So you want to play a top text game?
Questions for the newbie.
Did you think one day "what game should I play?" Well, this installment of my blog hopefully gives the intrepid newcomer some things to think about when starting a character in the top MUD, Achaea.
Coming from the visually immense world of console and pc gaming, deciding you want something a little less hack and slash, and much less scripted, you might find yourself looking to play an old fashioned text Mud. There are many many out there to choose from, the best tend to come from the Iron Realms Entertainment group, Achaea, Aetolia, Imperian, Lusternia and based on the popular books, Midkemia Online.
When you first create your character you enter into the introduction trial, a tutorial stage where you can find your text feet without worry of other players getting in the way.
An example of the in game map, accessed with the MAP command, just one of the things you learn during the 'Trial of Rebirth' in Achaea.
You learn the basic controls and some of the more useful commands as you progress, eventually though the big choices are made. What class or profession will you be? Do you want to join a House or Guild and will you take up residence in one of the cities? These are big questions, your class provides your skills in hunting and combat, some are easier to learn than others, some have trade skills, this choice may have an effect on the choice House or Guild offered as well. Afterall, no self respecting House of Light-devoted Priests is going to let an evil Necromancer Knight call himself brother.
So think a bit about the place in the world you want to be, perhaps you wish to defend the forests and stand for nature in all her verdant glory. Maybe you want to unravel the fabric of Creation and bend existence to your will. Oppression might be your path, forcing all to bow before your will and might, casting off the shackles of weakness and conscience as mere limitations to greatness. These are just some of the myriad options for your fledgeling character.
Points to think about:
+ What sort of class appeals to you, you're going to be with it for a while so read thoroughly the Helps offered and at least pick one that sounds appealling.
+ Houses or Guilds offer the best start for a novice, the basic testing required out can seem tiresome but they ensure protection, guidance, and are the best way to learn front from back (or in this case, north from south) as you start to find your place.
+ Join a cause, if your House/Guild doesn't offer this then perhaps your city will. Roleplaying an involved character can be the best way to get yourself 'into' a top MUD. You might end up with enemies, but you will likely find yourself part of a cadre of likeminded individuals who will teach you, have your back and will make being part of a community all the more engaging.
Things may not always go your way, everyone has their own ideas for pushing forward. But if you don't get involved, join a side, be a part of something, why bother playing with other people at all. So, jump on in! Achaea is a no download MMORPG just full of players waiting to meet, help, teach and maybe even eventually fight you!