all you need to do is to select the character on which you wish to log in and to click the button next to it. This will start the login process.
If you enter the game for the first time or leave the browser window, e.g. by minimising it or changing to another window, you will need to activate the Tibia window. To do so, simply clicking on the red message "Click here to activate".
If too many players are online on the selected game world, you will have to wait a while before you can log in. The client will show your current position in the login queue and automatically try to log in your character after the displayed waiting period. Please keep in mind that the game server will block all login trials that are made before the waiting period is over.
2.5.2 Stand-Alone Client
Download and Installation
In order to play using a Windows or Linux stand-alone client, you must download and install a client on your system first.
The client link can be found on the download page
. Before you download the client, please make sure to read the Tibia Service Agreement carefully. If you agree to it, click on the corresponding button to continue. On the next page, click on the link "system requirements" to find out if your system is sufficient to run Tibia. Read the disclaimer carefully, and if you agree to it, click on the button on the left-hand side to start the download. You will be asked to choose a directory into which you would like to download the installation file. Select a directory and confirm. Please note that the downloaded file requires approximately 33 MB of free disk space on your hard disk.
Once the installation file has been downloaded Tibia is ready to be installed on your computer. Installing Tibia is easy. Simply start the installation file. The Tibia setup wizard will lead you through the installation process. Once more you will be asked to read and to confirm our service agreement. Also, you will be asked which directory you would like to install the Tibia folder to, what name you would like the Tibia folder to have, and whether or not you would like to have Tibia icons on the desktop and/or quickstart bar. Once you have confirmed your selections the installation will be carried out. The complete folder will initially take about 179 MB of disk space. Note, however, that the client will require some more space in your personal documents and settings folder which can increase up to 100 MB once you have explored the full world map of Tibia.
The client link can be found on the download page
. Before you download the client, please make sure to read the Tibia Service Agreement carefully. If you agree to it, click on the corresponding button to continue. On the next page, click on the link "system requirements" to find out if your system is sufficient to run Tibia. Read the disclaimer carefully, and if you agree to it, click on the button on the right-hand side to start the download. You will be asked to choose a directory into which you would like to download the installation file. Select a directory and confirm. Please note that the downloaded file requires approximately 50 MB of free disk space on your hard disk.
After downloading the appropriate tarball for your system, you need to decompress the tarball in a desired target folder. To do so use the following command:
tar xfz tibia1096.tgz
A new folder named Tibia will be created, which contains the client and its supporting files. We recommend to do this in your home directory or a subdirectory of it, since the map files and your config file will also be created there. To start Tibia, you have to switch to the newly created Tibia folder. To do so, please start the binary called "Tibia". Please understand that the client will not be able to find all necessary files to run the game if you try to start the client from any other location. If you want to create a desktop launch icon, you should also adjust the launcher to incorporate the working path for the application. The complete folder will initially take about 174 MB of disk space. Note, however, that the client will require some more space in the ".tibia" folder which can increase up to more than 100 MB once you have explored the full world map of Tibia.
Once you have created your account as well as a character you are ready to play. To start Tibia, double-click on the desktop icon. You will now be taken to the title screen.
Starting the Game
Once you have started the game, you will be taken to the title screen. The menu in the bottom left hand corner offers a number of options:
- Enter Game
Clicking on this button will take you into the game. Before you can start playing, however, you must enter your account name and password. If your account is connected to an authenticator, you will also be asked to enter a valid token here. Further, you have the option box ticked "Stay logged in for session". If you uncheck this box, you will be asked to enter your account data and, if available, your authenticator token whenever you log out of the game, e.g. to change your character. Otherwise, you will stay logged in until you log out of the client. Note that all players need to log in anew after the daily server save.
If the data you have entered is correct, a list will appear in which you will see the names of all your characters as well as the game worlds they live on. Select the character you would like to play with and click on "Ok". Please note that if too many players are online on the selected game world, you will have to wait a while before you can log in. The client will show your current position in the login queue and automatically try to log in your character after the displayed waiting period. Please keep in mind that the game server will block all login trials that are made before the waiting period is over.
Create an account now if you have not done it yet to become part of this great game.
- Get Premium
By clicking on "Get Premium" you will be forwarded to the corresponding section of your account management page if you are already logged in on the website. In case you are not logged in yet, you will be asked to enter your account data now. Once you are logged in, you can order Premium Time to be able to use Tibia's great premium features.
- Access Account
Clicking on this button will take you to your account page. For details please see the manual section on accounts.
Click on this button to enter the "Options" menu. Most of the buttons displayed here will open further submenus where you can change a number of game options to customise the client to your taste. For a comprehensive list of all game options see the manual section on game options.
3 buttons are different, however: the one labelled "Hotkeys" does not open up an options menu. Instead it will open up a dialog in which you can assign customised messages to hotkeys. The second button is labelled "MotD", which is an abbreviation for "Message of the Day". Clicking on this button will display any daily server message. Note, however, that you must have logged into the game before any message will be displayed here. Finally, using the button "Export" you can access the migration tool, which allows you to migrate data from the stand-alone client to the Flash client, or from either of the two clients to the Tibia game servers.
Click on this button to learn some general information on Tibia as well as on the client you are currently using. Also, you will find a button here that will take you to Tibia's official website www.tibia.com.
- Exit Game
Click on this button to leave the client and to return to the desktop.