I played MUDs about 9 years ago, and even inherited one to become a co-implementor, until it was shut down suddenly. Then about three months ago, I decided to start playing again, just to kill a little time. I tried a dozen or so, but I was immediately drawn to the Lands of Draknor for many reasons.
The immortals, and even the other players, were very helpful and patient in explaining many of the unique features of LoD, which are some of the best I have ever seen. I was impressed by the large number of completely original areas, which are being added-to constantly, and the impressive list of playable races.
The classes have been modified to have unique skills and spells, adding to the RP-realism (eg, a warrior isn't likely to be able to cast sanctuary, but would have the strength of will to overcome his opponents). These original skills and spells make replayability very interesting, creating another class/race combination that ends up being quite different from your previous one, and requires slightly different playing styles to be successful.
Many MUDs suffer from a lack of interesting things to do once you reach the max level, but the original hero questing system here lets you avoid 'hero boredom.' New, special, equipment and stats can be gained, even though your levelling is done. Some of them require being in groups to be successful, which only adds to the fun. This system is also being added to in the future.
The clan system is pretty neat too, with customized clan ranks and quite a few of them to chose from, ranging from the helpers, to the warriors, to those who only seek pleasure. The clans fit into roleplaying quite well to, such as ones who are race-specific, or driven by the law of the land, etc.
I was originally planning to only stick around for a little while and have a bit of fun playing a game I hadn't played in a long time, but the differences and the high quality of the presentation and originality has turned me into an addict. I highly recommend the Lands of Draknor over any other MUD I have ever logged into, and I hope to see you there as well.
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