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Discworld Newbie Help



This is the essential command list, a 'must read' for all players who are new to Discworld. It lists those commands you really need to know.

To find out more about the commands listed use "help <command>" and before asking "how do I do xxx?" remember to try "help xxx".


Parameters listed in < > are required and should be replaced by the required object or string. Parameters listed in [ ] are optional. Parameters separated by | are choices.

Note: You do not need to include the brackets around the parameters when you type them.

Every command, including those listed below, has a comprehensive helpfile. Just type "help <command>" to view it.

Getting Help

help [concepts]show the help index for important concepts
help command_listshow the help index for commands
help <command>show the comprehensive helpfile associated with a command
syntax <command>show the basic usage for a command
godmother helpsummon your fairy godmother to transport you back to your starting location.
liaisonslist the liaison creators who are currently logged in
helperslist the newbie helpers who are currently logged in
newbie <message>ask a question on the newbie channel


look [object]look, or look at something
glance [object]glance, or glance at something (this gives a shorter description than look)
north,south,etc.Exits are listed in room descriptions just type the name of the exit
follow <person>start following someone
unfollow <person>stop following someone
lose <person>stop someone following you


say <message>say something. Some npcs respond to saying things for example: "say help guide" in the presence of a guide will cause the guide to respond with instructions
tell <person> <message>speak to another player
smile <person>Discworld has an extensive list of "soul" commands. See "help soul" for help on using the soul or "look soul" for a list of the several hundred wonderful soul commands available!

Doing things

inventorylist the things you have
hold <object>hold something
unhold <object>stop holding something
wear <object>wear an item of clothing
remove <object>remove an item of clothing
equipwear/hold all your stuff
get <object>
[from <object>]get something
put <object> in <object>put something in something else
drop <object>drop something
give <object> to <person>give an item to someone else (a player, NPC, or animal)
locate <objects>shows you where all the "objects" are in your inventory and the room you are in (e.g. "locate swords"), whether you are holding or wearing them, and whether you are keeping them. It also gives each a number, which you can use to refer to them (e.g. 'drop sword 2').

About yourself

score [stats|quests]see your score
skillssee your skills
commandsshow the guild commands that you know
gpshow information about your guild points
briefput your display in brief mode
verboseput your display in verbose mode
term [<terminal-type>]display or change your terminal type
term xterm256enable colour output for most clients
optionsThis command allows you to change everything that can be changed about yourself. It can configure so many things you should use 'help options' to find out more about it.

Reading things

read <object>Read an object
turn a page of <object>Turn a page of a book or leaflet

Fighting things

considergives you an idea how tough an opponent will be (read the caveats in the help file!)
killattack an opponent
tacticsadjust how you fight
wimpyset yourself to run away if your hitpoints get too low
monitorshow a regular display of your status
health [<person>]show the health of the person.


help taskmasteron Discworld you advance skills by doing them, the system for this is called the taskmaster
advanceyou can advance at your guild by spending experience points and money (you can also learn from other players with the "learn" command)


moneylist the value of all the coins you are carrying
listlist the items available in the shop
browse <item>look at the details of an item
buy <item>buy something from the shop
sell <item>sell something to the shop
value <item>find out how much the shop will pay you for an item
keep <object>prevent you from accidentally selling an object you cherish
unkeep <object>allow an object to be sold after previously being kept

Note: buy, list and browse are the only commands used in all shops. Sell and value can only be used in specific stores.

See also

concepts, command_list, help