There is such depth to this mud its astounding. Yet its charm is that you do not have to know it all to step in and start playing right away. Other muds you have to know where to buy or train skills and learn so much to play. Duris has teacher mobs too... along with Epic Skills and places you can pay gold for attribute enhancement, and mystical pools to improve stats and etc etc... But you don't need any of that to play and compete at a high level. But its there to make your life easier and to enhance your character.
The mud is equipment heavy. Your character is majorly affected by how good your equipment is. Gained either by playing against the environment or killing others and looting. Anyone can kill anyone, but its generally frowned upon to same side kill, yet it does happen. See, Duris is a good vs evil mud and you choose which side you play at character creation. Nearly all pvp is versus the opposite race war players, but there are no rules against killing anyone if you can. But you will find your life miserable if you do as you will be hunted and more than likely exterminated by that players friends.
Back in the mid 90's the place was a harsh mud to play and it was a point of pride to play there. As times have changed, the mud has evolved. Its not quite so harsh now, and its a good thing that it isn't.
The current immortal staff have been going through code and making some large changes and are about to wipe the mud clean. Everyone will start at level 1 when they do. A new beginning. You'll not find a mud better written, better coded, with more exciting fights than on Duris. The Zones are out of this world. The opportunity to do things other than just zone or search for evils to pkill are great -- you can explore, mine for ore to sell for much needed and useful cash, try out the shipping lanes and sell cargo (or contraband), go on quests gained from bartenders. Actually... me mentioning those things is just a plain disservice to the mud. If i put one sentence for each thing that makes this mud unique, dynamic, and full, i would be writing tomorrow at this time.
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