This is a short tutorial on playing Spice Trade game. After reading this, you should be familiar with the basic game concepts.
Start the game by either double clicking on the Spicetrade.jar file, or running the Command Line Interface (CLI) command java -jar Spicetrade.jar in the same directory where you have the game.
Now that the game is running, you can see the intro. You can skip the intro by clicking the SKIP INTRO link in the top left corner of the game screen.
Now you should be seeing the start menu, where you will find the following options:
- Start game - starts the game
- Load game - lets you continue a saved game
- Exit game - exits the game
- Settings - these let you turn off the music and set the difficulty level of the game
- Credits - shows the credits for the game
- Show intro - reruns the game intro
You are now home and you are still talking with the Storyteller. He is
giving you some advice about how you might want to go on. Choose one of the
choices on the right side of the text to receive a little more detail on the
Choose Ok once you have read the advice of the Storyteller and then you will be at your home, in the living room.
By the by, notice the little white icons in the top right hand corner of the game screen? Here is what the do:
- M - Minimize window
- L - Load game
- S - Save game
- C - Close game
- B - Go back to the start menu
- ? - Show help
Now before we continue on to the city of Baghdad, please click on the
picture of Abu al-Qazzaz, in the lower left corner of the screen.
The window that just opened is your status screen. Here you can see an overview of your Status, access your Inventory, see the open and done quests in the Diary, browse the Help index, read a Log about your past events and discussions and also check out the Culture situation in the world.
Click on the Close link to close the status window.
After you have closed the status screen, click on the city map icon, which you
can see on the right side of the picture of Abu.
You travel inside cities using the city map, which can always be accessed by clicking on the city map icon. Explore the city with your mouse, you can enter most of the buildings by clicking on one of them.
Enter the Bazaar of Baghdad by clicking on the yellowish building close to the center
of the Baghdad city map.
Once in the Bazaar, you can see the merchant. Click on the merchant to do business with him. Running your mouse cursor over people and items you can see, shows you who and what you can interact with.
Buying and selling is done using the shop window. On the left side, you can see what the merchant can sell to you and on the right side you can see what items you have that interest the merchant.
Please note that not everyone sells or buys everything.
You can buy and sell items by clicking on them and then confirming the transaction by clicking on the Buy/Sell link that appears under the merchants name in the shop window. Buy a few seeds of Saffron from the merchant.
Now that we are the proud owners of some seeds of Saffron, we can go grow the spices
on our fields. Click on the city map icon to access the city map of Baghdad and
then go to your fields, which can be found just outside the city gates of Baghdad.
On arriving to the fields, you can see the seeds that you have bought in the top left hand corner of the game screen. Click on one of the seeds to start growing spices. After seeing the spice grow you harvest it and you can see the spice in your inventory.
Now you can sell the spice at a profit to the bazaar merchant. Before you start to play the game for yourself, you might want to visit the Baghdad palace.
Go to the palace using the city map. You can find the palace just left to the Bazaar,
click on the building to enter.
Once you have been granted access to the Sultan's palace, you can see the Sultan's official in front of you. Talk to him and you will see a few options available to you. As you can see, the Sultan's official is the person you need to talk to, if you want a travel permit so you can get out of Baghdad.
Unfortunately, the travel permit is probably beyond your means right now, as it costs 500 silver dirhams. You can come back at any time, once you have enough money, and talk to the official again to purchase a travel permit.
Well, there you have it. Now you have the essential survival skills in the world
of Spice Trade.
We hope you experience an interesting journey.
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