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TMC Player Reviews: Dark Skies


Review Submitted By: Redfang
Author Status: Player
Started on Dark Skies: 2004
Submission Date: Jul 27, 2018
TMC Listing: Dark Skies

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

I've played this MUD for literally half of my life and even though
I've played a couple of other MUDs a lot over the years I always seem
to come back to Dark Skies.

It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is that always draws me
back because I tend to look for MUDs with colourful design and very
well described rooms and areas. Being a seasoned RPMUD builder myself
I'm surprised the stock areas still haven't annoyed me after so many
years.

Now that's all the criticism I can muster up when reviewing this PK
based masterpiece of a Godwars style mud. The vast selection of well
balanced classes, some easygoing and some difficult to master, always
has me working on an alt perfecting an experimental gear setup. When
it comes to the actual combat vs players, I've stopped seeing the
opponent's class and rather focus on learning the player's habits
and reactions. The balance between classes is a never ending project
and the staff is quick to test, verify, and address issues raised by
players. Some dystopia players might recognize a couple of the classes
but I assure you that they're quite different while still familiar on
Dark Skies.

There are no one-trick-ponies on Dark Skies although some of the
easier classes to master can let you offer some competitive brawling
within 30 minutes of creating your character.

The shrunken but loyal playerbase is the most helpful bunch and
there's even an entire kingdom for characters who permanently abandon
their character's ability to fight players in exchange for better
tools for fighting mobs and in turn helping struggling players get
back in the action.

The head coder, Akurei has stuck with the mud for even longer than I,
and still does amazing amounts of work behind the scenes for our
pleasure. Dark Skies offers a very democratic way of getting changes
implemented with the 'Petition board'. Any player can start a
petition and the other players vote and share their thoughts. If the
petition gets enough backers, Akurei dives headfirst into the shell
and makes it happen.

Feels like I can go on praising this MUD forever, holler if you want
me to continue logged in.

Until we meet. --Redfang

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