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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