In response to the last post, the MUD should be up and running within the week (I believe).
In response to the first...well..almost all the posts bar about 3/4 - I never knew that an online gaming environment could lead to so much bitching. :)
I am personally knew to mudding (I only started back in november) and AoD was the first MUD i tried and I stuck with it. I have tried many MUDS, but only one other even came close to pulling me away from AoD. The fact that it didn't is due to the compulsory rp element. I don't like it. I just want to play a game and kill a lot of stuff, whilst I can actually converse with other players in a way that doesn't make me feel like I have been smacked about the head with the wrong end of a D&D box set (dice included ;>).
So, in my opinion this is a really good MUD. In my opinion, the majority players(and wizzies) are friendly, willing to have a laugh, and help you out. In my opinion, a bit of reality in a game is good. I don't really care what the old admin were like, but the current one has done a good job so far. In my opinion, this is a MUD for those that enjoy playing games without having to bother with the rp crap.