This game? Gone downhill from when I started. Not only has RP gone stagnant, but there's a serious case of heads up the others posteriors in this game.
Lensmoor, once upon a time, was a great MUD, do not get me wrong. It has a very caring staff, helpful as well as game-smart.
However, there is a serious issue that even they, themselves, addressed when I was on about IC and OOC separation being a big problem. Immediately after that I saw one newer user (by creation date done via whois $playername) jumping down the throat of an older user by creation date for trying to lighten a mood.
Lensmoor, as the review doesn't mention, also has the 'Antrippa' side, which is the enemy of Lensmoor. The war, however, is about as stagnant as the RP on either side. It seems to be more of a medieval cold war than any actual war like you or I would conceive upon reading the word 'War'.
Questing gives quest points to help improve stats and from what I've tested, has gone downhill to the point you can not stay at a low level to actually 'rp' while assisting fellow countrymen because of one fact. After a while at a certain level, your questpoints get limited to 1 point per quest. This includes group quests. Say you are a level 2 sidhe and you handle a 16 person slay hunt on your own. If you've gone over the allowed qps for the level, even if you do everything, you may only get 1qp.
As I had masked as a newbie to write an unbiased review, I was approached by only two helpful older players, the rest of the ones I'd asked for help (who had a bright Cyan 'Willing to Help' flag on their whois) told me they didn't help newbies and to 'read the help files'.
Another serious issue involved lately that I've noticed when on is the qualm about 'in reality...' the playerbase wants fair and right and often have tossed the words 'well in reality..' around. It seems that some cannot grasp the aspect of reality not being fantasy.
Finally, remorting (taking on a higher form) is a joke. Why? They claim the quests may take a while to complete (in all fairness it took me 3 months to complete a quest to remort) and you can see people at 91 in the morning and at a 'newer' remort race within hours. You can ask around and be sneaky and get assistance on any of the remorts if you just ask around. That, unfortunately, takes a lot of the fun and excitement out of it.
Were I having to star base this, old lens would have 5 out of 6 stars. The changes listed here (and some I didn't mention due to having not tested them out personally to write a review) make it 2 out of 6.
If lensmoor wants to regain what was once incredible about it, they should stop making these ridiculous changes.
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