When I started playing again after a little bit of a break, I asked people what they loved about Midkemia. I got a lot of different responses, some interesting ones, a few that honestly confused me, and still more that made a lot of sense. I agree with most of them and find a few interesting, but here they are, listed in order of highest frequency:
#1: The roleplaying.
I heard this from several people, and surprisngly only a few of them were notorious for being great at RP. A few of them were really into PVP, and others were into PVE. A wide variety of people listed the roleplaying as the biggest reason they love Midkemia, it's just so easy to jump right in and start being someone else in an immersive world with rich (but not restrictive) lore backgrounds. This is one I agree with - I haven't found similar quality roleplaying anywhere else. Have you seen Midkemia's emote system? Check out my previous blog post for more details on it, it's amazing.
#2: The people.
Maybe this ties into the first one (and maybe the next few) but something I've heard often is just how awesome the playerbase can be. We have our villains (of every city), we have our interesting characters, we have our PVP-heads, our crazy ritualists, then we have even more people. We have very original characters, some stereotypical ones, and ones that fall somewhere inbetween. I'd have to agree with this one too, most of the people in Midkemia are a blast to interact with, and there are exceedingly few 'angry 13 yearold' moments -- especially compared to games like CoD, WoW, Halo, etc.
#3 The PVP.
The mechanics in Midkemia PVP (which I've already posted a little about) are simply different from everything else out there, even other IRE games. I'm a PVP vet from Achaea, and even I find Midkemia PVP mechanics a little more interesting. I know sometimes even something a little different can be preferable, but this is very different, and it's fresh. The amount of effort that has gone into the coding behind the scenes is obvious, and the concepts behind everything is spot on. The devs actually care about what the players think, which leads me to my next point:
#4 The admin.
Only one person said this, but it's still one of my favorites. He (paraphrasing) said the admin were approachable and actually care about players. I've seen this first hand - I've spoken to several different admins (both IC and OOC) and it's true. The admin really care about the players, and they actually put a lot of effort into everything - and that's not even touching the surface of what goes on behind the scenes. Can't say I've seen even a shred of comparable actions from any other dev team.
That wraps it up for now, but I'll be posting a few more later. Why not come try Midkemia and add to this list?