"The statements I make in this review are based on my personal
opinion and experiences."
Kingdoms of the Lost is an extended mud. It has many, many features
built atop a rom codebase and has one of the richest collections of
non-stock areas. Enough to keep a player busy for a period of a year,
after which, as I found, many regret having spent their time there.
I've made alot of features for this mud, and I'm sorry to say that I
myself regret implementing them, because the mud did not turn out the
way it should. The bulk of additions give the mud an incredible first
impression, but the long term players find themselves battling alts
of people that have cheated severely, taking away the fun of growing
big (which is very time consuming).
When I found the implementors cheating with their alts, and was told
to accept it or to leave, I could not stop thinking of the players
that had prev2iously been deleted over things much smaller. And that
is a shame, because the work that was done on the mud (including alot
of good work from the implementors) goes to waste.
Other than that, the mud is heavily quest-based. The classes are
still somewhat unbalanced (cough), but growing strong is a matter of
equipment, so everyone can eventually have a chance of equal battle
(between players). The player base is a good one, many friendly and
helpful players are more then willing to guide you around the mud,
and I've found the newer staff members to be very friendly as well.
If you're up to some double standards (immortals and players) and
feel like a mud with rich features, this is a mud you'll like alot.
Just remember that, after you've grown large in character and
attached to the mud, it is a matter of whether the implementors (and
their alts) like you that will allow you to have a pleasant time, and
not how hard you try playing on it.
Bodros von Horstmann, former main coder of KoTL.
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