I have two brief tips I’d like to share with my fellow Age of Conan (AoC) players.
You can Erase Death Penalties
I guess it’s not obvious to many players. I know my son wasn’t aware even though it was included in the small gaming guide that shipped with the game. The Death Penalty can easily be removed. It’s important to remove the it because it applies de-buffs that reduce your survivability and damage. You will know that you have a death penalty applied by looking above your stats area. There you will see a skull for each death penalty. Hovering over the skull will tell you the de-buffs and the remaining duration. The duration is in game time not real-time so logging out for 30 minutes won’t help.
To remove a death penalty, you must return to the location where you died and double click your headstone. Doing this completely removes the penalty for that particular death. If you don’t remember where you died, you can use the skull that is placed on the mini-map to find your way back. I’m surprised by the number of headstones I see scattered in the questing areas. Often I see clusters of them near socially linked mobs which means some poor player had a hard time killing or getting by them, and is now running around significantly handicapped.
1st and 2nd Extended Hotbars are Customizable
There are three hotbars available. The first is the primary hotbar docked at the bottom of your display. Two additional ones can be displayed by turning them on in the Interface dialog box. By default, they will anchor themselves to the right side of the user interface. You can move them like you would any Windows interface item (click and drag). You can change the hotbar orientation by right mouse-clicking the [+] sign on the left. You can drag the right edge of the hotbar to increase or decrease the number of button slots displayed. Use the Controls interface dialog box to assign hotkeys to the hotbar. The extra bars are called 1st Extended and 2nd Extended.