Shadowgate's biggest draw actually is the RP, I can honesty say there
is no mud with better RP. Though you won't find anything more then
basic meet and greets, tea time or goof off until around level 25.
The reason for this is because until you reach around that level
everyone around your level will for the most part be busy grinding,
grinding and grinding and the imms don't really want to bother with
low level plots and stuff.
So if you are interested in just getting right in there and having an
adventure you may be disappointed.
This wouldn't be so bad if not for the level capping and stuff
slowing the grind to a crawl. So you do need a lot of patience to
play this game.
Additionally there is such a high player turnover at the pre level 25
levels that keeping a dependable party is hard. Finding them to begin
with is pretty hard as well as contacting strangers is not easy and
relies on them answering a meet and greet flag at some location.
And not having a party is very bad, your death rate will be very high
without a party slowing your leveling even further.
Oh and you can't just grind in a safe place, the game forces you to
go on scavenger hunts at random places all along world forcing you to
explore, meaning you will need a party or the willingness to die a
On the issue with syntax shadowgate is so and so, you can often get
help from a mod if you are close to the right syntax at lower levels
but not quite right, and often the game itself will help you along.
But you will find issue with syntax a whole lot still and need a thesaurus handy.
Especially with the mandatory quest which is a nightmare.
And since they have a variety of programmers there is 0 consistency with the syntax.
And its all case sensitive. But it could be a lot worst.
Lastly there is the exploration itself, now a good thing is that the
maps seem to be logical which is to say its very easy to remember
your way relative to other muds, in fact if you are new at muds, this
mud is probably among the easiest with which to find your way around.
Even the maps that are supposed to be confusing and complicating,
teleporting you at random are easier to memorize then you might think.
The bad thing? The sailing. Once you start sailing the boredom will
tear at your skull. 2,500 squares to explore alone in the initial
water and you can only move one square every second or so, no rapid
movement through it and the waters like to toss you around.
But once you get to level 25 and the RPing begins, the plots will
suck you in, the community is helpful and good at the plots, and it
becomes very fun, with the only annoyance being the sailing.
At the same time, it will be around this time that you start
finding yourself out of things to do. One of the biggest problems
is that there is a total ban on giving any ic or ooc help in
exploring dungeons, finding areas, finding places, finding items
anything. And often time the syntax is so non-intuitive that a
thesaurus won't help. So when the RP slows down, you will find
yourself either sitting in an inn doing nothing or making rounds
on the various dungeons spending many futile hours trying to find
out what you need to do to continue on in that dungeon.
The only problem with the community is that 80% of them seem to have
chosen to play an arrogant character and there is a pretty large glut
of humans, half-elves and elves and drow and not much in the way of
dwarves and other races.
But don't let that stop you, there is no mud with better RP once you
Oh and one more thing, there is no mud that feels more like DnD in
existence either. If you are the kind that loves making characters
and watching them develop then truly this is the MuD for you.
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