When I first logged in, I nearly fled to the closest quit room the
moment someone looked in my direction. I was a beginner with zero
roleplaying experience and MUDs were 'multiplayer interactive
fiction/text-based games' to me. In the three years I've played on and
off, I have since learned that a MUD is a 'multi-user dungeon'. But it
can also be a lot lot more than that.
Enter Armageddon: a rich, immersive experience in a harsh, gritty
world reminiscent of grimdark fantasy, with vivid descriptions, a
conscientious eye for detail, hundreds of flora and fauna, and a large
variety of treacherous terrain. Here, death is a common affair and
kindness is a rare resource.
The community is active and generally helpful, if stubborn in their
conflicting opinions. The staff, who are players themselves, can seem
distant and apathetic from afar but the majority of them are extremely
responsive, encouraging and supportive. The coded mechanics, while
lacking in some areas, are fairly robust and facilitate storytelling
in ways that other mediums cannot.
At its heart, roleplaying is the meat of the game. And it shows in
several ways. The heavy focus on immersion sacrifices the
predetermined for spontaneity, giving way to unexpected developments.
The plethora of lore and documentation opens up a limitless number of
possibilities. The unique cast of characters: from silly and comical,
to inspiring and frightening. From deep and developed, to the more
code-focused. Now and then, you will run into the odd player whose
efforts amount to textspeak, but the majority bring a clamor of goals,
personalities and backstories to the game. Lastly, the
emotionally-driven scenes that will leave you on the edge of your
seat, hands trembling or on the verge of tears.
If you are looking for a roleplaying experience that is intense,
fast-paced and challenging at its peak, look no further than
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