Forgotten Kingdoms was the first mud I ever experienced and fell in love with it. I have played on other muds since then, but overall I have returned and remained faithful to FK. The other reviews really do spell out the first time impressions and benefits of the game so I donít want to duplicate that here; in fact I will like to take a different angle.
FK has a long history with its highs and lows, as any other organization does. Yet through it all the high times really do outnumber the lows. Some of the previous older posts named a few of the problems that we have had, most of them growing pains and many of them due to viewpoints and differences of opinion, but in an environment such as this you are bound to have them.
My praises do go to the current administration of the game. They really did do an awesome job of turning it all around. I can guarantee that any of the cons, or problems, listed in the previous posts have been addressed and fixed.
Some of the things I love about this game: The Imms: They have been outstanding in carrying this mud from a time when a lot of the playerbase was disenchanted with the previous administration. They regrouped and came together to save what everyone agreed to be a game that was on its deathbed at one point. Through their hard work and dedication they have nursed it back to health and we are definitely seeing the fruits of their labor.
The Playerbase: The playerbase as a whole, when compared to other muds of this genre or any other that I have seen, are top notch. With that said, there are a few problems that every mud experiences but overall the quality and depth of not only the Roleplay, but the camaraderie shared by everyone is felt across the board. This mud is not a mud for the Imms alone so they can play out their fantasies with their friends. This mud truly belongs to the playerbase, and that is something that is rarely seen on muds today.
The Setting: The environment is realistic and relatively true to the setting I have come to love. This is my personal opinion, but I believe if Ed Greenwood logged in one day he would nod his head in approval of what not only the Imms alone do, but the entire playerbase as a whole do to suspend reality and suck you into this extremely immersive and well defined game.
The Roleplay: The roleplay alone is enough to recommend this game to anyone on its own merits. Rarely do you find a game that is so roleplay immersive (yes, I used immersive instead of intensive as I believe it does it more justice) no matter what level of RPer you are. Unlike other 'RPI' muds where you are shunned for not being a good RPer, people will most certainly be sensitive and go the extra mile to help you out. The snobbish elitism stigma that many RPI muds carry is nonexistent here. Everyone starts off at some point and no matter what level of RPer you are there are checks and balances in place that ensure even the most inexperienced RPer have the tools (both online and offline via the forums and website) and support at their disposal.
The Gameplay: The gameplay is easy and intuitive, yet beware! This game is not for the spoon-fed coddled weak of heart. In this game you have to actually think and use not only problem solving skills, but also your social interaction skills. This isnít the mindless, numbing, hack and slash mud where you just repeatedly kill mobs over and over and hunt other PC's to PK for no reason. You have to use your wits, intelligence, and social skills to advance through the game. So if you like a challenge thatís not designed towards player failure or mindless spoon-feeding this is definitely the game for you.
So if you are interested please come by and check it out. Honestly I say stay one week from weekend to weekend, and I guarantee you will fall in love with it. If not then move on, but at least give it a try. I believe once you play this game, all others will pail in comparison and FK will be the metric that you will come to rate other muds with.
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