When they say they're in it for the roleplay, they mean it. And do
they deliever and deliever well. It is refreshing to break away from
the new-age rpg's (read : woot, dewdz, leet lewtzor) and go back to
the roots of how rpg is done.
My experience with MUD's started back on AOL with a very popular MUD
that still exists in the form of Pay to Play. From there I moved on to
UO and then to EQ. Each jump I made... roleplay suffered more and more
again. Finally it became find the next mob with loot.
Forgotten Kingdoms gives the thrill of online play and interaction
that remains traditional to the aspects of DnD and to Forgotten
Realms. The stories and the players that create them are engrossing
and quite compelling.
One of the greatest elements I find is the lore of the realms and
gods they have incorporated into Forgotten Kingdoms. You feel as if
you are a deep part of the evolving plots in reference to the gods.
But in turn, I have found the gods and faith system to be the only
problem I've had to this MUD.
To follow a certain faith and receive it's benefits (and
restrictions) you must become familiar with it, interact with other
members of the faith, and eventually meet with the Faith Manager of
the faith. Unfortunately, between 2 different characters... I have yet
to have either make their way into a faith. Perhaps this is isolated
to these two characters, but it would seem that each Faith Manager of
the the ones I wish to follow show up maybe once a month at best.
Again, this may just be me, but this system restricts... especially
clerics / priests as they are unable to learn further spells until
they find a faith.
Would I recommend this MUD? Without question. The roleplaying, the
effort that everyone puts into it, and the interaction you can find
anytime during the day is astounding. Is this MUD perfect? No... but
I'd definitely give it 9 out of 10.
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