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TMC Player Reviews: Shadow Siege


Review Submitted By: Allen
Author Status: Player
Started on Shadow Siege: march or april - i forget
Submission Date: May 19, 2005
TMC Listing: Shadow Siege

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

Shadow Siege (SS)
Well, I've been MUDing off and on since I was about fifteen years
old. When I started it was with the usual, hack and slash mob killing
all code based spam combat, type of MUDs. It didn't take me too long
to get into the RP aspects of the various games, but some of them just
aren't into that, that's fine. I hadn't been on a MUD in a couple
of years when I thought hey, that's what I'll do, find somewhere to
RP again. So I found SS, don't recall how exactly I found it, but I
did.

I did a tiny bit of reading, just enough to know that it's a
completely RP based MUD. If you want to go out and kill stuff, that's
fine go ahead, but don't expect much out of it, except maybe some
nasty wounds - or at least a good workout :)

Character creation was fun. There's a fair bit of reading to do
before you really get into the game (the website is the best place to
look) but that's to be expected with almost any MUD, many of which
have way more reading to do. I was greeted almost instantly upon
entering the game, not triggers, but people actually noticing me and
saying 'hi' to the newbie (i'm sure staff and Player Aid's have
something that tells them when new people logon, but I don't know for
sure).

Once you have finished character creation - which covers pretty much
everything you will need for your character - you are put out into the
world. It's not as scary as it could be, especially if you have
played in a MUD before. It's fairly easy to make your way around town
as there is a help command to bring up a map of the city. Also, the
'where' command gives you a good idea of where RP is going on at the
time.

At this time the playerbase isn't huge, quite often during the day
there are only a few people on, but that picks up later on. Even when
there is hardly anyone on, there is almost always a Staff member or at
least a PA. So any questions you have should be answered if you give
them time to finish their emotes (the staff and PAs all RP - or almost
all...?). The fact that the staff are fairly active as players
certainly adds to the game. They want to fix bugs not just for you but
themselves too. They also get a good view of what is going on, moreso
than just by watching what everyone is doing, they are part of it.

Even when staff aren't playing they may still be there with you.
They like to monitor what is going on, not to beat you down for saying
the wrong thing (don't go breaking the simple, simple rules), but to
reward you for exceptional things you may do. They also try to work
with the players to advance self-made plots which is wonderful.

I could keep going I'm sure, but I'm starting to forget what I've
already typed and it's just going to get messy. Anyway. If you like
storytelling, detailed RP, your own plots, levelless and classless
systems, and other... stuff... come to SS!

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