I have been playing Geas for almost 5 years now. It is by far one of the best games I have ever played in my life and I consider myself a very avid gamer and competitor. I love how you can jump into a character and literally do anything your heart desires. If you love roleplaying, there are plenty of opportunities for many in depth conversations with the player base. If you love grinding skills, killing monsters and fighting other players, there are plenty of opportunities for that as well.
The real gems in Geas are the great roleplaying, the combat system and the skill system. The amount of different things you can just create on your own really means that the only limit to what you can do in the game is your imagination. The combat system is fantastic and slow enough while you are new to very fast when you are an older character and perhaps have to engage in some player versus player. The skill system is very broad. You have to learn the basics to get good at anything so it is very realistic in this sense. If you want to be a mage, learn skill pertaining to increasing your intelligence like fonts or languages. If you want to be a warrior, learn everything about combat... from fighting with your main choice of weapon to learning about acrobat so you can dodge blows even with heavy armours on. This doesn't even dent the surface of the possibilities.
I won't pretend that Geas doesn't have some flaws. I understand that newbies have trouble getting into the game because it is very large for the 20-30 person playerbase it has. However, I think that the access to the 'newbie line' in which you can ask any number of questions to be answered by the older players should help with feeling too solitary until you get your bearing. I had a super easy time learning the game because I had friends who played the game and got me into it and I realize how important that was, so I try to be as helpful as I can for the transition of others into the game. Once you get hooked, you won't be able to stop and sometimes it is easy to get emotional about your characters because of the great amount of time invested!
I can make the guarantee that if you put about an hour of your time into playing the game and asking for some help on the newbie line, you won't find a better MUD. Plenty to explore, plenty of quests to engage, plenty of politics to get in, plenty of guilds to choose from. Oh... and plenty of trouble to get into! >=D
As a player of games like World of Warcraft, Guilds Wars 1 and 2, Diablo - I can say that I have never spent so much time on those as I have on Geas. It is just great.
Don't feel intimidated! Join Geas now! You won't regret it if you love MUD's!
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