Way back when, when I was something of 10 or 11 years old, I stumbled
upon this game while browsing around AOL. I have absolutely no idea
what drew me to a MUD game, seeing as I was of the age where I'd need
flashing lights and constant audio stimulation to keep me happy, but
for some reason I could not pry myself away from Fed. That should say
something about this game, that it was able to keep a prepubescent boy
on the internet entertained for any length of time.
Why? Beats me. Fed's actually a very average MUD. Just something
about the maturity of the game, though, is very attractive. It's not
based on exploitation and grinding, but simply politics and good
smarts. The atmosphere of this game (a text game with atmosphere, I
know) is captivating somehow, just the way the world 'feels'.
One of the best things about this game is how much you have to rely
on yourself to find your way around. The premise is simple enough, but
the fact that you basically have to map out the entire universe
outside the solar system (or find someone very, very generous) by
yourself through trial and error is great. And there's really no way
anyone can 'help' you in Fed, lest they find themselves losing
ground in their own matters. Everyone is a man's man in Federation.
I love this game. I haven't played it in years, but I just might
pick it back up again now that I see it's free.
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