Hey Friendly! First off I'd like to thank you for making all your posts. Even though some of them are above my level, they are still very interesting to read, and many of them have helped me a lot, so thanks! Now, I'm moving from reader to asker, cause I have a question about something thats really annoying me. A few times now, I'll finish some quest and level up or something, and I'll get the little button on the right with Merle Ambrose's face. I click on it, and I get a message from ambrose telling me to go to his office for something or other. So I go there, and when I talk to him he just tells me to "keep searching for information on Malistaire". Should I be doing something in his office? like...is there a book or something I need to interact with? You're friendly, and i'm confused.....lol
I am friendly! And I can see why you're confused!
There are actually a number of legitimate reasons why Merle summons you back to his offices. Most of the time it happens when you're still new to the game. Wikia gives a pretty solid list of all the quests that Merle hands out.
What you mention here actually is a known bug from KI's known bug list. Let me quote what they say about it:
Merle Summoning Players without Reason: Sometimes Merle likes to check in with his students, however we've noticed lately that he's been calling on our young Wizards every time they gain a new level. Don't worry, he may not always have a quest for you, however it's a good reminder to visit him, as well as your Professors, on a regular basis. (Note: you may also see similar messages from Simon in Ravenwood, who is ready to introduce you to housing.)
So, it's a bug.
You know what I've noticed? Here at Casa de Friendly we have three computers, and sometimes we play our accounts on any one of them. It seems like after I've played a character on one of those computers for a long time and then log that same character on one of the other computers, then I get a short stream of tutorial tips and other messages. To me that seems to say that perhaps "tip" information might be stored on your computer much like a cookie from a website. Then perhaps there is a problem sync'ing the server data with the data on my computer. Of course, that's just an uneducated guess.
It is good to know this bug is on their list of things to do! GO TO IT PROFESSIONALS!