I've played LOTJ on and off for almost twenty years now. Circumstances in life sometimes caused me to stop playing for years at a time, and running an eight year storyline in another MUD distracted me, but this is the one MUD that I consistently return to and I'm surprised by all of the developments that have occurred since I was gone. I literally feel like a new player each time I have to come back. I've met a lifelong friend on this game about fifteen years ago, that I still keep in touch with on a regular basis.
The MUD has a lot of custom code to differentiate it from most other Star Wars MUD's that have existed before and currently. It would be difficult to describe all of this in detail, but some standouts would be: the RPC, a council of elected players who help out with any questions you might have and debate restore requests from frivolous PK's/perms. The force system is pretty much one of a kind, but I'll leave the secrets for you to discover on the rare chance that you get to be one of the glowstick wielders.Espionage/Slicing/Medical/Science are all custom skills that aren't in a stock SWR codebase. There's a introduction/greet/dub system. Building ships and armor part by part as an engineer. Full ship interiors. Just too much to list and always something new being worked on. There's also a ton of players to interact with, as I've been seeing 80-85 players at night and even 40-50 in the wee morning hours. I've never had to go out of my way to get interaction with someone. I think the MUD is probably the definitive Star Wars RP experience on the internet. It's about the closest thing to a sandbox that you can get, in my opinion. Be careful of the addiction that might occur when you start playing.
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