As you can see from my start date, I did not spend much time on this MUSH. When I first attempted to connect to this MUSH (probably about two weeks ago), the guest program disallowed me as there could only be one guest on at a time. I decided today to give it another go, and they had fixed the guest program, at least. I logged on and started looking around, asking questions, that sort of thing.
The first thing that hit me were the typos. In major thematic files, there were completely ridiculous spelling errors: 'virse instead of 'verse, governrients instead of governments, and so on. The greeting I received from a member of staff (royalty, not full staff) was prompt, but I quickly learned that few of the players or staff took any pains to make their typing legible. Spelling errors, grammatical inconsistencies, lacking punctuation and a total disregard for capitalization of any kind do not generally inspire confidence in potential players. Not this player, anyway. (I learned later that the staffer who greeted me with such atrocious spelling errors is, in fact, their Player Relations person.)
I started asking questions. I will admit that their staff was ready and willing to answer them, at the very least. What I learned was that they have no real way to show potential players (or existing players) what kind of quality of RP happens there. There are no groups or websites where logs of scenes can be submitted. In fact, the MUSH has no website of any kind. Players are not required to submit any kind of substantial background for their characters, limiting it to, as I was told by staff, 'a few lines' - none of which are accessible to other players. If I want to read someone else's background, I simply can't. (I would never use OOC information in an IC setting, but apparently the staff doesn't have any faith in the playerbase's ability to separate the two.)
None of the players I spoke to gave me any kind of confidence in the MUSH's quality. One of them even went on to tell me about a DIFFERENT Firefly/Serenity-based game that would suit me better, saying it was of a higher quality than this one. (Having looked at both other Firefly games in the past and having a character on one of them, I tend to agree.)
Lastly, one of their major plot points of the last two weeks closely parallels the plot point of one of the other Firefly games, which to me seemed irresponsible on the staff's part. When I inquired about available FCs (clearly not any of the canon characters from the namesake ship, as they are all staffers), no one had any answer for me. 'I think there are some,' I was told, 'but I can't find the information.'
If you're looking for a quality game, don't play on this one. There are at least two other games with the same theme that have been executed MUCH more competently. SerenityMUSH seems like a juvenile game by comparison.
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