A year previous I had played on RITS for about 4-5 months, but had to stop playing due to time constraints. Once my time was freed up I did not go straightback. I gave a variety of the other mudconnector listed SWR muds a try but none of them had me hooked or at worst had me annoyed with incomplete/non-existent helpfiles, and/or a not so friendly newbie environment.
Things have changed on RITS since I last played, but it was real easy to pick up where I left off, thanks to up to date helpfiles. And all the changes and new code that were implemented were definitely moves in the right direction. The staff is constantly striving to improve the 'realism' of the environment, all the while making sure that each improvement adds to the fun, improves the environment for RPing, and never crosses the line where a new feature is tedious and there only for the sake of realism.
The staff is almost constantly thinking of and implementing original ideas (many of the previously mentioned features have co-opted by other SWRs). Unlike, other muds I've been on, the IMs often open up the floor on the OOC channel asking for feedback on various topics like, balance issues or just running some ideas by the players that are on. It's almost a prerequisite for MC reviews to mention that the IMs/Wiz's are approachable and newbie friendly, but on RITS this is the truth. As long as you’re respectful and the IM isn't busy, you'll get a reply/help.
I've played various non-combat classes, and I haven't found a SWR mud that made it so easy to be a class other than Combat/Pilot/Engineer. The helpfiles are real good as far as guiding you where to start, and if you still have questions, someone can offer you some guidance on the OOC channel. It is real easy to play the kind of SW character you envision. And from what I hear, the skills/classes will only get better once the new skill system is fully implemented.
The only downside is that the mud needs more players, to realize the scope of the organizations and themes.
If you are looking for a versatile, RP driven, SWR, I highly recommend you sign on and give this spot a try.
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