Last winter I finally jumped on the Skyrim bandwagon. One minute I was selecting my race, and the next I was trying to outrun a fire breathing dragon. Talk about instant immersion! I was up half the night helping monks, stealing cabbages, and trying to teach Lydia to sneak in a way that didn’t attract bandits.
But after a couple of weeks my new obsession went from leaving me overwhelmed with immersion to bored with the sheer redundancy of the quest lines. Crossing the mountain was less of a fun challenge and more of an annoyance. And worst of all, the only person I had to talk to on a regular basis was Lydia.
Real World Concepts in Fantasty Games
The best RPGs are built on real-world concepts. That involves interacting with real people. Unlike games like Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed, which depend on players following a script to get from point Newb to Winner, once the initial coding is in place, most RPGs allow players to write their own storylines.
I’ve been playing text-based MUDs since I discovered one in the AOL Games area back in 1997. While it was a great jumping off point, the best thing I learned there was that there was this other game…this better game, called Achaea, a game produced by Iron Realms Entertainment.
I like text games because they remind me of Zork – but without the grue. Instead of starting in a forest and following a path to a house, Achaea starts you off in a newbie trial of sorts. I have to say, it does seem a little boring upon first start because it runs through all the basic commands. I see where it would be helpful for those totally brand new to gaming though.
A World of Adventure at Your Fingertips
Achaea offers a seamless marriage between basic storyline and game mechanics. Playing the game itself is like living out a perpetual Choose Your Own Adventure book. There are stories upon stories that delve into everything from mythological times before the first players ever entered the game through detailed accounts of current events. Just because you weren’t logged in doesn’t mean you’re left wondering what happened while you were gone.
Regardless of what type of personality you attribute to your character, there is something for you in Achaea. Here is a quick list of the multiple players I have in the game.
SERPENT – This loner stays phased (a type of hiding / invisibility) so she can spy on her enemies. This class is all about stealth and shadows, and comes with abilities like pickpocketing gold from other characters, or implanting hypnotic suggestions in other characters’ minds.
DRUIDS – A quintessential tree hugger, this little guy spends his day picking herbs and brewing up healing potions. This class is united with the forest, so much that the only houses (which are like guilds) that accept them are in the forest city, Eleusis.
MAGI – Spell casters, unite! This class not only has kick-arse fighting abilities that make use of sonic vibrations, but they also use their powers to create newly enchanted items – or boost the features of existing ones. My favorite is the one that gives shoes the power to walk on water.
The entire list of classes in Achaea includes: Alchemist, Apostate, Bard, Blademaster, Druid, Infernal, Jester, Magi, Monk, Occultist, Paladin, Priest, Runewarden, Sentinel, Serpent, Shaman, and Sylvan.
Each class has a rich history and is distinguished by unique abilities and features. For example, priests can summon a mace to use as a weapon, and jesters can use pranks like suicide mice or jack-in-the-boxes to slay enemies.
I love playing old school games, because they remind me of what’s really important when it comes to gaming, and that’s having fun. I know that I can log into Achaea and have a fun quest to complete, boss creature to hunt, or friends from different time zones around the world to chat with, any time day or night.What’s keeping you from joining me in Achaea? Roll up a new character now so that you can begin your own journey on a fantastic adventure!