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    Reviewed Mud: Isengard
    Review Submitted By: Balin
    Author Status: Player
    Began on Isengard: 1992

    Isengard is the original and flagship mud running the Mordor code
    base, which has been in operation since the late 80s. Based mainly on
    the works of JRR Tolkien, but with additional diverse areas and
    themes, the game offers a vast world of over 20,000 all-original
    rooms. Such a large world, along with a sizable database of monsters
    and items, allows even longtime players and avid explorers to discover
    new and interesting facets to the game with each session.

    Although Isengard is quite different from most muds, it is still very
    easy for new players to pick up. This is mainly due to the simplicity
    of play and intuitiveness of commands, in addition to a comprehensive
    help system. Also, all commands, items, monsters, exits, and players
    can be abbreviated when referenced, very useful when you find yourself
    face to face with Aruzawa Tenzai.

    The community is generally friendly and helpful toward newbies, and
    at any given time you can expect to find between 10 and 35 players of
    varying levels of skill and experience. The players have a wide range
    of unique styles, from hardcore addicts to casual mudders, from
    players who live to pkill to those who just log on to chat. And of
    course, we have our share of resident eccentric 'characters' as
    well. Roleplaying is fully supported, with an extensive list of
    social commands, emote, and many other communication methods.

    Isengard offers great longtime playability, as it definitely will not
    become boring after a few weeks or months. With twelve classes and
    thirteen races, each with their own distinct attributes and abilities,
    along with fully-customizable stats, weapon proficiencies, and magical
    realms, players are presented with endless possibilities for character
    builds. As characters reach higher levels, they gain skills and become
    eligible to take advantage of the fully-functional clan, guild, and pk
    systems, solve puzzles and complete quests, as well as extend their
    personalities with player shops and custom items. That's not to say
    that new characters can't be just as involved, as quests exist for
    lower levels, and characters can utilize the engaging combat system
    right away starting from level 1.

    One of the main reasons Isengard has been around for so long and
    continues to appeal to both new players and oldtimers alike is because
    of the active involvement of the helpful staff, which is constantly
    working to keep the mud evolving. In addition to expanding the world,
    the admins have added many new features and skills to the game over
    the years, many of which were based on player suggestions. But above
    all, players love playing here because it is FUN! Whether you're
    looking for a way to to completely immerse yourself into a mud or just
    casually pass the time, come check out Isengard - you definitely
    won't be disappointed.

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