Basic Controls: Part I
(The descriptions below hold for Lineage I and II, unless otherwise stated.)
In order to understand how to control your Lineage character, it is vital to understand the various windows that are on the screen. Starting from the top left corner you have the status window. The status window contains all the vital information for that character including MP, HP, CP, level, and experience. Furthermore the status window keeps track of all the effects, either through spells or items, that are active on the character. Lastly, if you click the status window it targets the character.
The next window of interest is directly to the right of the status window: the target window. The target window just tells you the name and HP of anything you might have targeted. When you target another player, only the player's name will be in the target window. When you have something targeted, clicking on the arrow on the left corner of the window will give you information concerning the enemies attributes or clan and alliance information if the target is a player.
The next window is the upper right hand corner and it is the radar. The radar tells you where you are, where your party members are, and information concerning the terrain. The radar also displays information concerning members of your (presented in green), targets (presented in red) and where they are relative to each other. In the upper right corner of the radar is a hammer that allows you to toggle what is displayed on the radar. For example if you wanted to see where the enemies are or wanted to hide the position of party members, these options can be toggled on and off via clicking on the hammer. Finally, the radar gives you information about the area your in. The color of the radar tells you information whether the area is forbidden or general fields (gray), peaceful (blue), a buff is applied once the area is entered (red), orange (siege), and green (PvP arena).
Right below the radar is the shortcut window. The shortcut window allows you to drag and drop icons of items, actions, skills and spells and place them conveniently on the UI. Some statistics about the shortcut window: 120 hot keys can be registered divided between 10 hot key bars (120/10 = 12 hot keys/hot key bar). Though the UI only shows one hot key bar at a time, this can be changed by pressing Alt +F1-F10. Finally you can lock the shortcut window so none of the icons can be shifted or taken off or placed on the window.
Below the shortcut window is the menu bar. The menu bar allows you to keep track of the and contains information concerning character's status, inventory, action menu, skills and magic menu, quest, clan, maps, and system menu.
Finally, in the lower left hand corner is the chat and system message window. The top part of the window displays system messages and the bottom is chat messages. The bottom part of the window has tabs that divide up chat messages into all, clan, party, trade, and alliance. With Lineage II, you can use MSN messenger to chat with other players in game and those that are on your MSN Friends list.