I discovered Lensmoor back in 1998 but did not truly get into the game and playing more frequently, until the winter of 1999. When I first started, I had no idea what to do and it took me some time to learn all of the commands. The people I met (players and staff alike) were friendly and most were willing to spend 30+ minutes teaching me about an aspect of the game I was totally clueless about.
I love Lensmoor's uniqueness. In all of the MUDs I have since tried, Lensmoor is the only one with a crafting system that allows you to find materials, make and detail your own items. I have also greatly enjoyed Lensmoor's marriage and mating system. Yes, your character can have his or her very own child, which can be given away and played by another character!
Lensmoor is set up so that you do not have to be PK to enjoy the MUD. Player Killing is permitted only for roleplaying reasons, so you don't have to worry about people coming in and killing you like in a 'hack and slash' type MUD. New rules have recently been developed for the PK system which should make it somewhat easier to PK without needing to jump through a dozen hoops.
Over the years I have had problems with certain players, as well as Immortals. I have been told that I will never become an Immortal, no matter how hard I work for it, so should not bother ever trying again. That same Imm also told me that I should never have any of my characters apply for Hero rank (which is basically as far as you can go, levelwise, without being an Immortal) because I would never be given a quest. But for the most part, players and staff alike are friendly and willing to help if you need it.
For the most part the Immortals are fair in their judgements, although in the past when the Immortal in charge of ruling over a specific aspect (such as the status board) has gone away, the MUD is oftentimes left in chaos with things being approved that shouldn't be, and vice versa.
On the whole, I would definitely recommend Lensmoor to those who enjoy MUDding. My advice is to read over the helpfiles and ask for help when you need it.
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