They say there's no place like home, and this has been true for me
when it comes to ShadowGate. I started playing here when I was just a
young thing, it was my first MUD, and I've tried many MuDs
in-between. Now that I am older, and wiser, I still return to SG.
To me, the only con is that the playerbase has dwindled over the
years. This is not great for a mud where roleplay is encouraged.
However, the players that remain are all very friendly and helpful,
and it's a welcoming community overall.
The world itself is quite lovely. The world is entirely custom, and
there's some great descriptive writing, coupled with a striking - but
not overwhelming - amount of color.
My personal favorite aspect of ShadowGate is the ability to
customize. From character descriptions, to mounts, to magically
crafted armor and weapons, everything can be shaped into the character
you visualize in your mind. You can even write books and submit them
to the local library for everyone to read. You can create potions or
craft instruments. A trade for every shade.
There's a great balance between quest-like areas, and grinding
grounds, as well as a couple other options for those who prefer
The mud continues to grow under the watch of some incredibly talented
and dedicated coders, and after almost 20 years it is still a really
fun place to explore and play.
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