Dreams. Pleasant ones, weird ones, wet ones, surreal ones, hilarious ones, and even a few nightmares.
Practically anything you can imagine in a MUD can be found on Dreams. It is a massive MUD with over 150 different areas, numerous quests, and an outstanding sense of humor.
This is not your typical medieval hack and slash MUD. You keep all of your equipment, even in the rare instance of a reboot (it is not unusual for Dreams to go six months between reboots.). You aren't capped to attaining a very few levels and low stats. There are 150 levels, and even when you hit 150 (when the game REALLY gets going) you can keep growing in size with no upward limit, while the MUD still remains challenging, even if you persevere enough to rack up millions of hit points.
You will never have to re-create your character, you won't fall in to death traps, and you won't have to gather a bunch of ingredients or spellbooks to be able to use your skills. You don't have to worry about getting PK'ed or slain at every turn either, although if you want to engage in PvP, there is an arena in which you can fight other players without risk of dying or losing your equipment. It is not an RP mud, so there are no 'in character' police, and there is no need to spend hours coming up with some hackneyed backstory for your character (Unless you just happen to want to. Roleplaying is allowed, but no one really does.). There is a multiclassing system, and you are allowed to play multiple characters, but no more than two at a time.
The vast majority of areas in Dreams are original and unique, many of which were artfully designed by one of the admin, Miracle, who is undeniably one of the best area builders you will find. During your travels, you may find yourself in a James Bond movie, a Dr. Seuss book, fighting dinosaurs, Fraggles, horror movie monsters, your favorite cartoon characters, going toe to toe with political leaders past and present, taking your aggression out on PokeMon, traveling through a time warp of classic Atari, Nintendo, PlayStation, and Sega video games, paying a visit to Hawkeye, Radar, and the rest of the crew from the M.A.S.H 4077th, wading through a hellish environment full of one hit wonders from the 1980s, exploring mysteries with Mulder and Scully from the X-files, venturing through larger-than-life Greek mythology, and end up practically drowning in Smurfs. Watch out though, some of the Smurfs are so powerful that they could even kill an immortal. Also, as a word of warning, Chuck Norris has a third fist hiding behind his beard.
The crowning jewels of Dreams are two areas, Bloodbath Tower, and S2k: The Spy who Shagged Me is Not Enough. Bloodbath Tower a huge area where, in addition to gaining stats through leveling, players who are level 150 can also collect Bloodbath Tokens, which are redeemable for quest tokens, custom weapons and armor that you design and set the specifications for, and more. In S2k, you encounter Smurfs, but not as you are used to them. You may have a nasty encounter with OJ SimpSmurf, or run across Smurfigo Montoya, Paris Smurfton, Britney Smurf, Omnipotent Princess of Bleh, the Smurfbusters, and many more. 200 of the smurfs possess Smurfemon cards, and twice a month, if you are able to collect all 200 Smurfemon cards, and put them in order in your Smurfedex, you are rewarded with quest tokens or very powerful equipment.
I have mentioned quest tokens a couple of times. When you win a quest, you are awarded quest tokens, which can be used to purchase things such as items, additional spells, additional classes, additional stats, new races, insurance for items, and even wishes. There are many varied quests available on Dreams, such as trivia, lottery tickets, greased pig chasing, PvP paintball (Watch out if Miracle comes out of retirement, she has 5000 'kills' in the paintball arena), premium scatters, hide and seek, WTF (A quest where you come up with the most vulgar answer you can think of to a question or prompt, the person with the funniest, nastiest response gets a token), several dice games, and more. There is also a Quest Mob, which periodically announces the area it has appeared in, and if you are the first person to get to that area and kill it, you are awarded a token. There are also special quests for holidays. While you do have to be level 150 to participate in the Bloodbath Tower and S2k quests, you can participate in all the rest of them from level one. Questing is encouraged, especially for new players, as it helps everyone get to know you, and you them.
Dreams currently has four clans which players can join if they wish. They are: Fallen Angels, a vampire themed clan, Conscious Spectre, a clan of living shadows, Tappa Kegga Beer Fraternity, many a mob regrets being in the room when they release a beer belch, and SPC, the Super People's Clan, a secretive superhero/villain themed clan. Each of the clans have a unique race , skills, and equipment which is available to its members, and each of them have a clanhall where members can create their own custom rooms.
If Dreams seems like a place you would like to be, cruise over to www.dreamsmud.com or plug www.dreamsmud.com port 3000 (IP address 22.214.171.124) in to your mud client of choice and check us out. We are a humorous, supportive, fun loving, mature (although occasionally immature acting in the name of fun) group who are very inclusive and friendly, especially to new players. Our players are people from all over the globe, from Australia, Brunei, China, Mexico, the UK, the US, Eastern Europe, and many others. We are well balanced between males and females, young and old, and from many diverse cultural groups, so no one need feel excluded or uncomfortable. We do not, however, suffer fools gladly, so you will not generally encounter trollish behavior. Dreams is not reccommended for young mudders, those who take offense easily, creatures who lack opposable thumbs, or trolls. Dreams was the first mud i ever played, and i was hooked from the first minute. I have checked out several other MUDs, but i have not found any other MUD with the charm and fun of Dreams. Stop on by and join in the madness, you will be glad you did, and so will we.
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