A first look
When you first open Apprentice, you will be met by this screen:
This may look a little daunting at first, but it is very simple once you know what the areas are for, and the functions of the buttons. Here is a quick explanation of the apprentice interface:
- The first thing you will notice is the large black area. That is your virtual table, the main playing area, and this is where all of the action happens.
- Below the main playing area, is a white box. This is your chat window, which you use to communicate your actions with to your opponent. You use this chat window to explain what you have done, e.g assigning combat damage.
- To the left of the main playing area, is your hand. The cards in your hand are listed here.
- Just above your hand are three buttons: a closed book, a gravestone and a trash can. These represent your library, graveyard and removed from game pile respectively.
- Above these buttons there is a large line of buttons. The first button, a wand, starts a new game.
- Next to the wand is an open book, this opens deck editor (see page 2 for more info on deck editor).
- There is then a button showing three arrows twisted clockwise, this untaps all of your cards in the main playing area.
- Along from that is an open book with an upwards arrow above it, this draws a card from your library.
- The next six buttons represent your turn phases: untap, upkeep, draw, main, attack and discard/cleanup. These are very useful to keep track of game stages, although many people choose not to use them.
- The arrow facing right with a T below it passes to the next turn.
- There is then a heart, this is used to change your life total.
- The heart with a minus sign on it deducts one life from your life total.
- The heart with a plus sign on it adds one life to your life total.
- Next there is a clock. This is used to ping your opponent to check that he or she is still connected to you. If you become disconnected, this changes button changes to a lightbulb, and reconnects you to your opponent.
These buttons are the ones you will mainly use when playing, but there are a lot more options in the toolbars, for performing more advanced actions. If there is no function to perform a certain action, you should explain it to your opponent in the chat window.
You may now proceed to page 2...