Before you play online, I would like you to know that most of other questers are Japanese. You can input the roman alphabet to the speech bubble, but some of questers don't understand English perfectly. However I think you can play together somehow, if you try. I also introduce some Japanese words that are often used in Homeland.
In Homeland, it is important to cooperate and communicate with other questers (players). It also makes the adventures much more fun than playing alone.
There is no strict rule to play online, but there are some customs to play smoothly with other questers. I introduce 6 important customs, and then other customs that are introduced in the official Homeland manual (on pages 40 - 41).
If you are a beginner or first time online, I reccomend to tell that to other questers. Then, thay would know you need a help, and most of the case, they are happy to see beginners.1. Entering a server
If a quester enter a server (login), it is announced to all the questers in that server. A new comer first stands at the Quester Park. If it is possible, go to the Park to see the new quester. Because a new quester always has no item and is level 1, and it is easier to level up with other questers. Sometimes, the new quester goes to town, and we miss each other. It is better to use the command Shout* (みんなにさけぶ) and tell where you are. 2. Greeting
When you login, I recommend to greet by the command Shout* (みんなにさけぶ) rather than the command Say いう. At first, it would take time to input a word, but don't forget to greet other questers.* The commands Shout and Say
The differences between say and shout are that, everyone on the server can see what you shout, while only someone around you can see what you say. And shouting is shown on the bottom of the screen and remains in history (りれき) so you can see it later, while saying is shown on speech bubbles and will soon disappears.Shortcuts: Say (いう) D-pad, Shout (みんなにさけぶ) C stick 3. Make Connections
After greeting, we often make connections (きずな) with other questers. Choose the command Join Hands てつなぎ, てをつなぐ (Shortcut: R button)
, then you hold out your hand in the air. If the other quester also holds out his hand, then you will make the connection with you and that quester. To release your hand, push R button and choose Release Hands てをはなす.
てつなぎちょう Connection List
If you get a connection with a quester, that quester's name is added in your Connection List てつなぎちょう. The Connection List is in the top of Item もちもの. You can't remove or throw it away.
Using this connection, you can warp to that quester (ちかくにいく), or secretly tell your words (ことばをつたえる). Once you made a connection with someone, it remains until the server ends. When you enter another server, the Connection List wil be empty again. If you disconnect with a quester(きずなをたつ), that quester's name will be gone and it will be announced to him directly.
It is on you whether make a connection or not, but I definitely recommend to make connections, because it's very convenient and important to cooperate with others. 4. Feelings
This command is for online only. Many questers express their feelings by using this command. *God Players can't see this expressions.
5. The God Player
We need a God Player to play Homeland online. God Players can help questers, summon monsters, and also attack questers and monsters with lightning. God Players can use the command Shout only, cannot see inside of buildings. Sometimes, it is hard for God Players to see what questers are Saying. When you tell something to a God Player, it is better to use Shout.
See also,Online Play Guides; Gop Play
6. Logout and login
Push the start button and choose Logout ログアウト and choose Yes はい. When you logout, your Mascot becomes empty and remains in that server. We usually call those empty Mascots "Absent Mascots"るすばん
. If a quester logout and becomes offline, it is announced to all the questers in that server. If you greet other questers when you logout, then they would know you are going (not the connection problems). If you don't speak Japanese,"bye bye" is OK.
When you logout, you need to choose whether you give a permittion to others of using your Absent Mascot or not. There are three types; Anyone is OK だれでもOK, Only with connected questers きずなのひと, Nobody can だれにもダメ. I reccomend to choose "Anyone is OK だれでもOK
", because your Absent Mascot would help other questers after you logout. Besides, if someone uses your Absent Mascot, it will get Boru (money) and EXP, or sometimes level up. I have never seen someone who treats Absent Mascots badly in Homeland.
You can login into the same Mascot with the same items and level unless you Withdraw your Mascot マスコットたいじょう, or the server IP address changes. When you login again, talk to the angel in the room and choose the options in this order; Go to the other world いせかいへいく, Play Online ネットでぼうけん, Login ログインする. You don't need to change into a Mascot when you Login.7. Withdraw たいじょう and Reenter
Use Withdraw Mascot マスコットたいじょう when you want to go to other server or the server IP address has changed. After you Withdraw, you cannot login into that Mascot again (lost items and level).
