Dawn of the Ages is a medieval fantasy based mud. The server is based in Germany, but everything is in English. Before a friend introduced me to Dawn, I had played text-based computer games before, but never a mud. Since I started playing Dawn, I've tried a few other muds, but none of the ones I've tried quite compare.
First, we'll start with the races. When you first start your character, you have several races to choose from, including, but certainly not limited to, a few different human races (highman, dark man, etc.), a few elf races (wood elf, dark elf, etc.), centaurs, mountain dwarves, chaos dwarves, skaven (rat people), wulfen, cherubim, and many others, giving you a choice of 22 basic starting races, And that's just the beginning of your choices! Each of those has different options for hair color, fur color, eye color, whatever it is that the race you choose may have.
After you get the appearance of your character all sorted out, then you have a few choices for your profession. There's something for everyone there as well. Whether your character is going to be a necromancer, a warrior, wizard, cleric, scribe, ranger, rogue, or templar, you still have even more options as to what you want to specialize in. Will you go rogue minstrel, necromancer of unlife, ranger bounty hunter, templar of Sscis, cleric of Wyome? The choice is yours. Are you going to be good, neutral, or evil?
And those aren't the only options you have in Dawn. Dawn currently has seven clans that you can join to further your skills. You can be in Ofcol, Tarealen, Callador, Pentacle, Lokatar, Antheum, or Judges. Each clan, aside from Judges, who uphold the laws (but not the rules) of Aryeon (the land that holds Dawn), has an opposing clan that they are always at war with because of opposing views.
There are many items in Dawn, scattered across the land. Some of them are limited or Legendary, and can only be held by people who join the optional player killers. There are things that will help your character to be able to fight better, but, as it is also very much a roleplaying game, there are also items that, while they may not help your character fight better, they greatly enhance the rp value of the game, whether it is just something that helps shows the views of the character, or maybe just something for him to fight for.
And, if that wasn't enough options already, once your character reaches a certain level of power, they can chose to try to reincarnate, if they have met the requirements. When you reincarnate, you get a chance to start over with a new life. There are certain reincarnation races that can only be accessed through that. Whether it is Nymph, Titan, Troll, Celestial, Daemon, or one of the others, your possibilities are nearly endless.
Beyond just the basics of the game, as I have talked about so far, we must also talk about the actual players on Dawn. Of all the muds I've tried, they are some of the most friendly. When a new character is made, nearly everyone welcomes them to the realms. We're always willing to help someone new get on their feet! The immortals are also friendly and help the players a lot as well. Most of the people work well out of character, even if their characters may be ready to kill each other. :)
The playerbase isn't as large as it should be for as wonderful as the game is. We're looking for new players who will help enhance what it already has going for it.
If you're looking for a new world to explore, Dawn could be it! It is good for both newcomers and people who have been mudding for years as well. Between the newbie tower and the players, if you're lost, there's likely going to be someone to help you back on your feet and back in action.
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