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Started on Sindome
Mar 12, 2009
TMC Listing: Sindome
The following review is the opinion of the review's author [Martin]
and in no way represents the opinions of this website or its staff.
I'd like to start out this review by saying a little about myself.
I've been a big fan of tabletop RPGs since a very young age. Now that
I'm older I don't have the opportunity to play them much. I have one
character active on a MUD, but it's just active enough to not be
deleted, meaning I almost never play that MUD. I've tried other
moo/mud/muxs but never found one that inspired the emotion that I've
gotten from playing Sindome.
I decided to write this review for two reasons. #1: There hasn't
been much, if anything, written about this game on this site for years
and it's a dynamic ever-changing ever-growing place. Since I first
started the coded goodies have expanded drastically. But the people
who play the game and the overall feel of it also changes with time.
Both as new code is added, and new plots and events go down, and as
players come and go, as should be expected with any game.
#2: I've seen a lot of judgmental, frankly bad and untrue things
said about a community I've called home for many years now, so here
I'm not going to address things others have said, because arguing
someone's opinion is about as worthless as worrying or trying to plug
a dam with bubblegum. Sindome is out of any game I've ever played,
the best, truest representation of a cyberpunk world. Is there a steep
learning curve? Yes. Especially if you've never played a text based
game before. If you're an inspired RP'er though, it's more than
worth the time it takes to learn. I can't count the times I've been
angry, excited, happy, complacent, afraid, and every other emotion all
The deep, rich plots evoke an attachment to the game that's
indescribable. Every single player, GM, admin, every single member of
our community is eager to have new players and does everything we can
to help new players. I'd like to refer you to our bitchboards on the
sindome website if you don't think that we help each other, and
anyone else interested in being a part of our game community.
Can it be slow at times? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Our character
base is slightly small, and the pace of the game fluctuates with the
character base. One of the reasons I'd like to see it explode,
because the more that play the more there is going on. If you know
where to look (which sometimes even I, as a veteran player, don't)
there's always something going on.
That said, it's a place for mature adults. Profanity and violence
occur commonly, as you would expect with a cyberpunk world. Discussing
plot ideas with the admin is fully acceptable, getting questions about
game mechanics answered is no problem as well. This is however, a
place where you are expected to think for yourself. If you ask about
something that's IC info, you will be told that that's something you
should find out In Character. At first it may seem not quite right,
but in the real world, as in our RP world you are expected to develop
every aspect of your character, you need to
network/deceive/befriend/work together. You need to play your
character as him/her is a real person, and soon it will feel that way.
RP is not only encouraged, it's the watchword of our game. In depth
rich plots run rampant, however player killing isn't necessarily as
frowned upon as the 'restricted' label may suggest. True, killing
for the sake of killing is unacceptable, but killing for good IC
reasons is a wonderful thing. Sometimes the best approach to
eliminating your enemy is the direct one.
The world is based mainly in a domed city with 4 different levels,
the top being the highest of the upper crust, the bottom being the
densely overpopulated is lowest ghetto slum where crime rules all. The
city itself is run by corporations, the largest of the bunch get seats
on the corporate council, which is the ruling body of the city. The
law is kept by on the upper levels by Judges, the hard core
judge/jury/executioners that make sure the corps are right and the
slum-dwellers are wrong. The lowest level goes unchecked by judges for
the most part. They have their own security but it's indifferent at
best. The slums run rampant with murder, prostitution, drugs, excess;
they reek of shady biz. For any further explanation of our in game
world I'd invite you to check out the sindome website, which is full
of descriptions and cyberpunk submissions.