Ok, well here is something funny enough. First they SAY they back up, that's a load of crap. One crash 3 months ago lost 'billing files.' Imagine that for a 'free' game. Now that they lose ALL the data, instead of backing up from a few months ago, let's make everyone start over.
Is there ANY qualified coder? Oh wait, it's a sociologist who is too arrogant to ask for help. People can be bumped up to their 'previous rank' but apparently it's too much work to do a restore. Why even back up?
Now, more to the heart of things, even the crudest of MUDS have objects that you can pick up, wear and keep, apparently this is also too confusing of a concept for this game. Oh and money? Amass all you want you still won't be able to BUY anything for yourself. Just more factories etc, etc.
This game has been 'under construction' for a long time. It is not the ranks, it's just not a diverse world. Socials/Verbs are limited to 5, everything else you have to act/emote.
Those that give good reviews I doubt have played a real MUD. The staff would not have to beg for money every week if they made a game worth paying for. If the backups are too intense, use something open source like MySql and a combination of others. I am SURE someone on a C++ panel for England would KNOW how to dump the data to a database. Sit down? Nope you have to act it out and can move without acting the stand back up. Will they listen to what players want? Of course not! They will tell you what YOU want and you better not argue. This game was semi-sophisticated with it's economy back in the mid to late 90's (Fed the original) but half the stuff that made the game so neat (things like contracting jobs to other players etc) is not in this version. Fed 2? more like Fed -1.
So what can you expect, should you start playing FedII? Backups that will never be used, even in an event that warrants the use of them. Primitive gameplay. No grouping (you cannot follow anyone) that feature broke and the great C++ panel coder can't figure out how to fix something as simple as following, something so simple that 98% of the muds out there have it? Swallow your pride ask for some help from someone who knows how to code (the game does have a loyal following that cannot be denied) and maybe THEN you might have a product that warrants paying for. As it is, I cannot recommend this.
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