Backyards are an old term that came from Text based 'MUDs' that were similar to MMORPGs in all ways but graphics, but the term carried over. There two major training areas where players can start the game in, and there are also the remains of the older faction backyards for players who wants a nostalgia trip or who left the training areas too quickly.
| Your shuttle from the Morning Star Space Station has been intercepted and shot down by aliens! You wash up on the shore of an island only to find a conflict raging between the people on the island and the alien invaders. A proper introduction to Rubi-Ka and the world of Anarchy Online: you must battle your way through the dangers of the island and prove your worth to the people there to gain access to the Whompahs and reach the mainland.|
A guide and walkthrough for this starting area can found found at: ICC Shuttleport.
| After leaving the Morning Star Space Station, you were taken through a swirling portal of light to a land unlike any other. The Shadowlands, dangerous and beautiful, are a dimension that sits next to Rubi-Ka and contains many secrets about the origins of Notum, the conflict with the Kyr'ozch, and even the beginnings of life itself. To start your journey you will take part in some experiments administered by the scientists of Jobe to test your body and mind against the dangers found in this world.|
A guide and walkthrough of this starting area can be found at: Nascense Training Grounds
Faction Backyards Edit
The Clan backyard is a small park filled with low level monsters like reets, leets and rollerats, the only really useful things in here are the peddler and the backyard boss (the glowing salamander) which drops a few useful items.
The Omni-Tek backyard is a modern Holo-World forest, filled with similar monsters in the other two backyards. This backyard is the smallest of the three faction backyards. Enter the Rome Blue backyard by entering any HighRise in Rome Blue.
The Neutral backyard is a junkyard that contains a few robots and mutants along with the basic leets and rats. It is the largest backyard, though has the same shops as the other two.
There are three types of Backyard now available to the players of Anarchy online: The ICC Shuttleport (affectionately named "noob island"), Jobe Training Center, and the city backyards found in Old Athen, Borealis, Newland City, and Rome.