For those new to Ancient Anguish or text-based games in general, there is assistance available. When you enter the world of Ancient Anguish, you will be prompted with a few questions explained in detail below.
Which of the following statements would describe you the best?
If you choose the first or second option, you will be given a small oak carving, which grants you access to the Newbie line. You might even decide to "examine carving" to see what more you can discern about it:
-  I am new to playing MUDs.
-  I have played other MUDs before.
-  I have played Ancient Anguish before.
-  I am new to Ancient Anguish, but do not want new player assistance.
The dark brown carving is made of oak and fits perfectly in your palm. In the center of the square-shaped carving you see a miniature drawing of the Tantallon Inn. At the bottom left corner, in tiny script, you can read: 'Courtesy of The Ancient Anguish Tourism Council.' ('nhelp' for help on the Newbie line).
The Newbie line commands are similar to many of the other lines on Ancient Anguish. You talk on it by typing 'new' followed by whatever you want to say. For instance, when you log on for the first time, a simple 'new Hello' would then have your character say "Hello" to everyone on the Newbie line.
If you have any questions, the Newbie line is the first place to ask them. Most players will be more than happy to help you. Don't be shy in asking for help! Ancient Anguish is a huge world, and everyone gets confused sometimes.