My review and thoughts of the game 7th plane after 24 hours of game play over the last week.
Frame of referance: I have played a few mmos such as WoW and Rift. Avid player of Wurmonline(100days in game over 2 years). For muds I have logged a couple weeks in BatMud and visited molly and the gang at 4diminsions several times. 4D was the first mud I played fallowed by batmud not counter several other small ones. So while I'm not super experianced I think as a new player I have a great perspective as a new player in a mud and crafting system.
The client im useing is Mushclient(http://www.gammon.com.au/welcome.html).
Gameplay is the first thing I'll cover then fallowed by support from the games staff.
Initail impression. When i first popped in there was a section about refreances and thats about it bam you were in the world. I like this no academy( like the masterfully build in 4d), random signs to read every were teachng you the ins and outs of commands with in your first ten minutes of game play. Instead the instruction was more organic, learning things as they come up. I perefer this as it causes players to be self motivating and more invested in the world around them.
Navigation:Automatically there is a small acsii map when you cange room and you automatically start with regional maps in your bag so navegation is no problem. Also on the site is a world map.
Advancement:This some what goes into the crafting side of things but the key idea is you use skills abilities spells ect and that causes them to go up aswell as in creasing your base states. This is my favortite form of leveling my character, like morrowind.
Combat:works fine for me, with features like auto stance and fighing stlye takes alot of commands out of your hair but still allows you to control your character in combat. One minus is seems like mobs move from room to room to quickly, this is why i choose not to become a mage. The time taken to type cast 'magic missile' mole would mean its several rooms away by now. How ever the staff is aware and i belive working on it, im not completely informed on the issue.
Crafting:The game encourages the creation of armor and equipment in game and for personal use, I have not really broached this portion of game play as im till doing basic skilling up. I have created and gathered some basic supplies like hide bones meat and wood, also i was able to make a map. And you can make houses other buildings and boats, thats just what i know about right now there may be more, boats!
Maps- Players can make maps?!? how cool is that and in game sell them based on the size sounds like a good way to make money to me. Also you can but maps from npcs all over the world.
Lore- So far it seems other than digging through the help files theres not a large confentation of lore or a required level of ingame knowledge in order to get around. This is nice cause while im still fuigureing out mechanics and the basics of my class i dont want to be bombareded with lore and semantics. But the lore is then you just have to read if your intrested, again remindeds me of morrowind.
Support, here ill go over the help i found and recived.
Website: Website is packed with information, all the help files, links, world map, newbi info, polls and lore.
Help files: There are extensive ingame help files and those are reflected on the site very easy to get most ingame information.
Boards: While I dont know of a game forum yet there is a ingame message board system which is useful for shareing game related information. On the boards you can submit ideas and inform the staff of bugs.
Map:There is a regularly updated world map. It goes to show just how large the world is but I wish I could zoom in and get just a bit more detail.
Staff: Lyanic is on what seems like 24/7 and is help full. Most of the highlevel players are on frequently. Some times its quite but youll get a replie when they get back from afk. Not complaing that they go afk but really pointing out that they look back through chat logs to see if any thing came up.
In conclusion i give it 5/5, 2 thumbs up ect... Any complaints I can devise are minor and there are channels for addressing them.
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