Our mud features a very detailed skill system utilizing "spheres" to represent degrees of familiarity and specialization with any given skill set. As the sphere level goes up, the skills become more powerful. Sphere skills are those learned independantly from ones own class. The sphere system allows for an extremely large possibilty of combiantaions of skills to make each player more unique to each persons own style. Having large varieties of skills in many spheres doing similar functions (healing spells for example) allow character to roleplay a specific type of character without sacrificing certin basic skills. I reccomend people stop by, give us a shot, and see what I'm talking about. There are extensive helps on every "slist" and "skill" in the game as well as experienced players who can help direct you to popular as well as unusual choices.
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