Here's the scoop. and I figured I better make a few things clear first after reading reviews and comments.
1. Fed 2 is free - although there are extras that can be bought they are not necessary to play the game or get the full enjoyment out of it. 2. I am not nor have ever been a staff member 3. This game although easy to play is not based on killing for advancement - it is very capitalistic and puts a fresh detailed in some areas approach to ranks/levels etc. 4. This is a game to be enjoyed - amassing money to put it to work for you can take time - a lot of time and thought was put into this one and it shows. ----
If I were to explain this to a person who has never played on a mud before: Fed II is a capitalistic game. You start out with some money and the clothes on your back. Then take out a loan to buy a ship. Once that is done you contract for jobs to pay of your loan. Promote via contract hauling means twice to a sort of courier. This teaches a lay of the land, but while doing this here you are saving money to trade, buy low, sell high, etc. That in my opinion is where the real fun begins.
A system of several different economies and several different market exchanges make making money a blast. Once you think you've got the hang of that take ftures contracts by the reign to make some dough - try and amass enough money and set out an IPO. Now you're a CEO and have a company with factories to attend to, raw materials to buy, etc. Then you may decide you can spot a good company when you see it - try investing in other players companies.
True - the game is not finished, but I do see it being actively worked on and the staff does add other things to make the current game playable. The manual and help system are extremely well written.
The social atmosphere of this game is excellent. Good Players, good company, I do spend a lot of time here.
I do recommend - but not if all you want to do is race through ranks.
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