Have a penchant for Lady Luck? Do you enjoy hard liquor, smoke-hazed rooms, and high-stakes gambling? Do you prefer lotteries, making bets, or the roll of a dice? If you enjoy any of the preciously mentioned, you're in luck! While most RPG's feature limited forms of gambling, Achaea and other MUDs from IRE feature many different options! After your characters have progressed past level twenty, the wide world of gambling opens up! In this Achaean series, we'll look at the variations of games available for the adventurer.
Gambling takes many forms in Achaea. Much of the time, you'll be able to quench your lucky streaks throughout the casinos sprinkled throughout the lands. Most of the cities have at least one casino, with attendants, drinks, and games available. Roulette and Blackjack are the two official games featured in the casinos.
Roulette, for the uninitiated, is a simple game of luck that can be very enjoyable. Each roulette wheel has an attendant that will spin the wheel, allowing the silver ball to circle around until it lands one of the sections. You simply choose how much gold you wish to bet, and what to bet on, and everything else is taken care of. While roulette is mostly luck, the payouts can be huge for those that value high stakes!
Blackjack tables, like roulette, are also found in the casinos. Each table is manned by an attendant that will shuffle the cards and deal your hand. Unlike roulette, Blackjack allows a fair amount of skill, giving players an advantage (and a nice payout) for learning the game.
Of course, there are other forms of gambling that don't take place in casinos! General betting and lotteries are two such types. General betting is controlled by the bookies. As mentioned in my previous article on trades, adventurers can become bookies, allowing them the ability to setup bets on anything. A popular form of general betting occurs during the gladiatorial arena games. Bookies will often start a game, allowing you to bet on who you think will win the arena game. Since bookies always get a cut of the winning proceeds, it remains a popular option.
Lotteries are also prevalent, and popular, because they have gold giveaways, pets, curatives, and other forms of prizes for the winning tickets. There are always winners for such tickets, and the lottery runners always get a cut of the proceeds. Since the cost of a ticket is cheap, compared to the great prizes that are available to win, lotteries are a very popular and low-risk option in Sapience.
For the spontaneous gamblers, dice and simply flipping coins are often fun ways of small-time, low-key gambling. Games of craps, and other variations, can be found in the cities. However you prefer to gamble, and whether you enjoy high stakes or low stakes, Achaea has something for everyone. If you're interested in testing your luck, create a character in Achaea from Iron Realms and come join us!