Review Submitted By:
Amos the Average
Started on Armageddon
Jun 20, 2014
TMC Listing: Armageddon
The following review is the opinion of the review's author [Amos the Average]
and in no way represents the opinions of this website or its staff.
I have played Armageddon MUD and other RPIs for over a decade. I have no
complaints about the game itself. There are a lot of good roleplayers and I
get a great amount of enjoyment out of playing the game itself. If you are
looking for a MUD to participate in a story where every action or inaction
can have a consequence and players work toward or against each other or the
world around them, then Armageddon is that game.
Staff are very supportive of player efforts provided that the player makes
the effort. At times, playing a role where you set out to accomplish
something big in the game can feel like work. But it can also be fun if you
enjoy that sense of accomplishment.
My main complaint about the game is not actually about the game itself, but
the player base. The official forum community is populated by players that
are completely toxic toward discourse about the game. A part of game policy
is that no in-game information should be shared among players outside of
the game, so no one officially knows who is playing whom and it is
impossible to discuss details about what is going on in the game lately.
This results in some posters resorting to passive-aggressive comments about
vaguely-described characters or actions with the apparent hope that the
message will get across to the offending players. It also results in
arguments about the state of the game where everyone claims their position
on something is correct, although it is impossible for anyone to prove due
to the No IG Info rule.
There are a few kicked dogs of the community that they will consistently
complain about. One entire sphere/section of the game (taking up about 1/3
of the game world and holding about half of the players at any given time)
is almost universally despised by the loudest posters, with some calling
for its closure. Other hated things include players who play more difficult
races 'incorrectly' (in their opinion), sponsored/leadership roles (roles
that often feel like work and largely serve the purpose of entertaining the
other players and making the world come to life), and 'independents'
(characters that don't join clans).
The staff's hands-free approach to moderation seems to suggest a contented
attitude toward the forum's current state. It's obvious that they noticed
the state of discourse surrounding the game, because they are the forum
moderators and are assumed to pay at least some attention to the forum from
time to time. They could fix forum discussion by either enforcing or
altering the impractically strict rules but have made no move to do so. One
excuse that is given by staff is that they expect the players to
self-moderate, which they have clearly proven unable to do. A cynic might
say that the staff prefer forum discussion to be as messy as it is, because
as long as players are having an unmoderated fight with each other, they
won't complain about staff.
Not all players are bad in discussion, and even the ones that are bad in
some discussions aren't bad in others. Some players are actually very
productive and kind toward one another out of game, collaborating on guides
for the game as well as outside things, like other games and writing groups.
But it is notable that the player base's numbers and voting efforts on TMC
are dwindling further as tensions on the forum get higher. I, for one, no
longer vote for the game on TMC or similar MUD lists because of the
crippling issues with the community.
There are other reviews that say 'Play the game, ignore the forum' or
something to that effect. Frankly, I think that is good advice, but
incomplete. I would recommend playing and only reading and posting on the
following boards on the forum: Staff Announcements, New Player Questions,
Player Announcements, and your clan forum. Going anywhere else would be
wading into the insanity of the discussion that takes place there.