New User Tutorial

Hello and welcome to Astral Story! We are an art-based role playing game (ARPG) set in the Astral — a vast collection of infinite planes and alternate universes. The denizens of these planes are collectively known as Astrals. We are as varied and interesting as the worlds themselves!

To get started, you will need to find or create an Astral (also called adoptables). Do you already have an Astral adoptable?

Great! We’ll get right into the information about what you can do now! If you did not receive your Astral via our Free Make Your Own activity, you can still make your own Astral design later on for free.

You may want more Astrals later on — you can get them by purchasing adoptable designs from official artists, trading with other players, or receiving items that allow you to make your own.

You can adjust the way your Astral looks by changing their traits. By using a mix of traits, you can make a completely unique Astral, regardless of their species! Traits are typically acquired by using items, which can be earned from events, activities, and other locations.

Let’s move on to some of the actual gameplay now!

Alright, no problem! You can get your first Astral by designing them via our Free Make Your Own (MYO) activity. That page has more information but the important bits are as follows:

  • You (or someone who is helping you) design an Astral based on the specifications given.
  • Complete your choice of five prompt-based “steps" — the goal of these is to get you accustomed to the Astral, participating in art prompts, and playing the game! These steps, like all of our prompts, can be drawn, written, crafted, composed, and otherwise created. (Your design must have art to go on the masterlist, but you can commission that part, or use one of our free bases.)
  • Turn it all in via the activity page. That’s it! You will have to wait for a staff member to approve your submission before your Astral will be available, but this should never take more than a few days.

You can adjust the way your Astral looks by changing their traits. By using a mix of traits, you can make a completely unique Astral, regardless of their species! Traits are typically acquired by using items, which can be earned from events, activities, and other locations.

Your free MYO Astral doesn't start out with many traits — just the basic ones unless you have potions to apply to them. Luckily you can earn more traits by playing the game, and you can update your Astral's appearance by applying the traits and making a new reference image at any time!

You may want more Astrals later on — you can get them by purchasing adoptable designs from official artists, trading with other players, or receiving items that allow you to make your own.

Let’s move on to some of the actual gameplay now!

The primary goal of an art game is to get you making art to participate. Art does not have to be drawn — you can also write, make music, or craft, and still participate in everything we have to offer! There are, of course, other activities which do not require an art, but we hope to tie some form of creativity into each of our features.

Here’s a good example! The Treasure Hunt is an activity which you can play twice a week — but only after you have unlocked it! Playing the Treasure Hunt itself does not require any art of any kind; just show up at the proper times and go hunt for some treasure.

But to unlock the Treasure Hunt, you must complete a prompt! Here’s where the art comes in. You’re given a prompt and some guidelines. Follow these (again, you can draw, write, craft, compose music, bake — however you are inspired to create and follow the prompt), and turn your art in over on this page (most activity prompts are turned in on this page — check the Activity Name dropdown to see what’s available to you).

Art-based submissions do require staff approval. This typically will not take longer than a few days (usually quite a bit faster than that).

We also have a variety of purely art-based activities, such as the Job Board. This is a set of prompts which rotate each month, and offer Dust (our primary game currency) as a reward for art!

Phew, we’ve about covered the important stuff. I just mentioned site currency — there’s plenty of ways to get that (and plenty of ways to spend it, too). Any time you submit art, you will be getting a currency of some sort. Dust is our most common currency, and is awarded for typical prompt submissions. However, you can also get currency known as Friendshells from creating gift art, and some events have their own currency, too.

Other activities — like the Treasure Hunt we talked about earlier — can award currency for participating in the “non-art" portions as well!

You can spend currency in the Marketplace. (And you can find your owned items in your Inventory!). Many items available here can be used to change or advance your Astral(s). Currency can also be traded between yourself and others!

Just a couple things!

Make sure to check out the “Community" navigation tab. We offer a variety of ways to interact with others, such as Blogs, and a Friends system. You can also see News and Updates under this tab!

The Support tab covers a large variety of information. If you want to read more information on the Astral and its inhabitants, check out the World Guide. Similarly, Astral species and Astral traits have their own guides.

If you want to contact us, or have further questions, consider joining the Discord server, or sending in a contact form.

Thank you for sticking around for my explanation! Here is a starter pack with a variety of things to help kickstart your adventure. I hope to see you again out there in the Astral!

You must be logged in to receive the starter pack!