Hi there, I'm Nathyrra, and I've been mudding on Deckeon for the better part of the year, so I'm a relatively new player on the MUD, but I've known a few of the players for much longer than that.
Deckeon as a MUD is extremely versatile, offering several different experiences depending on the type of character that you choose to play. The custom class feature allows quite a bit of freedom, and I find that even after 10+ different characters, I'm hankering to make another, just to explore another part of the game. :)
The combat system is unique and almost real-time in it's layout, as well as having several different types of weapons (which I love, personally, I can't get enough variety). There is also an extensive magic system, as well as decking matrix, and any mix therein that you can imagine.
The world is large and original. While the descriptions of the rooms are often mispelled or otherwise bland, the auto-map feature glosses over this, and I find the only times I'm looking at a room description is if I happen to be needing a clue for a run, which usually isn't too often.
The playerbase isn't large, at most 15 active players at any one time. But, the PB is helpful and fun, each playing their character quite well. Even the ones you just love to hate are doing the job very well; the emotions almost threaten to invade your real-life! That is one of the hallmarks of true acting and roleplaying, after all.
The staff is helpful, even if there are few available at most times. It's a small MUD with a small staff, so it can be overlooked. Also, with the relatively odd times that I usually play, I don't get to see the imms often.
Bugs are few, and the ones that are there are quite well-known and avoidable, as well as not detracting from overall gameplay. Development is ongoing, even if it is at a somewhat slow pace, and new features as well as glossing over of defects are always being implemented.
Overall, I love this MUD. I've been playing MUDs for about thirteen years now, and this is definitely one of my favorites. My only complaint is the relatively small playerbase, but that's up to other people getting brave and trying something new!
Seriously, you've never played anything like this before, and you won't regret it. The learning curve is moderate, but with the helpful PB and Imms, it is easily overcome.
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