My first impression was good. I liked the way the text was formatted
to the screen, the way it used the ascii clear to replace text etc. In
choosing a name I got this message as part: Two words making up a name
is illegal (such as SwiftBlade). So apparently Plainsmen (Que Shu)
aren't allowed, too bad there. The next part chose a last name,
Great! I like that! Then on to race, noting special or hard, I picked
aghar (gully dwarf). Then class, blacksmith looks interesting, but I
picked thief. Hometown selection. Great! I've always liked that
option. A few more options You MUST have a description for your
character by level 5! Failure to do so will result in imprisonment
until one is written! Um?
Roleplaying is not only encouraged here, but without it you will be
denied, and then banned if no improvement is found. Um??
So I'm a bit leery now, but it's probably just old rhetoric.
So I log in, it tells me that there are lots of unread notes,
changes, ideas, stories... I type 'note' Huh? Apparently, you can't
even read notes until level 2. So much for getting a feel for the
I type who, it shows no immortals on, 10 mortals. Good stuff! So i
start wandering around trying to find my way into the school,
eventually I do so and buy a couple bracers. A store in the school,
Find the arena, fight a snail (it seems they have auto_damage)...
Snail beats me like a redheaded stepchild. Flee, rest, recoup (no
messages per tick when you rest, makes it hard to know when you're
healed). Come back, lizard beats me down, flee rest. Snail again, flee
By this time I'm getting frustrated, I can't even beat a level 1
mob in the arena, heck it was hard to even hurt him before having to
<40hp 100m 100mv> ooc is there a way to buy a pet? Huh?... apparently
new players don't get channels other than tell and say, so I'm
So I ask one of the players I see about pets, he points me to the
west side of Palanthas. Unfortunately...I can't figure out where I
am on the provided map. Either it's off, well I've Mudded for a
while now, and I was even lost.
I see a group of people talking in a room, figure it must be some
kind of common place and ... You say 'Sorry to interrupt, where am I
on the map?' Ravn looks at you. Ravn glances at Skol briefly. You say
'I'm trying to find a pet, the snails have been killing me, well
almost' ... Pause a couple of minutes and ... You say 'Sorry to
intrude' You wave. Ravn chuckles slightly.
So apparently, they have time to type 'look Skol' and 'chuckle'
but not enough time to tell a newbie 'You're at 26 on the map'.
I wander some more, get to where I know the area that I'm in, which
apparently won't let me out into the main city due to guilds stopping
me (wrong class). Finally end up back in the school, die a couple of
more times trying to kill that stupid snail, and a fox this time (what
the heck, it might be weak enough for a newbie to kill in the school
arena... well no.)
So I sleep after getting my equipment, to heal up wondering what to
do since no one will help. I can't use channels, there's no newbie
channel, people flat out ignoring me.
I look back to find it's closed my window... Due to being idle for
so long, you have been put in AFK mode. If a pattern results, you will
be dealt with severe punishment. Apparently... they don't like it if
you have to use the restroom.
Yadda yadda, it disconnected me for idle (normal), warned me that it
wouldn't save my character due to it not being level 2 (woe is me, I
couldn't even get one experience point due to the mobs, no eq, no
pets, no help...). In fact, due to fleeing I ended up at 60 exp in the
I own another DL mud, this one was an offshoot some 6+ years ago.
Well, Legends of the Lance was the offshoot, it seems this is it's
reincarnation. I won't be back.
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Comment posted on Wed Jun 21 01:48:10 2006 by Hiddukel:
Interesting Skol, I'm sorry you didn't have a pleasurable
experience. I would like to point out a few things however. First, the
comment about not being able to read notes until level 2, thus not
being able to get a feel for the place. Well, it was a decision I made
because we have run into problems in the past with new characters
being created just so they could read the CHANGES I had posted so they
could utilize the ideas for their own MUD. So, by requiring a level
gain of, and not that much by the way, 1, then they at least have to
play a little. Something in return for something more valuable. Not
asking much I don't think. And reading notes, changes, stories, etc.,
in my own humble opinion, won't give you any kind of feel for any
Second, on the issue of fighting in the Arena. Those MOBS aren't
level 1. The level 1 mobs you were looking for, were north in Newbie
School, where at the bottom of the room description of the room you
first started out in, it asks you to 'Please head NORTH into the Hall
of Knowledge'. Had you headed north you would have found the level 1
mobs, along with adequate EQ for new players. Those MOBs are pretty
easy to kill, and would have given you enough experience points to
have earned you a level or two. The reason why you can open the door
to the south into the Arena, is because those who are say, level 3 or
4, and already been through the Newbie School, have an option to go
directly there. So, sorry you either failed to read the description
and follow it's directions, or completely ignored it.
About Channels. There are no global channels. Global channels have
proven time and time again to only kill a Roleplaying atmosphere in
MUD's. I won't start a debate on that, and will leave it there. As
for the MAP. It's definitely not off. It's pretty cut and dry. And
quite frankly, the entire area is a DUG out precisely as how the map
shows it to be. We've even had a Player use ZMUD's automap feature
to create a map image of that area you speak of, and it's posted up
on our Website. Which, if you hold your client screen with the map
displayed, up next to the map that was submitted, they are pretty much
identical in design. So I'm not sure how it is that someone who's
been playing MUD's for a while, could not figure it out, let alone
get lost and confused.
As to being idle, and our idle timer kicking in like you seen it do,
that was something that was added in order to help curb the people who
like to BOT...meaning they like to make triggers run their character
for them, as we have what's called PASSIVE EXPERIENCE gains, in which
after being logged on for a while, without fighting and without going
AFK, you begin to gain XP per tick. Gives an added option for those
players who wish to Roleplay more than hack-n-slash for XP. As well,
sometimes, some people forget to log off. No need to allow them to
have an open connection, gaining passive XP, and never have to look at
their screen for long periods of time.
And finally, as for being an offshoot. No, we're not. We've been
around longer than Legends of the Lance (I remember when that was
thrown out there), and we're definitely not an 'off-shoot' of any
other MUD out there. Sorry. Matter of fact, we're the only DL MUD
that actually is promoted from Dragonlance.com, and actually have a
player who not only works on their staff but also writes for Sovereign
Press, so I'm not sure where you're getting that idea from. Again, I
appologize that you didn't have a good experience. Oh well.