I started playing MUDs back in 1992. I can't remember the name of the first MUD, but shortly after in 1993 I started playing Mortal Realms which got me hooked on MUDs. A few years later I also played Shattered Kingdoms and several other different MUDs after that. Around 2000/2001 I started playing Forgotten Kingdoms. Although I do not play as much as I did in my earlier days, this is the mud I call home.
I have gone off to play my XBOX and other PC games, but I always find time to either frequently play or play regularly Forgotten Kingdoms.
This MUD has so many great things going for it. There are numerous quests, I have been playing now for about 6 to 7 years and there are still many quests from the time the game was created, that I have still to try. But this game is not static like many other MUDs I've played. There is an ongoing evolution of the game. New quests are added, minor and major additions to the code to comply with the D&D editions. Also, the VT interface is excellent. There are new areas added as well along with new races to an already extensive race and class selection. Not only can you be a fighter or priest, but you can also learn trades like mining or weaponsmithing. PC can have their open shops.
But all the bells and whistles of the game is not the MAIN reason Forgotten Kingdoms still has a thriving playerbase. One of the game's strengths is a great admin team that include area admins, area developers, hard code developers as well as many other admins that help anywhere from a QUESTION channel to provide help to PCs to an online FORUM that provides opportunities for admin and players to post suggestions, ideas, complaints and help. The playerbase is also a great group of people that try to make the game fun and help out where they can.
There seems to be a strong community within the playerbase and as I have been finding out slowly, the playerbase ranges from teens to people that are 50 years young.
I strongly recommend for people to give Forgotten Kingdoms a try, you will not be disappointed.
Ohmsford (old time MUDder)
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