With a 14-year history, alot of thought has been put into Shattered World to make it as unique from any other mud as it can be, with nine different races (unique as well, including archons, draconians and tritons) and soon to be 12 different guilds to choose from (including soulstealers, sirens, and berserkers). New players will find plenty of things to test out, as well as many players to help them in the game.
A large adjustment needed to be made by players is how you 'train.' Instead of a level-based system, where you kill mobs for experience, Shattered World has a use-based system. In other words, just like in real life, the more you use a skill, the better you'll be at it. This allows specializations, even within a guild.
One of the things most liked by Shattered World players is the amount of freedom it gives you. Nearly everything is player based, including the economy, as well as a law system. The economy is based off player-run shops, instead of zones that players run over and over again for a set amount of money.
The law system however, is what most people think sets Shattered World apart from all other muds. Players run for different positions such as Constable or Magistrate. These people are expected to carry out their designated tasks (Constables take down bountied characters, while Magistrates judge cfj's, or lawsuits). Other than positions, citizens of Shattered World modify and vote for citizen-proposed laws.
The last thing I'd like to mention about this wonderful mud is the 'goal' of it. There is no set goal for the players of Shattered World. Instead, players choose what they want to do, and go set out to accomplish it. Some may want to complete all 31 quests to become a Lord, and even compete for Monarchy, while others might wish to become to richest player in the game. Some even choose to just roleplay and interact with the other players in the game.
Shattered World can be a great mud for anybody, no matter what type of player you are. I strongly suggest this mud for anyone who wishes to have a great mudding experience.
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