I played this MUD and its parallel MUD back during their prime. Both suffered from the same 'rite of passage' mentality: Few things about the layout were patently intuitive and relied mostly on trial, error, and mere exposure. Over time, the elders saw fit to impose upon the newer players a sense of 'IC decorum', that you should 'ask ICly.' It seemed like a brand of elitism that would not ensure newbie retention. I do not know what became of this MUD, because, after fatigue with insufficient help files and a fairly discordant sense of community, I departed.
With the release of the Kickstarter-backed, 'Shadowrun Returns', I've been nostalgic for all things SR. I played 'both' console games (omitting that recent xbox abortion), read a couple of books, and found my way here.
Shadowrun, like D&D, should NOT be suffering from the graphic-interface exodus imposed by MMORPGs. Here, that seems to be the case. During my week stay at this MUD, I saw AT MOST 5 players, and the occasional 'someone' OOC'ed about Dr. Who. The environment stagnant and all those incomplete help files and assurances of later updates were still in place. This MUD has been all but abandoned.
It does seem that TPTB do like to have their way with newcomers. As a new player, I visited a, shall we say, NPC relevant to a decker. Overnight, the NPC disappeared. I submitted a bug report, asked for insight OOCLY to the nature of the disappearance (whether it had IC implications or was merely an OOC occurrence that would be remedied). I received no reply. I tried again two days later, then a day after that, and again, received no reply. I beat a hasty retreat from the MUD and shall not bother again.
I know that there are Shadowrun fans that stop this way now and then. I know this based on anecdotes in other venues. You will not be satisfied with what you experience here. The MUD is too far gone, too disinterested in newcomers. You'd do well to find a MUSH or interact with the Shadowrun Returns community. In the end, Null Sheen, nothing invested, nothing lost.
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