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Wallowing in the MUDs with Raslazel

A series of articles about MUDs and gaming in general, involving strategy and commentary on role-play and having fun.

Author: Raslazel

Chicken Soup for the Weary Roleplayer

Posted by Raslazel Monday July 9 2012 at 7:55AM
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Hello there, and welcome to another roleplay-related article. My favourite RP fix is the top MUD, Achaea by Iron Realms Entertainment where I play a character called Raslazel. I'm not a major player in the game, but I have my fun.

Raslazel is a womanising jerk, a sly and seductive manipulator and all-around chaotic miscreant. He's quick to anger, slow to forgive and just as devious as you'd expect. At least, he used to be. He slowly became a new man, realising the error of his ways. Currently, he's climbing the ranks of the Sentinels and trying his best to become a productive member of society.

Why am I telling you this? Because it illustrates my point: there's no point in keeping a character rigidly-aligned if you're not having fun with it any more. I put Ras in a position to change himself and then just let it happen organically.

The beauty of true roleplaying (I'm nothing like Ras) is that you can just let your toon do as he pleases. Some people play their characters as extensions of their own personalities. That's fine when there's no conflict, but if something happens that impacts your character negatively, you're much more likely to take it personally.

I mentioned this in a previous post, but it's important that you keep your character and yourself seperate. Things will happen that you don't like and if you get upset with it or bored with the game, there's no room to change and have fun again. Having fun is what a game is about, after all.

If you're a bit too attached to your character, maybe play an alt for a while and make sure to keep distance between yourself and that alt. When you're ready, just come back to your old character with a new perspective.

If you don't have a character to get obsessed over and stressed about, Iron Realms Entertainment can help! They offer some of the best MUDs around. There are a lot of free-to-play MMORPGs around, but most of them limit you in some way. In their MUDs, with a bit of sweat, you don't have to pay anything to max out your character's skills, buy powerful artefacts or achieve the highest level.