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TMC Player Reviews: Sindome


Review Submitted By: Omega
Author Status: Player
Started on Sindome: Two years ago
Submission Date: Aug 20, 2017
TMC Listing: Sindome

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

Sindome is like an abusive partner. Sometimes, some days, you just
want to forget how badly they've treated you and be cuddled. That's
what has kept me connected to Sindome for the past two years: this
idea that they could get better. That they knew what they were doing
wrong, and were making changes to remedy it.

Unfortunately, as much as I wish I could say that was true, it
isn't. Sindome has some of the best cyberpunk RP and gameplay that
I've ever seen in a MU*, but it's wrapped up in a toxic community
and toxic staff. If you can play this game with blinders on, and talk
OOCly as little as humanely possible, and never, ever (God forbid if
you do) ask any sort of question that might be considered 'stupid',
you might get along wonderfully in Sindome. However, for those of you
who like to have your questions answered, this probably isn't the
game for you, because depending on the day and how cranky old Cerberus
(one of the staff members) is feeling, because instead of actually
answering your questions he's prone to throw hissy fits and state how
a question is so stupid he 'won't even answer it'. The playerbase
not only feeds into this behavior - that actually model it. The more
of an asshole you are OOCly, it seems the better your character will
do ICly. It's an odd paradigm that I've yet to see anywhere else,
and it hasn't improved in the past two years.

Contrary to that, there are some really fabulous staff there. It's
easy for me to say that some of the best deaths I've had on Sindome,
and their uber-strict policy about thematic additions to the game is
actually one of my favorite things. However, because of the toxicity
I've experienced, I won't be playing there.

I'm very friendly when I talk to people, and especially over the
internet where the tone of your text is so important. I bend over
backwards to be nice to the staff on games, because I know they are
volunteers, and I know they often times just want to enjoy their time
in the game too. However, when I'm nice, I expect politeness to at
least be reciprocated. I do not log onto MUDs because I like being
treated like shit OOCly by the people who run it. I log in because I
want to play in the world that we're all helping to create.

In short, Sindome is a great game plagued by OOC toxicity, elitism,
and narcissism that makes my experience absolutely shit.

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Comment Submitted By: Molly
Author Status: Player
Started on Sindome: October 2016
Submission Date: Sep 10, 2017

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

'The more of an asshole you are OOCly, it seems the better your
character will do ICly.'

Given that it's not generally known who plays who in the anonymous
opt-in OOC chat, and given that the secrecy and paranoia inherent to
the theme generally precludes anyone from knowing how well most other
characters are really doing, this seems like a statement made in bad
faith.

This is not a game where you get your questions answered OOC. You go
in blind and everything's extremely confusing, but as you learn the
systems by interacting with them, you gain a measure of understanding
that moves you ahead. As your character's skills and stats grow, so
does your OOC knowledge about the game, which helps give you an
advantage. Every new trick you learn helps put you ahead of the other
guy. It's simply part of the game design that you do so in-character
rather than reading a wiki or something.

Comment Submitted By: Charles
Author Status: Player
Started on Sindome: 2014
Submission Date: Sep 9, 2017

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

Hi. While it is true that staff and players are refuse to answer many
questions, there is a good reason behind it. Sindome is VERY role play
intensive and there is a HUGE line drawn between OOC and IC
information. This line is not always clear to new players. It is easy
to believe that the information you are after should be available OOC.
But for the sake of preserving awesome RP and encouraging players to
come together, this is often not the case.

Example:
Player asks OOCly 'My character is a doctor. Has a medical degree
and experience from before coming to Withmore (the city in which the
game takes place). I should know how to use the tools of healing and
the commands needed. Please tell me them.'

Answer: 'Withmore uses different tech than the rest of the world.
Your character has never used the items available in Withmore. But you
can have your player go out and ask medical professionals ICls for
this information.'

To be honest though, the above answer does often get shortened quite
a bit. Answers can be terse. The initial answer might be, 'Find out
in character!' or even 'FOIG!' which means 'find out in game'.
And if a player keeps pushing they might be told to back off, quit
fighting and at least try and take the advice they have been give.

Sindome is also full of people who prefer to play the game rather
than talk about it. I think this also contributes to short replies to
answers.

In all I have found that coming to see why I always got answers like
this has really made a difference for me. It was hard but worthwhile.
Just my two cents!

Comment Submitted By: Goose
Author Status: Player
Started on Sindome: About five years ago
Submission Date: Sep 9, 2017

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

Sindome is a great MUD, stopped playing for a while because of its
learning curve, but I started back up again and have been playing for
a year straight since. It has a great playerbase that's helpful and
also really good at making RP, however there's a lot of things you
need to figure out through in game methods since this is a heavy RP
MUD, which a lot of people seem to take offense to, which makes no
sense really. The admins are constantly working on it to improve it,
whether it be simple bug fixes, or an entire reworking of an old
system. The room descriptions are amazing and really help enhance the
RP. Great game overall.