We play the top text MUDs for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps you are a creative soul, maybe you like to teach and nurture the up and coming scholars. Perhaps you are an avid explorer or quester. Eventually we invariably find ourselves leaning on that bashing macro, for gold, or for the increase in health pool that the higher levels provide.
Bashing everything until it stops moving is not enjoyable for everyone. It is a plain fact, many of us dislike it but do it anyway for the gold or for our perceived level goals, or even for the dragon/demigod reward that seems to be out of reach for many at that magical nth level.
Some people think that hunting is the only thing to do outside of House/Order/City/Novice work. That if you aren’t doing the paperwork or interviews, or slaughtering a civilisation then you might as well log off. But if you want some fun there are actually many options open to you. Granted, they may not push you on the quest to dragon, and you may spend some gold putting things together, but a few hours of roleplay can be a nice break and just as satisfying, if not more so than the oftentimes tedious hunting spree.
Perhaps you and a friend learn a new board game and challenge or teach the locals in your favourite text bar to a few games. Some text booze and a silly wager can make things a great deal of fun. Perhaps you go off exploring, find some new cave, or some place you walk through everyday but never really stopped at. Greet the locals, help out with their odd jobs, learn a bit of history and find out something new. Perhaps you fancy yourself the poet or storyteller, sitting down for an hour or two and writing up something, inspired by a House member, or historical figure or event. Share it with your colleagues. If it is really good, perhaps you can submit it as a bardic entry for a chance at some credits!
In Achaea, there are even many ways you can compete with others, not all of them are all about experience.
+Take a look at the gaming opportunities, maybe even gamble some gold.
+ Explore the vast realm you play in, learn a new quest, perhaps earn a new explorer rank, or even an honours line.
+Do something creative, write a poem, or story, maybe design a room or creature.
It’s not all about your experience ranking, people get renowned and earn a name for being more than just a great basher, so cease the grind for a while and perhaps find something else that takes your fancy. The games we play in are huge in scope as well as actual room number, don’t limit yourself and enjoy!
If you've ever thought to yourself, "I'd like to give a new game a try" or "What is of offer in the free to play genre?" Come and visit us in Achaea or one of the other MUDs from Iron Realms, there is so much more than grinding to do, so create a character and find out!