Earlier today, I decided it would be a good idea to wage war on another city by attacking one of their fortresses called Highcastle. Sieges are the "battlegrounds" of Midkemia
, where groups of players can "siege" a fortress or garden to take control of it from the other group. Unfortunately, there isn't a limit on who can participate, so numbers can be pretty wild, but it still ends up being a lot of fun due to the mechanics of Midkemia
My character led my side, but I think I could have done a lot better. Then again, my character is a bard, so I was already multitasking heavily. If you read one of my earlier blogs, you'd know what bards can do, and the room control proved to be a very important part of the victory. I also got to use my new crossbow, and I got a few kills with the high damage of it! It was really a lot of fun.
Now normally, it's pretty unfair one way or the other, but this time I tried to make sure numbers were even. It looked like 11 of them against 10 of us, but nothing works out the way you plan and it ended up being 7-9 of them against 14 of us. A few of them logged out/quit/didn't participate and a few more on my side logged in. I wasn't really into the trash talking that was going on, but my char did offer an apology and offered to fight anyone who was unsatisfied with the numbers. Gross, drama. Anyways!
All of a sudden, my character got visited by a Goddess! She thought Nomi was adorable and has (so I hear) been watching Nomi for a while now, and told one of Nomi's friends to send her her love! Of course, this happened during the first 5-10 minute break I took in the last 2ish hours, so he's sitting there trying to get my attention and I"m not even there! Next thing I know, I come back and a Goddess is infront of me talking. I was pretty confused and really caught off guard, but it turned out to be tons of fun.
What happened was the Goddess just wanted Nomi to know she liked her, so at first she just had one of her followers try to tell Nomi. Buuut I was afk, so the messenger decided to kick Nomi! And then the Goddess appeared and started interacting with everyone, yelling at the messenger for kicking Nomi. She seemed a little flirty and was a lot of fun to interact with. My character was horrified that guys were flirting with a Goddess and offered to kill them, but the Goddess hardly seemed offended and teased them. One of them even acted pretty silly (saying Gods aren't really powerful) and she didn't even prove him wrong. The interactions was really cool and the reactions from the Goddess to the unpredictable players was impressive. Why can't all games have this? Because other games aren't MUDs!
Compared to other games where in-game deities rarely, if ever, interact with players... this was just amazing. It's really surprising how much a little interaction like this can change a character. Before, my character was headed towards the Order of Tith-Onaku, the Warrior God. But Killian is extremely cool and won Nomi over simply by visiting and interacting, and now the course of my character is completely different. In how many other games have you ever gotten special attention from an admin just for the pure purpose of making sure you're enjoying the game a lot (and I don't mean right before you click cancel subscription!)? This really says a lot about Midkemia
's administration, and I'm thrilled to be a part of the game.
I don't want to seem like I'm promoting or anything, but text MUDs are really overlooked often and I think it's a shame more people don't try to enjoy them. If you've never tried a MUD before, give it a try! You can even join Sar-Sargoth and if I (Nomi) am on, I'll help you get started! :)