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What is an 'area'?
If HOTL3 is the world, then each area is like a 'country' or city in that world. All areas are interlinked to build up the world. Each area is characterised by its terrain, climate, and inhabitants. Some areas have minimum level requirements or maximum level restrictions - for example, Mud School is out of bounds to anyone above level 5.

Speedwalks (click here)
Be it you want to find an area to explore, to level, or to shop, you need speedwalks. These are directions to places in HOTLIII and can point you to areas to level should your current level no longer give you experience. Some areas can be very dangerous, so caution should always be taken.

Area building
We welcome you to submit original areas, or if you prefer, customise existing areas for HOTL3. Please send a note to Ops to get a set of vnums before starting on any area, and also write a note to him if you encounter problems.

Size of area
A guideline as to how big your area should be is: Level 1-15 min.30 rooms, level 16-30 min.40 rooms, level 31 & above min.60 rooms. If you need more than 100 vnums, please inform Ops before you start coding.

Area coders may be awarded anything from 100 - 1,000 karma according to how good their areas are. Hint: Writing a big area does not automatically mean you'll get a huge reward. We place emphasis on quality rather than quantity - and we reserve the right to reject any area deemed unsuitable.

Area coders: Please submit a 60-80 word introduction for your area if it is currently being used, and for all future areas. We will be including descriptions of areas on this site wherever possible. Anyone interested to write descriptions for existing areas please get in touch with Ops.

Area List
For a complete listing of areas

Area Builder's Guide
Things to note when writing your area

Area Building Documentation
Online instructions on writing areas

Area Maps
*new* View area maps here.

Download Area Coders' Pack
Includes documentation & sample area

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Know'st thou the land
        where the lemon-trees bloom,
Where the gold orange glows
        in the deep thicket's gloom,
Where a wind ever soft
        from the blue heaven blows,
And the groves are of laurel
        and myrtle and rose!
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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