When you first connect to Hellmoo, you will begin life as an orphan. To continue on, you will need to visit the museum in Freedon City to enter Dreams of Before. From there, you collect your skill items, and proceed into Dreams of Below.
Life as an orphan:
As an orphan, you can screw around in the game world without any serious repercussion. This is a good way to learn the layout of the world and learn the basics of combat. The downside is that you cannot gain any IP or Exp, or do any fun journals. When you think you have a grasp on things, Go to the Freedom City Museum to the west of the crack mansion.
Dreams of Before:
The items you pick up will give you a raw in the skill they would associate with. For a full list of items, and what skill they represent, visit the Character generation items page. After picking up the items, proceed to an underground location and wait for the bomb. Possible underground locations include the library basement, the bottom of the lake, the porno shack, and the police station basement. So long as you are below ground level you are good.
The item locations are as follows. Note that to get into the Attic and Mom and Dad's room, you need to search. You can take the fetish items in addition to the normal four items that you can take. It is optional, you can take one, both, or none. I advise both, it will come in handy.
|Appraise||City Times||Sunny Sidewalk, one east from where you wake.|
|Blades||Pocketknife||Abandoned Boxcar, 3 west of where you wake.|
|Chemistry||Chemistry Set||Your Room, 2 east, and 1 up from where you wake.|
|Climb||Birds Nest|||Top of the Tall Tree, 1 east, 1 south, 1 southeast, and 1 up from where you wake.|
|Clubs||Baseball bat||Vacant Lot, where you wake up.|
|Craft||Tube of Glue||Suburban Bathroom, 3 east of where you wake, in a medicine cabinet.|
|Fish||Fishing Pole||Down By The River, 1 east, 1 south, and 1 southeast from where you wake.|
|Fists||Inflatable Boxing Gloves||In the River, 1 east, 1 south, 1 southeast, and 1 east from where you wake.|
|Fuck||Pair of panties||Attic, 2 east and 2 up from where you wake.<br /> You will need to search your room to find the entrance to the attic.|
|Hack||Unix Book||1 east, 2 north, and 1 west from where you wake.|
|Locksmith||Fireproof Lockbox||Mom and Dad's Room, 2 east and 1 north from where you wake.<br /> You will need to search the room to find a stepstool to get into the room.|
|Medic||First Aid Kit||Suburban Bathroom, 3 east of where you wake, in a medicine cabinet.|
|Persuade||A copy of "How to Win<br /> Friends and Influence People"||Mom and Dad's Room, 2 east and 1 north from where you wake.<br /> You will need to search the room to find a stepstool to get into the room.|
|Pilot||Toy Airplane||Your Room, 2 east, and 1 up from where you wake, in a toy chest.|
|Pistols||BB Pistol||Your Room, 2 east, and 1 up from where you wake, in a toy chest.|
|Repair||Socket Wrench||Abandoned Junction, two west and one north from where you wake.|
|Rifles||Red Ryder Cowboy Carbine||Your Room, 2 east, and 1 up from where you wake, in a toy chest.|
|Scavenge||Metal Detector||Bottom of the River, 1 east, 1 south, 1 southeast, 1 west, and 1 down from where you wake.|
|Sneak||Ninja Mask||Attic, 2 east and 2 up from where you wake.<br /> You will need to search your room to find the entrance to the attic.|
|Spears||Broken Shower Rod||Dead End, 1 east and 1 south from where you wake.|
||Swim||Pair of Swimming Goggles||In the River, 1 east, 1 south, 1 southeast, and 1 east from where you wake.|
|Throw||Chewed-up baseball||Spot's doghouse, 2 east, 1 south, and in from where you wake.|
|Torture||Brass Zippo Lighter||Abandoned Boxcar, 3 west from where you wake.|
|Whips||Lil' Indy Leather Bullwhip||Your Room, 2 east, and 1 up from where you wake, in a toy chest.|
|Men||Playgirl Magazine||1 east, 2 north, 1 west, and 1 down from where you wake.|
|Women||Playboy Magazine||1 east, 2 north, 1 west, and 1 down from where you wake|
Dreams of Below:
This is the section of your life underground and is where you allocate your stats. All of your stats start at 8, and by using the following items you will gain a raw in the related stat. you get 14 points to allocate between them. It is generally a good idea to put points toward what your skills use. (Ex; If you use blades, add reflex and cool)
Brains: Go board
Senses: Magic Eye
East of the First Room:
Brawn: Weight Bench
Reflex: Speed Bag
North of the First Room:
Here a few types of characters that are fairly easy for a newer players.
Fists type: Take the boxing gloves, the birds nest, the first aid kit, and the metal detector. Add 6 points in brawn and reflex, and 2 in reflex. This allows you to always have your weapon attached, and is fairly good for somebody looking to kill stuff with their fists. Plenty of room for advancement with the ripper and abomination mutations.
Reflex/Cool type: Take the pocket knife, the bb pistol, the first aid kit, and the birds nest. Add 6 in reflex and cool, and 2 in brawn. This build gives you the option between a gun and a blade, and has the brawn required to max speed on pistols. This can generally become a good character for killing zombies and tougher with a few simple mutations. A great choice for a starter character.
Support type: Take the socket wrench, the first aid kit, the tube of glue, and the lil' indy bullwhip. Add 6 points in brains and senses, and 2 in reflex. This build allows you to fix, craft for, and heal your buddies, with a bit of combat ability on the side. A little tougher for a newer player but very valuable overall.
For advanced character building tips, see the Simple character building guide