To enter a new server, choose a new Mascot and talk to the angel in the room, choose Go to the other world いせかいへいく, Play Online ネットでぼうけん, Look for a server ホームランドをさがす, and input the new IP address. Then you will enter a new server with level 1 with no item.
When the server IP address has changed, you have to Withdraw and reenter the same server. In this case, do the following;(1) Select Look for a server ホームランドをさがす, input a false IP address, and confirm.(2) As soon as the change has been saved, press B (cancel).
(3) Input the correct IP address, and then confirm.
(4) Choose one word to add to your Mascot name*.
You will restart with level 1 and no item. By using this method, you can produce many Absent Mascots, or reenter with a different Mascot.
*Your original mascot remains on the server even though you Withdraw it, so you are required to append a word to the end of the new mascot's name to make it unique. (This problem did not occur with the official matching server as Withdrawn Mascots disappeared.)Other TipsHold Out Items
If you have some items like weapons that you don't need any more, Hold out that item to other questers. One of them might need that item.Treasure Chests
There are treasure chests that speak like "まだ あきません。あと ひとり!" Such treasure chests need some online questers to open. The neccessary number of questers changes at random. *In offline mode, that number changes every time you break ちゅうだん.
あと ひとり! : One more online quester
あと ふたり。: Two more
あと さんにん。: Three moreRescuing Fainted Questers
When you find a fainted (unconscious) quester, use the command Join Hands, bring him to an inn and recover him. As well as when you fainted, use the command Say and Shout to ask others some help.
Use Absent Mascots and Level Up Quickly
Evertime you enter a server, you are level 1 and have no item. So it is common to see Absent Mascots that are stronger than you are. It is quite crucial to know how to use those strong Absent Mascots as you level up.
See this video guide, Using Companions - Advanced
*This video guide is originally made for this page below.Basic Guides: Using CompanionsJapanese words often used in Homeland
こんばんは ＜kombanwa＞、こんにちは ＜konnichiwa＞
The former is "Good night", and the latter is "Good afternoon" or "Hello". When we see a new quester, we often say these.よろしく ＜yoroshiku＞
Nice to meet you, or How do you do. The direct meaning is "Please be nice to me." The latter is the polite form. When we make connections by Joining Hands, we often say these.ありがとう＜arigatou＞
"Thank you". When you get some items from other questers, or be helped by others, please don't forget to thank them. This word is in the shortcuts of the text input panel.どうぞ＜douzo＞
Please take it, or do it. We usually say this when we give someone an item, let someone open a treasure chest, or let someone proceed events, and so on. ただいま ＜tadaima＞
I'm home. When we login into absent mascots, we often say these. Because we return to that server.おかえり＜okaeri＞
Welcome home. When a quester login into an absent mascot, we say this to that quester.パウぎれ ＜pou gire＞
Out of pow (power). When a quester say this, that quester's pow points is running out. やど＜yado＞
Inn. We often say this when we need to use an inn. In a dungeon, questers usually use an inn alternately. Because if one quester with a connection remains in the dungeon, then others can come back to that point quickly.ごちです ＜gochi desu＞, ごちそうさま ＜gochisousama＞
Thank you for the treat (inn). When online questers use inns together by Join Hands, the quester in the top pays the charge (money). So we usually say this to thank that quester.かいもの ＜kaimono＞
Shoppong. When we need to buy some items and equipments, we often say this. In most of cases, questers does thier shopping by their own. Sometimes, they likely share their money (boru).おつかれさまでした ＜otsukare samadeshita＞
It means "Done" or "Done right". We often say this when a server is over, and a quester is going logout.
The direct translation is "we got tired," but it has no negative meaning. The nuance of this word is "Let comfort our tiredness each other." This word is often used in our daily life, too.ほうち、放置 ＜houchi＞
This word is often seen in the site of Server Information. It means the God Player is not looking at the server. Basically, you can play freely in that kind of servers. *These customs are not rules.
I just introduced the customs that I know, and you don't have to remember all those customs. I believe if we don't forget to play nicely and greet, it is enough to play together in Homeland.