A New Players Perspective: It is hard to be the new guy. Aard Mud is
rich in rooms, mobs, and friendly players, but this is not a good
starting mud for new players.
The amount of text zooming by when first starting is beyond
intimidating. New players need to 'channel' to shut off almost
everything to start with. The immortals should consider more friendly
On the good side, the low level mob areas are well defined and
appropriate for new folks. And there is a lot of help available in the
form of web sites with posted speedwalks and lots of other info. The
monsters have plenty of gold and equipment. And there Newbie helpers
available to answer the huge number of questions a new player will
have on this site.
However, For new players, there is so much information that needs to
be taken in, that you can spend hours just trying to get handle on
basic play. For example, I spent a couple of hours looking up the
equipment that may be picked up so easily, until someone mentioned
that it doesn't matter very much at low levels on this mud.
Activities for players are also a mixed bag. There is an excellent
quest system, with level appropiate tasks for new players. There are
also frequent 'Wars' with players killing players without any real
loss of equipment or stats. However, these 'Level' based battles are
not appropriate for new players. Very experienced players manipulate
the level system so that they can compete as low level players even
after beating tens of thousands of mobs and maxing out their stats.
In closing, I would say that Aard Mud has great richness, but newbies
need to watch out for this one.
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