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TMC Player Reviews: Avalon

Review Submitted By: Cornelius
Author Status: Player and staff member
Started on Avalon: 1990-1992, returned 1996
Submission Date: Apr 18, 2015
TMC Listing: Avalon

The following review is the opinion of the review's author [Cornelius] and in no way represents the opinions of this website or its staff.

For those who have not played Avalon, I highly recommend it -- the
deep and vast player culture built over 25 years isn't something you
can replicate, but the most important thing I've enjoyed most about
the realm has been its staunch integrity: everyone can reach the same
level of abilities and powers as another, but talent and practice
determine who is best at the end of the day. There are hundreds of
aspects to focus on, combat isn't the only one (but it is certainly
the most sophisticated), and there's never a moment of boredom for me
or those I know on Avalon.

If you have played before, I really suggest checking it out again:
so, so much has changed and still much more scheduled for development
and improvement throughout 2015. Especially the new website, clients
and other things to help young and old get together quicker, easier
and so on; we're always trying to improve the experience of Avalon
itself. The best way to experience it is to try it, though.

Naturally I'm a little biased, since from a mortal perspective the
realm is very different to how it feels as a divinity, but what all
mortals aspire to in Avalon is certainly worth it. Those who are
Ordained by vast competitions called Gem Quests compete for the
greatest prize: ultimate freedom, power and importance to change the
world as you see fit, contending with the other gods who maintain
their own agenda.

Not only have I played many other text based games in my life, but
also checked out graphical ones; some bear close similarity in their
scope, but I have yet to be able to make a real comparison. Avalon
truly is massive and incredibly well made that, as a game, it's more
like a fantasy life simulator. It's a joy to have everything possible
within the bounds of Avalonian realism, so there are only vague
boundaries far off on the horizon which limit your imagination's
quarry. Really, you can do just about anything. It's beautifully
written, its players are friendly and helpful to the young,
competitive between each other, and everyone (mortal and divine) is
busy carving out a legendary history in the world.

Avalon is definitely a 10/10 for me. After all, it holds world
records for a reason.

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