Who is this guide for:
- Players who have less than 10-30 online multiplayer games under their belt
- Players who are frustrated by game hosts who kick them
- Players who find other players are rude to them during gameplay
Remember, even if you consider yourself experienced in single player and network play, you are probably ill prepared for online play. This is explained in this guide. Please know this guide was written with the utmost respect by a once fellow "noob" who has had his share of problems and is intended to help you enjoy the game to its fullest.
Welcome to the introduction to DemiGod Multiplayer. This guide aims to introduce newcomers to some of the basic concepts of DG's online multiplayer game and hopes to prepare you for it.
It is advised you read this guide in its entirety - DemiGod is a very rewarding game for players who are prepared and find games of the appropriate skill level. The game is not about experts, pros, noobs, or average players, it is about playing games with people with whom you will have a challenging yet winnable game . Joining the wrong games will result in potentially frustrating, embarrassing, and painful experiences that can ruin your enjoyment of the game and eventually turn you off of the game before you're able to grasp just how amazing DemiGod can be. Many players who make it past the initial learning curve consider DG to be one of the most intricate and fun RTS titles ever made.
So with that, please follow the most important rules: join games of the appropriate skill level and if asked to leave, do so and find other games for new comers.
 Network and Single Player Game Experience
Even if you have played dozens of hours or even hundreds of hours of Single Player skirmishes or Network play with friends and schoolmates or strangers at LAN parties, the level of play online is a completely different beast. Every single player that I have seen come into a game with low numbers of online play but with even 100 offline games under their belt have invariably shown themself to be inadequately prepared for online play. The reasons for this are multifold.
For Single Player or Players with AI experience:
- AI DemiGods make stupid decisions that would never be made by human players experienced in online play.
- AI DemiGods compensate their lack of strategy with higher stats, this trains you to play a certain way that is unsuitable for online play
- AI DemiGods often over-extend and thus feed you with their deaths, giving you false expectations of cashflow, over-extension, and purchasing power.
- AI DemiGods do not have specific strategies for each map, online players will often do certain things in different maps that will totally take you off guard. In fact, their actions may have no significance to you the first time you see it in action.
- AI DemiGods have broken builds, they often get skills that an online user will NEVER GET, which means the power they wield is totally diff than what you'll see online
- AI DemiGods
For Players with LAN experience
- In LAN play, unless several LAN players have been exposed to the Internet, the exposure to strategy is quite limited. You're playing a small base of players many of whom will never have thought of the strategies that online players see daily. This is the SINGLE MOST important reason why LAN play experience won't translate into real world online play. You may be the bad-ass at school or the local LAN party, but in the real world its very likely you'll be killed by a player with only 40% wins (good players would consider that win ratio quite low).
- LAN play has no lag. Lag factors into online play and is one of the biggest causes of newer players dieing unexpectedly.
- LAN play often allows you to talk to your team mates, or perhaps you are familiar with your team mates and have preset strategies. In online play most games are played with PUGs (Pick Up Groups) where other players will have no instant communication with you. In fact, many online players rarely talk at all to their team mates (this is bad, if you read more advanced strategies).
In both cases
- You probably do not have enough experience of what Citadel upgrade to buy, and when to buy them
- You probably do not have enough experience with the build of your DemiGod, including what order to buy what skills, and what order to buy what equipment.
- Players exposed to AI or less experienced players will be unlikely to spend money on things that are considered critical to more experienced players, like Teleport scrolls, Flag Locks, and even Sigils, or if they spend money on them they spend too much or too little.
 Join "Noob" or "Newb" Games
Again, this guide is not trying to point out these things to humiliate anyone. This is a reality check meant to encourage new players to do the right thing: Join games for newcomers. The term "noob" may be derogatory and unappealing (I personally don't mind being labeled a noob in games where I have no skill). This author, and the many people whom this author has played with, all started by joining noob games.
 What to look for:
- Look for games that say "noob only" or "noobs" in their title.
- When you join the game, click on Network Connections and see who is in the game. DemiGod shows the win ratios and # of games each player has played. You want players to have close to the same number of games as you have. If you have 10-20 games avoid players with 100+ games. Generally, when you have fewer than 100 games you should play with people with fewer than 100 games.
- Once you have 100+ games under your belt you should be fine playing with pretty much any players, but look for players who are in the same win ratio range as you are, and watch out for players with 500+ games under their belt, many of whom are either pros or greatly experienced.
- Make sure both teams are balanced. To judge balance, look for the total games played of EACH player in the teams, and their win ratios. If one team has players with more games than the other team, ask to rebalance teams by having a player trade teams. For instance, if your team has players with average of 80 games each, and the other team has players with 20, 30, and 50 games, you should trade one of the 80 game players with the 20 game players.
- Avoid stats farmers. There are skilled and semi skilled players who intentionally try to play against new players with the goal of getting their stats up. These are typically people with 50-80% win ratios and 70+ games (sometimes 200+) who join noob games. The reality is most newcomers to the game will have 20-40% win ratios for the first 20 games and will rarely have more than 100 games.
- Avoid games that say "no noobs" or have a % ratio requirement significantly above your own. Unfortunately, games that say "no noobs" or "average players" often do not allow players with even 50-90 games under their belt.
 What to Expect
As a new player in the game you should probably expect to lose quite a bit initially. If you have no AI or LAN experience you may lose every game you play for a while unless you are pitted against other players with absolutely no experience.
You may also find that some players are obnoxious, arrogant, mean, or very angry. Try your best to ignore them. There is a subset of players who have teamwork problems or anger problems and like to blame things on others. Even if you are causing your team to lose there's no need for yelling and swearing in the game.
 Enjoying the game and How to Get Better
The most important thing is that at any skill level you can enjoy online play. Its all about finding people who are at the right skill level. If you join a game and people ask you to leave or kick you, they probably won't trust you enough to play with you. Forcing yourself into the game won't help. This is an unfortunate reality, but often there are very experienced players who will judge you based on your stats. The solution? Don't ruin your stats by joining games far above your skill level!
Enjoying the game and earning the respect of other players all falls under the same basic concept: play within your own skill level.
To improve, try to join some games where players are what you might consider somewhat better than you, then save the replay. Watch replays from the perspective of other players and see what they buy, what skills they get.
Ways to improve at the game:
- Watch replays of games that you lose
- If you see a player on the opposing team using your favourite DG and doing better than you, watch what he buys in the replay
- Read Build Guides and try a few of them out
- learn basic game strategy and basic DemiGod strategy.
- test builds against AI players or your LAN buddies first.
- be patient, don't just blunder into games, consider what you did wrong in each game, and take criticism to heart
- ask other players what they think about certain things
- follow in the footsteps of team mates that are doing well.
- focus on teamwork and helping team mates, games are won or lost based on coordination and collaboration.