There are a vast number of ports a gamer can call home in the world of Muds. For almost a year now, my home has been the Edge of Creation and I would like to share some thoughts from home with those still looking for a place to call their own.
Firstly, I would like to stress the mind boggling versatility of Edge. As you may have read in prev2ious reviews, Edge has a class/subclass system consisting of 11 base classes and 3 specialization classes. For those of you who hate math, that makes 33 choices. There has also been the addition of the multiclass system, where a traveler of Edge may chose to be 2 or even 3 classes. This system excludes Vampires, so that means the other 10 classes are available for mixing. Excluding the impossible cross combinations of the classes dedicated to Law, Neutral, and Chaos this adds another 37 combinations for those who would double class, and 68 triple class combinations. Well, as far as class choices are, Edge has a whopping 138! If one would combine this large number with the 9 available races, a player has 1242 options for basic character creation (YIKES!). I would finally like to mention that 6 of the 11 base classes may choose to follow any alignment path he/she may chose, so there are more possibilities than one may realize.
Beyond the creation of a character, there are even more ways to personalize. Though Edge does have some Immortal sponsored quests, most glory is earned through the automated quest system. Many of the quests are written by the players of the game, adding personal touches to Edge that no other Mud may offer. What one does with the glory is up to the player. Upon reaching level 50, one may begin to build thier own home. Edge offers the best home building options that I have seen so far (though I may have missed a few thousand Muds in my lifetime). A player is allowed up to 50 rooms, which are written in any way the player chooses and furniture that the player would like to interact with may be added to any room. Another way to spend hard earned glory is to rename and add stats to the character's equipment. Nearly every Avatar has personalized his/her final weapon, adding a depth to equipment and the character. One can also donate glory to one's order or spend it on character stats.
Secondly, I would like to comment on the player base. The majority of the every day players are Avatars. I would estimate the average number of players online mid day to be between 6 and 12, and on some busy nights Edge will reach 30 characters online. The players are friendly and mostly willing to stop what they are doing to help out. The players main goal is to teach newer players how to support themselves in the lands of Edge, but they may get a tad snappy if they feel they are being taken advantage of repeatedly, but how would you feel if a lazy player was trying to drain you of what you had earned?
The Immortals are absolutely fabulous! They are truly down to earth and quite talkative if you get them going. They will consider every suggestion from the players, and are eager to code any ideas that would make Edge greater. Though Edge does have many stock areas, a lot of the Immortals are builders, adding large exciting places to explore with twists and turns and secrets that hide amazing treasures.
Lastly, I would like to make some general comments. The main thing I noticed most on my journeys through other Muds is the differences in style. Edge has a crisp, clean appearance that supports ansi color, yet the room descriptions don't switch colors every room, making the lands easier on the eyes. You may also set many of your colors. The chat channels (there are several), spell lists, skill lists, and many other every day texts can be personalized.
Roleplaying on Edge is limited in a way. Though many of the current players want to roleplay, the small player base limits the kinds of story lines that can be carried on. I feel that an influx of fresh players who wish to RP would be just the thing to kick off a steady stream of stories that many people would become involved in.
In conclusion to my long winded comments about the Edge of Creation, I would like to say that there is more room for players. Edge has the capabilities to support a larger player base. I have personally explored over 6,000 rooms in Edge, and there is so much space for so few players that it can sometimes get lonely. So if you are looking for a new place to call home, Edge would welcome you with open arms.
Thank you for reading all that I have to say, Kassidy Espoir
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