F.A.Q. Guide

What is Art of Ascension?
How do I install Art of Ascension Client?
How do I install Art of Ascension Server?
How do I fix "Server uses different class tables"?
Can I play in single-player mode?
Do I need to set a password?
Can I transfer a player to another Steam account?
What if I'm banned by VAC?
How does the level system work?
What is the 'Ratio' on stats pages?
What are Attribute Points?
What are Weapon Points?
What are the rules?

Art of Ascension is a free RPG modification for Half-Life 2. Art of Ascension combines the spirit of online role playing games with the faster battling pace of classical first-person shooters. Players increase their character's level and enhance their abilities through the course of playing. In Art of Ascension emphasis is placed on game play, balance, and battling. See the rest of FAQ, or these community-maintained Wikis: http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Art_of_Ascension, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_of_Ascension. Note the Wikis are linked here for conveniance, but the accuracy of their content is not guaranteed.
  1. Ensure you have "Half-Life 2: Deathmatch" (which is available from Steam) installed on your machine.
  2. Download the Art of Ascension client, which is available from the Downloads page.
  3. Extract the "aoa" directory from the client zip file to C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\SourceMods, creating a new C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\SourceMods\aoa directory. (If you installed Steam into a non-standard directory, place "aoa" in the SourceMods directory whereever it is installed.)
  4. Close and reopen the Steam games menus and launch Art of Ascension.

Note, the Art of Ascension server is only available for dedicated public server installs. Since all Art of Ascension servers are part of the same global network, the server cannot be used in LAN-only installs, to ensure fairness to all players. It is still possible to connect to an Art of Ascension server from within a LAN, but it must be possible to connect from the internet as well.

To get the Art of Ascension server, connect to one of the current servers, and issue the aoa_request_server_hosting command in-game. This will send a customized email for your Steam ID, with the files for installation.

No, Art of Ascension is multiplayer only.
This occurs when your client version is not compatible with the server version you are connecting to. Ensure you are running the latest client version from the downloads page.
No, your Art of Ascension character is tied to your Steam account. As long as your Steam account is secure, so is your character. It is not allowed (by either Art of Ascension or Steam) to give out your Steam account, so keep it safe.
No, your Art of Ascension character is for that account only. You can not give away, share or transfer players to another account.
No, you can not recover a player tied to a VAC-banned Steam account.

Each new character begins the game at Level 0, with 0 Experience Points.

Every time you defeat an opponent, your character gains Experience Points. The number of Points gained varies, and will be greater for defeating stronger opponents.

There is also a crowd watching the match at all times, which cheers for the player putting on the best show. You will gain more Experience Points than normal by becoming the crowd favorite (by fragging lots of enemies and avoiding being killed), or by killing the current crowd favorite.

When you gain enough Experience Points, your character gains a Level, which grants 7 Attribute Points and 5 Weapon Points.

The first Level is gained with 200 Experience Points. Each additional Level requires 400 more Experience Points than the last. For reference, the first several levels are listed here, but note there is no maximum level.

Level 1200 Points
Level 2800 Points
Level 31800 Points
Level 43200 Points
Level 55000 Points
Level 67200 Points
Level 79800 Points
Level 812800 Points
Level 916200 Points
Level 1020000 Points
Level 1124200 Points
Level 1228800 Points
Level 1333800 Points
Level 1439200 Points
Level 1545000 Points
Level 1651200 Points
Level 1757800 Points
Level 1864800 Points
Level 1972200 Points
Level 2080000 Points
...     ...
..     ..
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This is the frag ratio, calculated by Frags / (Frags + Deaths + Suicides).
Attribute Points may be used to upgrade any of the character Attributes. See the Attributes page for a complete listing of what Attributes exist. When you acquire an Attribute Point for your character you may immediately use it to upgrade any Attribute, however the choice is permanent. Attribute Points can not be removed from an Attribute, once it is upgraded.
Weapon Points may be used to upgrade any of the character Weapons. See the Weapons page for a complete listing of what Weapons exist. When you acquire an Weapon Point for your character you may immediately use it to upgrade any Weapon, however the choice is permanent. Weapon Points can not be removed from an Weaponm once it is upgraded.

Cheating or abuse may result in penalties, such as bans or loss of experience points. Offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • No botting, client hacks, or exploiting bugs in Art of Ascension, Half-Life 2, or anything else.
  • No harassing other players, or excess abusive language.
  • No sharing characters with another person.
  • No "free killing" aka "dummy killing" or allowing another player to kill you without a battle.

Penalties will be decided on a case by case basis and are at the sole discretion of Art of Ascension administration.


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