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ii - Tutorial Setup

The manual is divided into three progressively more advanced chapters. The first chapter will be explain basics about coding and LPC without delving too deep into specifics.

The second chapter will be for a more intermediate level of coding, explaining in full all the aspects of functions and operators that might have been treated a bit too easy in the first chapter.

The third and final chapter handles whatever might be left when chapter two is done. Well, not everything; the tutorial will not explain all the intricacies of the gamedriver and the mudlib. If you are looking for info about creating your own mudlib or doing very advanced stuff you'll have to learn that from reading the actual code.

If you are a newbie wizard you might feel a bit taken back at first, looking at this rather thick tutorial. However, it's quite necessary that you read all of it and leave nothing for the future. You will undoubtedly have to at least recognize subjects from all three chapters, even though mostly you will actually only use the information in the first two. Heck, there's a lot of old wizards out there who hardly even master the first one, a scary thought! Among other things that's one of the fundamental reasons why I'm writing this manual...

The manual is fairly extensive, but it's for learning LPC for domain coding only. This means that it's not a complete LPC reference manual. Some of the more esoteric and unusual efuns and functionalities are not covered since they only would be used by mudlib coders or gamedriver hackers. This manual is not intended for them. Sorry, if that's what you were looking for you'll have to keep on searching for another source.

A small note about gender. Throughout the text I've used male pronouns. This is not because I scoff the thought of female coders, it's because the English language is male-oriented. Fact of life, like it or not. I guess I could have added a `(or she)' comment after all occurrences of the male `he', but that strikes me as more than just a bit silly. Until the English language comes up with a strictly neutral pronoun I'll stick to using the all-inclusive male one.

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