Materia Magica is a great MUD. The challenges are great and the gameplay exciting. It is very interactive with several websites supporting the game. Admittedly to be a top class player on all levels in the game you will need to donate money to receive special items, however you can also write quests, stories, articles and interviews to obtain 'donation dollars'. It is very newbie friendly and easy to for first timers to learn the ins and out of the game.
Overall : 7/10