Xyllomer was once a very promising MUD, with a dedicated, responsible staff and even more importantly, an extremely zealous playerbase. The code was fresh and engrossing, room descriptions lively - in essence a book you could immerse yourself (or more likely your character) into and effect real (more or less) change on that fictional world.
The MUD, though, took a turn for the worse. Other than the normal ebb and flow of playernumbers, severe administration and code changes in the MUD forced regular, long-time players to quit. Warrior combat for example, once one of the more entertaining features of a MUD whose combat system has never been too involved, became even more stale as a result of a drastic code upheaval. Now it is nothing but varying shades of gray, everyone possessing exactly the same abilities with differing text, and but one useful ability in the whole lot.
Current administration failures are another key factor in what has become the decay of a good MUD. Where you could complain about the rampant translation of In-Character problems to Real Life vendettas (and vice-versa), and general immaturity among some of the remaining players in Xyllomer, you definitely would not want to hear that when referring to the administration. But sadly that is the case, with the current administration regularly acting as if the playerbase were of no consequence at all, and quickly silencing any with a differing opinion to theirs. This leads to an even more monotonous MUD than already existed, with a rapidly diminishing playerbase (I last saw 20 people online counting the staff - and this during 'high player times').
I've been a faithful follower of this mud for 10 years on and off. In that time I played but two characters, the more recent one being Sivan. But due to these 'recent' changes and what could only be called current, childish administration, I believe my time here is up. It is frightening to check your total stat-numbers and figure you've wasted around 260 days on what is now a worthless venture. I simply did not have any hope left that the situation would finally change for the better. Shame, though, Xyllomer was once a good MUD.
Player of Sivan
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