Realms of Despair has proven to be a wonderful experience for me. I had never played a MUD or even anything close to similar before December 2002. Now I have been on for nearly 5 months, become well known in the Guild of Warriors, been Mudmarried to my real life girlfriend, and managed to get a fully equipped avatar Warrior and Cleric, along with several lowbie alts.
I was extremely surprised how much fun I have ended up having, suddenly finding myself playing on a text-based MUD and having the time of my life. My being an 'Oldschool' Star Wars multiplayer gamer (X-wing Alliance, Rebellion on Zone.com) has become an item of the past, nice to look back on but no longer a significant part of my life. Thank you to RoD, this place is the best! :)