For those who have not played Avalon, I highly recommend it -- the deep and vast player culture built over 25 years isn't something you can replicate, but the most important thing I've enjoyed most about the realm has been its staunch integrity: everyone can reach the same level of abilities and powers as another, but talent and practice determine who is best at the end of the day. There are hundreds of aspects to focus on, combat isn't the only one (but it is certainly the most sophisticated), and there's never a moment of boredom for me or those I know on Avalon.
If you have played before, I really suggest checking it out again: so, so much has changed and still much more scheduled for development and improvement throughout 2015. Especially the new website, clients and other things to help young and old get together quicker, easier and so on; we're always trying to improve the experience of Avalon itself. The best way to experience it is to try it, though.
Naturally I'm a little biased, since from a mortal perspective the realm is very different to how it feels as a divinity, but what all mortals aspire to in Avalon is certainly worth it. Those who are Ordained by vast competitions called Gem Quests compete for the greatest prize: ultimate freedom, power and importance to change the world as you see fit, contending with the other gods who maintain their own agenda.
Not only have I played many other text based games in my life, but also checked out graphical ones; some bear close similarity in their scope, but I have yet to be able to make a real comparison. Avalon truly is massive and incredibly well made that, as a game, it's more like a fantasy life simulator. It's a joy to have everything possible within the bounds of Avalonian realism, so there are only vague boundaries far off on the horizon which limit your imagination's quarry. Really, you can do just about anything. It's beautifully written, its players are friendly and helpful to the young, competitive between each other, and everyone (mortal and divine) is busy carving out a legendary history in the world.
Avalon is definitely a 10/10 for me. After all, it holds world records for a reason.
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