Hello MUDders, I started up on The Unofficial Squaresoft MUD a few months ago and wanted to share some of my experience with you. I have been MUDding for approximately 15 years now and have experience with many of the major code base derivatives and the more popular MUDs operated today. I have been very impressed with UOSS for it's originality, quality and accessibility.
The game obviously pulls from a lot of existing Squaresoft content, but has built a unique and interesting world around it specific to the game. There are several different Squaresoft games represented with a primary theme around Final Fantasy. SImilarly, a job system has been adapted from Final Fantasy Tactics, but has incorporated inspiration from many different sources. On top of that there are several additional quirks in the quests and 'side quests' throughout the game to unlock special equipment, classes and areas.
As a long term MUDder, I have certain biases and expectations from any MUD that I play. One thing that I notice immediately, and UOSS has done well, is a clean presentation. The game is well parsed, written and formatted to make it much easier to read and engage with. Pet peeves aside, the game is also organized and balanced across the world and across the class/job system. Even more than that, there is an intelligent and active staff that is working on making additions and improvements all of the time, which is great to find in a MUD these days.
The last thing I'll mention is the thing that got much hooked, which is the game's accessibility. This covers several things, starting with a very quick and straight forward newbie school to get you directly into the game. There is also a great wiki with documentation that is particularly helpful for finding the right equipment and areas to help you keep momentum as you play. The last, and a personal favorite, is a mission system that will provide you with mini-quests to help you explore new areas around your level as well as giving rewards to accelerate your advancement.
Overall, I'm having a great time on this game and I would recommend it for anyone searching. I live in Aus and keep strange hours, but there are regularly active players online who are friendly and helpful if you have any questions when you stop by.
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