I found Abysmal Realms in 1997. At the time I was looking for a casual ROM-based MUD in a fantasy setting with a reasonable commitment to RP. I was immediately hooked by the fantastic clan system which creates a wonderful sense of comraderie between players and ensures a constant supply of goals and challenges to overcome. It was everything I could've hoped for. The heroes were brave and strong, and the villains were devious and cunning, and I was thrilled to join them and write my own part of the story.
College took me away from the realms for a few years. I eventually did the MMORPG grind for a few years as well, thinking this was the logical progression of online games. I played 3 of the most popular games for 1-2 years apiece, and though I found enjoyment in them, they always felt like something was missing. MMORPGs have great graphics, pretty cinematics, and fast-paced action, but they're lacking in heart and soul. You may help to bring down the Lich King and get some epic loot, but at the end of the day you're just a player controlling a character. In the Realms you ARE the character. Even though you're limited to scrolling text, it has always been a more immersive experience, and you become much more emotionally invested in your character and the world around you.
I rediscovered Abysmal Realms a few weeks ago, and was thrilled with what I found. Not only are some old faces still around and some fond memories rediscovered, but the world is vibrant with fresh ideas and is improving all the time. The best part of it all though, is that you can be as involved as you'd like. There's a place for the casual player that just has a few minutes to do a quest during the toddler's naptime, or the hardcore player that wants to take command of a clan and change the course of the world.
Whether you're a veteran of the genre or exploring something new, I encourage you to give the Realms a try and write your own story!Post a comment