Legends Of The Jedi is a Star Wars based MUD that entertains era based time lines. Players will move from old republic, to Empire, to New republic, and that kind of thing over a span of about one era per year. When the final era is over, the time line restarts. This establishes legacies, and often has 'End Era Events', which consist of grand battles or nifty plots. I've had a fairly enjoyable time on the MUD, finding the RP both casual and intense at times. But the real thing that kept me around as long as I stayed was the fast paced PK and combat systems, which would pump adrenaline through my body time and time again.
PROS: The staff are constantly updating things, and are mostly friendly, helpful, and open to input. People are generally nice to newbies here, and it's even forbidden in most cases to kill someone who's under a certain level. The gameplay is pretty smooth, easy to learn, and aids roleplay/PK equally. There are coded commands in the emote system that allow you to target things, people, items, even ships. It makes it so much easier to become in depth in the game.
There is an account system that garnishes you points as your characters inevitably die. You can use these points to purchase levels, restricted races, or even force for your future characters.
CONS: Code that's broken in some places, or virtually useless in others because of how the player base has developed. A good example would be the weapons branch. Repeaters, and swords have become the only good weapons to use. Force pikes, pistols, and everything else has become obsolete because of lesser damage, and null supply of crafting materials. The staff have made it pretty clear that they don't intend on changing this.
War, which I feel is the main component of Star WARS, becomes a taxing chore when you have to mold your character ideas around what the code allows, unless you don't mind getting destroyed in PVP. Taking over planets is annoying, requiring hovering above them with a ship, and waiting for 3 hours as the popular support lowers.
The vast majority of the player base, I suspect, are thirteen year olds. The roleplay here is shallow unless you can establish yourself among a group of known friends, but that's frowned upon. The boards, and OOC channels can often be filled with trolling, arguing, and people just being stupid (And not in a fun way, which I always appreciate and have been known to partake in).
When you're not grinding levels here, or affiliated with some clan that's putting you to work, it can be very boring.
In SUMMARY: LOTJ is probably the best STAR WARS MUD that you'll find on the internet right now. Boring at times, it's infinitely worth it when the fast paced action begins (On land, AND in space.), and if you can find the right people.. the roleplay is really enjoyable as well. When the OOC does get out of hand, you can just turn the channel off. And most threads on the forums can just be ignored altogether.
I recommend LOTJ for any casual to moderate RPers, and virtually all PKers that can stomach roleplay.
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