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TMC Player Reviews: Lament: The Age of Wind and Wolves

Review Submitted By: Yvari
Author Status: Player
Started on Lament: The Age of Wind and Wolves: Mid 2015
Submission Date: Dec 18, 2016
TMC Listing: Lament: The Age of Wind and Wolves

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

Lament is a fun mud, with a rich, addictive crafting system, great roleplay
background, history, and atmosphere. I've loved playing it, despite the flaws it
does have, so feel free to take my criticisms below with a grain of salt and try
the game out for yourself.

First, the pros:
* A generally great staff of immortals, with one exception (see below).
* An addictive and comprehensive crafting system.
* A vast and interesting wilderness to explore.
* Features coded to help visually impaired players (although, see below for some
* An expansive skill system with free-form learning -- You learn skills by
performing relevant activities.
* A custom style editor -- fight with as much defense or offense as you wish,
without relying on precoded styles.
* A relatively fun ranged combat system, with some caveats noted below.

And the cons:
* A bland melee combat system, with no flavour messages, special moves, or bonus
mastery messages and techniques. You simply autocombat swing, and your opponent
does likewise.
* An unreliable ranged combat system that's not likely to see changes in the
near future -- the staff have intimated that rebalancing ranged combat is
nowhere on their priorities list. You can aim for a bodypart and hit 20 other
different spots, then switch to aiming for one of those other parts to try and
cripple it... only to finally hit the spot you've been trying to hit all that
time. Damage is always extremely random, and the very expensive end-game arrow
upgrades provide no recognizable bonus over any other arrow types.
* Despite crippling wounds and amputations, creatures do not bleed to death,
completely destroying the immersion.
* Animals who are completely amputated can often still wriggle across the ground
faster than a player can walk, jog, or even run, unless they've put in a lot of
time to grind up their movement skills.
* There's a distinct lack of liquid crafting, so you can't create any beverages,
poisons, or liquid resources for other crafts.
* very slow developmental speed for core changes. Content changes do come in
with reliability, but if you want a staff sling or a wagon, for example, you'll
be waiting a long time.
* The features to help visually impaired players aren't yet quite complete.
Sighted players can see vast distances on their ASCII map, whereas visually
impaired players using the screen reader mode are limited to only ever seeing
adjacent tiles, making exploration well nigh impossible.
* No player housing. You're limited to leaving all the stuff you've worked for
out in canvas tents without any degree of security. Furthermore, if you threaten
to return the favour by raiding the camp of the offenders, you are somehow
breaking their courtesy rules.
* Arbitrary staff member(s) who can decide to deal out character punishments at a
whim. If you have any divergent views, keep them to yourself. They'll treat a
difference of opinion as a breach of the rules and ban you on the spot. Also, don't
criticize the mud. If your criticisms somehow influence another player in a way that
doesn't impress the staff, they will add it to your file as if it were a direct offense.

There are a lot of other features and criticisms I am missing, but I'm sure
you'll make your own conclusions about the game anyway. Just bear in mind that
the game is in, and has been in alpha state for years. Despite that and my own
experiences, you may find Lament to be a great home. For anyone else who doesn't
like snails's pace development or arbitrary rules, consider another mud to play
for now.

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