I played this mud on the recommendation of the reviews and the fact that it was ranked so highly on this site.
Unfortunately, I found the walk-through lacking and very impersonal. Materia Magica is a very humorless game; I was insulted and called a vulgarity when I grouped and asked for help. I had to ask several times before I got a response from a guide. The newbie guides I found confusing and longwinded.
Worst of all, the mapping system is barely useable. I'm sorry if my review is not up to snuff. The other mud I have since joined has all the other great things that everyone listed without the impersonality.
I wish Materia Magica well in its future.