Attention! You need to install the new game client (3.3 dated 04.02.2020), which you can find on page Files. In case you can't connect to the server after auto-updating the client, you need to download the patch by that link as well. If you experience problems with cursor, then download and extract in game folder DDwrapper and run allods2.exe in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode.
Stepan if you step into a shop and then you exit the game clicking alt F4 then your character will exit the shop and will be visible again - alternate solution you can just play another game until the map ends.
Softcore = PvE - the mode when people cannot fight each other
@tinamu, I think the only way - is to run into shop or inn, and then alt-f4, wait for 5 mins and join another map.
For myself I also decided, that it's more important to improve experience, rather than buy new artifacts.